2002-01-19 / Letters

Responsibility in Crisis

Responsibility in Crisis

Dear Editor;

In response to the negative experiences on the Green Line Bus, I would like to say Thank God that there are people who remember when our youth were more respectable. I believe that my generation was part of the transformation, when visible respect was slipping way from our community. But by God's grace there were a few mothers and fathers from my generation that struggled to fall victim to the peer pressure and the lack of family ties. Because of them there are youth today in our community who are respectful, but their numbers are few. Of course there are parents from my generation that struggled out of the self-imprisonment, which unfortunately were already problems within their families. Again I say Thank God for people who are not afraid to help our children as they witness a different type of struggle not only in our community but in the world.

As taken from Revelation 12:7 there is a spiritual warfare that we are facing and responsible adults must step up to the plate. Recently I invited leaders from various civic associations and NYCHA Resident Council to a Kwanzaa celebration where a cry for unity was announced. Not one representative from either group attended. However, each group and their families are affected by the problems within the community. Our event was a total success because of people who are tired of what's happening to our community and have decided that they want to stand up and do something about the problems.

Our youth are our responsibility, to arm with knowledge and truth if they are going to be prepared to fight what we cannot see. Satan was hurled down to the earth and his angels with him. Woe for the Earth because the devil walks among us and he has great anger. He knows that he has a short period of time. Peter 5:8 tells us that we should keep our senses because the devil is walking about like a roaring lion seeking to devour us. Our youth are our future and we must come together to protect them and provide for them a positive power of example, because they mimic what they see and create out of what's around them. I attended a meeting last night that the Community Development Coalition conducted with our explorers club and Above the Rim, two youth organizations definitely fighting out against the problems within our society. These youth offered solid suggestions to providing our lost children with an outlet for change as well as an outlet that they themselves need to continue with their struggle. I say to the adults that it is up to us to insure that our children and young adults that they need to fight the negative powers among us.

I regret that the civic associations in NYCHA Resident Councils did not respond to the invitation to come out to Sista's Reaching Out's first community Kwanzaa event because they would have heard from the mouths of babes that live in the NYCHA and surrounding community some awe inspiring observations from our children regarding unity and responsibility. Nevertheless, we can still help them if we listen.

SISTAS SPEAKING OUT


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