While the nation’s focus is on yesterday’s primary results, in Los Angeles Black people still continue to be under attack.
Los Angeles police arrested two suspected Latino gang members who allegedly shot a 6-year-old boy in the head Tuesday as his family drove through the Harbor Gateway neighborhood on their way to an auto auction.
According to news reports, Police Chief William J. Bratton said the attack began when two Latino males flashed gang signs before opening fire on the family’s red GMC Yukon, which contained six people, including a woman who is eight months pregnant. The rear window of the SUV was shattered by the gunfire, and one of the rounds hit the boy in the head, he said.
Meanwhile in my neighborhood, the community gathered at a vigil to remember Jamiel Shaw, a Los Angeles High School junior and star football running back who was shot to death just a few houses away from his home on a quiet street in the Arlington Heights neighborhood.
Police say two Latino men jumped out of a car and asked Shaw if he was a gang member. He did not answer and the men shot him, according to the police, who said Shaw had no gang affiliation.
In a Los Angeles Times story, Thomas Shaw, Jamiel’s younger brother is said to have asked his father, "Dad, are they going to kill me too?"
The father replied, "I told him ‘No, they’re not going to kill you.’ But in my mind, I thought, ‘I don’t know.’ "
"I don’t see it as black and brown. I see it as a gang problem," Shaw’s father said as tears ran down his face. "I don’t want anybody to think this is a racial thing."
Jamiel’s mother, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, was serving her second tour of duty in Iraq but is on her way home now.
I’m gonna keep it real. There are certain parts of town that I just won’t go to because I am Black.
But with the shooting of Jamiel, I am reminded that it doesn’t matter where I am, it can happen anywhere at anytime.
This shit is ridiculous and frankly, I don’t feel like our Mayor is doing enough about it.
Black people are under attack in Los Angeles. It doesn’t matter if you’re a toddler or a junior and star football running back on your way to college. Black is Black.