The Trump Effect
Each day more horrible stories of hate come to light and each one breaks my heart. From swastikas being spray painted on playgrounds to a video of a white nationalist convention at which they are giving the Nazi salute and scream "Heil Trump," one day seems to be worse than the last. Recently, though two stories have just destroyed me. One is that of the shooting death of James Means, a 15-year-old boy from West Virginia at the hands of a racist white man who proudly, and without remorse, admitted to police that he did in fact shoot James. A police detective quoted the man, whose name I will not mention because I do not want to give him any publicity, as saying, "The way I look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street." While the life of this young man meant nothing to the racist monster who murdered him in cold blood, James Means' life meant a great deal to everyone who knew and loved him. James' memory will live on long past the days of the monster who killed him. "James wanted to grow up to be a businessman and open a mechanic shop," according to Obi Henderson, founder of a program called Dream Chasers, which helps "at risk" youth develop career goals.
Jordan walked away from the incident, but returned upon noticing mulch was now being thrown at his sister, J'Niaha, by the younger child under the command of the 13-year-old. A fight broke out between Jordan and the younger child when the 13-year-old again approached Jordan. At this time, a previously un-involved fourth grade student entered the incident saying to Jordan: 'You need to go back to the cotton farm.' It is then that Jordan sustained the injuries - a fractured right humerus and what would later be diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome.
A fifth grade student, who is said to have witnessed the entire account, walked Jordan to the classroom where Jackson was, and informed her of the events. There were no adult witnesses to the event, however surveillance footage is available and is being used by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for their investigation.