Aww, thanks sis! It always makes me happy to hear sisters talk about embracing feminism. It is FOR us and no one else can decide otherwise! xoxoxo
(this is from my now-defunct blog, back when I used “Sister Toldja” as a pseudonym. the title was “A Message from My Imaginary Obama”)
We are reporting live from Fenger High School in Chicago, where 16-year-old honors student Derrion Albert was tragically beaten to death days ago. We just received word that President Obama has cancelled his scheduled trip to Copehagen to accompany Mayor Daley’s official 2016 Olympic bid and will speak to students and reporters here instead. Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States:
President Obama: Good morning. I thank everyone who gathered here today under such short notice, especially the students and staff of Fenger High School and their families. I wish that I were here under happier circumstances. First, I want to offer the Fenger family my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of one of the school’s most promising sons, Derrion Albert. The loss of a gifted young soul in the early morning of his life is not something we greet easily and the prayers and thoughts of the nation are with you and Derrion’s family in your time of grief. It is Derrion Albert’s passing that has brought me here this morning.It was the horrific way in which this child was taken from our arms that has caused me to be here and not in Copenhagen. This was not an easy journey for me to make today, but I know that it in no way compares to the pain Derrion’s friends and family feel this very morning. Again, I want to say that Michele and I are so deeply sorry for your loss.
I want to commend Mayor Daley for all that he has done to show our neighbors across the globe what a wonderful place Chicago is. The Windy City is a source of great pride for our country; a city of world-class scholars, artists and educators, a city of hard-working, decent Americans. I chose Chicago to be my home nearly three decades ago and it is in this city that I built a life. My wife and children are from here. My political beginnings are here. I am proud to be an adopted son of Chicago and it’s great people.
However, the brutal murder of this young man by other young men has given me great pause. The problem of youth violence in Chicago and other cities and towns across the country is not a new one. It is not a Black problem or a poor problem or a city problem. It is an American problem and all Americans should today lament the tragedy that has taken place here. All across this great nation, from our rural towns to our urban hubs, there are far too many children who hurt and who hurt one another. Derrion Albert’s death has caught national attention, but he is not hardly the first young person to meet a violent and unfair end at the hands of his peers. Ms. Albert is now one of many mothers who has had to lay to rest her murdered child, a fact which should shame us all.
For all of it’s beauty and wonder, Chicago laid witness to the killings of no less than 36 public school students last academic year. It’s only October and the young people at Fenger are already charged with grieving a classmate when they should be adjusting to the academic rigors of a new school year. It seems to me that the city of Chicago should direct all available resources toward providing a safe and healthy environment for its young people to live, learn and grow in. For that reason, I am formally recommending that the Olympic Committee withdraw the city from consideration as a host for the 2016 Olympic games.
I realize that there are detractors who will decry my words to day in order to further their own political agendas. There are people who will attempt to racialize what I am attempting to do here today because I am a Black man and Derrion was…was a Black boy. To those folks, I simply say that all Americans have a responsibility to protect and provide for our nation’s greatest resource: our youth. I am no less responsible to the children of Fenger who physically resemble my own daughters than I am to children in Iowa, in California and in Hawaii.
We have a ‘war on terror’ that needs to be fought in our own backyards: the terror many children feel as they walk to school each day, the terror their families feel waiting to see if their young ones will make it home at night. The terror we all felt when we watched that horrific video of Derrion’s beating. We must fix the health care system, but we must also provide healthy learning environments for our children.
It is my sincerest hope that Chicago will someday be the home to a grand Olympic village and that people across the world can come to this place and see the best that the city has to offer. However, this is not the time. This is a time for the people of Chicago to come together and build a village for it’s children. The United States Government is here to support these efforts in anyway in which we can.
Americans, I hope that you are not disappointed today, but instead, reflective. Instead of wondering what may have been for the 2016 Olympics, take a moment to lament what may have been of Derrion Albert. And as we mourn, let us look at the action steps we can take in our individual communities for the collective goal of assuring that no other mother must face the horrific task of burying a child snatched from her side by violence.
I wish you all peace and I vow to work to create and sustain it for us all. I will not be taking questions from reporters and ask that you depart now so that I might meet privately with the students and staff of Fenger High School.
I DON’T know Juror B-37, and neither do any of you.
If we truly want to live in a nation of equality, without racial strife, then we must judge ALL people solely by the content of their character.
We may not agree with the jury’s decision - but under Florida law it was justifiable… however deplorable and disturbing that reality may be.
We DON’T know Juror B-37… just as George Zimmerman DIDN’T know Trayvon Martin.
We cannot drive out hate with hate — only with love.