This weekend in Washington, D.C., three young men in the Southeast section of the city became some of the latest statistics for gun violence in the District of Columbia. Our cynical natures make us assume that these young men were probably thugs, derelicts, drug addicts or dealers, but we don’t know. However, because of the section of town they were in, and the associations we draw with young folks being shot in D.C., we tend to think of it as business as usual.
Rewind to a week ago, when one of the most promising Washington Redskins players, star safety Sean Taylor, was fatally shot in his home outside of Miami. Let me be the first to say, our deepest and most heartfelt condolences go out to his parents and loved ones. Immediately following the incident, the story of his shooting became national and even international news. We’ve been inundated in the days following his death with breaking news stories and special reports on this young man who at one time in the not too distant past caught a lot of flak in the press for his youthful indiscretions.