Remodeling the Roles: Our Neglect

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
Picture it- A young Black Boy sits down in the back of a police car. Turns to a little white boy in handcuffs next to him, “Aye boi! What dey have yuh for.” The White Boy responds, “They found me breaking car windows, what about you?” The Black Boy says “Me? I is another little black boy to dem. I aint have no one, and I hungry, so I pick up ah gang and ah gun an fix up.” The car stops, and the police officers step out at KFC to pick up some lunch. The White Boy (with some effort) puts his hand into his jacket pocket, pulls out a marijuana joint, then a lighter, turns and says “Well they aren’t coming out anytime soon, might as well enjoy ourselves.” The Black boy nods in agreement. Right before they begin to smoke, the Black Boy tells the White Boy “But, like you aint fraid to get in more trouble?” The White Boy Responds with a million mile stare at the joint “Doesn’t matter, my Parents already abandoned me.” The Black Boy, with the same stare watches the joint as well and says “I with you, Society done abandon me…” Car begins to fill with smoke, Fade to Black, Scene Ends.

A generation of Criminals, just like a generation of Professionals, don’t simply pop up. They are raised. Right and Wrong, Moral Standing, Fear of Repercussions, Respect for Property, Respect for Self, Discipline. These need to be taught and re-enforced constantly from toddlers to young men and women. Love, Compassion, Support, Pride, Understanding. These need to underlying present and expressed whenever possible and appropriate. It’s the duty of not only Parents, but each and everyone of us. “It takes a Village to Raise a Child.”

If we leave children to grow up on their own, them blame them when they grow wild? We leave those without ever having anything, never reach out to help, and then bawl “Criminal!” “Good, let police lock them up and throw away the key.” Every man has his story and if we try to sort out those who are criminals at heart from those who just had no guidance, or lacked what they needed when they needed it with no understanding of what was going on, then we are too late. Fighting Crime is not just bursting down doors in a blaze of glory and gunfire, laying deviants of society to rest and dragging others out on the ground. While police and courts need to be hard on criminals, we have to be hard on society in an aggressive fight to eliminate criminal activity from the root cause of it.

To EVERY citizen who breathes fire and brimstone at criminals and the policing of criminal activity, I challenge them to put that same passion into getting involved in the process to crime prevention. Get involved, be active citizens in charity, in care of those less fortunate, in the upbringing of children who are left alone to the devices of a cruel and harsh world in which care not for any decency or those too weak to survive without turning into monsters who will bite us with the teeth we left them to grind into fangs. Be part of the change, BE the change. Real Change, not just empty words. You never know what you might learn, about yourself even, in this process…

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