Black People : These Kids Dont Expect to Get Old

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  1. Kemetstry

    Kemetstry going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Is this what it has come to?

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    Spencer Leak, director of Leak & Sons Funeral Home on Chicago's South Side, stands outside St. Andrews Temple during the wake of Kenneth Jones, who was killed while allegedly trying to flee an attempted robbery on Saturday, June 9, in the Park Manor neighborhood.
    By Ron Mott , NBC News correspondent
    CHICAGO – Business is disturbingly steady for Spencer Leak, Sr.

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    It’s not that he is unaccustomed to be being busy. After all, he is a successful funeral home director with two locations and his family has been in the funeral business for almost 80 years.
    It’s just that many of the people arriving for their “homegoing,” as the services often are called, are so young. Leak said he’s been doing upwards of 125 funerals a year for homicide victims, many of them young adults, some just teenagers, who are victims of the recent surge in violence rocking this city.
    “These kids don’t expect to live a full life,” said Leak, a former executive director of the Cook County Department of Corrections. “You get about a thousand other kids who come to these funerals. They see how it’s celebrated and they think this is how I’ll be celebrated when I get shot.”
     
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    A few years back in L.A.--didn't the gangs do a peace treaty? To try to cull back on all of the violence between the rival gangs that was taking out innocent bystanders?


    I wonder: Would a peace treaty approach work for Chi-town?


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    nope...it wouldn't
    this is the affects of segregation in the worst order....
    from 159th to 32 st....bout 80-90 square miles is nothing but black people...
    nothing but...

    i made this analogy before and ill make it again....
    when u mistreat a pitbull and treat them with violence/starvation/contempt
    they usually turn into killers...




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    I appreciate that you're familiar with the scene as you're from Chi-town, Brother Khasm, yet still...


    How you've described the psychic stresses that our people in the Chicago hoods have been dealing with? Well, different scene, but the same kinds of stresses were what was driving too much of the violence in L.A.--excepting that there was the Hollywood flavor added, maybe (movies made that wound up glorifying that subculture). The activists in L.A. still tried to corral all that they could of the violence thru that peace treaty mechanism that they fashioned *alongside of* the gang members, themselves.

    I gotta say here that at present, I don't know if the L.A. peace treaty was wholely successful, partially successful, or a straight bust 'over time', but they tried. For some reason, I keep thinking that the *key* includes a type of movement against 'needing to kill based on colors or revenge' that targets our students in elementary thru jr. high schools. If the current generation is 'lost' (live and act daily from hopelessness), then it's possible that we HAVE effectively lost them (entrenched mindsets towards violence); but, we've not yet lost the youngins in the hoods, have we?


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    all it takes is for us to lose 1 out of 10 youth in the hood....
    and the violence will continue...because the 1 thas lost doesn't give a fcuk....

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    Why is a gang more important than your family/life in the 1st place?




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    We've had segregation before. We didnt prey on each other like this





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    Maybe because a gang can be more of a family than someone's actual family in certain situations which it is very important for people to take family serious instead of just being related to individuals. Different circumstances for different people does not allow for a perfect black and white world where every shape fits in a perfect hole for the shape as there are no perfect holes in life.

    Life is not a simple A+B=C formula. Variables always throw off the equation.
     
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    Are there that many bad homes out there?




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    There could be, I can't personally do the count but I have seen enough in my travels in life. Hell, some kids don't even have "homes" to call "bad".
     
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