The video below, “Three Little Girls”, tells the stories of the senseless murders of Christina Taylor Green who was killed during the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Brisenia Flores who was murdered by anti-immigrant militia intent on starting a race war, and Aiyana Jones who was shot to death while sleeping innocently in her own home by the Detroit Police Department while they were filming a reality TV show.
More and more, Americans are arming themselves out of one manufactured fear or another. Gun sales are up & the illegal trafficking of guns is beyond government control. Within the context of a culture that continues to glorify weapons of every kind & sees violence & aggression as viable (& entertaining)options to intractable problems, what we are bearing witness to is the dissolution of a nation. More videos like the one featured below are a part of the solution (the recognition of a problem is the first step towards its solution) . How many more of our innocents have to be sacrificed before we take an unflinching look at the culture that spawns such disturbing behavior? Most folks tend to focus on the individual, but the time is way overdue for the analysis to be expanded to the larger society–the media, the educational & legal systems, economic disparities, politics & the moneyed special interests that corrupt it, patriarchy & gender relations, etc–It’s all intertwined. The deaths of these three innocents should lead to more than just our tears.