First and foremost I want to applaud the young woman who persisted in standing up to Dellick's escalating assaults. Many females--from teenaged girlfriends to many-yeared wives--have died at the hands of angry, possessive males who intimidated and abused them verbally, physically, mentally, and sexually. Read today's report of a poor woman who finally snapped and stabbed her partner to death, in shock that it wasn't she herself who ended up in a body bag, after years of receiving abuse.
It took enormous courage and strength of character to stand up against Dellick, protected as he was by his mother's position in the judicial system and her absolute denial of the danger he posed, the harm his intimidation and threats caused other members of society. She is lucky that the escalating, empowered-by-refusal-to-constrain rage her son exhibited did not end in a more ugly tragedy, with a death sentence for that son as well. Did she even flinch when she read about the Sandy Hook shooting of the troubled boy's mother as prelude to his assassination of innocent children? In that case, as in this, the troubled boy's mother blindly defended and no doubt rationalized his evident erratic and anti-social behavior. Instead of owning the problem and seeking help for him that might have prevented the horrible outcome. She herself might be alive today had she been courageous enough to seek help instead of ignoring all the warning signs. Thank God the justice system now has access to and some authority about the fate of young Dellick--and the community is safer because of it.
And thank you, young lady, for your courage that may save more lives than you can now imagine.
February 15, 2014 at 8:54 a.m.
It never ceases to amaze me that SOME people manage to get into this country without public debate or outcry about their visa or lack thereof--only to contaminate US communities with drug trafficking, larceny, assault, and even terrorist bombings--while others who come to work for a better life for their families and communities are tracked down and deported as "illegal aliens." Hum, which of these two type might I want as MY neighbor?
I would like to see a campaign to strip folks like the Boston Marathon bomber's entire family--and this Russian criminal--of any visa or resident status they might have received to GET through customs, revoke their citizenship, and hold them financially responsible for theft (Tar...;s mother shoplifted something like $1000 of merchandise, then claimed the US society corrupted and ruined her poor sons), for the medical & emergency services' costs following the brothers' staged bombings and resulting manhunts, for the social services, government aid for schooling, food, and housing that the family received after being allowed IN to this country--WITH the privilege of citizenship but WITHOUT any responsibility to participate or contribute. Instead, they committed treason, came and went at will into and out the US, condemned, accosted, and betrayed a society that allowed them in.
As for this Russian, send him back. Was it so very hard to figure out he doesn't deserve 'asylum' or whatever other ruse got him paperwork that allowed him legal entry to the US?
February 15, 2014 at 8:29 a.m.
Unfortunately, Professor Syed's well researched statistics do not persuade Americans with deeply ingrained "beliefs"(really only camouflaged prejudices) about the myths of equality, equal opportunity, and the end of slavery in this country.
As an educator, I have long been troubled that students at all levels of learning do not in fact LEARN. Of course my statement is itself a sweeping generalization, but 40 years of teaching in public schools and universities convince me of the sad state of 'education' in America. We have turned 'education' into 'obtaining a diploma/degree; getting a "good" job--aka high pay with lots of perks--so to buy a home away from crime and poverty,' then believe you've built the American dream by your own hard work. The reality of white privilege and "rights" to a mythical superiority persist throughout America. The most ignorant tout it blatantly as "white supremacy"; those with a modicum of learning rationalize their acquisitions and status as "achievement. "
And did I mention that, like the South African apartheid supporters, we often do so in the name of God, as if God actually condones our myopic preservation of privilege while people of color bleed, starve, and die around us, in disproportionate numbers to their percentage of the population. "Slavery" may now be illegal, but the mindset that crafted that institution has deep, deep, roots not yet eradicated. On no other "enlightened," "advanced" and endowed culture on earth is there SUCH persist obsession with the color of one's skin contributing to one's access to or restriction from social standing, the benefits of the social order, or, often, simply personal respect. I fear that God has given up on US, because of our hard-heartedness.
February 13, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.
No doubt this guy will ALSO plead "I'm innocent!....I just host these parties every weekend, and word gets out, and the kids bring stuff, but how was I, a trained officer of the law, educated in criminal activity and employed to ensure the safety of the community by arresting those who break the law--how was I to know they were doing drugs?" Dah. Fire him. And take away his right to ever be an 'officer of the law' again. Anywhere. He deserves--and we the community deserve-- no less.
February 13, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.
I can feel some degree of sympathy for Shain IF I think the "best case scenario" is an attempt to convince herself that she was not fully responsible for the brutal death of her son. However, I cannot be convinced of her innocence even in seeking this interview, in which her focus is wholly on explaining her own inaction--justifying, trying to convince US of her alleged inability to act. I am not a parent, by my choice, believing I lacked sufficient skills to guide a young life, but I am fervent about believing that those who choose to have children have a lifelong responsibility to them. Children are innocents, vulnerable, totally dependent on the adults who 'brought' them here. Literature is rich with the heroism of fathers and mothers who will give their OWN life in an effort to protect their young. Shain offers not one word of compassion for her poor child. Every statement is intended to exonerate her. Her silence regarding Teddy speaks volumes about her myopic focus, her self-oriented concern. My suspicion is this interview was sought because she is, as otherwise stated, facing the loss of her other children, whose lives are forever truncated by fear of as well as need for a miserable mother. God help those poor children to make sense of her cruelty and abandonment, and to find peace and meaning--away from her deadly influence.
February 2, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.