What has the world come too? A number of our youth are walking the path of self-destruction. This path leads them to one of two places; the penitentiary or the grave. Our behaviors and patterns determine where we go in life, and some of us are going nowhere fast. If the behaviors and patterns we engage in causes harm to ourselves and others, the likelihood of us experiencing success becomes slim. When you have no sense of purpose, you fall for anything. Our children are crying for help, and some of them have nowhere to turn. As the saying goes, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the devil is alive and well.
I would have never have imagined in a million years that crime would take place right in front of me in a public library. A library is a place where people go to enhance their growth and development by feeding their mind, body, and soul with the nourishment of a book. However, on this day the library became a desolate place of hopelessness. A senseless crime was committed by one of our youth. An act of violence that was plotted strategically planned and executed in a matter of seconds. It happened so fast you had to look again and ask yourself twice did this just happen. Did I just see what I thought I saw? You answer your own question, shaking your head, and then leave yourself because it is no longer a safe space. As you exit you reflect on what takes place in urban communities across America and ask yourself when will we get it.
A teenager was sitting in a chair reading a book on her tablet when low and behold; another youth briskly walked up to her and snatched the tablet out of her hand. He broke like he scored a touchdown and she ran after him. The librarian and sheriff ran after him as well. However, he was out the door. Some of you reading this had to reread it again, as you are saying I know it did not say he took the tablet out of the young lady’s hand and ran. No need to reread you read correctly. He did exactly that.
Our youth are in trouble. I am literally at a loss for words. What can we do as a nation to address our youth? How can we work together to resolve the dilemmas that plague inner cities across America? While you may not personally experience and/or witness the atrocities that take place on a daily basis in some of our toughest communities know that the problems affect us all in one way or another. It is imperative that we rid this cancerous virus of inequities and inequalities. It will only get worse before it gets better, but it will never get better if we don’t come together and teach, train, honor, love, protect and respect our children. An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.