In Educating Black Boys, a 2012 Al Jazeera documentary by correspondent Tony Harris, Eddie Blick Jr., then a Baltimore high-school senior, talks about how he likes math more than reading. On Nov. 14, Blick was shot repeatedly while walking along the 1300 block of Laurens St. in Sandtown-Winchester, and died about a half-hour later at a hospital. He was 20 years old. In the film, Blick – whose interview appears about 17 minutes and 40 seconds into the film, right after University of Maryland, Baltimore County president Freeman Hrabowski proclaims that “reading is thinking, and thinking is power,” – says, “If I had a choice – read a book or watch TV – I’ll watch TV, but I’ll get to the book later.” Harris explains that Blick was getting ready to graduate from Civitas High School “while reading at the level of a 10th grader.” Blick’s Twitter page shows that he sent out his last tweet the day before he was murdered. It read, “Don’t trust these snake niggas cause Alpo killed Rich.” The line is an apparent reference to the 1990 New York murder of Richard Porter by drug kingpin Aberto “Alpo” Martinez, Porter’s childhood friend. Martinez later told […]
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