Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The nightmare continues. Two teens (black) in Minneapolis kill a mother and her son (black), stabbing her over 100 times and bashing her boy’s head with a television. This woman clearly had no idea what she was doing when she let these boys, acquainted with her older son, into her home. Who could comprehend this outcome? Sadly, the fear of blacks youths will only grow from such a horrendous act, and who can deny this logic.
In the last few days I have been criticized for using the word ‘animal’ and ‘savage’ to describe people in this country, and other parts of the world, who kill and injure with pathologies that reach far back into time before the moral leaps of the last century. Black people need to take these words off the ‘banned’ list, because this denial is making the problem worse.
A concerted response is demanded. Everything we are doing, to raise kids who do these things, is wrong. Everything. How they are parented, schooled, disciplined, loved – everything. We need an intervention and the first thing we must do is stop lying to ourselves that the fault lies with others. The Black community must take responsibility for this behavior.
I suggest one long time out. No more BET, parties, singing, dancing, or drinking. No drugs, no fast food, and no sex. No football, basketball, track, or hangin. No dressing up at church. No SUV’s, no 21” rims, no gansta’ anything. And no cell phones. And then use the time figure ourselves out. This is most serious.
James C. Collier
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