For anyone who knows me, you know that I simply cannot go without commenting on the events of the last few days in Baltimore. It is so sad. I do have family and friends there and have been praying for the safety of all.
That being said, OH MY GOD! I have SEVERAL thoughts on this mess. Let’s begin with the core of the problem. It is not police oppression, lack of jobs, blah, blah, blah. It starts with the erosion of the American family. The American family has disintegrated on several aspects. As I recall, Bill Cosby took massive hits for commenting on the erosion specifically of the Black Family. Yet today, multiple respected Black leaders are applauded for saying the same thing. No matter what your color, you have parents, who do not know how to be parents, who really do not want to be parents, or prefer to be their child’s friend instead of the parent. Kids need love, discipline, structure and limits. They don’t always like it, and their job is to test all of it. The bottom line is, they feel safest with those four things. Without them, they panic and chaos ensues. Parents need to teach the above, in addition to respect for authority. Teachers should not have to be police. Police should not have to be parents. PARENTS NEED TO BE PARENTS!
Bad economy and lack of jobs? Baloney! I have many friends and family who immigrated to the United States. They left their homes with nothing and arrived with nothing. They found jobs, sometimes those jobs were “beneath” everyone else. They worked hard. Sometimes they worked two and three jobs to make ends meet. They didn’t always have clothes and shoes. But they worked hard to make things better. They respected themselves and didn’t sit back and demand government handouts. They took care of the few possessions they had. THEY RESPECTED THEMSELVES!!!!! They did not resort to drugs to get by. Wait, don’t drugs cost money?! They certainly did not steal from others to benefit themselves. They worked hard for a better life. They did not blame anyone for their “situation”. They worked hard to improve their “situation”.
People elected the officials who continue to fail this country. These are the officials who encourage you to take those handouts, and they tell you that you are entitled to them. They do not help you help yourself. They line their own pockets and blame the previous administrations. They are paid well for what they do, yet you need to ask “What exactly do they do?” It is time to hold our elected officials accountable for the messes that they structured.
Personally, I do not care if you are green, black, white or pink with purple stripes. Be a human being! Parents need to teach themselves as well as their children to respect themselves and the community they live in. They need to make change in the appropriate way, not by destroying themselves with drugs, alcohol, etc. or by destroying their neighbors with vandalism and theft. It is time that we become accountable for our own behaviors and lives!!!! Stop blaming the world for your lot in life. You are the only one responsible for your place in the world and life!!!!
I pray that everyone takes stock of themselves. We are better than this!!!
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