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by Maria Lloyd
After reading the story of the 17-year-old kid who was shot and killed in front of his mother and his 4- and 11-year-old brothers at a laundromat in Chicago on Friday, I became angry. Not only am I angry with the killer, the rough neighborhood in which the victim was raised, and the continued black-on-black crime; I am angry with the entire black community for allowing politicians to remain silent on gun control as our children die in our communities.
In 2008 and 2009, black teens were only 15% of the child population, but were 45% of the total fatal gun deaths. If being labeled as an “angry black woman” or an “angry black man” is what we have to be to get politicians to care about our children, it is time that we embrace those titles with pride.