The undersigned are members of Community Healing Network - based in New Haven.
A few days ago, a little boy, just one and a half years old, was the victim of a drive-by shooting in New Haven, Connecticut, where Community Healing Network is based. Thank God, he is expected to survive.
But we are all left wondering yet again: why is it that so many Black children in neighborhoods in cities all across this country are being shot and killed? And why is it that the Black community has been unable to rise up in righteous indignation to end this carnage--to protect and save its children?
Why? Because the lie of Black inferiority still has us in its sinister clutches. We simply do not value our lives and our children's lives as we should. It is past time for us to be about the business of healing ourselves from the damage that centuries of external--and internalized--racism have done. Only by doing that hard work, will we be fully empowered to protect and save our children.
Enola Aird, Jill Snyder, Dottie Green, Natalie Roche, Wizdom Powell, Sheila Warren, Tarice Gray, Ric Jennings, Gretchen Vaughn, Carl Miller, A.D. Carson, and all your friends at Community Healing Network, Inc.