A young Black woman who was just starting her life as an adult was gunned down while holding her 7-month-old daughter recently on the North Side.
Nicole Dailey, 26, an Oliver graduate, was shot several times across the street from her house on North Charles. Police were searching for a suspect that many believe to be someone she knew, maybe even the baby’s father. Either way, it takes a sick fool to gun down an unarmed woman first of all, but a woman holding a baby? What kind of men are we raising?
At the vigil held for Dailey Aug. 8, more than 200 people came out to show their love and concern for this young woman and many expressed their surprise and shock over the senseless killing of this young woman who carried herself in a respectful way, and that everyone only had good things to say about.
However, some of her relatives and friends made it clear that if the police don’t find her killer they will, and he will get what he deserves.
When I wrote this column on Aug. 14 there had been no word from the police as to whom they were looking for or any additional information on the shooting.
Dailey was buried, Aug. 11. There was no word on who was now going to take on the responsibility of raising her child, Nia. Dailey’s mother, who also lost a son back in the ‘90s, has to be devastated.
My well wishes and prayers go out to the entire family.
I agree with Valerie Dixon, executive director of Prevent Another Crime Today Initiative when she asked, “Where does that mentality come from to shoot a young girl holding a baby? How do you reach somebody who would even think to do that?”
Maybe you don’t try to reach them; maybe they should be behind bars. But of course we have to do something to prevent more of these senseless killings on our streets or domestic. We have got to stop solving problems with guns instead of, say, talking it out. But it’s extremely hard to get any point across to young people today because they know it all, so they don’t listen to anyone over 40. Much like we were in our teens and twenties.
The whole country is upset over President Trump not condemning the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party, Arian Nation, and other hate groups for their role in the violence in Charlottesville, Va., this past Saturday, Aug. 12. But why should he? Those are the people who voted him into office, and those are the people to whom he must please to get a second term. Let’s be real here, Trump’s not stupid. Well, not when it comes to politics.
On the real side both sides were violent.
It brought up a big question. Does the First Amendment include hate groups? Who and what designates a group as a hate group? Would the Black Panthers of the ‘60s, or the Nation of Islam of the ’50 and ‘60s be hate groups? It’s almost like identifying a terrorist group. Remember when Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress were considered to be terrorists by the U.S. and most of Europe in their fight against Apartheid? The U.S. and Europe finally came around with sanctions against the South African government. However, Congressman Dick Cheney voted against the sanctions and he later became vice president of the U.S.
I’m just saying that if we make these anti-Black, anti-Jews, anti-Latinos, and anti-women groups go underground they can do much more damage. At least if they are marching in the streets we have an opportunity to address our youth about what’s wrong with their philosophy. Because they are getting to our youth online and we don’t have a clue. The man who drove the car into the protestors was only 20 years old. What in the world did anybody do to him to bring about such hate? He’s just starting life.
The anti-rally, or anti-hate groups could have accomplished a lot more if they had staged their march/rally a day after or just stood on the sidewalks passing out why we must love one another pamphlets or “why you are wrong” pamphlets.
I don’t think anything changed for the hate groups.
If we want change, we had better get out the vote in 2018 and 2020 because for all those people who did not vote in 2016, you are seeing the results. Because as I told you way back then, any liberal, progressive, moderate, Black, and Latino who chose not to vote for Hillary Clinton was a vote for Trump. She wasn’t a great candidate but she was surely better than Trump. We should be used to voting for the lesser of two evils. Now we must wait and pray that this country doesn’t go to total hell before his term is up.
(Ulish Carter is the former managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)
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