Stand up for the People



We all know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that stood for equality. He believed that everyone deserved to be treated fairly. Where are those beliefs today? Do we just turn away from those things that could help us grow and prosper? Leadership seems to be tossed out while everything goes hay wire.

People all across the world are becoming victims of injustice and bullying. Whether it’s authority figures or citizens but lives are being affected by the tormenting related to bullying. Shouldn’t everyone be considered to have worth? Why are some treated unfairly and others treated with respect? Lots of questions that no one wants to answer. The sad part is no one wants to deal with the issues that plague our society. Sweeping those issues under the rug won’t make them go away. We had to deal with inequality, civil rights violations, and threats amongst a group of people. Today those issues exist but things have deepened.

People are becoming too fearful to speak out about important issues. Youth violence, black on black crime, and injustices within the justice system. We can yell, “Take a Stand” but until the fear is removed. There will be silence. Not only people are afraid to speak out but some may not be concerned about many of the issues that create a more dysfunctional society. The concern doesn’t hit home until it hits home. Too many lives are being affected by not dealing with issues before they become gigantic. We can nip some of the issues in the bud before hand and other issues will take a little more work.

We need church leaders to be more active within the communities. There certainly needs to be more leadership. The police are continuously asking for assistance with matters that plague our communities. We can’t just think that those issues will just go away.

We’re in a time where youth are no longer respecting one another or respecting anyone who disagrees with them. Youth violence is at a all time high. Shootings occur everday and a young life is taken due to ignorance. The youth seem to be enraged but enraged about what? That’s what we need to find out. We can overcome a lot of these issues if we stop pretending that they don’t exist.

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What can we do to Stop Youth Violence

We’re losing our youth to gun violence but why? What’s causing them to have a lack of compassion and be so filled with rage? Some may think that it starts in the home or it comes from violent rap music. Can we really blame youth behaviors on rap music? There’s something that’s going on deep inside of their minds and no one is trying to find out what that is. For some it may have to do with being poverty stricken. That can cause them to feel angry and desperate but there’s more to it.

An article on Corrections.com suggests that youth violence could be a result of lack of family structure. Well, that could be part of it, but that isn’t the whole story. People seem to turn to lack of parenting as being the number one cause for youth’s downfall. Lack of parenting and dysfunctional environments could have something to do with their rage but that isn’t the entire reason why youth are violent. If they feel disconnected in some way or feel fatherless then they will become angry. Youth love attention just like anyone else. if we’re focused on other things then they will turn to bad influences.

A lot of youth turn to gangs in order to feel some sort of acceptance. If we can’t reach them then the gangs will and not in a good way. We must supply them with avenues that will detour them away from anger and violence. We must find out what they’re compassionate about and try to connect them with those passions. If we don’t find some sort of solution then we’re not only losing our youth but they’re gearing their violence toward the older generation as well. Yes, parenting has something to do with the dysfunctional behaviors within society, but parents shouldn’t take all the blame.

We need our community leaders joining forces and helping their communities come up with some solutions to the gun violence epidemic. If we don’t do something soon. We will find ourselves engulfed with violent and aggressive behavior. Something has to be done. Law Enforcement are continuing to scratch their heads. Law Enforcement, Educators, Parents and Community Leaders need to join forces and try to tackle this someway and somehow. Each day there’s reports about youth losing their lives. Senseless violence. Enraged violence.

Some youth may be hard to reach because they’re so far gone but “where there’s a will there’s a way.” Prevention is better then being reformed. In fact those who end up in the juvenile system or in prison seem to be more inclined to return. If we don’t head it off then we will be seeing a very bleak future. If they feel that violence is the answer then we need to know why they feel that way. Our communities will continue to suffer if we don’t find some solutions to youth violence.

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We Have to Consider the Future

I don’t know how many people consider the future and while considering include the youth. Our children are “The Future” if we don’t make preparations for the children then we will be a fix. Their future could include, doctors, lawyers, athletes and perhaps entertainers. We must help ourselves and it’s important that we help them as well. If we’re not including them when we’re preparing for what’s ahead of us then we’re doing disservice.

People may turn away from anything that has to do with youth because of what they’ve been told or shown. The violence that surrounds them could detour people away from trying to assist them in anyway. It’s important that we get to core of why they’re so angry. If we find those solutions then we will see a brighter future for youth and for their elders. Parents will age, family members will age, the youth continue to grow but what will they grow into? If we disconnect from them then we will lose them and the future could be bleak.

We don’t need anymore hotheads. We need some kind, compassionate, and hardworking young men and women who will pave the way for others. Some may think that those on the wrong path can’t be turned around. Yes, they can but it will take some work, and a lot of times a whole lot of work. For one we must come up with recreational centers or mentoring programs that target the root problem. Why are so many of our youth becoming statistics. Dr. Narramore states; “You simply do not commit murder unless you are bitter, angry, and resentful. Children and teenagers who kill have been living with rage for years.” If our youth are angry then we need to find out why they’re so angry.

Prevention is a great way to head what could be a problem for society later. If we don’t consider this then our neighborhoods will be ravished with violence. In order for us to enjoy a brighter future we must tackle the issues that our youth are having. We won’t be able to live in comfort or invest when we’ll have to use the money to get them out of legal trouble. So many youth have lost their lives and so many of them had bright futures. We must make time for them and supply them with riveting information.

We have to try to prevent incidents like the three teens being charged as adults for killing a 17 year old teen in Florida. Not only did a teenager lose his life but the three teens involved no longer have a future. Their home will be in a prison. Could their actions been prevented? Possibly. There’s a big possibility that their actions could have been prevented. So this is why it’s so important that we find avenues that will make our children want to go in the right direction. For some it’s sports and for others it could be music. “The Youth are our Future and we Must Protect the Future.”

Source: Dr. Narramore B. Psychology in Living. “Why Turn to Violence.”

“You simply do not commit murder unless you are bitter, angry, and resentful. Children and teenagers who kill have been living with rage for years.”

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