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Boy, 6, Killed Crossing the Street in Harlem

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A 6-year-old boy was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer Thursday morning just blocks from his East Harlem home.

Amar Diarrosova was crossing 1st Avenue at 117th Street when he was hit by a truck as it was making a right turn, police said.

The boy was taken to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No criminality is suspected.

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Diane

I suspect criminality: one the part of this nation, which has dissolved the financial safety net so much that now parents are required to go to work instead of taking care of their children. Mothers all over Harlem are forced into situations where their young children have to supervise themselves. The U.S. is the stingiest developed nation on earth : we are dripping with wealth yet we throw our children to the wolves by forcing every parent to leave their children alone to go to "work." We are cutting budgets recklessly instead of line by line with some thinking, because Congress did not want to be saddled with making a decision. This week, a boy only 6 years old was killed crossing a street alone to get to school. We force parents to both work and then we blame them when their kid dies. The Public Opinion will skewer the crossing guard who wasn't there. Then they will blame the parent. No one will say the truth: whether or not there is a crossing guard, a parent should have been taking this child to school. Her work schedule and employer did not allow it. If she was on public aid, her ridiculous work or training program would cut her benefits off if she got to work late because she wanted to take her kid to school. On the subway, I regularly see children as young as nine go from subway car to subway car selling candy to raise money often at night. This country fought at the end of the nineteenth century to end child labor, yet in 21st century America we have dismantled the safety net so much that it has returned. Anyone who cannot see the proof, in children too little to be seen above the hood of a truck walking themselves to school, and in kids working on the trains, that our leaders have abandoned social assistance policies, is in denial. There is no Party in this nation that has the honesty and clarity to say that the erosion of direct cash aid and the rise of forced work programs is killing children.

Mar. 02 2013 02:46 PM

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