How come this shit just goes on and on?

Helder TomarIt is really frightening that during the run of “The Etymology of Bird” there has been so much violence as there has been in Rhode Island’s urban centers, not to mention the verdict in the Sean Bell trial. Just this last week another young Black man was laid to rest in Pawtucket. Thanks to the Projo for their coverage:

It set off a cycle of violence that threatens to sweep up teenagers in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

So, as hundreds of Tomar’s friends and family members gathered at his funeral yesterday, lay preacher Marco De Barros used the occasion to call for an end to the bloodshed.

“Death is part of life, but it’s supposed to be natural, not by violence, not by strife,” said De Barros, a 1996 graduate of Shea High School, where Tomar had been a student.

“My question, young people, is ‘What now? What are you going to do with this experience? I believe we are at a crossroads. We have a choice to make.”

“If we keep living this way –– an eye for an eye –– all of us will be blind,” De Barros told the crowd that packed the funeral home.

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