Equal parts outrage and squee with a tall glass of Iowa Nice to wash it all down.
This statistic was recently released in United Nations report that uses Oxfam figures. It’s also a huge wake-up call for anyone who doesn’t consider income inequality a major issue in global politics. (via micdotcom)
The last bell rings and after the students clear the room, a former student walks into the class. He is pushing a stroller.
Me: “Oh my god.”
Him: “Yeah, I know. Sir, this is Ella.”
I’m in shock. He only graduated two years prior.
Me: “How old is she?”
Him: “Six months.”
He picks her up and shows her to me. She is beautiful.
Him: “You want to hold her?”
Me: “I’m not good with babies.”
Him: “I wasn’t either.”
He hands her to me. She coos as I cradle her. Everything about her feels so fragile and I am overwhelmed with sadness and joy for her father.
Me: “What are you doing these days?”
Him: “I’m working three jobs. Saving up for school. I’m going to do that construction program you talked about.”
Me: “That’s amazing. Good for you. I’m so proud of you.”
We stay silent awhile.
Me: “How do you do it?”
Him: “Remember when you told us that one day, if we’re lucky, we’ll find out we’re way stronger than we thought we were?”
Me: “I don’t remember.”
Him: “Well, you did.”
Me: “And was I right?”
Him: “I don’t know yet. I hope so.”
Unlike the beautiful 6-year old Jonbenett Ramsey who received coverage all over the media - every tabloid, newspaper, news channel, talk show, 7-year old Aiyana Stanley was killed by a police officer during a raid while she was sleep and her murder received very little coverage.
Police, searching for a murder suspect, threw a flash grenade through the window of her family’s apartment around midnight. According to Aiyana’s father, it landed on the couch, setting Aiyana on fire. A police officer’s gun then went off, and shot Aiyana in the neck.
Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.
Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.
“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told.
We haven’t forgotten about you baby. R.I.P.