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Young Black Boy

Young Black Boy
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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.

 

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  • Jamie
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    Being a high school teacher, in a mostly black school, I can relate to this piece all to well. In my class, I do not allow my students to make excuses for their irrational decisions. Every negative or positive action has a consequence. Even though I talk to some of my black men, I can only go so far. I’m happy that you reached out to him. We need more men to step up and be mentors to the next generation…it makes a lot of difference. :) bon job

  • katt
    on

    Do you plan on building a relationship “big-brother-like” with the young man?

    • Mr. Prodg
      on

      I have no choice but to. The kid is clearly crying out for help and I’m in a position to help and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

  • katt
    on

    Good! Ben, keep up the good work, MrP!

  • katt
    on

    Question if I may?

    • Mr. Prodg
      on

      Ok question a way

  • katt
    on

    Cool! Teenagers are some of the most secretive creatures I’ve met. They are rather senaky and don’t like to talk much about anything. So, I’m thinking unless it’s something or a marriange of many things deep in nature, he perhaps would not have seeked you. So, Im curious as to how he reached out to you. Have the two of you had some type of an interaction(s) prior or have you met b4?

    • Mr. Prodg
      on

      We had never met before but he’s been on my friends page for a while…not sure what led him to choose me but he needed someone to listen 2 him and that’s what I did

  • SM
    on

    You are right for your words and your actions. Kudos to you for stepping up for our youth.

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