LC’s Commentary

Listen To The Voice of Reason

What you need to know

What you need to know

Why you need to know it


It is important to know what you need to know. Knowing why you need to know it is just as important. For example, it is important to know that getting an education is important. Why is it important? Education provides a platform that individuals can utilize to launch their aspirations, dreams and careers. The more education one has, the higher realistic goals and objectives can be set. Higher education makes lofty goals and objectives more easily and quickly attainable. It is foolish to sit around dreaming and setting lofty goals and objectives, while making little or no effort to attain necessary tools-namely education. It is akin to trying to build a car with a sledgehammer.

As I observe our young men meandering about with their trousers dangling off of their butts, I wonder if they really know what they are doing. I wonder if their parents realize what they are doing when they buy them this type of clothing and allow them to wear it in public. Some would say there is nothing wrong with the way many of our young men dress. I guess they are right if making a public spectacle of one self is not a problem. I guess there is nothing wrong with creating an image of young black men as one of disdain for education, civility and sense of proper behavior.

It is important to know the consequences of becoming part of a gang. Young men and women must know that joining and participating in gang activity is playing with fire and is extremely harmful to oneself, parents, communities and our schools.

Our young men need to know it is wrong to roam our streets, some packing guns and terrorizing our neighborhoods. Where is the logic in destroying ones’ own neighborhood? Give me one justification for creating an environment where ones’ own siblings, parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends are afraid to walk the streets. They need to know that their behavior creates an environment where kids who want to go to school and obtain an education are under constant threat of harm and danger while going to and fro. Gang activity contributes to this danger. It is wrong to think any good can come out of this behavior. It is important to know that the time and effort devoted to gangbanging would be better utilized if channeled towards getting a good and satisfactory education.

One needs to be made aware of the fact that is wrong to commit a crime. It is important to know that committing crime will usually result in a criminal record. One needs to know the ramification of becoming part of the criminal justice. One needs to know the impact a criminal record has on obtaining gainful employment. One needs to be aware that criminal activity is not only wrong, but it can lead to jail, penitentiary, or worse-death.

Parents, most of you who have kids involved in gangs know it. To sit back and hope someone else will do what you should be doing is wrong. You need to know that it is important that you have a heart to heart talk with your kids and give them sound reasons for not joining gangs. It is up to you to instill in your children at the earliest opportunity, the importance of getting an education and what education does for them as they strive to become productive members of society. There is so much to be learned and the reason for learning it.



May 7, 2008 - Posted by | Black Youth, Educating black children

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