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Mourn Hadiya Pendleton But Know That 'Bad' Kids Don't Deserve to Die Either

Liz Dwyer

Much of the media coverage of Hadiya Pendleton's murder has focused on how she was a 'good' kid and an honor's student. "The implicit message seems to be that her death was doubly tragic because she fit conventional notions of achievement and respectability. This is of course politics as usual, since the deaths of criminalized and or gang-affiliated youth could not have garnered public sympathy." But, why don't we extend "compassion to the lives of every youth" that's impacted by violence?

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