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Honor Caylee by helping children here today

Posted: July 21, 2011 11:09 a.m.
Updated: July 22, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Is she in Ohio? Is she in Puerto Rico?

Where in the world did Casey Anthony go, and what television network will she grant her first post-jail interview to?

Such is the world that we’ve had to live in for the past several weeks. 

For a while after Anthony was acquitted of murder charges in her 2-year-old daughter’s death, it seemed as if the 3-year-long media circus had finally started to die down. That is, until Anthony strolled out of prison around midnight last weekend sporting a much-reported-on pink shirt, dark blue jeans and sneakers.

For the past week, television stations, news websites and Internet blogs have milked the footage of Anthony’s 15-second exit for far more than it’s worth. 

One website literally devoted a nearly 700-word article to the two-second interval when Anthony coyly thanked a corrections guard for protecting her from the torch-wielding mob that gathered outside the prison where she had been housed.

I can understand the outrage over her acquittal, I get that. I was upset about it, too.

But what I haven’t been able to wrap my head around during the past several days is the overly-obsessive nature with which people have devoured every irrelevant morsel of Casey Anthony news that Nancy Grace has tossed their way.

Where is all of the outrage over 5-year-old Aja, 6-year-old N’Kiah, 11-year-old Tatianna and 16-year-old Brittany -- the four African-American sisters whose decaying bodies were found in their mother’s Washington D.C., home three years ago?

I’ve seen more than a few people advocating “Caylee’s Law” to every reporter within an earshot. But where are the people who are speaking out and trying to protect the kids that are still with us -- the kids who need to be protected from gang violence and drugs?

And where’s the obsession with the kids in our own communities who are homeless, in need of good male and female role models, or live in homes where their parents neglect them?

Don’t they need our help now?

"Everybody needs to turn the energy that they have into something positive," prosecutor Jeff Ashton said on CNN after Anthony’s acquittal. "If you want to do something to honor Caylee, then do something to help other children."

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Little Caylee Anthony’s death was devastating. But if you feel the need to voice your opinion, do so by advocating for the millions of abused and neglected children who live in your community, city, state and nation that don’t have a voice of their own.

Let’s refocus all of our outrage and attention away from whatever monetary opportunities that may await Casey Anthony, and spend our time on something more worthwhile.

Let’s channel all of this energy into helping the kids that are still with us, the kids that still need us, today.

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