Desperate Decisions….Desperate Measures

 

It seems everyday we are bombarded with stories from the media that put us in the prime position to pass judgement. Even without all the facts. This hardly seems fair, right? Maybe, maybe not. But to err is human and evidently, so is passing judgement. It’s probably one of the single-most common things many of us can agree that we do on a daily basis, even though it may not be intentional.

So, this news story splashes across the t.v. this morning as I’m rushing around trying to make my quick morning exit to begin my day. This story was about a mother who made a crucial and what could be a life-changing decision that will her affect not only her own life, but her two children as well for years to come.

In lieu of a job interview, this woman left her 6 month old and 2 year old children in her car with the windows barely cracked open while she was inside of a building being interviewed for a job! Fortunately the children were discovered in time before anything seriously happened to them but both children appeared to be under distress and were sweating profusely. According to authorities, the inside of the car had reached a temperature of over 100 degrees!

Now, when I first heard this, I immediately felt for the safety of the children of course. Then as the story sunk in further, I started to ponder the decision of the mother. Only someone who was at her desperate wit’s end would make a decision such as this! What would drive a mother to put her children at risk? The compassionate mother side of me couldn’t help but think that this woman had to think she didn’t have any other choice. Her decision came out of a need to provide for herself and her children. Maybe she felt that the interview would not take long and that the children would be totally safe within the confines of her car. The thought of the hot temperatures may never have occurred to her. You can rest assured that it occurs to her now.

Surprisingly, people have really come to her defense and have even started a monetary fund for her that has already reached well over $110,000.00! I must say that human nature never ceases to amaze me! As quick as some people were to judge and desire this woman’s head on a chopping block, there were those that were there to tip the scales, and overwhelmingly so!

Sadly, this mother may be facing jail time as a result of her desperate decision(s) and even more, her desperate measures. Out of all this and for what it’s worth, you can’t help but wonder…..after risking virtually everything…..minus all the media attention…. would she have gotten the job?

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Sundown Towns

 

 

 

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Last night’s edition of filmmaker Keith Beauchamp’s The Injustice Files: Sundown Towns on Investigation Discovery refocused attention on what is now known as “sundown towns,” places where African-Americans were not welcomed “after the sun went down” and, in some instances, purposely driven out altogether.

I had never heard of the term Sundown Towns until I recently watched a documentary on the subject on Investigation ID.  Unfortunately, this kind of ignorance is alive and well today, according to this documentary. In certain parts of the country this way of thinking seems to be thriving but has been kept hush,hush by the media.  Evidently, black people were warned by signage that they could be killed if caught after dark in these “Sundown Towns”.

A sociologist by the name of James W. Loewen, strongly believes that these “sundown town” situations occur predominately in Northern states as opposed to Southern states as he explains in his 2005 book called “Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. Being a native of Illinois, Mr. Loewen focused heavily on this area and believed that this subject had a huge presence there.

The documentary I saw aired on March 21, 2014. One of the places noted in the segment was Martinsville,Indiana where a black woman by the name of Carol Jenkins was murdered at the age of 21 simply because she was caught in town selling encyclopedias ‘after dark’. Miss Jenkins had come to the home of a couple seeking help on the night of her murder. According to this couple, she was very afraid because she was being followed by a car with two men in it. The couple tried to get Miss Jenkins to stay at their home that night and pleaded with her not to go back out but she insisted on leaving and didn’t want to bother them further. Besides her murderer(s), this couple was the last to see her alive. The wife of the couple said she felt Miss Jenkins knew she was going to die that night. Tragically, that’s just what happened on September 16, 1968.

Is this as much a surprise to some of you as it was for me? Please share your thoughts on this subject.

 

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