There was a time in our history when deserting our children would have been unthinkable, but today children are compelled to survive by any means necessary, even if it means killing one another. Young people have made their own families of gangs or have estranged themselves by retreating into the hip-hop culture. They are trying so hard to escape the realities of the real world; and we as adults are making it easy, by helping or guiding them. We are actually afraid of them, (some for good reason) because we have abandoned them. We adults need to start with one child at a time; mentoring, encouraging and motivating them. I still believe there is some hope. Volunteer your time today at a School, Big Brother/Sister or at any of the thousands of organization that’s out there. We cannot afford to lose any more of our young people. Get involved with the different organizations that are trying to march for justice for our young people, get your children involved also. We cannot put all the blame on White America, Police and the Justice System we need to step up and start raising our children, start paying attention to them and actually listen to what they have to say. They are crying out to us, we owe it to them. The government cannot tell us how to raise our children, when we started listening to the government we end up raising children who end up in jail or prison where the government raise them to become better criminals. Do what you know is best for your household and your children, if that means spanking them, then do that, (don’t get it twisted I’m not advocating abuse, I’m advocating discipline). All children are not the same, do what works for your child. Before they end up in a place where you can’t do anything about it, and somebody else is abusing your child, and I don’t mean just spanking them either.