A Senseless Shooting: Where Are the Responsible Black Parents?

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  • I’m weary of writing about young black children being gunned down in the prime of their lives; senseless shootings after silly arguments that result in gunfire and a trail of tears.

    On Thursday, it happened again: a 14-year-old student was shot outside an Atlanta middle school and another student was arrested by police. Atlanta police said they arrived at Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta at 1:50 p.m. and found a 14-year-old boy shot in the back of the neck.

    “The student was alert, conscious and breathing,” the police statement said.

    The school was on lockdown Thursday afternoon and a teacher was injured after being trampled during the chaos following the shooting.

    I don’t know why the 14-year-old boy was shot, but does it matter? Was the argument worth trying to take the life of a young boy?

    It’s never worth it.

    While lawmakers and right-wing members of The National Rifle Association debate the wisdom of gun control, African Americans have a more pressing issue to address: Our young black boys are killing each other at a rate that is causing seasoned cops to cringe.

    Sure, we need stricter laws on gun purchases and we need to get assault weapons off the streets, but some black parents also need to start taking responsibility for their teenagers who can only resolve their schoolyard disputes by picking up a gun.

    Remember when Comedian Bill Cosby was criticized by black folks for suggesting that there are some horrible black parents in America who allow their children to grow up to be thugs?

    He was right.

    How many more young black children have to die before black folks admit that bad parenting is partly responsible for the gun violence in black neighborhoods?

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    13 thoughts on “A Senseless Shooting: Where Are the Responsible Black Parents?

    1. The truth of the matter is progressive black people don’t know what to do and many are looking for answers. Those people that try to cooperate with the authorities receive little if any help, therefore many poor people feel like they are on their own. There is not a no snitching policy amongst those that want to see things change. Black people all get lumped into one category as evidenced by some of these comments, however if the problem folk don’t want help — if their children don’t want mentoring, if those that are causing all of this chaos don’t think anything is wrong with their attitudes and behavior then there is nothing progressive black people can do that is within the law.

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    3. Plato’s Republic, we–a special breed, need orphanages for our special seeds–relief for parents who can not accept responsibility–parents can not be ‘stressed out–stressed beyond–busting stress–and be the best at minimum wage jobs–and be at home. Give them a break, especially since most parents are vulnerable loving Black women

    4. For the last 5 years I have been saying, “you are going to have to start reprimanding the parents of these kids!!! These actions of the kids are the faults of parents who want to get high, hang out, be friendly with their kids, buy nice cars, clothes, and houses and have the oldest child watch the kids….Once you start locking mothers and fathers up with the children, the mothers and fathers are going to feel a sense or embarrassment and do what they are supposed to do…I don’t want to hear when they are out they do what they want….You let them know what is tolerated and what is not, and this shit will stop!!!

    5. Hmmm interesting note…the teenager charged mother is only 30 years of age. So she had this boy at 15-16 yrs of age? That’s the problem….babies having babies!!!!

    6. @Wildflower
      Mr. Cottman has made a valid point
      The facts are: 52% of the homicides in this nation are committed by black males between the ages of 18-34. In other words, 3% of the population commits 52% of the homicides. let that sink in and you realize that this article is spot on

      • WTF? Go back to math class and redo your figures dude. Let that sink in with your “fuzzy math”.

        Juveniles who were black accounted for 51.4 percent of juvenile arrests for violent crimes not just homicides. Also the category is individuals 18 and over (not 18-34 like you stated in your flawed math).

    7. Where are the responisble black parents? Where are the responsible white parents? Or any other race for that matter? We are here and our children are thriving or being killed by the forgotten, however this is NOT a color issue but a human issue in ALL races, but the media likes to spot light the black race. Stop this and focus on the issue at hand…. young people and the fact that it’s a community crisis. EVERYBODY is responsible for why our children are growing up with no real role models. No one wants to get involved anymore. We lost the “village” and gained the lynch mob. Society’s influence is much larger and stronger than any parents at times. So when you pose these questions? Ask yourself, “What have I done to contribute to this madness and what can I do to contribute to the success of our future?

      • Yes it is a black issue, every now and then you have a white nut kill and or shoot a bunch of white people however, the black on black crime and killing is systematic in black neighborhood. why? because of the enablers, Moma, Grandma, Aunt, Cousin who continously shelter their thug offf spring and are the first to go before the cameras when one of them are murdered about how great they were getting their life together, even though he/she dropped out of school, have no employmenet he was a good father, you can play this tape in every neighborhood where we have neighborhood thugs run amouck. This carnage will continue unabated until parents give guidance,supervise and take control of their children and until people in these affected neighborhood say enough is enough and began giving the Law enforcement agency the information on these thugs, the majority of whom reside in the same neighborhood they terrorize so that they can be remove and put where they need to be with the other wana be ganster behind bars. Until this happen the Politicians, Civil Rights, Church people can continue to march, sing songs and hold candel light vigil to no avail.

        • I agree with everything you said. Other races have problems but as a black women I am more worried about my own race. We seem to be the only race with this don’t snitch bs.

      • YOU ARE CORRECT TO SPECIFY THIS AS AN ISSUE FOR HUMANITY , HOWEVER FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HISTORY, AS A RACE OF PEOPLE THE VERY CORE OF OUR BEING RELIES ON COMMUNITY , AND OUR FATHER IF WE CONTINUE TO ASSIMULATE A CULTURE THAT IS BUILT ON VIOLENCE AS A MEANS OF PROSPERITY AND LOSE OUR OWN CULTURE FOR THE SAKE ACCEPTANCE THIS IS THE RESULT. THE AREAS THE CRIMES HAPPEN WERE ABANDONED (WHITE FLIGHT) AND LEFT FOR THE FORMER SLAVE WITH NO MEANS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF ITSELF , STORES AND BUSINESSES ALSO LEFT. AND NOW THE SAME “GHETTO” IS AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRIME REAL ESTATE.AS A LIFELONG CHICAGOAN GROWING UP IN THE HEART OF THE CITY ALSO KNOWN AS THE “HOOD” I HAVE SEEN POLICE AS CORRUPT AS THE CRIMINAL. SURVIVAL IS NOT LIVING AND AFTER OVER A HUNDRED YEARS OF THIS MENTALITY WE MUST UNDERSTAND IT IS FOR US TO DEFEAT THE LOSS OF SELF ESTEEM. POVERTY , RACISM AND GREED ARE AT THE CORE OF OUR SELF HATE AND IT IS US FIRING UPON US.

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