On a recent segment of Keeping It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton, a nationally-syndicated radio show where I serve as a co-host, a troubling yet complex question was posed to our audience: Are local communities doing enough to quell crime in our neighborhoods?

The immediate answer would be absolutely not. Last month in Chicago, for example, 84 people were shot within a three-day span. Sixteen of them died. They were all Black.

Urban violence has become a way of life for many residents in black communities across this country. Children walk home from school listening to the crackling of gunfire and parents are afraid to send their kids to the corner store for milk and bread.

The root causes for urban crime are many: Black boys growing up without fathers; single mothers working two jobs to make ends meet without enough time for quality parenting; educational disparity in struggling public schools, too few jobs and after-school programs for young Black men and women; too many guns on the streets; and a growing inner-city culture that glorifies thug life.

But I’ve come to the realization that, yes, local government and federal government should play a large role in helping to curb crime, but ultimately this is our problem, our responsibility and our mess to help clean up. We’re losing a generation of Black boys to senseless early death. How many more must die before we are inspire to take real and lasting action?

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6 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: It Takes The Entire Community Stop Urban Crime

  1. It’s not only the youth that have succumbed to the “Jay Z School Of How To Get Rich And Famous Being A Drug Dealing Gang Banger”. The grown ups are enrolled and fully engaged. This is why we are doomed. After all, who was seen standing on stage with the POTUS during his campaign? Non other than Joe Camel himself. It’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets any kind of better.

  2. seriously on said:

    Nothing we get better in these neighborhoods until black people accept responsibility for their own actions and part they actively take part in tearing down their own communities and families.

    We where born into racism and will probably die into as well, however in between we have a God given right and responsibility to live a life of abundance and dignity. Something we will only get from each other, and today it is truly a sad state of affairs.

    However, you can scrap that deadbeat dads returning, because most of them have nothing to offer a child anyways. That had no intention of staying and could careless if these children live or die. Single moms, they need to first not have children they cannot afford because the odds our against them, 80% remain in poverty and so will their children. These are things we could stop easily. Birth Control

    These women tear down and hate on each other so much, they are just as destructive as the black men committing these crimes in our communities. I know I often wonder why these single moms never join forces to help we being effective parents, offer and run after school programs, tutoring, music, dance (We know that children who participate in such activities make better grades and it is a form of discipline and structure as well). They do nothing! Except blame the men they choose themselves to have a child with, when in fact they are no better or they would not have been with him in the first place…This is not a male vs. female problem. Perhaps we should gather these women and men and ask them what are they willing to do about this. Because it is really little you can do about poor minded people, that is worse than living in poverty. The mindset has to change and change starts from the insides. I personally only help people who wants something out of life, who can look at their ghetto environment and culture and say ” I am not going out like this”…Everybody except me.

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