If a “generation” is every twenty to thirty years, and we have family member and friends who are five to ten years younger or older than us, then there really isn’t a gap. What I mean is one generation is not without a resource of someone older or younger to talk to. So this question is why can’t we fix our lives? It’s not like we don’t talk to each other across various age groups.
Before my time and during my time of Boogie Down Productions’ Champagne of stop the violence, I would say not much has changed. And I wanna know why? Is it as simple as ghettos see more violence because girls become early mothers who become state property through welfare programs which stagnate both mental and financial growth, coupled with absentee fathers who may also be boys/young men unable to understand the consequences of bringing a life into the world?
Let’s say we’re aware of “our” social problems:
* Being Poor * Buying into Designer thinking (500-800 phones)
* Seduced by Hip Hop Culture–the money doesn’t come back to the hood
* Drug use by parents and the consequences for the children (see Iyanla fix my life Season 8/ Six Brothers
* Having to join gangs to survive
* Black on Black: Mistrust/ Dislike and the ultimate inability to uniform to solve our collective educational and financial self-sustainability.
*Mis-education/Uncle Tom’s Cabin/Crabs in a barrel
How do we go forward in reducing these problems?
Back to basics: Teaching children to respect each other and appreciate each other for the difference rather using what’s different about each other as a weapon.
Networking: school age children can participate in social networking and play sports games with each other in a healthy way to build friendships with kids from other local school and non local school to foster healthy sportsmanship. It also can help bridge gaps in lack of understanding in diversity and hopefully allow racial misunderstanding of other racial groups.
Since “our” problems are intrinsic, the solutions have to be custom designed to deal with those issues. For example, who goes out into the streets to find kids who should be in school to ask them why are they not in school and what can we do to help–without betraying an already shattered life.
Burned-out Infrastructure employees: Police;Fire Department; Teachers; Hospitals, etc. A perpetual cycle of disrespect has lead to continued distrust and disrespect to the end result that it’s expected behavior in Urban settings. Being knowledgeable of this helps prepare the knowledgeable to go into situations knowing how to respond before the expected behaviors are exhibited.