A Century and a Half Later a Child is killed with Impunity

I have been reading Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist. Dickens describes England in the mid 1800’s. Orphan children were a worthless burden to society. They were fed as little as possible in the hope that they will die at an early age – of natural causes, of course – and therefore stop costing society (the Church of England at the time) for their care. As I read, I am thinking, not so much about Oliver, who manages to survive, but about all the other children who ended up in Mr. Sowerberry’s (sounds like sour berry) little, cheap coffin.

Then, over a century and a half later, in a town called Sanford, in a so called civilized nation named the United States of America -because it is comprised of many states, in a vast continent, and beyond; with different laws and different ways of interpreting those laws- a child is killed, gun down by a merciless soul. The police authority decides that since the child is black it was OK for the killer to go his merry way, without interrogation, without confiscating the gun, without making a background check, without administering a drug test (all the procedures that at the beginning of 21st Century the authorities have at there disposal and are required to follow) But, the child was black. What was the police authority thinking? He is black. No one will claim him. There goes one less headache for society. Call Mr. Sowerberry he can supply a cheap pine coffin.

It is sickening and it hurts all the way to the remnant of my human soul.

I should have been in Sanford tonight where people gathered to protest another unspeakable injustice in our United States of America.

Are we ever going to learn?


About David Sierra-Bolet

Born in Banes, Oriente, Cuba a cool, humid early morning in the United Fruit Sugar Company Hospital during the last weeks of World War II. Lived in many places, studied in many schools, exposed to many ideas: Banes - Colegio Los Amigos (Quaker); Puerto Padre - Colegio Wilminton (Quaker); Berea, Santa Clara (Interdenominational); Holguin, Cuba - Colegio Los Amigos (Quaker); Cardenas, Matanzas - Colegio La Progresiva (Presbyterian). Berea, Kentucky - Berea College Foundation School (Interdenominational) El Paso, Texas - Irvin High School (Public); Miami, Florida - Dade County Junior College (Public) - Florida International University (Public); Los Angeles, California (Pace Magazine, Up with People) From 1964 to 1965 visited most mayor universities in the SE of the US, as part of a group of speakers sponsored by Moral Re-Armament and inspired by Peter Howard's challenge to change the world through a personal moral re-evaluation. From 1965 to 1970 Traveled extensively with the musical movement Up With People. Visited many places, met many people, lived with many families: 42 States of the United States and Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, England, Spain and Portugal. Worked as: Payroll Analyst - ADP, Miami Fl.; Budget & Planning analyst - Milgo Electronics, Miami Fl; Sales Manager - Airways and Airliner Hotels, Miami, Fl; Musical groups promoter - Megatalent Associates, Miami, Fl, Food & Beverage Director, Holiday Inn, Miami, Fl; Lipstik Club, Co-Manager, South Miami and North Miami, Fl; Crazy Jim Club, Gen. Mgr. Hollywood, Fl; Yvor Strip Club, Gen. Mgr. Tampa Fl; Utopia Club, St. Petersburg, Fl; Ponce de Leon Hotel, Front Desk Clerk, St. Petersburg, Fl; retired in St Petersburg, Fl.
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