Right on Chris. And I have an answer to your question about how to solve our problem. There is no solution. The city has too many 14-year-old mothers and 30-year-old grandmothers who don’t know how to raise their children. I don’t mean that hurtfully. But think about it, what can a 14-year-old, still a child herself, teach another child. You can’t teach what you don’t know.
Last year, I interviewed former Criminal District Court judge Calvin Johnson. He said something shocking and harsh, but true. The 16-year-olds carrying guns right now are already too far gone. Do what we can for them and move on to the next generation. We need to teach today’s new young mothers how to love their children, keep them off the streets and make sure they get the best education possible. In order to do that we have to be patient and compassionate. It is human nature to want everything RIGHT NOW. But this crisis will take many years to turn around. I know it sounds clique, but we are more interested in spending money to build jail cells than spending money on proven grassroots community efforts that in 16 years could show real results.
We need to pull or heads out of the sand and stop tossing pebbles at Goliath. The alternative is to sit back and continue to watch this wonderful city rot away.
Your friend and fan,
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