Niagara Gazette — So, you think that the cops are killing our kids?
The family of 17-year-old, Bronx teen Shaaliver Douse’s thinks so.
In the wee hours of the night, a cop did kill Douse’s mother’s only child, but that doesn’t necessarily make the statement of “cops killing our kids” true.
I say that because even though on the night that Douse was killed, the police say that they intercepted him shooting at (and missing) someone who was running away from him. That’s a far cry from the ‘stand your ground’ incident where a 17-year-old Florida youth shot a choir-directing father of five who was reportedly swearing at him and approaching him with a stick in his hand.
While both teens were wrong for even possessing a handgun, in Douse’s case, any one of his missed shots could have killed any one of anyone else’s kids. In a sense, the police may have saved Douse from himself “killing our kids.”
Much worse, according to police reports, when police ordered the teen to halt and drop his weapon, he turned and aimed it at them. A policemen then shot him to death.
Too often we blame the last thing that happened as the cause of the entire event. But life is a chain of events and decisions. However, the events can overwhelm the decisions, and victims die as a result.
Government is a part of that chain of events. While most people are quick to blame the parent(s) for a wayward child, lawmakers must take responsibility for endowing teens and children with more power than both the parent and the classroom teacher who stands in loco parentis.
Young people, whose very youth is the drug of invincibility, and whose sharp minds understand ‘their rights’ far better than do their parents, quickly exploit the situation, and they die all too soon.
Government must also take the responsibility for encouraging single-parent families by, in too many cases, becoming the man of the house, pushing out the need of a second parent to participate in the upbringing of the child.
With comparative lucrative social services programs, food stamps and free lunches, in too many cases, men are just merely chromosome contributors. The entire situation would have had former President Eisenhower giving more dire warnings about the poverty-social complex than ever he gave about the military-industrial one.
Statistically, the odds are against the success of children from a single-parent home, particularly those in poor neighborhoods. Government must also take responsibility for employing known methods of creating those neighborhoods, incubating the kinds of activities that killed Douse.
The fastest way to create such an environment, race and ethnicity being non-factors, is to concentrate low-income people within a geographic boundary and then make it nearly impossible for them to get a quality education — one in which their parent(s) can participate.
Such neighborhoods in our city’s North End are more than 80-percent occupancy subsidized housing; and many, if not most, of the children are bused to schools that would require a $15 cab fare for their parents to reach.
Nevertheless, parents must take a portion of the responsibility. There is a proliferation of both churches and of empty pews in the poorest of communities, as we create a culture of death. But few preach on the drumbeat of that culture that is in the music to which we listen, the television shows and movies that we watch, and in how many of our own babies that we kill while yet in their mother’s womb.
Amongst the population of African-American women in New York state, 50 percent of all conceptions end in abortions. That is some 50,000 dead kids that “we killed” in any given year.
If the cops killed just one-percent of that number, 500, then we wouldn’t we be up in arms about it.
But cops don’t. That number doesn’t even begin to represent the number of homicides of post-birth, black New Yorkers; and it is far from the number of actual legal interventions where police lawfully protect the public by exhausting the life of one who maliciously threatens it with deadly force.
Every police shooting calls for thorough and honest investigation by competent authorities, and I believe that a civilian board should have oversight of such.
However, if we are so concerned about anyone killing our kids, we should thoroughly and honestly investigate ourselves for the answer; be it by those for whom we vote, and those with whom we sleep, and those who profit from our poverty and poor education, despite their race or ethnicity.
But, as we should be able to trust the police to protect us and to keep us safe, the unborn child should be able to trust his or her mother to do likewise for them.
“We” have got to stop killing our kids, and then blaming it on someone else.Contact Ken Hamilton at email@example.com.