The State of the Union

Michael Brown on The Shocking Quote That Exposes The State Of ‘The Hood’:

A 17-year-old Miami teen named Trevon Johnson, a student at D. A. Dorsey Technical College, was shot and killed by a female homeowner who encountered him after he had broken into her house.

But Johnson’s relatives were very upset, saying he didn’t deserve it. As his cousin Nautika Harris commented, “I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law – way beyond.” … “You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood. You have to understand… how he going to get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.”

Can you imagine another time in our history when words like this could have been spoken? And has there been anything quite like “the hood” that this woman describes, a place where the family is so shattered that burglary is considered a natural way for a child to get money for his school clothes?

Of course, there’s no excuse for this young man’s actions and there’s no justification for his cousin’s words.

Brown notes the impact of the breakdown of the family and the need for religion to get back in the game. But what ya’ goin’ do when they can’t even speak English properly? 

What is, perhaps, also shocking is that 17 of 44 readers of the essay rate it as “ridiculous” and 6 of 44 rate it as insane. Perhaps they were rating the topic and not the theme? 

It is a deep hole and it will take a lot of effort to find a way out.

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