Saturday, October 3, 2009

The last couple of days I have been doing alot of thinking about what is going on with the young people in this city.This is not a new problem the city of Chicago has been plagued with.But the last couple of years things have seemed to have gotton worse.It is almost everyday that we turn on the news and hear about another young person being hurt.Some of these kids make it and others don't.Last week a young man by the name of Derrion Albert was killed.A group of young men beat him to death in the street of this city.An honor roll student who was looking forward to going to college and making something of himself.His dream was cut short because someone made the decision to start a fight.He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.But when did walking home become the wrong place?If you were to ask those four young men why they were fighting could they even tell you why?Most likely not.Being caught up in the moment has cost five young men their life.One may have died on that day but four others lost their life as well.My question is what needs to be done to help our children?What happened to make us lose our children in such high numbers?I say our children because most of these kids look like me.Most of them come from single parent homes just like I did.Some even watch by older siblings because mom has to work just like I was.No I have not been part of the solution.Yes I look at them and shake my head.That is our problem.We see that we are losing them and we still walk away.Friday this event was over shadowed because Chicago didn't get the 2016 Olympics.People upset and crying in the street.Do you really want to bring the Olympics to city where children are getting beat to death in the street?No I wouldn't.Let's fix this problem before we take on that responsibility.Start by offering after school programs for children.Counseling sessions for those that need it.Let's start with making sure that our children go to school everyday and not hang out on the corner.We should not have any more Derrion Albert's in the world.This is not just a problem that Chicago has but this is a problem that other states face as well.So yes I am going to find a way to help a young person so they won't end up at the wrong place at the wrong time.I have no idea what I am going to do but I am going to do something.One day I plan to have a child of my own and I don't want them coming into a world like this.A world where they are afraid to go school.Afraid to be who they are.You should not have to hide who you really are because you will be picked on.Those bullies are kids that want attention and love.They pick on others to make themselves feel better.They act out in the streets for attention.Yes they get attention but it is not good attention.So let's start today working on our children.Save them before it is to late.I don't want to turn on the news and see another Derrion Albert.A young life lost because of nonsense.You are fighting the wrong fight.
Peace and Love.

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