Elijah Dukes provided all kinds of fodder for sound bites when he called into a radio show after his taunting wife conducted an assault on his character.
While folks concentrated on his statements regarding his wife and some regarding his falling victim to the luscious temptations of a 17 year old girl living under the foster care of his grandmother; the most telling statement that Dukes made has gotten precious little play.
When asked about his background, and the fact that his father went to prison for killing someone over a bad $100 crack cocaine deal, Dukes said "if people must know... $100 of crack, you can flip that and get $200. You all need to be more open-minded about the situation"
Key phrase: open minded.
Casting judgment on this situation without knowing anything more than the details. Only knowing the basic facts. Not knowing the thought process of the man involved. Taking things at face value. Reading a headline, "Man Killed over $100 worth of crack", and leaping head first to the conclusion that this was an irrational act. Or that the man conducting the act was in some way a bad person.
It doesn't take a social scientist or psychologist to understand where much of the anger we feel emanating from Mr. Dukes originates. It originates from watching his father suffer at the hands of a closed minded society. It smolders as he sees that same closed mindedness slowing trying to take everything he has earned in his long struggle to the major leagues. And it erupts as the media actively and purposely provides an outlet for his estranged wife and a cash hungry young woman to tarnish his character and threaten his future.
"You all need to be more open-minded about the situation"
And you all do.
For how much do you think he could flip a 17 year old girl?
We'll find out what it cost him in the not too distant future.