Twenty years ago this month images from
Rwanda were telecast around the world, and they were images of bones —
bones bleached white by the sun and drained dry of blood and flesh —
littering roadsides, piled in open graves, stacked in abandoned churches
and markets and washed up along the shore lines of small bodies of
By now you know that 14-year-old Jashawn
Martin was shot to death by half-brothers Miniko Hicks and Donyell
Walker in broad daylight March 21 when Martin stopped to watch a fight
between two warring factions.
It was 1989 and crack cocaine had all its
black enthusiasts by the pipe; never more prevalent and obviously so
than along the stretch of Burnett Avenue heading north toward its
intersection with Rockdale Avenue.