Re: A White Vick....
posted at 8/26/2011 1:41 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A White Vick....
[QUOTE]Being from the inner city here is my take on the problem. There is not much available to help the youth other than sports and music. Take a walk through the inner city and look at the houses, the parks, the schools. What are kids to do? Charities don't help feed kids on a daily basis. Charities don't help keep lights, gas, or heat on. Charities don't help keep kids safe walking home. So a child grows up with this rough life and guess who can relate to them? Rappers, and athletes. They see sports and music as the only way out. Yes there are doctors, and lawyers who have made it out, but few. Kids in the hood have an "us against the world" mentality. Politicians would rather throw kids in jail or fine them for sagging their pants than figure out how to improve the conditions of the environment. Regular people would rather sit up say "they need to do this or that" when they know nothing about what life is like growing up in that environment. Unfortunately, these factors help lead kids to crime, and we all know that once in the system, it's over. So to sum it up, if the environment changes, the products will change. Nothing else will work. Not building more prisions, not voting for a different president, not censoring music, or any other fake solution.
Posted by N2thaIzzo[/QUOTE]
Well charities do clean up parks, and provide places for kids to go after school, and tries to give them assistance with school work to get them in college (boy and girls club and urban renewal are 2 great examples).
You are right about politicians though. However, as most have stated it's up to the communities to fix the problem not to pass the buck to other people. It's their community, they need to take ownership of it, clean up the streets, change the culture, reduce crime, and make it a better place to live. This has happened in plenty of communities so it is possible and can happen. Wilfork was instrumental in improving his community that he grew up in. It's when people deflect blame and don't take ownership that things fall apart.
BTW I did spend a far portion of my youth in Lowell before my dad moved us to Danvers to get us out of that area. Things have only gotten worse since we left and I can tell you it was because of the people and the culture that moved in (not race related but the culture had changed significantly).
It's up to the community to show youths and provide local hero's are people to look up to. If the youths are basing how they should act solely based on the music or sports stars then it's the community and their family that failed them not society. As I've send I have friends from some pretty bad projects in Dorchester and all their neighbors and family pounded in their head that they needed to do good in school and get a college degree so they could get out of there. There needs to be more of that and less deflection saying that it's the cultures fault or the economic situation. Yes, those are factors but if communities band together it's factors they can control