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I’m not good with titles.  So I struggled to think of one that would summarize both of the subjects of this post in one word, while still driving home the point.

I think this does it.

It was announced earlier this evening that First Lady Michelle Obama would be coming to Chicago to attend Hadiya Pendelton’s funeral.  Along with White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (who, not too long ago was running the Chicago Public Schools), this is sort of what people were asking for.

Not really, though.

I AM glad that it seems as if Hadiya’s death will not be in vain, as so many others before her have seemed to be.

I am NOT glad that it took a 15-year old honor student to die in a Chicago street to bring either of the Obamas home to Chicago to at least be present; at most to speak on it.  

(I am also not pleased that Jesse Jackson will be anywhere near this funeral, as I didn’t see him rushing to attend any of the other 40+ funerals for people who were killed last month. Just saying.)

After all, we all know this would not be news if she hadn’t been at the inauguration just the week prior.

Honor students are killed pretty regularly in Chicago.

The good die young, often.

Remember this?

Remember then, too, that Barack sent delegates then to address the violent acts and it got coverage in the news for a couple months?

And then it disappeared from the news.

I ask that this time be different.  I’m asking that this homecoming by Michelle Obama not be in vain.

When burying a 15-year old girl who dies as a result of violence, words over a casket can never be enough.  We need a call to action and for people to take responsibility for their actions.

We need the code of silence that is known as ‘stop snitching’ to have some limitations.  I get it.  You don’t trust the police.  You’re scared.  

But everybody is scared until it’s your son or daughter or nephew or niece or brother or sister or father or mother or whoever.

We cannot fear a few when we are so many.

We cannot support criminals who kill innocents and do not face any form of justice while we are outraged until the news cameras stop showing up.

We should treat this just as it is: we are thankful for the presence of a distinguished product of our South Side, but regretful for the occasion of which she is coming for.

Perhaps Michelle will speak on the sadness she feels for Hadiya, not as a political fixture or the FLOTUS, but as a older African-American attending the funeral of someone who could have easily been Sasha’s friend or classmate.

After all, 15-year olds should be thinking about homecomings. 

Not homegoings.


Written by aceviewblogger

February 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

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