Amun-Ra : Youth Violence (Tick Tock)

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  1. Amun-Ra

    Amun-Ra Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. In the time it took you to read those six words two criminal offenses were committed. In the time that it takes you to finish reading this first paragraph another violent crime will have happened. That in and of it self is numbing. The truly sad thing about it is that juvenile offenders will commit most of those crimes. A murder occurs in this country every 29 minutes. A rape occurs every 5 minutes and an aggravated assault happens every 28 seconds. By the time you finish reading this article, three women will have been raped and there will have been 30 aggravated assaults and 900 criminal offenses.

    Kids between the ages of 14 and 19 will commit the majority of these crimes. Unfortunately, nearly 50 percent of these criminals will be black and male. Why? Apologists would say that the reason lies in poor housing conditions, lack of employment and historical racial bias and they would be right to some degree, but even considering these things can't account for the violence of these youthful offenders. Unfortunately, a culture of gangsterism and macho mentality has infected many of our youth. Arrogance, immaturity and insecurity wearing a gun is an accident looking for some place to happen and unluckily it has found a place to happen in the black community.

    Although FBI statistics indicate there has been a drop in violent crime across the country, violence in the inner city has only dropped slightly and the incarceration rate for young black men and women is well above the rate for whites of comparable ages. There is no doubt that the criminal justice system has landed squarely on the backs of blacks. And, there is no doubt that sentencing is unfair, that police techniques are often brutal and biased and that the legal system is at best indifferent, but there is no escaping the reality of right and wrong, meaning that those who are in jail--belong there!

    It is sad that they are young, but many of these youthful offenders are more often streetwise criminals with records longer than they are tall. The difference between fantasy and reality is often lost on young minds that haven't had sufficient life experience to know the difference. Tied in with gangsterized popular culture, this mode of life emphasizes living fast, living large and dying young which is exactly what many do. Easy access to drugs, alcohol, sex and weapons along with misguided peer pressure help lead these youths astray.

    Still, life is about choices. It is about making decisions that affect our lives. Youth is not a sickness. It is a stage that we all go through. If we make the right decisions often enough, we go on to live a productive life where will continue to make choices. That we have choices is what living is all about. When we knowingly harm others, then we have made a choice that majority society says is wrong and as such requires consequences. The consequences? Jail, if you're lucky. A fresh burial plot--if not.

    What can we do? As a start, we can start by not rewarding negative behavior whether it is from juvenile delinquents or from famous preachers just because of the color of their skin. If they are wrong--they are wrong--black or white! We can start to stress the importance of education, mental strength and courage, not in a preaching way, but in a behavioral way. In other words, we must walk the walk because time is running out on our youth. Time is running out on a culture that will not police its own. The clock is running. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock
     
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    Great article Amun-Ra! You have me re-thinking a few of my own decisions made recently.

    Very nice.

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  3. Amun-Ra

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    There's a chance or an opportunity for each of in this, BUT we have to be willing to call a spade a spade and at the same time, make time to help.

    RA
     
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    I wid ya!

    Everything you said is on the one. We have paid much lip service to it, but we have done little about it. You are right, the finger is pointing directly at us. We say we want this and that, but we are the same ones who are promoting bad behavior to make money, by behaving badly ourselves or waiting for someone else to make a difference. Although there are those who are actively involved in trying to stop it, the ones who will make the difference is us. I would certainly be remiss if I didn't mention THEM--the ones who live these life styles and are surprised when they end up in jail or dead. Ultimately, the choice is theirs. Thanks for commenting and bringing some reality to the discussion.

    RA
     
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    I am in agreement with Kemetstry and you on this RA!! Many parents no longer live up to their reponsibilities in raising their children. They provide substitutes, such as tv and video games....When I look at how children can have access to guns and start blasting and blowing up their classmates I wonder, where were the parents...In the columbine incident, these boys did their planning and made their bombs in their parents garage. How do you let your child stay in the garage or locked up in their rooms for hour after hour and not try to find out what they are doing?

    We don't want to spank children, but instead give them a time out...I thank God for everytime my mama "whupped" my butt. I believe it made me a better person, and let me know that there are consequences to our actions.

    Our boys have no role models because the fathers couldn't deal with the responsibility and the mothers have to work, and so our young boys ahve to grow up fast. They hang out with others like them and form families, and pledge to watch out for each other and protect each other, and the families grows until you have a gang.

    Our society is so screwed up to the point that what was once right is now wrong and what was wrong is now right. Everything is turned upside down. Children are running their homes, they decide what they want to eat, they decide if they are going to bed, they decide what to wear, they decide if they are going to church,they decide when and where they are going. Parents are afraid of them, and then when a 10 year old child is caught committing a crime, the parents get on the news talking about I can't do anything with them.

    I'd be double dogged damned if I let a 10 year old run my house....That problem should have been nipped in the bud at the beginning....


    Like the Bible says...Spare the rod, spoil the child.
     
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    I agree, there is a problem going on with our youth today.
    Parents need to be more responsible. Stop letting the television and the radio shape our childrens lives.
    Teach your children about love, and about God. We need
    to stand and take back our communities from drugs, sex and violence.We need to place positive role models in their lives.We need to educate our children. Education is a very important factor, the more you have, the further you'll go.It never crossed my mind to quit school, and I myself was a teenage mother.Too many kids are dropping out, and this scares me.Parents we just need to stand up, speak out, and take back control.
     
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    Every aspect!

    You guys hit it right where it belongs. Parents play a large roll in correcting this problem. Many parents haven't realized that once you bring children into this world that parents needs all of sudden become secondary. Always secondary! That doesn't mean the child gets whatever he or she wants, it means that parents see to their children first and the child's best interest and that includes making decision that will prepare that child for life.

    Y'all got this one pegged.
     
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    Thanks Amun-Ra :kiss:
     
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    Feeling Better Now!

    I'm so glad I got that off my chest. Folks here got some real clear ideas about what needs to be done. I guess all we need to do is do it.

    Ra
     
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    As you have said brother we live in a society that is based and bred on "Gangsterism" from the hood to the Whitehouse. From the inception of this nation as we now know it robbing, trickery, pillaging and the like (all gangster tactics) continue. From robbing one of life to robbing one of opportunity to live the so-called "American dream" which coincedentally happens to be a nightmare for most. So what do we do? Especially in regards to our young who commit so many crimes. I think we as a people need to take our energies (not our eyes) off "the man" and focusing on fixing ourselves. Just think how can we command respect and justice from the "Overseers" when we do not command that from ourselves? We are quick to protest a killing of a brother or sister at a department store (check Detroit's news) at the hands of store security ,but, are we as quick to protest when these brothers who are "extremely" misguided are in the streets killing their reflections? Better yet, we need to protest and act before another killing in the hood and stop reacting. But it starts with us. No one respects a man or people who doesn't respect his/her/themselves. I could gone on 'til we revert back to 8track tapes and 78 records so I'll stop. You editorial was very insightful.
     
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