Over the past few weeks I’ve written about a sick village. There has been little, if any, push back on the theory that our collective village is a deathly ill. None of us can sit back and blindly think it’s not our village. When parishioners can’t enjoy Sunday church service without worrying about who’s walking in the door of the sanctuary, that’s just more evidence. And it’s piling up in every corner of our village.
As most visitors to this space can attest, I’ve been doing a lot of writing about our village. While we don’t have to agree on its ills or even the details of the solutions, I think we can all agree that the village is broken. Last week, I said the village was sick. You may take that to mean sick mentally, physically or morally. I believe it’s all three. But it’s not like the medicine is unknown. We know what it is and where it can be found.
I didn’t know Jayvon Sherman, the 16-year-old Central High student who was found murdered, apparently shot in the chest, while walking to school, making him Macon-Bibb County’s 22nd homicide victim this year. I don’t know, as of this writing, exactly what happened, but at the vigil for Sherman on Sunday, he was described as one of the “good kids,” a kid who was trying to do things the “right way.” Those were words of Central’s principal, Emanuel Frazier, who I do know.
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Selecting a term
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