As I look at my surroundings and I think of the way life use to be I just keep getting amazed on how people just lost their own self-respect and think that it is ok to continue this way.
When did we in this society decided that its ok to call a woman a bitch instead of calling her a Queen. My mother, may she rest in peace was my true hero in life. Growing up there was no way anyone could speak bad about anyone’s mom without getting punched in the face. No one dared to even try to play with that. Today people call themselves bitch and I don’t get it, why would you lose your self-respect to maintain some sort of status.
Living in the South Bronx makes you open your eyes to a lot of different things. As a Hispanic married man father of 2 daughters I still get surprised on the things I see and hear. My mother told me to treat others the same way I would like to be treated.
People in The South Bronx tend to forget that a lot is said on just the way we dress. If you have your pants dragging down below your waist people are not really going to take you serious and in fact they might just think that you just got out of jail. Since we all know the trend started in jail. If you’re a female and dress in a matter that you leave nothing to the imagination people might just look at you as an easy woman. Now don’t get me wrong its ok to dress sexy but if you’re wearing shorts that are 3 time smaller than your size maybe people wont take you to be a serious person.
I feel we are losing too many of our kids to gun violence, drugs and alcohol because of the fact that they are trying to emulate the things they see on TV and what rappers now a day are saying in their lyrics. We are living in dangerous times. There is too much hate all around us and people in The South Bronx are making things easy for people to judge us in the wrong light. We are killing our self for no reason at all. We let false pretense dictate our daily life. Money is not always the solution and some people might just say that money may just be the root of all evil in our neck of the hood.
I say that it is time for our legislatures and our politicians including our Presidential Candidates to lobby for stronger gun control laws. I say that if you get caught with an illegal gun that you should have to do no less than 10 years in jail. I see more innocent people getting killed by someone who fires a gun than any thing else. Why should a family have to bury their love ones because someone had a problem with someone else. This seems to be a real issue in our neighborhood. I am tired of seeing flowers and candles in front of my building because of people’s false pretense of something that it’s real. It’s time to wake up America. I know I am not the only one who feels this way and I know we can do much more than we are doing. It’s not always about black or white. Let us tend to our self in our own neighborhoods and stop the killings of our friends and family.
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