to start by saying I hope no one will interpret this as a racist comment.
There is no racist intention, but simply an observation about a community which
is often one of the most religious. I read a different story recently
about the power and the intensity of religion in the inner-city black
communities, and how families were in church praying for their gang-member
story at the link above upsets me because it seems like more innocent bystanders
are being pulled in to the web of violence of gangs and drugs. Its always
the honor student, the military man just back from combat (as in Akron
recently), the good kid who works hard, etc. Often, the "good kid" is ridiculed
and targeted by the gang mentatlity.
remember a time when these people-- the honor student, the soldier, the
blue-collar man-- had power. They had respect from the community and they
were valued. Now it seems they just need protection. A statistic and
a sad story is all Darrion Albert will be permitted to be. How do we
return the respect to decent people?
end of the story referenced above is what made me write this comment-- perhaps
rhetorical, since there is no answer-- but Im speechless and not sure how to
feel right now.
Monday night, parents and community members
met with Fenger High School officials as well as police.
promised that if they sense no progress on dealing with youth violence, he'll
organize a demonstration to embarrass the Mayor and the school
Mark Carter pledged to take a large group of children right up to
the barricades outside President Obama's Kenwood home. It'll be in full view, he
says, of the international press.
First of all, when did it become the mayor
and the school system's responsibilty to raise the children??? It is
the kids doing the violence, not violence against the kids by the mayor and the
school system. We are supposed to send kids to school and in to
our communities who are eager to learn and do well. Not send
them to commit violence and crime. Not pray for them while they commit
violence and crime. Parent
Is there a place that the city and the school system
can send the kids who arent parented and who commit violence? Oh, wait,
they will be in jail soon enough. The city and the school systems are
flooded with kids they cannot control and arent able to punish because the
parents who arent parenting will sue them.
Mr. Carter-- why dont you take the children who
are commiting the violence on a march? What about their
parents? There is much talk about the "black community", but where is that
community during black-on-black crime, during gang violence,
during events like this? Instead you take the 10% -- the good
kids. That is great, but we already want to help those kids. Its the
other kids who need the help first.
I would not say this type of event couldnt happen in
the suburban school system in the area where I live. There are certainly
bad kids there. Columbine was in an affluent area of Cherry Creek in
Denver. But where I live 90% of the parents parent and the bad kids are
considered bad. Even then, the gang mentality--via hip hop and rap, etc.
-- is considered cool.
When its the other way around the bad kids are revered,
they get the respect and the honor instead of the honor student. How did
bad become so cool?
enough rant. How do we save our children? All of our
children? It doesnt seem like throwing ones hands in the air to Jesus to
save the youth is providing an answer.
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