Where Were They?


By: Carolyn Hileman

Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower, both 20 years old, and Terrance Aeriel, 18, all black children all murdered and where were the black leaders demanding justice for their lives? Officer Sheila Herring, and Rodney Johnson were murdered as well but you did not see the likes of Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton or the newest Quantell X out in the streets demanding justice for their fallen brothers and sisters. There were no marches, not one word uttered by those who say they only care about the safety of their brothers and sisters.

But they will march for people like Diego Ortiz and Miguel Dejesus, The two were shot and killed by Joe Horn, a Pasadena man who thought they were burglarizing his neighbor’s home last month. According to a DPS memo obtained by 11 News, the department was investigating the use of Puerto Rican birth certificates by Colombians seeking to obtain Texas driver’s licenses. Both Ortiz and Dejesus had applied for licenses. Dejesus listed his country of origin as Puerto Rico, but both men were Colombian. Quantell X has made these men’s death a black and white issue, even going so far as to protest in front of the mans house who shot them, not just one protest but several, he has made this his cause and yet we hardly ever hear about any of the people who have been killed either doing their jobs or just trying to live their lives could it be that they are not as important to the black people?

Why was their no outcry from the black people over the killings of those children? Why were there no marches demanding justice, demanding answers as to why this illegal immigrant was allowed out on bond after raping a child, let out to kill three more children and seriously injure another. If it had been children in my neighborhood I would not have waited for the likes of Jessie Jackson to take to the streets, I would have started the march myself. If it had been my children all hell would have broken loose and there would have been some answers other than well we can’t check their immigration status. I want to know why the black people have not come out in numbers and demanded that they protect their children, and I want to know why Jessie Jackson could not even spare the time to go down there and grieve with these families, is it that they were not killed by the cops, is that they were not killed by white folks, is it that he and the others believe that the illegals will give them more money than the blacks? What is the difference here? Why were these people ignored and where were they???



In the End,
we will remember
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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