Seeing More Than The Hood
Yesterday I ran across some of the guys I used to run the streets with and we were talking about if anyone was taking any trips for Memorial Day. It was astonishing to me that one of them said that they had never been out of Chicago before. That comment wasn’t surprising but it still had me wondering how at the age of 25 you have never stepped out of your environment to experience the beautiful world we live in. I understand everyone is not privileged enough to get to travel to places and see the world but I also understand why certain things continue to keep happening in our communities because of this reason.
The youth of today have to recognize that the world is bigger than three blocks. The youth are dying because they want to protect their land. How can they protect land that doesn’t belong to them? Our youth brains are being condition to beconfined to one area. I wish they would wake up and smell the coffee because it’s a trick. There are other countries and cities but our youth focus on protecting blocks. So many of our youth are lost because they don’t have mentorship and leadership within their house hold. The only mentors they have are men who sell drugs, pimp woman, and murder others to gain respect.
What will you do to help a youth in need of mentorship? I have heard people say it’s not their problem to help others because there children are raised already. I challenged them because this isn’t just a parent problem. When a youth grows to be an adult they will still act like a child especially if he or she has not been developed to be ready for the real world. They will continue to mentor to the younger youth about protecting the land, selling drugs, and murdering each other. It truly takes a village to raise a child. Just because your children are adults doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take time out of your day to help a youth learn respect, manhood, womanhood, or how to build a safer community. We all have to see the problems and learn how to be solutions to the problem.