Every day, every hour, by every minute, we look in the newspapers and read about a youth or child who has killed, and we ask ourselves why?
We live in a highly industrialised and acclaimed civilised world, offering leadership and advice to other nations but in our very own communities, where our youth have lost their way, we seem ourselves, to be at a lost.
As adults, we have a responsibility to lead and show by example, we ourselves have to do the right thing. Show them the right way up. If we make a culture out of disrespecting each other, we cannot expect the youth to do otherwise.
By showing each other respect, we set examples and a template for them to follow and copy. However all of that would not be possible if we don’t understand (or make an effort to understand) each other.
‘What you sow is what you reap’ is an old saying, as valid today as it was when it was first mentioned. However, does it really mean what it ‘says’? Are we totally responsible for the way many of our youths have turned out? Or are there other influences to share the blame, including the youths themselves.
Now we ask the question, why are some of our youths the way they are? Is it because of the pressure that they may be undergoing at home, lack of help and support in school? Are we looking at an upbringing where their parents, carers, or other responsible adults did not have time for them?
However before we answer the first question, let’s ask ourselves another, what about all those other youths who had similar upbringings, lack of parental care, spending their whole formative years being shunted from one care home to the other, deprived of the little luxuries the majority of kids take for granted, but against all the odds, emerged into adult hood as leaders, supports of our communities, and successful entrepreneurs.
How did they escape the siren’s call of gangland, with It’s offer of ‘get rich or die trying’. Was there something special about those who escaped or was it just chance? Were they lucky? Or somehow found themselves in the right place at the right time and continued from there. Or was it divine intervention?..
The bottom line is that we can only guess. But one thing is sure, if you take unemployment, social deprivation,(as in rubbish living conditions, lack of opportunities) lack of guidance, parental or otherwise, lack of education, put it all together, add a touch of racism and negative stereotyping to taste, you will get a result. And it won’t be palatable.
A growing lack of confidence in the police and the system (as one youth put it) has led to a series of breakdown in communications and understanding resulting in open conflict between the youth (in the main,) and the police.
This came to a head on the 4th. August 2011 when city centers over the UK exploded in waves of burning and looting, following the shooting of Mark Duggan, a Tottenham resident, who according to the Police was armed and on his way to carry out an act of violence against another person. Mark Duggan’s death raised some serious questions about the way police engaged with members of the public and the way complaints made against the police are investigated, with the IPCC (independent police Complaints Commission) having to edit it’s various statements. DRUGS:The deadly gold of the estate frontier as one observer put it has always been at the forefront of the causes for all the violence associated with gun and guncrime…….