To the parents in our low-income communities “STOP THE CYCLE”. We tend to start playing the blame game and we start blaming The government, Our skin color, Our past history, but we never take responsibility for our own actions. It is easy to blame the world for all of our problems but the reality is that even if there is injustice or inequality we make things easy for people who are not in our part of the world to judge us as they do. Letting our kids wear pants down below their waist is like telling white America that our kids belong in jail as the trend started in jail. Teaching our kids proper manners goes a long way and teaching our kids common sense respect.
As I sit by my window and look outside. I cant help but to think on all the ways we are failing our kids. Now a days Community pride, Common respect, School pride, Manners, and Family values are all gone.
I remember growing up saying “please” and “thank you”. I also remember that I needed it to ask permission before leaving the dining room table by saying “may I be excuse”. I remember that teachers, police officers, and heck even the mail man where people of authority and we respected them. Today I see kids talking back to their parents like if that’s ok and I see kids walking around like their entitle to everything.
When did things change? Who told this generation of young adults that their entitle to anything? We grew up with good morals, good work ethics, we where not entitle to anything but hard work pays off. Can we attribute these changes on technology? Can it be our political leaders? Can it be our social surroundings? Our kids have a different way of thinking. I feel kids are not getting the proper up bringing like we did. They are missing the essential common sense respect that our parents bestowed in us. Did our laws change that much that kids now have more powers over parents than before?
Please explain to me how can we go back to a more simple way of living. Lets teach our kids that Police officers are people of authority, that Teachers are also people of authority that are trying to help you learn. Your community is where you live and you must help maintain your surrounding. Respect your parents. Is this too much to ask for? I know that there are more question than answers but I feel we really need to change our ways because things are getting worse.