Citizen action needed to stem violence
The angry winds of violence that threaten many urban areas across the nation, including nearby Philadelphia, have buffeted with increasing frequency neighboring suburban communities with gunshot deaths being docXPHntHd Ln ChHltHnhaP, AbLnJtRn and RthHU tRwnshLSs.
And thanN JRRdnHss some residents, community leaders, politicians, police and church leaders are beginning to coalesce in order to curtail the senseless deaths through such programs as the “Bridging thH CRPPXnLtLHs” IRUXP that was moderated reFHntly by thH 5HY. 0LULaP Burnett, pastor of New BHthHl AIULFan 0HthRdLst (SLsFRSal ChXUFh Ln :LllRw GURYH.
Burnett, also a medical doctor and holding a master’s degree in public health, according to her RnlLnH bLRJUaShy at www. nHwbHthHlwJ.RUJ, hRstHd thH AXJ. 13 SURJUaP at thH 1RUth 3Hnn VF: 3Rst 676 that featured the likes RI AbLnJtRn SRlLFH ChLHI :LllLaP KHlly, USSHU DXblLn DHSXty ChLHI LHH BHnsRn and AbLnJtRn 7Rwn- shLS CRPPLssLRnHU :aynH LXNHU. 7hH SURJUaP was reportedly organized by thH BULdJLnJ thH CRPPXnLtLHs CRalLtLRn, LnFRUporating groups IURP CUHstPRnt and North Hills following a particularly violent HSLsRdH.
AFFRUdLnJ tR thH 7LPHs ChURnicle article written by reporter Jarreau Freeman IRU thH AXJ. 1622 issue, Luker was adamant about the July 17 shooting death of a CUHstPRnt UHsLdHnt, :Llliam Butler, not “destroyLnJ” thH FRPPXnLty. A North Hills man has been FhaUJHd wLth thH shRRtLnJ.
In fact, Luker and others have called for more community and recreational programs, but acknowledged the difficulties to funding initiatives during these tough economic tLPHs.
AltHUnatLYHly, as LXNHU insists, it is up to citizens tR taNH aFtLRn. , FRXldn’t agree with the commissLRnHU PRUH.
con- YLnFHd that Ln FRnMXnFtLRn with community sporting programs and other activities, it’s imperative that youths and young adults are exposed to their ethnic histRUy.
For instance, many younger AIULFan APHULcans could explore their family roots and the accomplishments of past generations, situations that are still too rarely explored in our public, priYatH and FhaUtHU sFhRRls.
There’s no doubt in my mind that sometimes low self- esteem, based on the foolish messages that black youths receive from elements of the mass media, play a significant role Ln blaFN- Rn- blaFN FULPH. YHt, wH MXst FannRt HxFlXsively blame the devilish phenomenon on the tube, as old- timers sometimes Fall tHlHYLsLRn.
To be blunt, many of the problems start right at hRPH. 3aUHnts PXst taNH more responsibility, no matter what, in demanding academic excellence and FLYLF UHsSRnsLbLlLty. I’m sure the good Reverend Burnett would also focus on spirituality, with Py tRtal aJUHHPHnt.
And SaUHnts PXst nRt bH afraid to discuss such topLFs as APHULFan slaYHUy, the Jewish Holocaust or the Japanese committing JHnRFLdH aJaLnst thH ChLnese at certain points in hLstRUy.
Sadly, as the right- wing state apparatus continues to cut funds to valuable programs and cause the proliferation of guns, while federal initiatives are threatened by powerholders intent on stopSLnJ 3UHsLdHnt 2baPa, wH must all dig deep within in order to stop the violence and uplift our young IRlNs.
And TXLtH IUanNly, much of our initiatives should involve encouraging young voters to get to the ballot box, despite the growing state- sponsored obstacles, and throw away the bullets in order to save lLYHs.
Don “Ogbewii” Scott, a Melrose Park resident, can be contacted at dscott9703@ aol. com.
A Place in History Donald Scott