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The Real Problem with Our Young Black People in America

When I was young black man growing up in the '70's and early '80's, us black folks used to do things together for their community like helpping each other when times were rough. We used to be all so friendly like we were a community. There were fathers and mothers raising their children to be productive in this society. We used to had mentors that would guide us along the right path. And made sure that we were getting a good education. Nowadays, our African-Americans forgot where they've come from. We have more single mothers raising their children into places called the projects, where crime is running rampant all through the neighborhoods of this country; with selling drugs, burglaries, assaults, rapes and of course murders. What has happened is that we had lost our way totally! We remember that our public school system used to give us a chance to be successful in order to graduate with a high school diploma. But nowadays, there is no chance for you upcoming young black boys and girls to be successful in school because there are a lot of problems within the school districts across the country. Once they start in the 4th or 5th grade, students will start to fall behind in their classes, because there is a lack of resources for them to get ahead, especially the ones who are making trouble for the teachers and the students in school. Mainly, most young black kids growing up running the streets with the wrong crowd and getting into trouble with the law. Some kids weren't raised right because there's no father in the household and mothers have to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet or they're just collecting welfare checks every month just to stay afloat. This is wrong with our African-American society today! We have forgot where we come from! Way back in the day, we were fighting for our freedom during the slave days. We were fighting for our right to send our young black children to school to get a decent education. We were fighting for our right to vote in this country! We were fighting against the corruption of the white establishment of the United States in order to help us get to where we are now. Now our black communities are in really big trouble by watching our young black men being labled as criminals by our own justice system, tearing families apart. We need to stop this madness, because we are destroying ourselves constantly. It's time for us black folks to take back what's rightfully ours. We have struggled to get where we are today. Now, we can't afford to lose it! I suggest that you read about your black heritage. Those who came before you have achieved imposible odds against biggotry, prejudice, and hate! Like Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other historic black folks. Let's help our children stray away from crime and violence, and let's steer them to go on the right path. Because one of these days, they're going to run the country.

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MegL wrote on May 12, 2016, 1:54 AM

I think a lot of parents, black, white, brown, and any other colour will empathise with your call. There are not enough resources and good role models and unfortunately, the drugs route is seen as easy money even though it brings gangs and criminality with it.

SyddyHud wrote on May 12, 2016, 7:47 PM

I took a black history course a year ago and learned about what led to neighborhoods and communities turning into what they are now. One reason is due to redlining, I believe it was called, decades ago where areas were blocked into different race communities. Slumlords also played a part by overselling houses and never fixing them up when the buyers couldn't which diminished the costs of the house and leading the buyers to lose money. Another aspect was during Nixon's presidency his wife started the "War on Drugs" which led to police roaming communities where people would hang out outside since they could stop them on the streets as compared to other communities where they tend to stay indoors or hang out behind their fenced off backyards, restricting police access and view. I believe all of those have had a factor in how society now views these areas. They say things have changed and how we've come a long way as a country but in my opinion there's barely even a dent to the amount of changes being done. There are so many things people don't think about, like the biased viewpoint at the start of the "War on Drugs" and redlining/blocking communities to certain races, that need to be recognized and addressed in order for major change to take place.

oldies909 wrote on May 17, 2016, 11:30 PM

Children of all ages color need to be steered down the right path to live a healthy fulfilling life away from drugs and crime.

hitmanone wrote on May 22, 2016, 12:33 AM

Now you've said it all, everyone (including black folks) need to be starting taking more care of our youth now more than ever. Because with the way this is going, people are being more hard to reach these days. they're being bombarded with a whole lot of problems just as I've mentioned in this article. And to answer your question, the War on Drugs was started by President Nixon's wife Pat. they think that it would stop the flow of drugs into our communities of every major city across America. They've only made the situation much worse in the black community. And to top it all off, they're the same people that brought the same drugs into our communities. So, in other words, the War on Drugs is a total failure to begin with So, my advice is simple... Start praying over your children with God's wall of protection all over your home and your community, so it can thrive and survive in today's society. And maybe we should see a dramatic change in our neighborhoods.