If as Afro Americans we continue to minimize the impact of the bad behavior of our own that threatens the peace and safety of our communities we wont have to worry about jobs, economic development or anything else, because the savages will drag us down with them. At this point it should be painfully obvious to us all that the music, movies and high risk lifestyles of organized groups and individuals among us, young and old, not only contributes to their own destruction but more importantly it threatens the peace and safety of the innocent. Because their abhorrent behavior threatens the existence of our children we have no other choice but to become organized. Since we know murderers float between welcoming neighborhoods in our communities nationally we have to organize and nationalize our community protection efforts. We have to demand a better quality of life for our families, not ask for one.
I know the hesitancy that exist in dealing with this situation properly is because we have been stuck between sympathy and outrage. Sympathy for those who have surrendered to their circumstances and outrage for the same because the victims have chosen to become the villains. But in the meantime and in between time nothing is being done to discourage this lunacy and our community is left defenseless and at the mercy of the merciless. “...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation.” (Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince) Simply put, deal with the situation as it presents itself, not how you think things should be. Ignoring or underestimating the problem will guarantee you will be brought to grief by it. Address it as the threat with which it presents itself to you.
This is not me saying we have to separate the “wheat from the chaff,” but it is me saying that anybody that will shoot at a police, rape another human being, pistol whip somebody's grandmother because he wants her car must surely be relocated immediately due to the very real threat their presence pose to the life and liberty of the innocent. Lack of responsible parenting, no spiritual center or moral margins, poverty, absent fathers, drug addicted mothers, babies raising babies, histories of abuse, institutional racism and other unfortunate situations are all realities of our existence. But there is another even darker reality that exists along with these and that's the fact that for the most part people do what they do because for whatever reason it's what they want to do. To suggest that the reason these violent offenders offend is because they are not loved is a slap in the face to every parent out there that did the best they could with what they had to work with as well as everybody else that reached out a hand to help and was rejected. Like it or not it is what it is and it has to be dealt with accordingly. If safety and security means anything to us then our actions have to become consistent with the peace we say we want. If there were to be a crash in the economy, the dollar significantly lost it's value and the price of basic necessities were priced beyond our reach, within a few hours our communities would be reduced to pandemonium and nobody would be safe, not that they are now but in that situation it could get a lot worse.
We cry foul when we see police out in force in other communities and murderers arrested relatively quicker than they are in ours. But how backwards can you be? If you refuse to cooperate with sympathetic law enforcement officials to protect your own children and invoke instead a criminal code of silence, why would any responsible official waste money and resources trying to protect people that refuse to help themselves? Look, recently the paper reported the police shot and killed a man on the south side after he was allegedly with a group of guys that robbed a innocent man at gun point and the alleged robbers family, friends and others got into a scuffle with the police. I absolutely refuse to abide police abuse on any level but between the police and these kind, if they continue to disrespect our peace, then their fate is theirs to own and I wont speak or hear one word of protest on their behalf. The wrong Rev's Al Sharpton and Jesse Sr can miss me with that nonsense. The community is ours to serve and it's peace is ours to protect.