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ABANDONED NATION

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 4:37 p.m.

Too many tears are falling, and too many city sidewalks are stained with blood as countless families mourn the loss of youth and bury the victims of inner-city violence. Miles and miles of column inches in the press and along the superhighway have been spent informing the electronic media and the general public about the senseless deaths of those gunned down in urban areas.

"As rapper Saigon pointed out, what we have here is a generation who feel that they are an 'abandoned nation,' so they act outside the normalized parameters because they feel that those who should care and guide and nurture simply do not," observed New Jersey activist Divine Allah.

Next Monday (November 23) is the National Day of Outrage, activists and communities from the East to the West Coast, Southern and Midwest states et al will join with Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN), to call attention to what Sharpton calls the "nationwide epidemic of violence in urban communities."

Divine Allah, who is also the youth minister of the New Black Panther Party, added, "Our outrage on this day must encompass acknowledging all the elements that lead us to have the social issues that lead to the senseless acts of violence that we find are being committed within the inner city and beyond. There is a direct correlation with the bloodshed to the high levels of unemployment, poverty, miseducation, racism and white supremacy that permeates every aspect of Black life in America.

The more we try to deny that white supremacy and racism exists, the greater the detrimental effects of how both impact our communities.

"The young people who perpetrate the violence or are victims of it--they are only responding to a greater symptom that never gets addressed, which is their sense of abandonment by an adult population in authority that refuses to acknowledge the role that miseducation, unemployment and poverty have played in creating their condition."

The shooters have been reckless and wayward; and their bullets have been indiscriminate--the victims ranging from babies just trying to enjoy the wonders of the world and just trying to reach 4-years-old like Brooklyn's Tajmere Clarke; to Sadie Mitchell, 92, a Bronx grandmother of the block watching TV at home when she was shot; to 13-year-old Kevin Miller, who was shot on his way to a Queens' McDonald's; to 15-year-old Vada Vasquez, who was shot on her way home from school in the Bronx just this past Monday.

Sharpton will participate in the Day of Outrage in Atlanta, Ga., where Jasmine Lynn, a 19-year-old Spelman College sophomore was shot and killed while walking on the Clark Atlanta University campus in September.

"We must be just as vigilant against the shootings that are random, gang-related or intentional, because we are in a crisis state and too many lives are being forsaken. We've got to come together across all lines to fight this battle," said Sharpton.

"You cannot be a leader in any respective field--from elected official, community organizer, member of the clergy to a teacher, doctor or lawyer--if you are not involved in the issue of ending youth and gang violence in our community," chided Tamika Mallory, the National Day of Outrage organizer and national executive director of NAN. "Unless we come together, the situation will be beyond our control!"