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Hello Jasmine

Hello Jasmine

Hello Jazmine,
My name is Bill, you don’t know me, but I know a lot about you, wish I didn’t, but I do. You see, the only reason I know all this stuff about you is because I read about you in the news the other day, like how you love singing in the car and when you do you sing louder than the radio. I also saw your family on the news too, your Mama mentioned how  you love a Bruno Mars song, Mama also said your 6 year old little sister is drawing pictures of you and her playing together...that’s because it’s the only way she can play with you now. Your Mama’s all torn up, your youngest sister keeps asking her where you are and Mama can’t find the words, words that should never ever have to be found.
Baby...Jazmine’s didn’t make it the other day, when that crazy man shot his gun at us, I got shot in the arm, and I’ll be ok, but baby girl, Jazmine got hurt real  bad, real real bad, she’s not going to be ok, she’s not coming back baby.
And that’s why Jazmine, that’s why I know all these things about you and your family. I’m so sorry...Now I can’t find the words that should never ever have to be found...
You’ve been killed Jazmine, and that’s sad enough on its own... I wish I could tell you it was a freak accident, like maybe you were allergic to Brussel sprouts and somehow one ended up in your soup. Even getting hit by a car accidentally would be easier to explain then what did happen.
You see...
I know your Mama always warned you about strangers, how you have to be weary of that Danger Stranger. But I know she didn’t tell you this one, because no one would, nobody would’ve thought that a Mama and her  her four precious daughters would get ambushed by a total stranger, pulling up to their car and firing a gun randomly at anyone and everyone. Sadly Jazmine, us adults don’t want to ruin and scare away the magic of youth by stating certain facts...
Like...
It’s a crazy world out there, people hurt people for all kinds of no good reasons, wacky reasons, religious reasons, jealous reasons, hate reasons...
Now, we don’t know yet what his crazy stupid reason was...
But your Mama thinks it’s because you and your family happen to be black and he white...
I know, I know, crazy as crazy can get. But some people will actually hate us for our color, mistreat us , assume things about us, treat us unfairly AND KILL US!!!
I don’t know why this crazy man did what he did Jazmine, though I don’t fault your Mama for thinking what she’s thinking. I’m sure she’s lived through that hate, I know if I was your Mama, that would be the very first thought that came to me, you’re too young to know this Jazmine, but this is the same state  back in 1998 that another pickup truck pulled over with three white men in it and gave James Byrd Jr. a hellish ride to his death, because he was black, so.. ya, I would think what Mama thinks, for sure!
I feel terrible for you Jazmine, your whole life was stolen from you...
Your family are going to live with this nightmare of a memory for the rest of their lives...
They’ll always be wondering if the pickup behind them are there to do them no good...
I bet it will take a long time before your Mama is even ready to drive again...
And Jazmine...This affects all of us too, everyone that cares for our Brothers & Sisters, no matter the color...
It’s taken so so many years to mend our hate, lately it seems that there wasn’t much mending going on...just bandages that have started to unravel...
I’m so sorry Jazmine, Mama and sisters...

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sparrowsong

Hello Bill...

I'm confused...

They have two black guys in custody, said they committed the crime...

Two mistaken identities or what?

How awesome that could be?

Black called white and white called black...

I sense a good change finally...

Many people sure can jump to false judgement that's for sure...

Great tribute!

We have come to a point when we have to have heart because, someone's next...

Thank you for sharing...

Hugs...

sparrowsong

 

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Bill MacEachern

Hello SparrowSong,
Definitely a bizarre turn of events so far, just more proof you can’t trust eyewitness accounts, she was convinced it was a white guy. I’ve never been shot, or shot at, but have had a gun stuck in my face during a bank robbery, the ONLY description I could give the detective was it was a shiny gun!
That kind of horror can wipe out a lot of memory..

Have a good evening,
Bill

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