An Open Letter To The Troublemakers

Dear dumbass, short-sighted, selfish children; thank you for making it just that much harder to be black in Chicago.

You idiots are living up to every negative stereotype and are too stupid and too young to realize that your actions are setting race relations in this city back fifty years.

What you’ve done has given the pointy hat and sheet wearing crowd and their allies an excuse to demean and dismiss the legitimate concerns of our community.

All because you won’t exercise any home training or basic manners.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret----when one black person does something bad, we all pay the price. Yeah it sucks that your individual negative actions---justified or not---reflect upon others who look like you but I’ll tell you what my mother told me:

“Life ain’t fair. ”

And you're doing all of this for what?

To show you’re tough? To display your swagger? I don’t get it. If you’re going to be a thief, be a good thief. Be an elegant thief. Pull a Bernie Madoff. I would still think you’re a dumbass and a scumbag but at least when you got caught it would be for more than an iPhone.

And that’s the thing---you will get caught. Maybe not the first time or even the seventh time but the path some of you have started on will lead to Menard.

Some of you may have resources to get bailed out. Yet I strongly suspect that you, like me, don’t come from money. So if you go to jail, you’re going to more than likely stay there.

And the part that just kills me is that you all think you’re representing black culture---my culture.

You keep it real, but don’t even know the first verse to Lift Every Voice and Sing.

You keep it real, but to you Emmett Till is another name for 71st Street.

You keep it real, but the way you conduct yourselves in school and in public spits on the graves of those who marched and died so we could have a better life.

Which leads to my ultimate frustration---you fools choose to seek AND sink to the lowest common denominator; you choose to embrace the stereotype because you literally drank the kool aid.

You ultimately believe what “they” say about us. And that’s the shame of it all---becoming a self fulfilling prophecy.

Congratulations, you morons. I’m sure Dr. King would be proud.


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  • Wow. Yeah, I definitely agree with you. I've been talking about the recent incidents all month among friends. When I see a large group of young black kids downtown, I cringe, thinking haven't you read the news, SPLIT UP! It is sad that I feel that way as an A.A., but you are absolutely right and Cosby was absolutely right! If people want to dismiss his comments because he's an "elitist", they are foolish. What he said was 100 % accurate.

    I truly hope that the new mayor and police chief, can think of creative ways to cut down on the crime. We can all have hope, but if this is not done swiftly, Chicago can wave goodbye to their tourism dollars, which will only mean higher taxes for everyone else in the Second City.

  • In reply to J. Kay:

    Thank you for your thoughts J.

    Frankly speaking the only way to deal with crime in my opinion is to put our dollars where our mouths are and properly fund the police. I'm sick of people pissing & moaning that kids don't have enough to do. If I hear about funding for *ONE* more midnight basketball league...

  • Wow! An blog entry that I can actually wrap my brain around and agree with ... completely.

    As an almost 50 year old black woman with no children, I find myself wondering what the heck is going on with our nation's youth. Obviously there is a generation gap, but come on bad, lowest common denominator behavior is just doesn't own a generation.

    While I am angry that these kids don't seem to be getting the direction they need from their homes, I am also saddened that I feel so powerless to assist.

    When I voice my opinions (that are the same as Mr. Cosby), I am often lambasted and am told that I am being elitist or that I don't know what I am talking about because I don't have kids. Now the kid thing I understand, even though I don't agree with it. But the elitist thing I find offensive, I grew up just as black and poor as most of my contemporaries but the difference is I had two parents who were disciplinarians and did not accept that because I was poor I had to behave like a hoodlum or not take getting an education seriously.

    The only thing that I take solace in is that I have assisted my nieces in breaking the cycle of an unplanned teenage pregnancy by helping them complete their education. The first who had her first child at 16, has completed her masters degree, married and had two more kids and is slowly working on a PhD. The other had three children by the age of 25 and is currently slowly working on her bachelors, while working a full-time job. The one thing that has helped is that my entire family rallied and continues to rally around the nieces and nephews and gently helping them steer clear of the pitfalls that they may face.

    I only hope that by helping these two young women when they needed it most, will set the stage for them raising young black children that can successfully navigate to adulthood.

    But I am still saddened by the lack of empathy and decency exhibited by some members of our current generation. It makes me wonder if indeed there is some truth to the lead exposure theories that have been floating around since the 90s.

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