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The Demoralization of America: Customers step over dead man in store's doorway

Jeryl Wright
Jeryl Wright
Michigan Department of Corrections website

All of us like to believe that if we were in danger or injured someone would help us, right? However, a convenience store's surveillance video reveals how coldhearted and callous people can be.

31-year-old Jheryl Wright was shot in September of 2012, as he was leaving a Quick Stop convenience store in Kalamazoo, MI. He ended up dying in the doorway to the store.

After Wright was shot, the video shows customers who entered the store had to step over him. Two men can be seen looking down at him as they leave, they don't bother to stop and help they just keep moving on.

Several more customers are seen on the video stepping over Wright to enter the store. The customers can be seen opening the door, that was propped open by the dead man's feet.

Most of them look down at the man but then continue into the store to do their shopping. The store clerk even came to the counter and looked over at the man and did nothing.

Wright laid there for around five minutes before one customer came into the store and called 911. Newschannel 3 was told by a Kalamazoo Department of Public-Safety officer that, "the disregard for another person shown in the video is one of the worst things he's ever seen."

Newschannel 3 reports Jackel Wright, the mother of the slain man, is still upset after learning about the video. Jackel said, "when they told me people were still coming in that gas station, stepping over my child in the doorway, I couldn't believe it; I couldn't believe it, I just can't believe people in this world would do something like that. I can't."

When Jackal described how disgusting and disturbing the actions of the people stepping over her dead son were, tears began streaming down her face. The actions by those who continued about their business without helping is truly shameful. It shows how callous people can truly be.

Jackel also told Newschannel 3, "how can you step over someone laying in the doorway and not help; how would they feel if that was one of their loved ones sitting there."

She also said, "I hope God has mercy on your soul, 'cause you were wrong, sitting there and not helping my son, like he was just a doormat; walking over him, laying there dead," Jackel said of those who did not help. "I hope y'all can't sleep at night, 'cause that was awful. Just plain awful."

Clarence Ross, the man who shot and killed Wright, was convicted last week. He will be sentenced next month.

Christianity Examiner Commentary

The surveillance video seems to show how far some people have fallen in their morality when they refuse to help an obviously injured man. How is it that mankind can place so little value on another person?

What has happened in our nation that so many people have lost their morality? Part of the reason is that secularism has all but removed God from every aspect of our society. He's been removed from our public school system and that's one of the places our children could receive moral guidance, from teachers.

There has been an attack on the traditional family, which is the very fabric of society itself. We have millions of broken homes, that have only one parent and thus children can be left for hours without adult supervision because the single parent has to work.

We have major corporations trafficking in sex, violence and murder. They peddle that stuff to the American people. Porn and violent video games bring in billions of dollars for these corporations. The side effects of these things are that we have children growing up desensitized to violence, who are quick-tempered and incompassionate.

Jeff Jacoby, a columnist for the Boston Globe, wrote in his article titled Deciphering American Morality said:

"But while Americans may agree that society has been de-moralized, many -- perhaps most -- are, nevertheless, unwilling to pass moral judgment on others. They shrink from appearing "judgmental" or "moralistic" -- terms that are now used only as pejoratives."

Noah Webster wrote,

“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” – History of the United States, Noah Webster, ed. (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), p. 309, paragraph 53.

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