Black Parents, It Is Time To Take Charge!
THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF BLACK TEEN PARENTS DECIDED THAT names like Mike, Jane, Joan, Tom, Ann, etc. have no real African connection. So now, young black teens have the most unique and exotic African or made up names ever.
Yet, having these beautiful African or creative names, has not stopped headlines in the papers such as SheNayNay shot Jaquila, DuShone shot Shequoia at a party, Jamal raped Jamela, Shante beat up Duqwonna, Latisha got pregnant by Kunta Kinte, Malika kicked the hell out of Shandaniqua, Tanika stabbed Tashikwa, Takesha cut Towana, Jalil stole Tushona’s bicycle and Tianna is also pregnant by Kunta Kinte.
I THOUGHT GIVING KIDS African names was going to help instill Black pride in our culture, dignity and respect for themselves and their black brothers and sisters. However, it seems to me that some of our kids have no respect for anything or anybody, let alone an African name that they probably had to practice spelling! And today’s headlines are getting worse. I look forward to the day that black children will start understanding that killing one another only communicates to white America that slavery really messed up black folks minds generationally.
THE MEDIA REPORTS MUCH TOO often the dysfunctional images, situations and conditions that some black folks are caught up in. They fail to report and virtually ignore black people in this country who are in stable families, are hardworking, fun-loving, drug-free, violence-free people, who go to church and walk with love in their hearts for God and their fellow African Americans.
IT IS TIME FOR THE CHURCHES in our communities to get involved more, like Father Michael Pfleger and take the word of God back to the streets (but first put on your bullet-proof vest) and try to turn our babies away from the senseless killing and maiming of one another. Black parents have to start giving their kids more hope, love and supervision. Our black men must start owning up to their responsibilities and start taking care of the children they are bringing into this crazy world!
PARENTS CAN’T EXPECT SCHOOL TEACHERS TO parent, as well as teach. Teachers have enough problems of their own, like, is it safe to turn my back to the class to write on the board, or which student will be coming to class with a gun instead of a book! They also have to deal with boys, who instead of dressing in nice two piece suits, wear outfits that scream, “Arrest me, I did it!”
PARENTS, IT IS TIME TO TAKE CHARGE and let your kids know who’s really the boss. If your daughter is 12 years old and pregnant…whether you’re for or against abortions, you know it is ridiculous for a baby to be having a baby. Common sense and your concern should overrule a child coming into this world through a 12-year-old vagina. Start taking charge and paying more attention to your children. Teens left home alone while both parents are out working…or doing crack…are bound to get into trouble. Parents, take charge and stop being afraid of your own child. After all, you laid down and had them so deal with it!
Yeah, I said it….Stella in the City!