Does the President need to visit Chicago to address gun violence?

A friend of mine in Chicago posted this on his Facebook page. We will simply identify him as Concerned Chicago Dad. He makes some points that will make a lot of people uncomfortable. Read it and share your thoughts.

Many people are requesting that the president come home and address the violence that has griped our city. People are asking him to come to Chicago to make a speech to talk about Black kids killing Black kids. They have even gone so far as to start a petition to ask for this. My question is What do you expect him to do? I know many people who believed that the election of the 1st black president would magically change the mind set of our young people and give them hope. I guest that didn’t work out to well. Even if he does come and addresses the violence will it really change anything? STOP I’ll answer that question. NO ! It is not his responsibility to raise a generation of children when the community has failed them. People are asking the police to start to stop and frisk individuals randomly. Are you serious? How long before you all start complaining about police brutality. When you have to depend on your oppressors to maintain your community they will not respect you or treat you fairly. I want the president in Washington getting the jobs bill signed. There is a direct connection to high crime and high unemployment. Unemployment among Black kids 15-24 is 80 %. Who is doing the killing? Young people between the ages of 15 -24. DUH. People have said that our young people see no future, have no hope. What have we given them to hope for. I know, INTEGRATION. If your smart, talented, have the right look, and lucky, O yeah and don’t get shot you can integrate into white society. We have failed to develop any viable businesses in our communities. we have failed to educate our kids about themselves and our rich history. We have failed to bring them up in healthy households with 2 parents. We have failed to prepare them for the pitfalls that the enemy has set up. We have failed to direct them into any trades or fields other than athletics or entertainment. We have failed to give them a strong spiritual base, and now we ask what’s wrong with them? As a people we have enough money and influence to make this happen but we are not willing to do this on a large scale. Maybe instead of building big churches that are empty 5 days a week maybe we would have better served the communities to build programs that would have built up the people. That’s just a suggestion. A job with a livable wage gives people pride and hope. Until we learn to develop this in the community we will always be on our knees begging. the Bible says where there is no vision the people perish. What is the vision of Black America? Where do you see us in 10-20 years? We have not had a vision since April 4,1968. We have gone straight downhill every since. During segregation we at least had our own businesses. We must get back to taking care of ourselves. Those who have must get into the business of bringing someone up and teaching them how to stand. We have to get to work. the fairy is not coming and sprinkling magic fairy dust on us to get us to stop the violence and start loving each other. Time to lift each other up.

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  • walknrun1  On January 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Well said Concerned Chicago Dad. Increasing police is good, but they can’t be everywhere all the time and they can’t change attitudes and outlooks. Having the President come here may make someone feel better, but that’s not where his place is. It’s in Washington.

    All the solutions aren’t external. IT BEGINS AT HOME! Children need to be nurtured, respected and taught at an early age by their parent(s). What we’re seeing now are a couple of generations that have missed out on that and there is no regard for life. There are so many issues here and there are no quick fixes. God knows, I wish I had one.

  • thedukeofsense  On February 1, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I sometimes disagree with some of your points of view, but let me say this: Of all your posts, THIS is my favorite. It’s an issue people often avoid and try to sweep under the rug. I’ve seldom heard anyone who talks or writes about this issue in such a frank and honest way. These thoughts have often run through my mind but you have articulated them perfectly. Keep on keepin’ on!

    • musesofamom  On February 1, 2013 at 3:36 am

      You still don’t agree ith me. This post was written by a friend of mine.

  • elogam  On February 5, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Other than his premise of their being an ‘enemy’ (which it is clear he means ‘white people’) I find little to disagree with him. Larry Elder’s new book about fathers and sons deals in some ways with what Concerned Chicago Father is talking about. But Larry doesn’t perpetuate the belief that the Evil White Man is scheming day and night to keep a brotha down. “We” definitely need to develop our own businesses, but they must be broad based. Cater to your community, but don’t exclude 87% of the population by only catering to the 13% Black American population. We need to teach our children business, the value of hard work, the evils of drugs, the value of family, and advanced conflict resolution skills that do not require weaponry.

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