More importantly what happened to the African-American community? Things were going strong in the 70's with the Black Panthers, then all of a sudden......nothing. What is that? Where did it go? Here's my take: The ultimate breaking of the AA community, which used to be something to be proud of and still is in some cases, was due to the peddling of drugs, guns, and liquor stores. Most of the people in my generation are really screwed up due to horrible parentage. Most of this parentage were the youth of the late 60's, and 70's. If everyone's on crack how can they be good parents? Although, a lot of people who do have addictions do, strive to do their best and make it. Look at Tupac, his mother was a strong Black Panther and was ultimately brought down by drugs but still did her best to take care of her children. Now she is free of drugs and is a strong black woman again. Many went down her road or were thrown in jail. Then you have those liquor stores that has set up permanent shop in nearly every black community. Once again you can't be a good parent if you are an alcoholic. Then you also lose the closeness of the community. If your neighbors think you are unfit to be around their children they won't allow them to be around you. This leads to distrust and the overall community is broken. One thing that was always a marvel of blacks is we always stuck together. As the Africans say, "It takes a village to raise a child". Nowadays the village doesn't raise the child, the child's raises itself. This also gets that attitude where they don't have to listen to anybody. If you participate in adult activities, have always taken care of yourself and those around you, and are not even old enough for a license most of the time you will reject authority. Mainly, because you feel as if you are already an adult it is so unfamiliar to you. And the Civil Rights IMO is at a pause, not an end. I don't know what it was or is but the 80's, 90's, and early 00's has been a sleeping period for blacks. It is time for all of use to wake up and we are....slowly. Well this is the only thing of my opinion I could think of right now, but I want to know what you all think. Where did the CVM go and what ruined the black community?