2013-09-20 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

Congratulations to all the winners in last week’s primaries. Now that the people have chosen who they would like to run, let the races begin. I don't want to bore you with my constant political rants but it is important that we start to understand as a community the importance of voting and how this process affects our everyday lives. That being said, I will move onto more pressing concerns.

The Stop the Violence Softball Tournament has kicked off into full gear. The overwhelming response has caused organizers to expand the games to Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for more information.

On a more somber note this week, we lost a special lady in Mrs. Dicia Smith. If you live in Redfern you know the impact that she had on, not only her children, but on the many who crossed her door posts. My prayers go out to her family in this time of sorrow. She will be greatly missed.

As I took some time to evaluate how short life is and what a life span contains, I wanted to compare or try to look at where things have evolved as it pertains to family, specifically the maternal leaders in our families. I lost my mother at a pretty young age, she was 50 years old. She was able to see her first grandchild before she passed. Today there are grandmothers who are in their 40s and 30s. It seems like the evolutionary process has sped up. The position of Grandmother has always been a position of strength and honor, the moral compass by which children are taught right and wrong. In communities of color grandmothers have been keepers of history, the connection between the past, the present and the future. When did this change? Why are grandmothers becoming younger? If this is the direction we are going, what does that say about our culture?

I remember I was once told that life has a way of correcting itself. There are certain functions that must take place in a lifetime. As sure as you are born, you will die. In that span of time things must take place such as children being born. What has caused this process to find itself in this current state? Someone said it could be because of a shortened life span and the high rates of incarceration of young black and Latino males. Who knows, I am not a social scientist. I am just a voice crying out in the wilderness. One thing I do know is that the grandmothers of today are not the same as they were when I was a child. What do you think? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions. E-mail me at shiverswave@gmail.com.

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