Sick Of Hearing About Trayvon Martin

Sick Of Hearing About Trayvon Martin

I am sick of hearing about Trayvon Martin, the young man shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

I am also sick of hearing about Hadiya PendletonJustin MurrayDajae ColemanDantrell Davis and the hundreds of young people whose lives were cut short by violence.

As a father, brother, husband and citizen of this great country I am sickened at the thought of so many young people whose last image is the barrel of a gun. In 2012 there were 108 young people murdered in Chicago alone.

I don't pretend to have the answer to the problem. But we can do better.  And I am tired, but don't want to stop hearing about it.

I don't want to become desensitized; to fall victim to the notion that this is not my problem, our problem, and that somehow we can escape the responsibility to collectively feel outrage, anger and profound sadness.

And to do better.

So I am tired of hearing about Trayvon, Hadiya and our children dying violent deaths.  But that does not mean I want to stop hearing about it.  I want to hear about:

Junior Estudillo

Neriyah Beller

Joshua Davis

Jeffrey Stewart

Christopher Jacobs

Lucian Dress

Earl Cunningham

Patrick Robinson

Terrance Johnson

Terrance Wright

Jamiere Brown

Jonathan Williams

Each of them was murdered in Chicago last year.  No parent should have to bury a child.  No child should die as a result of violence.

Years ago the Chicago Tribune ran a year-long series called Killing Our Children.  The decision was made to make every child murder front page news.  I read every story and want to read more.

What is your response to violent acts in the news?  I would enjoy hearing from you in the comments section.


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