Where Our Voices End and the System Begins, or: The Limits of What We Make Happen

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About Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea at age two and lives in Boston with his wife, baby, and cats. He has written for The New York Times Motherlode blog, NPR, Hyphen, The Rumpus, and other venues. His new book is I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying. See more at his eponymous website. Contact him via email or @salesses.

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  1. Joanna Schroeder says:

    Matt, this is a really smart post. Thanks so much for writing it.

    We’re all gutted, we’re numb. I watched a lot of the trial and was frustrated with the prosecution. So many mistakes, but the idea that the system failed a boy it wasn’t designed to protect really explains it all to me – in very clear horror.

  2. Thank you, Joanna. This one was rough.

  3. The best thing I’ve read by you Matthew…IMO.

    And then being the resident turd in the punch bowl ……
    There is irony in the newspaper headline accompanying this article, which I can’t revel in.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    “….. Teen Shot….”
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-family-teen-shot-to-death-on-way-to-visit-infant-daughter-20130715,0,5037971.story

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