Real… Black Fathers, ole school/strong families and genuinely connected communities must solve youth development crises for many African American males in our society.
BLACK FATHERS NEED TO GO WHERE THEIR CHILDREN ARE. TURN HATS AROUND…PULL UP PANTS AND TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS. CHECK SOME ATTITUDES AND LOOK THEM DIRECTLY IN THE EYES AND SAY THEY LOVE THEM ENUF TO “STOP THE ROT” OF THEIR NEXT GENERATION. THEN INTELLIGENTLY UNDERSTAND HOW THEY ARE REALLY LIVING AND DETERMINE WHAT DADDY… MUST DO TO MAKE THINGS BETTER TO: IMPROVE THE ATTITUDES, BEHAVIORS, PEER ASSOCIATIONS, MENTORING, FAMILY, COMMUNITY, FAITH-BASED SUPPORTS, SCHOOLING AND PERCEPTIONS OF A QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN.
This is obviously a national problem. It all starts at home and so obviously homes have to be re-organized. Quality time must be spent finding out who are children are and sharing with them who we are and what we want them to be. Violent and time wasting video games can’t babysit or replace our personal inputs. Expensive techie toys and phones are not symbols of love and can’t teach emotional, school or societal intelligence.
Only tremendous faith, associations with churches with real outreach, loving parent, extended family, community and surrogate can turn around our kids widening personal achievement gaps. Conscientious arms and firm guidance are the tools of our historic successes as a people who once upon a time had less to offer our youth materially.
Once our kids are part of the criminal justice system it is more of a nightmare for them and families. Parents are “first teachers and first responders”. There are advocates but we need to get more men to “man up”. Stop making jail glamorous. We have to reform our households and our systems that engage our most precious commodity.
Our kids are from the proud lineage of former kings and queens that were en-slaved. They are of the lineage of freedman, civil rights leaders and Renaissance creators and so the quality of their lives measures [our adult commitment] to the past and future beyond great sounding faith-based, pop-culture, educational or social rhetoric.
There’s A New Book that’s a Must Read!
According to The Week….Nell Bernstein’s Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, may move readers from being heartbroken to furious. The mindlessness of the policies and practices that turn troubled youth into failed adults — and thus entrench into countless lives cycles of violence, poverty, and despair — are beyond maddening.
Our nation’s judges, cops, prosecutors, and politicians surely know by now the harm this causes all of us. The evidence of the damage is overwhelming. We imprison our children at seven times the rate Great Britain does and 18 times the rate of France.
Let’s be fiscally conservative…
Our nation spends far more money housing our kids in prison — $88,000 a year — than we do educating them in school. And yet, despite this crushing statistic, our nation does not move quickly enough to prevent the mistreatment, the rapes, the violence, and the degradation that occurs every day in modern American juvenile jails and prisons.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Attorney General Eric Holder Calls on Congress to Pass Bipartisan Second Chance Act
See Raleigh, North Carolina’s Justice Served Organization article & Diana Powell Interview
WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY AND STATE ?