It’s Gonna Take EVERYBODY to Rebuild This Village

We MUST Understand Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher
We MUST Understand
Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher

We MUST Understand

By Roy Douglas Malonson, Chairman

One day somebody has a problem. He made an appeal to anybody to help solve the problem. Anybody turned the matter over to everybody and made an appeal that the matter was urgent and something needed to be done.

Everybody took the matter under advisement, held numerous meetings and discussions on the problem, but delayed getting involved and making a decision to fully commit to resolving it until Anybody and Nobody got an opportunity to research it and offer a solution to the problem.

In the end, Nobody got it and nobody did nothing and somebody still had a major problem. Sound familiar?

We MUST Understand that apathy and indifference is exactly how the African American community has reacted to and passed the buck when it comes to taking responsibility for helping train and develop the next generation of Black family and community leadership.

According to Center for Disease Control statistics, Youth violence remains  an important public health problem that results in deaths and injuries. The CDC lists a group of family, peer, school and community risk factors that combined have created a potpourri of issues in the hearts and minds of youth just trying to find a way to survive and make it in a world that seems indifferent to their plight.

One of the first things that We MUST Understand as African Americans must come to grips with before we can save our youth is the apathy and the grave state of the Black community.

“Black Rome” is in critical condition, on fire and the violence in the streets among youth is but a symptom of the sickness community wide in Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio and other Black neighborhoods across Texas.

We must come to grips with the fact that we are not well as a people and must look inward to ourselves for the cure to heal our maladies.

Our Black neighborhoods have diminished hopes of economic opportunities and looking at housing and employment, there are higher concentrations of unemployment and poor living in Black communities.

In Hispanic communities, the massive mobilization of “Brown Power” demonstrates the unity in their community, while the Black community suffers from low levels of community participation and neighborhoods that are disorganized, separated along religious, social and economic lines.

It is the kind of disunity and insanity that does little to energize a people, especially our youth, who are smart and can see the hypocrisy of parents, pastors, deacons, church-goers alike who  see Black individualism and a focus filled with gaining more personal status, clothing, cars, money and material things than dealing with the total condition of a people and the future of the community.

Seeing that life, kills any optimism and hope and leaves a young mind to fend for himself and learn life’s lessons without the benefit of strong father figures, mother figures or community “village” leaders to offer direction.

According to studies, parents must find ways to spend more quality time with youth, provide better supervision and monitoring, and beef up discipline practices in the home.

Youths often gravitate to the “Dark Side” because of poor academic performance, a lack of involvement in social and conventional activities and a low commitment to school and school failure. It also happens when the family and the education system toss them out.

This upfront rejection, lack of interest, neglect and throwaway attitude on the part of the school system combined with how some parents down the self-esteem of youth do not help motivate youth away from considering the alternative. The constant barrage of negative “you can’t do and you will never be’s” leaves them feeling like nothing matters and that life really is not important.

This negative outlook pushes them out of the house and into the streets and the hands of “street youth”, street organization leaders and sometimes drug dealers.

We MUST Understand it is time for the Black community to abandon the selfish pursuit of “White culture” and return to the “Old Paths”. One day somebody has a problem. He made an appeal to anybody to do help solve the problem. Anybody turned the matter over to everybody and made an appeal that the matter was urgent and something needed to be done.

Everybody took the matter under advisement, held numerous meetings and discussions on the problem, but delayed getting involved and making a decision to fully commit to resolving it until Anybody and Nobody got an opportunity to research it and offer a solution to the problem.

In the end, Nobody got it and nobody did nothing.

Far too many of our most precious resources are being wasted on the vast wastelands we call our “city streets”. I remember a time in the neighborhood where I grew up where every adult in the neighborhood and churches took stock in each child and worked hard to teach, train and prepare each young person in right and true ways. Today… WILL YOU HELP SOMEBODY?

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