How he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school?

“You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” Harris continued. “You have to understand … how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point of view.”

This justification for one stealing from another comes after a 17-year-old was shot and killed after robbing a 56-year-old, stealing from this lady that which she through her hard work earned, and though his criminal selfish behavior took because it’s what you do “in the hood.”

The cousin said of this thief: “He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals … he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning.”

The tragedy here is that someone died, a young man whose future was still open with possibilities: “he had goals . . . was a funny guy . . . big on education . . . loved learning.”

I have no doubt this young person was all that was said about him. Not every criminal is wholly evil. The mafia hit man loves his wife, his children. And yet, mentioning these good qualities of both the young man in this story and the mafia hit man is not an equivalent to the fact that I, too, have goals, have moments of being funny, big on education, love my wife and children. In stark contrast to me (and millions of us) the hit man has no conscience and kills without moral regret, and I, in contrast to the young man, don’t steal what belongs to others.

He, the young kid, not society, put himself in a place where death was an option because of his behavior, not the homeowner being robbed. I don’t know those last moments as they are not in the story. Maybe on a different day she would not have pulled the trigger, but he created the circumstances by breaking into her home and robbing her, and then getting caught. Of all the choices they saw for his life on this day he chose none of those honorable goals, he chose to steal from others what wasn’t his. He had no right whatsoever to that property. He chose on this day to be a thief and it cost him his life.

If I were a member of that family I would be just as devastated as they and my first reaction would equally be to call it senseless violence and she didn’t need to shoot. That’s the first emotion we would all have, and it would be a natural reaction. But then we have to stop and take an honest look. Senseless? Not really. The woman didn’t just see a black youth and shoot him, he was coming out of her house with her things. Only one conclusion here, he was a thief and that action of his led to the response that proved deadly for him.

And is it a natural right that if we live in an economically depressed neighborhood (the hood) we have the right to make our money not by our honest work but by our dishonest thievery? Really? “How else is he gonna make his money?” Try working. Finding a job isn’t always easy, I know that because I had my times of looking and looking and finding nothing. While society and government play a role in our economic depression, two wrongs don’t make a right, just a third wrong.

There are two tragedies here: the loss of life and the idea that if you live in the hood it’s your natural right to take from others what’s theirs and not yours. The consequences won’t always be the things you took, it just may be a bullet.


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