Accountability Part III. What About the Children?
By Roy Douglas Malonson
“What about the children, to ignore is so easy; So many innocent children would choose the wrong way. So what about the children? Remember when we were children… And if not for those who loved us and who cared enough to show us… Where would we be today?”
Nobody wants to be held accountable for nothing, but everybody wants a role in something. I guess, this wouldn’t bother me much if it wasn’t for the fact that it impacts the future of our community.ince we are dealing with the current state of our school districts, I thought it would be best if I continued with the “Accountability” series addressing Our Children. Because we are living in a day where the values that once held our communities together are a distant memory.
We MUST Understand children are like magnets. They hear, see and imitate everything that goes on around them. And for some reason, I don’t know why… But it just seems like they have a habit of picking up the worst of whatever they see going on around them. Thinking on this, reminded me of the song, What About the Children?
On average, I just wonder how often parents, teachers, administrators, leaders, guardians and others think about the impact they have on the young minds they have influence over. Oftentimes, people take for granted the fact that the children are watching our every move.
Don’t get me wrong… I do understand in some cases, there are those who just really don’t know how to hold themselves accountable for no reason, whether it’s for the betterment of children or otherwise. Because they too selfish.
It is for reasons such as these that it lets me know, some of our children can’t help themselves because the parents and guardians are messed up too. And some of the teachers and administrators swimming in the same boat. So, What About the Children?
I have visited some school campuses and honestly, I don’t know who is who. Some of the teachers have you wondering are they the students? Back in my day, leaders had certain mannerisms about themselves. You could tell they were somebody and that they held themselves accountable not only for their own, but for those around them as well. The old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child is true,” was true when I was young and still is today.
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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