Jamiel Andre Shaw

jamielshaw.jpgDayum the Iraq insurgency! Dayum the rising gas prices! Dayum Tony Rezko and his connection to Barack Obama! Dayum NAFTA!

What I want to know is how do we keep our young black men safe!!

Jamiel Andre Shaw, 17, was shot multiple times on a sidewalk a few yards from his home after he didn’t respond when two men pulled up in a car and asked him “Where you from?” – code for which gang did he belong to, police said. He was not a gang member.

Read the story here.

I am at the point where I am afraid to have children. I will not be able discipline them at home for fear of child services taking them. And stories like this make me fear for the future safety of my nephews and unborn children. Granted, I don’t live in an area plagued by gang violence but nor am I so delusional to think something like this couldn’t happen to someone I love.

My heart goes out to Jamiel’s parents. I can’t begin to fathom their grief knowing they did all the right things only to have their son snatched away from them by a couple of ignorant, self-loathing, cowardly jackasses. My prayer is that law enforcement find the suspects and they do long hard time in a prison cell with Pookie’s cousins, Tiny and Boo-Boo.


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