Outrage: Honor student beaten to death in Chicago
posted at 7:23 am on September 29, 2009 by Michael van der Galien
We have all heard of the culture of victimization so prevalent in African American communities today, leading to Afro American youngsters who want to do well in school and make something of themselves being called “uncle Toms” and worse, but this is shocking nonetheless:
Cell phone footage showing a group of teens viciously kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student with splintered railroad ties has ramped up pressure on Chicago officials to address chronic violence that has led to dozens of deaths of city teens each year.
The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showing the fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death was the latest addition to a rising toll: More than 30 students were killed last school year, and the city could exceed that number this year.
Prosecutors charged four teenagers Monday with fatally beating Albert, who was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob street fighting, authorities said.
Although America was indeed once a racist society, things have changed dramatically. Whites are no longer African Americans’ biggest problem: they themselves are.
If African Americans truly want to improve their collective lot in life they have to aggressively deal with gangs, the culture of victimization and self-destruction so prevalent in their communities today.
These days, real problem for minorities is not that they are oppressed by ‘a white elite’ but that they do not realize that society has changed and that all they need to do to move ahead in life is to take responsibility for their own behavior and their current status.
Albert’s death is a sign of what’s wrong in African American communities today – a problem for which solely they are to blame and a problem only they can fix.