You'd think this would be a big deal. Maybe make the national news, be a front page headline or maybe the lead article in the local paper. Uh-uh. Business as usual. I found out on page B3 of the Philly Inquirer.
We speak a lot about justice and rights but how can we do so when people and the media ignore what happens in our cities' poor neighborhoods? Why don't they have justice? Where are their rights?
Where is the national outrage?
unidentified 21 yo man, shot in the head in North Philadelphia at 12:10 am on 7/16.
Tyrone Hayes, 20 yo, shot in the chest in North Philadelphia at 10:40 pm on 7/15.
Anthony Bailey, 31 yo, shot and killed in North Philadelphia at 5:20 pm on 7/15.
Derrick Thomas, 35 yo, shot and and killed in North Philadelphia at 2:30 am on 7/15.
William Kenneth Wise, 43 yo, shot in the head in North Philadelphia at 1:00 on 7/14.
Alfred McCrory, 21 yo, shot in the head in Kensington at 11:20 am on 7/14.
unidentified 32 yo man, shot in the chest in Gray's Ferry at 9:20 pm on 7/14.
Craig Jackson, 21 yo, shot in the chest in Olney during a basketball game at 11:00 pm on 7/14.
Joseph Wiseman, 45 yo, shot in the chest during a robbery in Southwest Philly at 6:15 am on 7/13.
Tremaine Rogers, 17 yo, shot in the back in West Philadelphia at 4:00 pm on 7/13.
All of these neighborhoods are poor, working class, and mostly African-American. All of the victims are male. All were shot to death with a handgun.
Regardless as to whether we look at this through a lens of race, violence, poverty, gun accessibility, drugs, policing, education, jobs, or urban life, the truth is that if this happened in the white, middle-class or wealthy burbs there would be a national outcry.
But not for a working class black male from Philly.