Tuesday, May 19, 2009

R.I.P. Dolla

When 21 year old Roderick Anthony Burton II, aka Dolla was murdered Monday in Los Angeles, a cliched trend among young black men was proven to be alive and well. Too many of us die young and perish in senseless acts. So many young black men are taught to overindulge in things that become problematic when we hold them too high; like money and pride. There is no monetary value on anyone's life and there is no rationale behind this young man's murder.

During the early 90's anything from a "wrong" color, to having your hat face the "wrong" direction could have gotten you killed. I thought that by the time I grew up, that lack of value for the lives of young black men would have surpassed. Yet despite Million Man March after Million Man March, the inauguration of a black president, and nearly two decades worth of opportunities for growth, the collective of young black men still holds no accountability for their own lives or the lives of others.

My prayers go out to the family of both the victim and the suspect arrested in the killing, but going forward, my prayers go out to the young black men of this generation. Everyone of us deserves an opportunity to reach our potential and become something great. The difficult part is, for that to happen we have to survive in the same valueless world that Roderick Burton II and so many others lost their lives in.



1 comment:

  1. Thank You Ant for taking a moment to address are young black men! These senseless deaths MUST STOP!