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EDITORIAL: Has Rage Replaced Reason in Black Community?

The city of Little Rock, Arkansas, and the FBI have offered a combined reward of $40,000 for information leading to the arrest of a gunman, described as a black male, who fired into a car over the weekend, killing a 3-year-old boy in an alleged outburst of road rage.

The tragedy occurred when an impatient driver blew his horn at an Arkansas grandmother who had paused at a stop sign and was out for a drive with her grandson. She blew her horn back at the driver who then fired off a shot before traveling on his way – one she thought had been harmlessly dislodged into the sky.

When the grandmother arrived at a shopping center some 10 miles away, she realized that the child had been shot. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital where he died shortly after.

Is this where we are now in the black community? Are we so angry, so mean, so thoughtless and do we have such little regard for the lives of others that we would shoot a stray bullet into an automobile as an expression of our frustration?

Whatever happened to the black man’s respect for black women? Has that too disappeared from our homes, our neighborhoods and our cities? Are we humans or are we animals?

As we complain about the pending plans of the president-elect, the conservatism of a Republican-dominated Congress or the apparent rise of hate groups in America, perhaps we need to also take a closer look at ourselves – our own brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and children – and our collective descent into madness where evil rules with few objections.

The ancestors are not pleased!

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