Now I have had about enough. I am so tired of turning on the news to hear that another child has been wounded by gun bullets or they’re no longer among the living. This has gone on far too long and something needs to be done about this. Children are being murdered in droves and it seems like no one cares.
Faces of mother’s on television either crying over the death of their child - or when their child was the one who pulled the trigger - saying that their baby wouldn’t do anything like this - has grown weary and tired.
I recently wrote a blog post on the violence in the streets of Englewood. But the truth of the matter is that violent crimes are happening everywhere that you will find lack of education, income, and may I dare in say in the lack of parenting.
There I said it but it really doesn’t make me feel any better.
Again over the weekend there were more shootings including - an 11-year-old girl in the backyard of a families barbecue on the city’s south side Sunday night. Thank goodness the girl was just grazed by the bullet but it does not dismiss the crime itself. Now comes a new report of a young man who had an inspiring career of becoming a rapper but was gunned down while riding his bicycle in the Englewood area on Tuesday night.
I am not going to attempt to talk about the root of this problem. That will only open up Pandora's box of more question than answers.
I have heard people say that the Chicago police are not doing enough to stop this widespread epidemic. The truth of the matter is - the police cannot change the mindset the people - they must do that themselves.
It all starts at home.
Parents have to start instilling moral and ethical values in their children. I know someone is going to say that this is an old cliché but it’s true.
So many of these crimes are occurring at night when children are out on the streets instead of inside their homes. Why in the world do parents allow their children to patrol the streets late at night? My mother would say that if you go out looking for trouble it will find you. If parents would keep their children in the home and find constructive things to enhance their growth and development then maybe this would help.
Teach them to love themselves that’s a good start.
Tell them they have a meaningful purpose for living.
That sounds logical.
Tell them how much you love them each and every day of their lives and show them that you do.
Now I think I maybe on to something but I will get back to you on this.
I am going to leave with one of my all-time favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela:
NO ONE IS BORN HATING ANOTHER PERSON BECAUSE OF THE COLOUR OF HIS SKIN – OR HIS BACKGROUND – OR HIS RELIGION. PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO HATE, AND IF THEY CAN LEARN TO HATE, THEY CAN BE TAUGHT TO LOVE. FOR LOVE, COMES MORE NATURALLY TO THE HUMAN HEART THAN ITS OPPOSITE.
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