Black Lives Matter signs are placed in the yards of community residents all over the city. Black lives do matter and now is the time to get to the root of the issue. We really need to come together as a community otherwise the upcoming generation will make it so that history books will be the only way future generations will know what the Black Man looked like. As Black people we have got to learn how to come together in unity and in peace. We have to figure out a way to reach our young people because they are lost. Gun violence has become a public health issue and it’s time for the community to stand up against the violence and say enough is enough.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Gun violence is the 2nd largest cause of death in children in the United States. Dr. James A. Mercy, PhD, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta believes more Americans have died by gun violence since 1960 than those who have died in wars. He goes on to say that young African American males make up the largest number of homicide victims. How many more lives have to be spared before anything is done. As a parent I make it my priority to actively be involved in my child’s life. I use dinner time as a way to ask questions about his/her day. Another important factor in all of this is staying in touch with your child’s teachers. Most teachers are helpful in communicating about what’s going on with your child. The key here is making time to be physically involved in your child’s day to day. Knowing your there makes the world of difference to your child/children. Now I’m not claiming to have all the answers, the key is coming together as a community; after all it takes a village to raise a child. We must keep in mind that the most important things are Family, Community and Education. Let’s stick together in combating the violence that’s taking the lives of so many of our young.