In a recent op-ed, Tamika Mallory asserts that America is desensitized to the murders in black communities.

She reflects on the recent murder of 17 year-old Alphonza Bryant; a young man gunned down in the Bronx, in a case of mistaken identity.

According to Mallory, if white children were being killed at the rate of our youth, there would be national outcry.

From NewsOne:

On Saturday, April 27th, I attended the funeral of 17-year-old Alphonza Bryant III who was gunned down on April 22nd in a case of mistaken identity, according to reports.  Alphonza’s promising young life was viciously taken just a few blocks from his home. Hundreds of kids, probably 500 or so, came to his funeral that day; they cried, laughed, joked around, and then I watched them dust off and walk away, back to their normal lives. I watched in amazement as these young people appeared to be so desensitized to the shootings and killings.

How can we let something like death, the end of life, become so regular and so normal to these kids? What are we doing?

Do we really think that if kids in Beverly Hills, the nice suburbs of Chicago or the Upper East Side were shot and killed on a daily basis like those in Brooklyn, the South Side of Chicago, or Compton, there wouldn’t be more outrage?  Do we really think the mainstream media would be so silent in covering this epidemic? Do we really think so many of our politicians would ignore their deaths as if their lives don’t matter?

I don’t think so, and I’m sure you don’t either.



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