Young Black Boy
There is more than meets the eye in reference to our young black boys in “at risk” situations and communities. No excuses for these young men. They all must be held accountable for those irrational, illogical; peer pressured and many times dumb decisions they make. They must understand the microscope, and the pressure it brings as well as the power it can possess if utilized in the correct way.
I just had a young man “reach out” to me on Facebook. He’s 16 and all he wanted to do was have someone, preferably a black male listen to him. I did, and he had a lot to say. He had even more that he probably wanted to say but didn’t know how. He said a lot of things that I understood oh so well, It hasn’t been all that long ago when I was 16 years old. And despite things being so different growing up in the 21st century, the life of a young black male still revolves around recognition from doing well in something, acceptance from family and friends, and girls, girls, girls!!
All subjects were touched on by this young man. I’m glad that he chose to seek me out. I hope that I provided an extra boost of motivation to continue on his journey. Too many black boys, not enough guidance and wisdom; too many black boys, not enough understanding, encouragement, and patience; too many black boys, not enough time, respect, and love! It’s amazing to me how intelligent these young men actually are once they take off the armor. It really is a war going on. And it is imperative that we get our black boys to understand that the war within is the war worth fighting the most.