The Crisis in our Community
How do you help someone who doesn’t want to be help? That is a question that I am finding out is a bit difficult to answer. You see African American boys, males or men are really finding themselves in a world of trouble and concern. So many of them have chosen a way of life that is filled with crime, drugs, and deadly sex without using protection. For some reason many of these teens under the age of 24 seems to believe that they will not live long. They would rather take their chances and do whatever they want now because their life span is under the age of 25. Thus we are finding a huge increase in crime being committed by young men.
Take the 15-year old boy who less than 2 weeks ago shot and killed a 22-year old police officer. This young African American policeman had only been on the force for 11-months. He requested that his assignment be given to him in a neighborhood he grew up in because he wanted to give back and save the young men there. He was active in the community and volunteering for all kinds of boys’ and girls clubs’. But the 15 year old didn’t care. Now what happens with the young 15 year old's life? They are trying to certify him as an adult, and next the death penalty. Why would this boy kill an officer, or better still why would he kill anybody?
We say his home circumstances, his environment, etc. But at some point, when do we stop making excuses. Yes, African American boys have many issues to deal with, no role models, no fathers, poverty, no education, no dreams, fear and so much more. But at some point, they are going to have to dig deep and want something better.
We can set up all kinds of programs, sink money into culture activities, encourage participation in sports, but still if that kid does not want your help, all the money and programs won’t help.
At some point we have to figure out how to make these young men care about their lives and the people who live in and out of their community? We have to work on their hearts because working on their minds, is not working fast enough. Too many African American men are losing their lives while we are trying to figure out. Sometimes, I feel so lost in trying to deal with this issue...