On April 9th 2016 former New Orleans Saints defensive end and 2010 Super Bowl champion Will Smith, was killed in the middle of a street in New Orleans. There was a vehicle crash, police said, followed by a heated exchange and a deadly shooting. It looks like the homicide was the result of an argument started after the crash.
For several days now, the media has jabbered about the case and every day there seems to be new evidence and new possibilities of what “really” may have been the cause of the killing. Numerous times a day the sad events are brought up and there is a media astonishment of how such a tragedy could have happened to such a nice man. Smith was popular and apparently a nice human being.
The media seems simply astonished that such a tragedy could happen in the middle of a busy downtown street, not to mention to such an accomplished and nice man and to his lovely wife as well, who was shot twice in the legs.
News flash: This happens every day in the United States. Every day, good men are being shot and killed. Good women too and let me not forget good children—every day. And you know, there aren’t deep down hard to figure out reasons where we need top notch sleuths to figure out the cause of the killings, either. Nah, not at all. Arguments, being dissed (disrespected), road rage, robberies, gang-related one-upmanship and not giving a hoot about others.
Now I know some people relish deep down complicated reasons and solutions to many things in life and if one were to watch this case on TV, you’d see that’s what’s happening. Also, people love who-done-its, and that may be a reason for all the media scrutiny and supposed investigation into the possibilities of why this tragedy occurred.
Where’s this media when in Chicago, every day, this kind of scenario goes down? Or in Cleveland, every other day—literally. Detroit? Where is the deep investigation, the shock of how something like this could happen? Many of our urban areas are war zones, literally. In Chicago, for example, there were times more Americans were getting killed there than were being killed during our war in Afghanistan. Did you know that?
What a disrespect to all the victims and their families who are killed every day in the US who are not getting the time and respect Smith is getting. There are good people in that bunch too! We can try to understand why all this occurs in America, day in and day out, but we really don’t do that anymore, do we? President Obama has steered away from it, as well. The status quo thinking is that it is so complicated that lets just kick the can down the road and one day, someone will fix it. Ah, yes, too complicated. Meanwhile, someone gets killed, just a regular guy like me or you and no one stops to investigate the hell out of it or try to figure out how such a terrible thing could have happened. No, because it happens every day and the regular folks who are dying are thought of as lepers, no one wants to broach the problem. The media and many others have their head in the sand. Too complicated.
Well it’s not complicated. Get jobs in our metropolitan areas through common sense trade deals and the president using his bully pulpit to get corporations into urban areas with the help of tax free zones. Through mentorship, get morals back in the areas where nothing matters anymore, no one counts anymore, and few people care about anything other than immediate gratification. Not complicated. Simple, hard work. The old fashioned way—the way that America knew so well, years ago.
Rest in peace Will Smith and deep condolences to your family.
Steve's a three-time survivor of violence in his youth and was an award winning police officer.
For several years, Steve also did radio political and current event commentary and taught college Criminal Justice. He is the former host of the long running 'The Kovacs Perspective' Internet radio talk show.
Presently, Steve is the owner and Managing Director of one of the oldest martial art schools in Ohio, 'The Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense'.
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