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What is Happening To AFrican American Males?

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Issues impacting African American men and their families will be discussed at a historic and groundbreaking bipartisan national conference in Washington, D.C. The State Of The African American Male conference will take place Nov. 14-15, and will kickoff a national yearlong dialogue on strategies and programs to combat the following issues:

* 32 percent of African American males are unemployed.
* 40 percent of African American males are in the criminal justice system, either by being on probation, on parole or in prison.
* Many African American boys are on the low end of the literacy scale and dropping out of school.
* Many Black men die earlier of diseases that are treatable.



U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis, of Illinois, has called this meeting of national leaders, major organizations, policymakers, grassroots representatives and scholars to underscore the challenges confronting a large number of African American males, and that retard their struggle in becoming useful citizens in American society.

"We are concerned with the continuing plight of African American men who are seeking work and cannot find it, who are ill served by the American health services sector and who are overrepresented in the criminal justice system," Congressman Davis said in announcing the conference.

Joining Congressman Davis as co-conveners of the conference to be held in the Library of Congress and the Rayburn Building will be Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League; Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement Colored People; U.S. Congressman and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Elijah E. Cummings; U. S. Congressman William J. Jefferson, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Weldon J. Rougeau, president of the CBCF; Dr. Frederick Humphries, president of the National Association for Equal Opportunity; Gregg Reeves, president of Blacks in Government; Thomas Dortch, president of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.; Father George Clements, founder of One Church One Family; Dr. James E. Savage, president-elect of the Association of Black Psychologists; George Garrow, executive director of the National Organization of Concerned Black Men; and the president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Harry C. Alford.

The conference will feature some of the most knowledgeable and credible spokespersons, from a wide spectrum of experiences and training, who will layout and examine the forces contributing to the dismal plight of too many of the nation's African American males.

"We seek to better understand some of the historical, psychological, economic, and social challenges that retard the upward mobility of far too many African American males," said Dr. Bobby W. Austin, program chair of the conference. "In our yearlong dialogue we plan to assess the impact of the larger society, and the role they should play in helping Black males overcome some of the barriers."

"During this period we will also develop an action agenda, which that encompass philosophical, organizational, and programmatic best practices that have proven track records in helping boys become successful men," he said.

Reeves also weighed in with his support, adding, "The status of African Americans in all levels of government service represents the cornerstone of our work. We therefore stand in solidarity with this coalition in attempting to get at the root of the issues that so adversely affect Black men and their families."

Father Clements recalled that the ancient Latins were just as interested in their male population.

"Evidence of that concern is found in an ancient encryption which says: 'mens sana in incorporate sano' - a healthy mind inside a healthy body. All males must see this reality in the forefront of their existence."

Dr. Savage echoed his organization's support, saying, "The Association of Black Psyhologists is organized in part to protect and promote the well-being of the African American male psyche. We emphasize primary prevention within our implementation of research, theory and practice. We therefore support the conference and yearlong dialogue as both timely and of critical importance at this moment in our nation's history."

Morial, former New Orleans mayor, closed out by saying. "As I stated in my keynote address at the Urban League's 2003 annual conference, we must declare 'Empowerment Time' for the Black male. While many are high achieving, too many Black men are drifting into the underclass of joblessness and hopelessness. They are both perpetrators and victims of gun-related violence, and are living their lives believing that manhood is defined by the ability to injure or damage another man - rather than helping another man. It is time - Empowerment Time - to develop ideas and craft solutions to recerse this alarming trend ... and provide Black males with tools for renewal, revival and resurrection."

On Friday, Nov. 14, the opening session will introduce prominent scholars, researchers, theologians and others in the Montpelier Room of the Library of Congress. These opening discussions will introduce and outline some of the problems affecting African American males from a religious, psychological, sociological and political perspective. The speakers will set the tone for the Saturday sessions.

Following the opening conference in Washington, D.C, the conference conveners plan a minimum of four regional meetings - beginning in January 2004. Congressional Black Caucus members and their co-conveners will host these regional meetings. The efforts will be designed to yield strategies and resources for new and ongoing efforts in support of African American male development.

Dr. B.W. Austin, former founder and president of the Village foundation and former director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Taskforce on African American Men and Boys, chairs the conference program and planning committee. The staff person for the committee is attorney Richard Boykin, chief of staff to Congressman Davis.

BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
Free your mind, and the rest will follow.
 
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EbonyRose:

You know where my head is on this. So you know why I have to say this strikes me oddly. This excerpt:
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"During this period we will also develop an action agenda, which that encompass philosophical, organizational, and programmatic best practices that have proven track records in helping boys become successful men," he said.
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seems almost duplicitous. We know the proven best practice for helping boys become men is family. Convening all these leaders of organizations seems a "great show" of "What?" Good intent, at best?

Family teaches family values, behavior, relationships, practices, culture, and
IDENTITY. None of the organizations listed are about family. They all have AGENDAS. Their mission statements probably/undoubtedly include language supporting family. Their literature undoubtedly includes most the attributes I listed, and more.

But, I don't recall ever having seen language in their mission statements, or literature addressing IDENTITY.

I am of the position that it is large part the missing IDENTITY provided by family that causes, and/or sustains the increasing dessimation of our male children. Yet, this has still to earn the attention of these organizations. Mayhe that is because family is not the business of these organizations.

Family is the business of parents.

That's US.

PEACE

Jim Chester

You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.
Mr. Chester,

Arguably, you are absolutely correct.

However ... if we were to throw some reality into that argument, we then have to deal with the fact that the "family unit" to which you speak has suffered a devastating blow in many of our communities. Unfortunately, a large number of our young males don't have a traditional father-figure in their lives. Many of our children, male and female, have had to mature outside of the comfort of the traditional "family" structure.

Any organization(s) that set out to teach a Black male of identity, behavior, relationships, and yes, the value of family have to do so from the perspective of where that young man is coming from .... not from a place that they may have no actual knowledge or experience of.

I totally agree that the lesson of individual self-worth is more easily (and probably more thoroughly) taught from within a solid family unit, but just because a child doesn't have the benefit of that, doesn't mean that he/she cannot develop it or be taught it. Our young men need that knowledge more than any other. And anybody who is able and willing to teach it to them is needed and necessary ... to today's time, by today's standards.

Regardless of a person or group's agenda, dedicated effort and determination in the resolution of a problem or situation will inevitably produce positive results. If a young man who didn't get loved or taught within the confines of a traditional family surrounding can still be taught the values of building a strong family unit, of cultural pride, of strength of identity and personal self-worth and break the cycles of self-destructive behavior, lack of respect for their women, disavowal of the children they help to produce, feelings of being unable to achieve, etc. ... then I can't see denying him that opportunity or being suspect of those willing to bring about that knowledge because they are a for-profit organization!

A case in point .... Jessie Jackson may be an opportunist and a womanizer, but his contributions to the advancement of Black issues speak for themselves. Big Grin

BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
Free your mind, and the rest will follow.
...and at the same time, or on the same breath, a few individuals from this board alone find it humorous that the Black Male faces extinction! Should the Black male be removed from existance, the same or similar fate will negatively impact the future posterity of Black females!

Oh...but wait, anyone with any sense would surely question the credibility of some of the so-called Black middle class, as to their true interest in maintaining the solidarity of the Black family structure, when Black people in the capacity of foster parents, university educated social workers, etc., break up the Black family structure for financial gain.

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....and Black Africa's own leadership, military, kill its civilian citizens with impunity!

Liberian Rebels Still Terrorizing, U.N. Finds
From Associated Press

November 9, 2003

TAPPETA, Liberia "” The first U.N. peace missions to Liberia's rebel-held east have found villages deserted except for looting insurgents, and terrorized civilians in the grip of rebels or lying dead in the bush.

An Associated Press reporter accompanying Gen. Daniel Opande, the Kenyan commander of Liberia's 3-month-old U.N. peace force, saw hamlet after hamlet bloodied by pillaging fighters or persistent clashes between rebels and government hard-liners.

"There is no war, no more ground for you to gain," Opande told rebels in the eastern town of Griae "” attacked, sacked and burned by the insurgents three months after their leader signed the West African nation's peace deal.

The continuing devastation in territory under control of the smaller of Liberia's two rebel movements underscores the difficulty a fledgling U.N. peace mission faces in ending 14 years of bloodletting in Liberia.

Due to grow to about 15,000 strong, the United Nations force has seen only about 4,500 armed troops deploy "” mostly West Africans, with Bangladeshis the next largest contingent. Peacekeepers have been concentrated in Monrovia, the capital. It has been calm there since August, when West African troops landed and President Charles Taylor fled into exile.

Opande's trip to the east was a small fact-finding mission; nationwide deployment can come only when the U.N. force gains strength.

An Aug. 18 power-sharing deal brought rebels from Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy and the smaller, eastern-based Movement for Democracy in Liberia, or MODEL, into a transition government with Taylor's followers.

But Opande's word on the ground that MODEL rebel leader Thomas Nimely Yaya was now allied with the government seemed to have little effect on the child fighters strutting with machine guns.

Arriving in Griae, Opande's mission found rebels holding six townspeople. The insurgents had just dragged the men and women out of hiding.

"The war is our problem. When the war comes, we run into the bush," said 65-year-old Dennis Siaway.

East of Griae, in the village of Sarley, the bodies of 12 women and children lay in the streets, U.N. troops sent ahead of Friday's mission told Opande.

In Tappeta, Opande said: "This place is completely destroyed. It makes me, as an African, feel very sad. Because instead of building, we are destroying, and we continue to destroy, and destroy and destroy."
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.....And Nigeria, a so-called oil rich nation controlled by Black African leadership, provides a refuge for a war criminal in a no good despotic and treasonous Charles Taylor, who is responsible for the death of thousands of innocent Black Liberian civilians!

"Bounty by U.S. May Target Taylor,From Reuters

November 9, 2003

CALABAR, Nigeria "” Nigeria tightened security around the refuge of former Liberian President Charles Taylor after Washington offered a $2-million reward for what it called "a Sierra Leone war crimes suspect" "” widely believed to be Taylor.

A clause in an emergency funding bill for Iraq and Afghanistan signed by President Bush on Thursday allocated $2 million for "rewards for an indictee of the Special Court for Sierra Leone."

Taylor went into exile in Nigeria in August. He was indicted by the U.N.-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone, which accuses him of arming rebels in Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war in exchange for diamonds.

Nigerian presidential spokeswoman Oluremi Oyo said the U.S. had not discussed the reward with Nigeria, one of its key allies in Africa and its fifth-largest foreign supplier of crude oil.

Asked whether the U.S. move constituted a threat to Nigeria, she said: "A friendly nation would not encourage the violation of the sovereignty of Nigeria." Any attempt by foreign forces to capture Taylor, she added, "would be a violation of territorial integrity."

A source close to Taylor said Saturday that security had been beefed up around the former Liberian leader's hilltop villa in the southeastern Nigerian city of Calabar. "They are not taking it lying down," the source said.

Five Nigerian policemen armed with assault rifles and at least one plainclothes security guard were protecting Taylor's villa, a witness said.

Spokeswoman Oyo said Nigeria had granted Taylor asylum as part of a peace plan agreed to by other African nations and had been initially commended by the United States for doing so.

Former warlord Taylor, who was elected Liberia's president in 1997, came under pressure to leave from rebels who advanced on the Liberian capital, Monrovia, this summer and from diplomats who insisted that his departure was necessary to end years of violence.

A United Nations panel monitoring sanctions against Liberia has said Taylor absconded with government money and has tried to loot revenue since he went into exile."
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...and the people who truly live in the hood, as it pertains to those clinging to life, bent on revenge for the death of a family member because of the disregard for life that Black people have towards each other, would surely disagree with those on this board who continue to say it is all Caucasian America's fault. More often than not, be it gangmember or otherwise, these individuals have come to the conclusion that police protection doesn't exist in their neighborhood, the elected leadership do not represent them, and/or middle class Black America could care less, to which, in the end, many residents seek to settle a dispute in the light that they see it, even if it means vengence for criminal activity that Black people perpetrate against each other!

"November 18, 2003

COLUMN ONE

Where Eye for an Eye Is Justice

Revenge shootings are common, even expected, on the streets of South L.A. Police race to find suspects before the gang on the victim's turf does.

Anthony DeAndtre Brown, 16, was gunned down at close range at 8th and Vernon avenues

The scourge of black-on-black homicides in Los Angeles County.

Where Eye for an Eye Is Justice

VIGILANTES

LOS ANGELES MURDERS YOUTH VIGILANTES CRIME GANGS

CRIME

MORTAL WOUNDS

YOUTH

LOS ANGELES

MURDERS

GANGS

By Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer

Four days after his cousin was gunned down a few blocks away, a 14-year-old youth sat alone in a dark house, thinking.

He had spent sleepless nights since a man had walked up to his cousin, Anthony Brown, 16, at 8th and Vernon avenues, and fired repeatedly into his chest at close range. Anthony, a tall, skinny, popular boy who loved practical jokes, stumbled a few feet, then fell, bleeding to death on the pavement.

Now, his cousin wondered, would the killer ever pay? Would someone take revenge?

The question hovers around many killings in South Los Angeles, where one homicide often means another in a ruthless pattern of payback.

As old as humanity, as modern as drive-by shootings, revenge propels the cycle of violent deaths on L.A. streets. Retaliation shootings are so common that some police view them as inevitable. "You get one shooting, and you can count on it: It will prompt one back," said LAPD Officer Kyle Remolino. "One shooting, then another. Back and forth."

Anthony Brown's close friends were not in gangs, nor were he and his cousin. But in the week after Anthony's death, this 14-year-old talked about why he was certain there would be retaliation.

Even though Anthony had resisted the pressure to join gangs, he knew gang members; it's nearly impossible to grow up in the neighborhood without knowing them, his cousin said.

Shock and anger over Anthony's killing were widespread. Emotions were running high. Anthony's death was bound to be viewed by some as an attack on the neighborhood. What's more, his cousin acknowledged, the idea of payback made sense. Thoughts of taking revenge on the killer had been on his mind since the murder, he said.

"I just wanted his family to feel what we are going through," the youth said. "He didn't show no remorse, so why should we? An eye for an eye "” you know?"

High up in law enforcement circles, gang violence is frequently attributed to cold calculations over drugs or territory, or else dismissed as so-called senseless violence, the product of inexplicable perversity.

But closer to the ground, police often find themselves confronting a more basic, human factor: overpowering grief and the yearning for revenge. "People have been hurt to the [extent that] they don't care no more, and don't know no consequences," said a 21-year-old Eastside Hustler gang member, who gave only his gang name, "Color."

Challenge for Police

The challenge for law enforcement is to try to ensure that justice is served instead of vengeance. "It's almost a race," said Sal LaBarbera, an LAPD detective in Watts. "Can we arrest a suspect before they are retaliated against?"

Police employ a handful of strategies "” deploying extra patrols where they anticipate the next hit, for example, and monitoring funerals of some homicide victims. One such operation last month in Inglewood Park Cemetery became the scene of a gun battle when some men attacked mourners from a rival gang, and Inglewood Police officers opened fire on the alleged suspects.

High emotions at funerals have spilled over into violence on other occasions in South Los Angeles. The problem is familiar to the detectives on Anthony's case, who are investigating the possibility that his death was linked to a funeral that day.

Some police also advocate more widespread use of the negotiation tactics employed informally by some investigators in South Los Angeles who try to stop retaliation cycles through sheer persuasion. Besides extra patrols, Cmdr. Jim Tatreau said he tries to send "people who have the ability to go out and converse," after a homicide.

"You need people who know how to talk to people about why they shouldn't retaliate," Tatreau said.

There is also another, straightforward remedy many experts say is key to stopping the cycle: Solve more murders.

There have been hundreds of unsolved killings in LAPD's South Bureau in recent years, and solution rates of below 50% have been typical in high-crime areas over the last 15 years, according to a Times analysis. Especially in poor black and Latino neighborhoods, there is skepticism that police will catch the right people. In some close-knit communities, the victim's loved ones may have a good idea who the killer is, or which gang is responsible. But police lag a step behind, often hampered because witnesses are too fearful to testify.

In such a context, the idea of street justice occurs to many law-abiding survivors.

"I know Anthony wasn't a gang member," explained his cousin. "But to the police, he was just another gang member. That's why people will take it on themselves. They will take it into their own hands."

"There is a lack of faith in the whole judicial system," said Sheriff's Capt. Cecil Rhambo.

Thorough investigations and swift arrests may help forestall paybacks, said Det. Dave Garrido, who is investigating Anthony Brown's murder. Recognizing the emotions involved, he called for witnesses to Anthony's killing to cooperate, "so that we can take retaliation for them."

Rhambo also advocates coordinated police efforts to build trust among groups most likely to take revenge.

He described an approach he used recently in Compton after a shooting: Using one family member as an emissary, he recalled, he negotiated with gang members bent on striking back. "Give me 10 days," he told them. "Do me a favor. Don't roll on this neighborhood now."

Rhambo said he promised that his investigators would produce some result within the agreed-upon time. They did, closing in on the suspect by conducting searches and interrogations, and although the suspect escaped, the gang didn't retaliate, he said.

Last month, LAPD investigators struggled to rein in a cycle of payback shootings in Watts.

Members of two neighboring gangs that normally coexist peacefully had begun to quarrel over turf. On Oct. 4, gunmen from one of the gangs invaded the neighborhood of the other and shot up a house in the 400 block of East 93rd Street. Two random victims of indiscriminate fire, Edward Thomas, 21, and Brandi Gunn, 23, died.

The next night, detectives said, came the payback. Gunmen fired into a van pulling into a driveway at 87th Place and Avalon Boulevard. Inside were a mother and her two sons, returning home from church. Deangelo Beck, 6, was struck. He lingered on life support for two days before dying.

Detectives attended his funeral, hoping to deter another shooting.

It was an emotionally intense scene, they said "” a grieving family, a tiny coffin, a "Sponge Bob" wreath for an outgoing little boy.

Det. Donovan Nickerson went to the pulpit, directing his comments to young men standing in the back. "I know you youngsters there have a lot of anger in your hearts right now," he recalled saying. "I want you to do something. Give me a chance to do my job. I will take care of it."

But detectives were stalled by a lack of cooperative witnesses, and faith in the police appeared low. The LAPD had tried saturation policing after the killings of Thomas and Gunn, to no effect. A patrol car, alert to the possibility of a retaliation attack, had passed the house just moments before Deangelo was shot, LaBarbera said.

A few days after the funeral, a young man suspected by several of the mourners of being responsible for Deangelo's death was shot in the face on Crenshaw Boulevard. He survived. Police say they are encouraged that there hasn't been further violence, but don't know whether the cycle is complete.

Doubts About Outcome

In an interview last week, Deangelo's 35-year-old mother spoke of forgiveness. "I don't hate that person. I feel for that person," she said of her son's killer. At the same time, however, she voiced doubts that police would solve the crime, and seemed resigned to carrying the emotional burden of knowing this perpetrator will face no consequences.

"My baby's case is on a back burner," she said. "I don't really believe they are looking. I will stick with God."

To be sure, killings in South Los Angeles run the gamut: There are killings stemming from disputes over drug markets, or even just to get a reputation for ruthlessness. One 21-year-old gang member from Watts, who gave only his moniker, "Low Key," cited this reason for gang members attacking people: "Girls will hear what you did."

There also are a number of retaliatory shootings that are ostensibly defensive "” or at least characterized that way by gang members. They say they counterattack so as not to be viewed as weak, which could leave them open to continued assaults.

This kind of violence seems to happen regardless of whether the crime is solved and whether grieving families want it. Victims, moreover, often seem to be selected by chance "” chosen simply because the shooters happened to come across them in the rival neighborhood. "Straight bullets ain't got no name," said another Watts gang member nicknamed K.C.

Crimes of Emotion

Still, people who work closely with homicides say heartbreak, anger and frustration over killers going free help explain many crimes, especially those that resemble spontaneous acts of rage more than hits. Often, these shootings are committed in the highly emotional days following sudden bereavement "” such as the day of the funeral.

For this reason, there should be more efforts to offer mediation and grief counseling after homicides "” including those involving gang members, advocates say.

Among Anthony's friends, for example, are teenage boys who described with evident distress how they desperately waited for an ambulance as he bled to death, his face turning ashen-gray, his lips swelling.

Young men need help coping with the psychological trauma, said Ed Turley, co-founder of Central Recovery and Development Project, a gang-intervention organization.

"We are dealing with the physical effects of homicide, but we are not dealing with the emotional effects," he said. Society is more comfortable demonizing gang members than delving into their motives, he added, but to do so is to miss "why [gang violence] is happening, and why it continues to happen."

For his part, alone at night in the days before Anthony's funeral, his 14-year-old cousin said he gradually came to the conclusion that retaliation was not the answer.

"If I do it, they will come back, and it's just a cycle," he explained. "Anthony wouldn't want that. It wasn't in his heart to kill someone."

But he said he still feared others might choose differently. To avert this, "the police need to find the person," the youth said. "They need to know it is real important "” real important. You can't just let someone's life go away "” to go to waste like that. This was somebody important to a lot of people."

Anthony Brown, 16, was murdered Nov. 1 at the intersection of 8th and Vernon avenues in South Los Angeles. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crime to call the LAPD at (213) 847-1310."

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Treason, genocidal activity, a disgraceful Black leadership is also very much a part of political process in the U.S. and/or Black Africa!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton

[This message was edited by Lofton on November 18, 2003 at 06:02 PM.]
Too bad this same focus is not being placed on ALL of our people. You know there is a problem, at least in NY state when the rate of incarceration for women of color has gone up about 800%! Where is the outcry over that?!
When are we going to wake up and realize that it's not just our men that are being targeted but our people, period. This is a BLACK PEOPLE thing.

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
No one wants to accept the fact that the black male is heavily influenced by negative rap videos and stero-types seen in movies and in the media. If you tell a child that they are a certain way long enough, no matter how much the child knows that it is not true, the child will eventually begin to act like he/she is that way. If the only image a child ever sees that is a supposed reflection of truth is a negative stereo-type, then eventually even the child will begin to believe the stereo-type and act and live the part. This is very basic psychology. Stop racist propaganda and you will see this syndrome begin to cease. I still cannot believe that people who know that Toyota can air a 30 second commercial that will influence mature adults to go out a buy a new car, at the same time will not believe that images that an immature young male may see in a movie or a video should not or does not influence him to go out a immulate what he has seen in the video or movie or what the character in one has alluded to.
Also, I understand that a child is better off in a two parent homes in most cases. But I do not believe that single parenthood is the single or a primary factor in the problems with young black males. Black males have been being raised in single mother households for generations without belonging to gangs, selling drugs, using drugs, killing each other over bs - it is not the family structure alone, it is much more than that. If a child is raised in a community whether there are two or one parent, the type of community has more to do with the how the child will turn out than just the parent or parents because whether you want to believe it or not, parents are not the only people in a child's life that influence them, children, just like all people every where are influenced by many people in their family, community, that they come in contact with or even read about. If you have a child will two parents or one parent inside his house influenceing him one way and this child had 300 people in the community or outside the house influencing him another way, it is easy to see how the child may succumbe to the greater influence. This can be true if the negative is inside his house and the positive is outside his house or if the positive is inside his house and the positive is outside his house.
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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:



I think a solution that includes identity as a people would be a strong ingredient for such a program. I hope they do also.

PEACE

Jim Chester

You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.

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This is so true. This should be the first step taken. Right now the only "identity" young black males know are images of characters in movies or stereo-types in videos. And I mean this for your average poor young black males, maybe not young black males growing up in the best communities surrounded predominately by positive males while growing up in a safe, clean, un-threatening environment.
Again our sistas are ignored and disregarded. Oh well, I guess this is just a waste of my time to bring up the war on girls as outlined in Essence magazine. We'll just let our future mothers go by the wayside and let them rot in jails or abusive relationships and suffer from low self-esteem. Roll Eyes

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
Yssys,

I don't see our sistas as being ignored and/or disregarded here. Due to sleep deprivation I was unable to answer your post last night when I read it! Smile

But, I think that, as we as a community and as a people have soooo many problems, both related and separate in their nature, that sometimes it is necessary to attack them one at a time.... invariably hoping for a domino effect maybe!! But, our brothers are a community problem all unto themselves. The same with sistas. The same with small children. The same with the poor. Or the uneducated.

Perhaps you are saying that we should nip this situation in the bud before it gets to the proportions of what are males are going through ... and I can certainly understand that. But, I don't think anyone wants to turn a blind eye to the plight of black women and the things we're going through. I think this conference is just taking one problem and the solution to it at a time. It certainly wouldn't hurt to ask them to make black women their next project! Big Grin

BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
Free your mind, and the rest will follow.

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