THE MORE THINGS CHANGE ... 🙏🏾: Yusuf Kirriem Hawkins [R.I.P.][EAST NEW YORK, FLATBUSH x BREEVORT PROJECTS]
[Extremely high fevers can kill - and not only the medically related kind.
On the night of August 23, 1989, Yusuf Kirriem Hawkins was shot dead in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY.
Because, well, according to some, he simply didn’t belong there.
Not only had he, a young Black man, trespassed into the historically insular and, until recently, largely Italian-American stronghold neighborhood of Bensonhurst but, worse still, this dirty Black kid had managed to pluck one of their neighborhood’s most prized and delicate flowers. Or so his attackers thought.
See, the thing is, Mr. Hawkins - accompanied by 3 friends - was actually only in that far away land to inquire about a used 1982 Pontiac car that was for sale.
But, the mistake was not theirs.
The mistake was on the part of the angry mob of White teenagers who got the “balls” (only when all together, of course) to chase, and eventually murder, one young man, in a small group of teens, because he was Black. And he didn’t belong “there”. Not in that neighborhood and most definitely not in that young woman whom they wrongly thought that Yusuf was dating and whose body they, again wrongly, thought that they had ultimate say and control over. But, when your skin is your sin, the truth rarely matters to your foes.
Yusuf Hawkins was 16 years old.
Territorial bigots, hopped up off testosterone and pride, need only the thinnest of reasons to assault you. Yeah, entitlement does that.
High fevers can cause great delusions in those afflicted: Delusions of being disrespected. Delusions of power. Delusions of grandeur. Delusions of gangster. And, sadly, thirty years later, far too little, in my opinion, has changed very much. Word to Trayvon Martin. 💪🏾💪🏾🙏🏾]
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