Although you may have a point, do not overlook the reasons why these things happen in our communities? Do not be fooled or blinded by what you see. All of this stuff that is happening within our community are symptoms of years of abuse and neglect, injustice, inequality, oppression, suppression and depression.Now what I am finding even more amusing is the fact that we, as blacks, can not even unite on a local level and expect ONE person to do it on a national level??? I mean for real, when are we, as blacks, going to stop blaming everybody and their momma for things that go wrong with US. Yes, I said us since I am black. WE need to unite on the home front, get OUR children out of these gangs and stop all of the senseless murders, assaults and roberries that WE commit against each other and others. Come on people let's wake up!!!!
Most of us were born into these "impoverished communities" and life has been like it is for years and years and years. Generation after generation, teachings, attitudes and behaviors passed down. A vicious cycle.
Remember, we werent even allowed to get an education, we would be whipped and hung if caught reading a book. The Constitution states that we are only 3/5 human. Words on a 250 years old document that was created and designed to establish the frame work that this country was to be built on. Living seperate and unequal from the rest of society because of the color of our skin. Forced to watch our children beat and raped, traumatized.
Dont forget your history, most white people would like us to forget and "get over it", but that history has kept us alive and has helped us survive in a society that has never been meant for us from the beginning.
Of course find your own path in life and do what is best for you and your family, but don't disregard the "reason's" why we are here, today in 2008. It would be nice to just forget it and move on. Except for even in 2008 we are still faced with some of the very struggles and injustice of 250 years ago. We are faced with the reality every day.