How Many More Lives Must Go to Waste?

The Columbus Dispatch

August 1, 2013


The meeting took place two days ago, but the voices continue to echo in my head. “It takes a village to raise a child, but the villages around some children in Columbus are war zones,” said Molly Shack of the Ohio Student Association, a social-justice organization. “We have a debt we owe to young people,” said Betty Lovelace-Ross, a Capital University administrator. “They deserve the right to not have to go out and choose a coffin by the time they’r e 25.” The two were among many people who spoke on Tuesday night at the “Who Killed Trayvon? Community Mass Meeting” at Mount Olivet Baptist Church on E. Main Street. The meeting was prompted, of course, by the recent acquittal in Florida of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. But it came against the backdrop of endless everyday violence in Columbus — including the arrest this week of two black teenagers in a string of shootings. So the twin subjects of racial injustice and black-on-black violence ran side by side at the meeting. “When my unborn children learn about the Trayvon Martin case and they ask me, ‘Mom, what did you do about it?’ I would hate to tell them I did nothing,” said Nicole White, an intern with the Children’s Defense Fund.
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