“The human rights atrocity under our noses”

Check out this perspective on homicide by Chicago Sun-Times columnist John W. Fountain.  Fountain, a native son of Chicago’s West Side, is an award-winning journalist, professor, and author of the memoir True Vine: A Young Black Man’s Journey of Faith, Hope, and Clarity (Public Affairs 2003).  I saw this first in a Facebook posting by David Kennedy.

Black-on-black victims could fill our stadiums

April 4, 2012    “Imagine the United Center, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field and Soldier Field nearly all filled simultaneously with black boys, girls, men and women. Now imagine that twice over. Now imagine them all dead.

“As far as I can see, that’s at least 295,893 reasons to cry. And it is cause enough for reticent churches, for communities, for lackadaisical leaders, for all people — no matter our race, color or creed — to find the collective will and the moral resolve to stamp out this human rights atrocity occurring right under our noses.”

These deaths shock the conscience, to borrow a phrase from the US Supreme Court.  But when we recover from shock, we have to remember, “we know how to fix this.”

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About stephenomeara

My name is Jim Jordan. I have had the privilege of working with the Boston Police Department and hundreds more departments over my nearly 30-year career in police administration and city government. I am now teaching and consulting independently at www.sergeantsleadership.org. I have learned the best of what I know from the thousands of smart, dedicated and ethical police personnel and scholars who have guided me along the way. My address is named for the great Reform commissioner of the Boston Police at the turn of the 20th century. Commissioner O'Meara died just a short while before the Strike in 1919. He was replaced by a vicious puppet (of Gov. Coolidge) named Edwin U. Curtis. Had O'Meara lived events may have turned out quite differently.
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