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Now that the Americans who were shocked at the possibility of being shot in their neighborhoods has gotten a taste of how lots of people of color live, will anything change? Probably not.  The celebration of the capture of the bomber and the great job done by law enforcement closed that chapter, until the next time.  Meanwhile, drive-by shootings, armed robberies, and police corruption all keep happening in community after community, and the other America is just relieved it’s all happening on the other side of town.

Exactly one week after the marathon bombers struck in Boston,  just blocks away from the president’s Chicago residence, a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in a backyard.

The mother of Cornelius German said she was waiting to pick him up on Monday night on a nearby street corner but he never arrived.  Then she saw a lot of police cars race by.

“I saw a police officer. He said a little kid got shot. Somehow, I knew it was my baby. I went back there. I saw my baby on the ground in the grass. I saw his gym shoes and his jacket.”

Unimaginable for most…normal for too many.

Terrorism: The Not-So-New Normal  was originally published on

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