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The Streets: Fattening Frogs for Snakes -- 6 of 6 parts

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Richard O. Jones
Reverend Jesse Jackson is a much sought after speaker because he has something worthy to say.  Have you ever been in a school auditorium when Reverend Jackson spoke to the youth? Reverend Jackson have the audience repeat the phrase, I am, somebody, he instills, I am somebody, into their subconscious. Then he goes on to say, “I may not have a fine home, but, I am, somebody! My mother may not buy me everything I desire, but… I am, somebody!”

Then at other times he would chant, “Down with dope…Up with hope!” That’s the kind of fire every concerned mature adult must instill into the mind of our youth who claim the ‘Streets’ as their fraternity.

Being rebellious is a part of growing up. I realize that a lot of our youth consider themselves bucking the status quo by claiming to be from the streets. Most of them don’t truly mean any harm.

However, if would profit them to know the truth. Being rebellious or being anti-establishment is not

effectively shown by criminal behavior. The establishment expects as much from a ‘Street’ person.  The criminal justice system has brand new prison cells, high-powered rifles, plus police dogs already in place. The proper and wise display of Black youth militancy is to get an education.

Unfortunately gangs don’t recruit college graduates and highly intelligent people. Because they know it could be a waste of time. Street recruiters must seek the dropouts.

An independent businessman with hundred of employees is more powerful than operating a crack house. Being a married man who provides for his children is more threatening to an enemy than  being a player with a lot of children eating off food stamps. A political figure is more powerful than a gang member with an automatic weapon is. Sitting in a school classroom not learning anything is exactly what a racist loves to see in Black youth. They’re glad to know Black youth are selling dope and are envied by many other Black youths. Such a youth is no threat to the continued downward spiral of Black people. Quite to the contrary, such a youth is driving the bus of mass genocide.

It doesn’t take a government program or grant from a charitable source to put our heads together and develop a plan to help our children.

Too many are on their way to hell in a hand basket. Regardless of what business skills or creative talents

you have, you can share your expertise with a youth. It might open up a new career direction for them. If you have a van or mini bus you can transport youth on field trips to interesting places.

Everybody with the heart for humanity has something to offer.

Let’s united in fundraisers to educate our youth. Joe Louis once said regarding money, “I don’t love money, it just calm my nerves.” So out of respect for the late great Joe Louis, let’s raise enough funds to calm our nerves.

For youth to claim be from the streets is not a legacy worth clinging to. It is an affiliation to a dead end. However, such a boast is common among youth in search of a deeper meaning to their life. If you ever encounter such a young man or woman take a moment and share to love of God with them. If they are receptive, invite them to your church and begin to show the love that God commanded of us. If you’re not a member of a church, I extend an invitation to visit mine.

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