A few weeks ago, I came across the following opinion piece, written by the brother of Kitty Genovese.
Genovese is a woman who was murdered in Queens five decades ago. After her death, numerous people reported hearing her screams, but all said they assumed someone else would call the police. Her death is infamous now and practically a required talking point when discussing the “bystander effect.”
Genovese’s brother wrote to the New York Times to express his condolences to the family of his sister’s killer following the murderer’s death in prison. He was forgiving and kind, but it is worth noting that he has had since 1964 to mull it all over and come out a better man on the other side of his philosophical internal debates.
A beautiful letter of compassion and forgiveness from Kitty Genovese’s brother. https://t.co/NRn7D7E4Kz
— Jesse Wegman (@jessewegman) April 7, 2016
The family of Marques Gaines has only had two months to process the events that lead to the man’s death on February 7, when he was punched, fell into a cross walk, ignored by over a dozen people, and then run over by a cab. They have elected to sue 7-Eleven — where he went after work at a nearby bar to buy chips moments before being assaulted — and the cab company, according to Chicago’s ABC 7.
Below, you can see the incident. Note that after he was initially punched, bystanders did rush to Gaines, but only to steal his wallet and cell phone.
In 50 years, his family may feel as forgiving as the Genoveses, but for now, they have pursued litigation and police have not yet located or identified the attacker.
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