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  • hawcreek12 hawcreek12 Feb 18, 2013 12:27 PM Flag

    The unspoken problem behind Hadiya's Death, opinion from Tampabay Times writer

     

    "I stopped celebrating Black History Month many years ago.

    What is there to celebrate? I am writing about this issue because of the misguided emphasis too many African-Americans are placing on the murder of Hadiya Pendleton. She was the 15-year-old sophomore shot to death a week after performing with her school band at the president's inaugural....In places like Chicago's South Side — where violent teenage gangs have replaced the traditional family — empathy is seen as a weakness and social capital is seen as that warm-and-fuzzy stuff that whites and black traitors practice.

    Many African-Americans blame urban poverty for this crisis. But poverty does not explain away the lack of a moral compass, the source of the violence and general neglect that have turned our communities into dystopias.

    What is there to celebrate during Black History Month?"

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