Philly child shootings show we can’t wait for government to reduce violence
Written by Solomon Jones on October 22, 2019
This past weekend in Philadelphia a 2-year-old was shot in the head and died. Just a day before, an 11-month-old baby was shot four times and lived.
And while my prayer is that something good can come from this assault on our children, reality says prayer is not enough.
Philadelphia’s black and brown community — my community — must do something.
We cannot allow criminals to be so comfortable that they kill our children without fear. We cannot allow politicians to offer thoughts and prayers without offering concrete action. We cannot allow guns to wound and kill our people until blood fills the streets like rivers.
We have to do something, and we have to step out of our comfort zones to do so.
Even if we’re frightened by the recent police shootings of blacks like Botham Jean and Atatiana Jefferson in their own homes, we must learn to work with police. Even if we wish we could fix things on our own, we have to work with our neighbors and our government. Even if we’re most comfortable clinging to the solutions of the past, old solutions aren’t good enough, because our babies are dying on our watch.
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