With all the controversy surrounding the Calvin Miller arrest, the community seems to have forgotten a girl was shot about a month ago at the Pointe Apartments in Urbana. I recall her injury was not life threatening, although an inch or two one way or another may have rendered tragically different results. Is she not worthy of compassion and a demand for action against the shooters? Where's the outrage against that shooting?
A friend of my son lived in the Pointe Apartments, and suffered a broken cheek and jaw in an armed burglary. What about the recent mugging and robbery in the Pointe Apartments parking lot? Are these residents not worthy of a vocal and decisive defense? What about the injury suffered by an elderly man in Urbana when he walked into a robbery taking place in his own house? Where's the rage against armed violence against other human beings?
What about the recent armed robbery attempt on Eureka Street in Champaign, where the robbers themselves were shot?
What about the shootings at the Mall? Fortunately, only the perpetrators were injured, although there may have been a hundred people or more within the range of a .38 caliber pistol, any of them potential victims. Where is the rage against these shootings and the gang activity that precipitated the shootings?
What about the muggings and robberies on campus? Aren't students entitled to a safe university environment while they prepare for their futures? Where's the rage against an attitude that someone is entitled to forcibly take property that doesn't belong to them, sometimes at gunpoint or knifepoint, and that UI students are fodder for this dysfunctional behavior?
What about the shootings in Garden Hills a year or so ago, where a crowd gathered to witness that spectacle? What about the witnesses who supposedly saw nothing when interviewed by Police? Aren't Garden Hills residents worthy of safety in their own homes?
What about the two UI students who were hit, and then run over by an automobile. Where's the outrage against this pathetic act of cowardice?
If an objective observer were to assess a community's values based on its expression of discontent, or its silence and tacit approval, they could draw no other conclusion other than shooting people, armed violence, mugging and robbery and overall disregard for civil order and human life are acceptable behaviors, personal accountability for one's actions is discouraged, police actions are unacceptable and rabble and mob rule is the preferred method of civic governance.
Is this the way a community should nurture its values? Is this the way a community should present itself to the city, region, and nation as a whole? I would hope not but, regrettably, some do.