What happened to guidance and leadership. What about hope and faith, No, Does death ring a bell yeah everyone recognizes that right? Then why isn’t there any real efforts to stem the violence corroding our communities, Yeah people fair about it and whatnot but what actually being done about it? A very dear friend of mine and myself just recently had a conversation about this and I found it interesting to share with you, I’m speaking of the gang and youth violence in today’s minority communities, The specific region of our convo was Chicago, but kept in context it applies EVERYWHERE. How can one city have the highest Murder rate in the world, Easy, Generational contributions but where do you get so much recklessness from where, KIDS, ages 10-15 are making life and death decisions they see as just having to survive? That’s a fucked up vision towards life, when it doesn’t have to be. Children should have the opportunity to enjoy life and have a chance to grow up , not view it as death being around the corner.
The certainty of death should come with living life, not from hopelessness . It’s a tautology The same broken structure I witnessed throughout my youth and generation is being displayed again, only worse. I see it as I know it. As I experienced. Whether it be because of a lack of parenting or dysfunctional family, being bullied, trying to provide for yourself at a young age, or even protect yourself daily.
These children have lost hope and faith in life. They don’t care about themselves which causes severe recklessness. The few that do act out, when people don’t feel they have a voice or interest in being served, they find another way. What do you expect from a child, I’m gonna make this brief as I want to challenge you, ANYONE reading this message, to do something , Wherever you may be, if you have hope for the future of tomorrow, I want you to encourage the youth, or at least one adolescent to be something in life. Let them know THEY DO MATTER,. Their life , beliefs, opinions, struggles, aspirations matter.
Be an inspiration to them, Let them know there is someone who cares about them and if they live or not that they’re loved, even if those closest to them don’t. Be a mentor. It’s a shame so many find themselves in my situation, or in prison in general. HELP lower that statistic
Written by James Broadnax
Solitary mind August 2012