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..not sure what the videos are supposed to explain..interesting.. but wrong. I have never used racism as an excuse... but I also am not naive enough to believe it doesn't exist. I have seen it.. its there. Its there in the condescending attitudes... disapproving stares...It's also there is the more dramatic ways. Those videos take a small part of a large struggle...and use it as an excuse to get out of a racist attitude. Yes.. there is a small group of blacks that are angry, and have used racism as a crutch.. but I believe in just changing peoples minds...killing em with kindness and their own medicine if u will. I believe no matter what life, the government, society.. is throwing at you,, you have a responsibility to show u are just as good as anyone else. Maybe even stronger despite having to struggle more. You cant expect the cycle to break if the schools dont have the same access to resources that the kids in the suburbs have... the cycle will continue if the community doesnt improve. Personal responsibility is always key, but that doesn't mean others who are doing the suffering should give themselves a pass.. especially if they are just complaining about it and not actually contributing positively to the problem.
July 16, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Jay1981 - thank u for proving my point. Angry, name-calling and finger-pointing at others....
To those who have expressed sincere condolences, the family appreciates and needs it at this difficult time, thank u.
LifesTooShort- No. Im not from Ytown, but I have a large number of family there. I do know there is a serious crime problem involving young black males... My point was, a lot of the problem stems from people using these stereotypes for all of them, giving up on those who are trying to make something of themselves and never getting the chance. Yes, it all starts from personal responsibility, but part of that is also making sure we put back into our communities, voting for people that will make education and job creation priority... even in the hood... Most of these young men are intelligent ppl making stupid decisions because ppl have already given up on them and assume they are criminals.
My family has been victim to its share of the Youngstown violent crime rate, trust me. I know what its like to see what the victims families have to live with.. but it doesn't make me a skeptic, it makes me want to make things better instead of sitting around talking about how bad it is. I haven't given up on these young men and women and neither should u.
July 16, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
Margetilchunk-- call it what it is.. you're talking about black people. Pretty it up how u want.. but our family is well respected, educated, active in the church, hardworking in the community...and black. Color or social status had nothing to do with this little boy dying. Stop labeling and making ur political soap box stance here.. and ur half-ass.. "sorry for the loss of life" is condescending and unacceptable.. get a heart.. better yet... find ur humanity and realize these are human beings suffering a loss they will never recover from.. You are whats wrong with society.. not these kids.
July 15, 2011 at 9:56 p.m.
and the other comments referring to food stamps and other offensive, racist innuendo,.. my little 9yr old cousin is DEAD...gone. I guess if this was a little white girl in the suburbs killed by old white man drunk driving.. it would be more tragic to you? Leave it to the conservative a$$holes to turn this tragedy into something political. A life was taken and my cousin will never get to hold her son again.. never see him smile.. Unless u have something productive to say.. please refrain from saying anything.
July 15, 2011 at 9:33 p.m.
As a family member of this 9yr old little boy, I find the comment about the 16 year old being a "dirty bomb welfare child" is extremely offensive and unnecessary. As easy as it is for me to hate him, his family is also suffering a loss tonight. Even tho our family will never get to see him graduate or get married... over something so unnecessary, this young mans family has to live with the guilt of this the rest of their lives. This could have happened in any neighborhood.. sad horrible tragedies happen in all shapes sizes and colors. My heart goes out to his family as well.. but I dont know how mine will overcome this.. we have been through so much...
July 15, 2011 at 9:27 p.m.