Sunday, January 11, 2009
Shot for being a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Shot by another young man in a uniform, who may or may not have known what he was doing. Dead and gone, leaving a child behind in a world where sanity and security are increasingly difficult to come by. Riots follow, and while most rioting is opportunistic mayhem, protest is a sane response to the killing of an unarmed, immobilized youth. In the end though, the blame can never be fully allocated. The price of a life can never be repaid. Cultures have met at the border between the two societies, and one is a culture of pride and violence and competition; and so is the other, but only one side has the guns in this case. Cowboys and Indians.