Sunday, October 4, 2009

We Murdered Derrion Albert

By now everyone has seen the video of the brutal murder of Chicago honor student Derrion Albert who was beaten to death September 24th.

Since the murder, many people have been pointing fingers as to who is to blame for the death of Derrion.

Of course, we know that the teens who beat him ,unmercifully, are to blame but in the bigger picture, we murdered Derrion Albert.

No, most of us weren't there swinging 2X4's or throwing blows but we are just as guilty.

I'm talking about those of us who sat around watching the murder video on youtube like it was some snuff film.

I'm talking about the men who sat around all day watching football games and scratching themselves instead of getting involved with activities to help the youth.

I'm talking about those of us who have become so accustomed to murder and mayhem in our music that we have forgotten the impact it makes when the whole world watches videos of black people behaving like savages.

So we shouldn't mourn for Derrion. We should mourn for ourselves.

Because his blood and the blood of many other children is on our hands...

Paul Scott writes for No Warning Shots

The following tribute is by Focus 1 (Christopher LeMark) of Chicago. He can be reached at