This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

September 29, 2009

Derrion Albert: No More Space on the Wall

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — pprscribe @ 10:22 pm

…Latiker wonders how she can possibly make room for Derrion’s headstone. Latiker created a memorial two years ago to honor the young people killed in Chicago. Each time a child is shot, stabbed or beaten to death, she adds a stone to the memorial wall.

“We have 163 stones right now, but we are 20, now 21, behind,” she said. “I thought, well, I hoped, I dreamed that there’d be more space on the wall than kids being killed.” (Source)



  1. And Chicago wants to host the Olympics???? Foolishness

    Comment by citizen ojo — September 29, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  2. This is very sad, but I don’t believe it’s about Chicago and it’s ability to host an Olympics. L.A. was the host of an Olympics and lord knows they have violence. Atlanta has similar problems. No, there’s a deeper problem. If we care to look a little deeper, the crimes being committed against our youth are being committed by who? Dig a little deeper and we’d see why these acts are taking place. Chicago does not harbor this problem, the nation does.

    Comment by careycarey — September 30, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  3. You’re right, Carey. Other cities (heck, probably *every* other city) that has hosted the Olympics did not solve their crime problem before hosting. In this case, though, I think it is two things.

    First, the issue of perception, and it *looking* unseemly for the President to go gallivanting around the world trying to get the Olympics there when he has said nothing much about the children being killed.

    And two is the issue of the possibility of resources being further diverted from what few were available to help curtail community violence.

    On the good side, maybe all the attention to Chicago will shame leaders (incl BHO) to do more and say more publicly about this outrage.

    Comment by pprscribe — October 1, 2009 @ 7:29 am

  4. I agree PPRscribe, it’s a very slippery slope for our president. On one hand it’s his job to promote his country. In this case it’s a city in which he has ties, and passions.

    The issue of resources is again, a touchy subject. As we’ve mentioned, there are few, if any cities that do not have major budget problems.

    Shame and guilt does not rest in the hearts of evildoers. When a person yells “STOP THIEF” the theif only runs faster. But, you are correct, maybe the money spent on the Olympics should be viewed as “advertisement”. Nobody wants to remain on the 10 most wanted list.

    Comment by careycarey — October 1, 2009 @ 11:08 am

  5. I blogged about Derrion Albert this week as well. A horrific story to have to tell, read or live. My heart and prayers go out to his family.
    Youth violence is getting out of hand across the board. I also had a discussion on the pros and cons of the Chicago Olympics vs the Chicago violence. And while we all have our own opinions I hope that the Olympics will open up some jobs and opportunities to give our youth something else to do besides get involved in gangs.
    It may seem frivolous that the President is pushing for the Chicago Olympics but I think no one has all the answers to the violence problem, so every bit helps. Chicago will continue to have violence with or without the Olympics so why not get some jobs in there in the meantime.

    Comment by regina — October 1, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

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