Black-on-black violence must be condemned
In 1964, the late civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, coined the famous phrase, "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired." As a proud and involved African-American male, I must echo the sentiments Ms. Hamer expressed in her struggles during the '60s civil rights movement.
I am sick and tired of reading about the killing of our sweet, young and innocent children at the hands of uncaring black men who conduct their drug wars and turf battles at anytime and anyplace without regard to others who may be in their presence.
The senseless killing of little James Smith III is just another example of the total indifference to life that losers like Maurice Blevin, 19, and Kenya Davis, 20, continue to demonstrate.
We all remember little Tiffany, shot while playing in front of her home, the boys shot while playing football, the elderly man shot while having a conversation with his friends. All were shot by black men, all of whom should have been in jail for other crimes committed against black people.
It is well past the time that the black community rises up and begins to attach some type of social stigma on these parasites of the black community.
Little James' mother stated that "the support she has received demonstrates that her son not only belonged to her, but that he belonged to the entire community."
It is time that the villagers exile those among us who have no regard for life. The thing that bothers me the most is that if, while conducting criminal activity in our community, the thugs who caused the death of little James were later shot by police, the outrage and outcries would last much longer.
Lewis A. Bracy
Sweeping up in the nation's capital
This is about five local Severna Park Middle School children and one Severna Park Middle School Bulgarian foreign exchange girl who all were part of history on Jan. 20 by being participants in the inaugural parade. My sister, Rebecca Owen, of Potomac, was coordinator for all the horses for the 53rd inaugural parade. She asked me if I would like to be in the parade with my two children, Ryan and Victoria Parisi, along with our foreign exchange sixth grader, Denitsa "Denny" Petrova.
She also said we could get three other kids to be in the parade with us to be the "rear guards." I asked my neighbor, sixth grader Matthew Robey and two of my eighth grade son's friends, Teddy Turnblacer and Jonathan Greenblatt, if they would like to join us. All agreed to do this honorable job in the parade, dressed as clowns and carrying shovels and wagons with balloons. We were in charge of the rear of the horses, in case they dropped anything.
It was fun and very exciting for all. It was a long day for all but the kids were wonderful and they will carry this experience with them for the rest of their lives and be able to pass down this story generation after generation. There was a lot of training for this position and everyone passed with flying colors.
Amy E. Parisi
More overtures to the gospel
In his Jan. 12 response to the "Overtures to the Gospel" article of Dec. 22, Glenn R. Parkinson made some statements that need to be corrected. Concerning the argument that the Roman census under Quirinius mentioned in Luke occurred in 6 A.D., which brought into question the birth date of Jesus, he stated, "But the evidence indicates that a Roman census was taken every 14 years, and Quirinius functioned with brief interruptions as military governor or commander-in-chief in Syria from 12 B.C to A.D. 16."
In the first place, the Roman census every 14 years applied only to provinces, such as Egypt, where the Romans ruled directly. The Romans did not tax the inhabitants of other provinces that were ruled by "client" kings, such as Herod. Moreover, every authoritative reference I have looked at states quite unequivocally that there is no evidence that Quirinius had been governor of Syria prior to 6 A.D. When King Herod died in 4 B.C., the Romans divided his territory among his three sons. Archelaus was given Judea, Idumea and Samaria to rule. Archelaus proved to be a particularly brutal ruler and his subjects appealed to Rome for relief. The Romans banished him in 6 A.D. and brought his territory under direct Roman rule. A census was ordered for the purpose of taxation, and Quirinius, as the new governor of Syria, was charged with overseeing it. As Mr. Parkinson pointed out, this did not go over too well with the Jews, some of whom openly rebelled.