Hadiya Pendleton: 1997 – 2013
I am speechless, sickened, angered and overwhelmed today. A beautiful young lady, an honor student who performed at President Obama’s inauguration, was senselessly gunned down in cold blood at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th. Hadiya Pendleton was amongst a group of teenagers who were taking shelter from the rain in a local park, when a gunman jumped over a nearby fence and, without warning, opened fire. She was struck by the bullets, as were two 17-year-old boys. Recent reports add that she had appeared in a PSA denouncing gang violence, approximately 4 years ago. This should dispel the lies and false reports that she was in a gang, which I’m certain have been propagated by whites who are determined to criminalize a Black victim of violence – it happened with Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, and countless other murdered Black youths…it won’t stop anytime soon. At any rate, she wasn’t in a gang, but was gunned down by a gangbanger who mistook the huddled youths as members of a rival gang – a sad case of “wrong place, wrong time”.
Another thing that angers me is how the media is going overboard with their focus on the paranoid fucktard in Alabama who, not surprisingly, is unofficially being labeled “nuttier than squirrel shit” by his neighbours and the local law enforcement. He’s is holding an innocent, young autistic boy hostage, and that’s the irrational act of a psychotic freak – but he’s doing it in a bunker that everybody around him knew he had built the moment he moved into the area. He is a Vietnam War veteran with severe, well-known mental issues – but that didn’t prevent him from obtaining firearms, which are supposedly not allowed in the possession of the mentally ill. I’m still wondering why he demanded two young boys…I can’t imagine what the child is going through. Murdering another in front of 22 terrified children, all for some sick need? The Field Negro put it succinctly:
“If hearing about the Newtown tragedies was the saddest day of Mr. Obama’s presidency, hearing about this little girl should be the second saddest. Actually, given the fact that she was shot just a mile from his home in Chicago, and that she actually performed at his “coronation” ,you could argue that this little girl’s death should hit home even more. He has a beautiful daughter who is almost her age. From all appearances this poor child represented everything that was good about being a young teenager: Honor student, volley ball player, and a majorette in the King College Prep High School band. Sadly, though, she is no longer with us.
“Police say 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday and later died at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. An unidentified boy was shot in the leg and is being treated at the hospital. No arrests have been made.” [Source] “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.” Mr. President, you have a daughter, and she looks just like Hadiya.
And the beat goes on. Not only in a hood near you, but in all of Americana. In Phoenix, Arizona today, some old dude shot up an office complex and is still on the loose. In Midland, Alabama, some nut case went on a school bus, took a six year old child, and shot the school bus driver to death. (The NRA now calling for armed school bus drivers in 5…4…3..2..) That genius is still hiding out in a Glenn Beck style survival bunker.”
Fuck-all…some people seriously need to be locked away for the safety and well-being of others. Speaking of “Glenn Beck-style survival bunker”, this link shows what that dystopia would be like!
I’ll close this post with some final thoughts from Brotha Wolf’s blog - there are links to a couple of petitions that I’m compelled to sign, even if doing so is considered as empty a gesture as voting. Still, keeping the topic open for discussion is crucial, no matter how many try to silence us by shouting us down or censoring our thoughts and statements.