And the Advancing Endgame Revolt!
5. Raising Disquieting Questions in the Struggles Against Urban Violence
Raising Disquieting Questions in the Struggles against Urban Violence
This project is filled with a sense of rage and guilt. The rage is deep seated and has a long history that now threatens to erupt in every comment, every look of indifference, every disclaimer from what we presume to be “common-sense” individuals with a callous and rigidly organized way of protecting their vested interests in a system that marginalizes and oppresses children—only to then blame them for their own condition. It is a system in which the very fruits that some enjoy have been nourished by the misery of others, the pain of parents having to bury their children, of 8-year-olds living in fear yet speaking of violence from an intimate perspective as though they were speaking of a movie in a CSI-infested world.
Over the years the violence and tragedy in this community have accumulated steadily, and each time another child dies there are political pronouncements and empty assurances of legal vindication. But in the end these go unfulfilled and are in time forgotten—not an unusual situation in urban centers (Jones, Newman, & Isay, 1999). The sorrow of yesterday’s loss is overshadowed by the tragedy of today and another round of promises and a deflection of blame to “criminals”—those whom we refuse to see, whom we turn away and make invisible, even though their bodies clearly occupy the same space as the rest of us. We make no...
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