You know who Derrion Albert is, right? If not, he was the child killed by the hands of other kids in an after school brawl. That story got National news attention. Do you know Ronald Rosenthal (http://bit.ly/9MzlRO)?
Or Curtis Settles (bit.ly/cnO2oq). Pretty soon you will know whoCynia Cole is.(http://bit.ly/a9VOwL). If you are a Chicago resident, you've seen this play out before, March for violence, Mayor Daley and Jesse Jackson come to your block, hug the kids, plead with the community for change. Nothing happens. Gunfire is silenced for a few weeks, but it returns. And another group is killed, and we get the visit from the Mayor and all the "Activist".
"Thats how it is now, Thats how it'll always be". Jay-Z rapped that in his song "Never Change" off the Blueprint. This statement applies to the whole situation happening in Chicago. Violence will NEVER stop. Murders will never stop. You'd think the death of a 2 year old little girl could impact us in a positive light. It won't. There will be retaliation. Thats how it is, and thats how it will always be. We are shocked but not sickened. Upset but not outraged.
Ronald Rosenthal's brother was a good friend of mine, Anthony Rosenthal (http://bit.ly/d63x2y) was also killed last July, blocks from where his brother met his demise. Curtis Settles was friend of my Brothers, they had attended 6th grade, high school & The County together. Cynia Cole's fathers and I share a lot of mutual friends. The world is small. All the victims of these homicides are connected 1 way or another. Honestly I hold out hope that we all wise up, just say "Fuck it", beef dead. But then again. "Thats how it is now, Thats how it'll always be