This is an Emergency!

ImageSo much can be said about the frequent killings and violent acts now plaguing our nation and region.  One could assume that there is a certain plot to destroy the safety, stability and sanity of our society.  The question begs to be asked?  Who is winning this battle for our society’s soul and heart?  Further concerns linger to the extent of; “Why are these crazy things occurring?”   It becomes easier to focus on the blurry lines, the dark scenes, the scary reality and the sad stories.  Meanwhile, it seems like desensitization is captivating the conscience of the populace.  If not desensitization, then maybe its apathy, hopelessness or just plain blank visual, emotional, social, spiritual and societal defects.

The fact is, we cannot close our eyes to the reality of where we now live and the dynamism within which it has changed and continues to change.  Notwithstanding this need, I hasten to say that we should never allow these monstrosities to erode our inner peace, nor that of the society within which many of us have grown up –  a relatively safe environment.   Is it too late to salvage the freedom to express opposing views and still feel safe?  Is it too late to surround our vulnerable young men and women with a sense of love and togetherness, in the hope of creating a better society with and for them?

What has happened to the ability to resolve conflicts constructively?  Why have our people particularly our young men lost the art of dialoguing verbally, rather than with weapons, which results in horrific acts?  Where did we lose the peace?  With all these questions lurking about, with little or no answers, the temptation is to feel despondent.  The sense of hope and safety are undoubtedly threatened to the core.  Can we allow the negatives to erode the positivity of our humanity?  Should we?

There is an Urgent need for  collective social intervention.  The complexity of these occurrences is mind boggling.  We live in a different society today; to deny this is to be naive.  What can we do?  That is the question.  What intervention can we make in order to curb if not eradicate these ills.   The blame game will not work; the political point-seeking gimmicks stand to hurt the movement, and the careless planning and implementation of some social events enhances the chances of the horror, while they undermine the seemingly small efforts  being employed to create change for the better.

This is an Emergency!  It is a matter for speedy, but carefully calculated action. Tell me, what can we do as a people to meet our young men and women halfway?  Mark you, I am in no way saying that it is only young people who commit hideous acts in our land and or region.  For it is clear that “Children live what they learn.”   It is also clear that many adults have neglected their responsibilities and have displayed horrible examples to curious, hungry and innocent eyes.  Still, young men and women have souls, hearts, minds, blood and needs too.  But alas, how often they have lost touch of that reality, and have elevated the thirst for each other’s blood because it is easier to numb the emotions, than to face them constructively.   Cold, I know, but real.

Currently, I am searching for answers and intervention strategies.  WE Need (ed) it YESTERDAY!     Please feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations with me.  WE the citizenry must act, to rescue, safeguard and salvage our communities, our nation (s), our region and our people.  What do you say?  

(This song may not necessarily highlight in exact terms that which I speak of, but alas, those who are surrendered to the inability to seek constructive means to facing differences, and who revert to violence are very much like “crippled men / women.”  Our work is cut out for us.)




4 thoughts on “This is an Emergency!

  1. I feel you, my sister! We can’t close our eyes to this violence, can’t assume that it is the “young people” that are the cause. They are all our problem.

    I think that folk are too distracted and engaged in matters that have no real impactive potential in their lives and the communities in which they live. I can go on, but fact is, part of the response might be as simple as paying more attention; becoming more engaged with persons through meaningful and personal encounters and exchanges. Looking at folk in the eye, listening to what they’re saying, respecting their God-worth, and communicating in earnest.

    In addition to the desensitized mind, there is the distracted mind that is just seemingly “too busy” or otherwise involved in other people’s business (reality TV, celebrity-ville, YouTube, etc. – you feel me!), while their own “business” unravels underfoot. We have to speak with our children–not at them, ask the difficult questions, and get creative about coming up with solutions.

    As far as DA is concerned, perhaps more grassroots programming that focuses on young girls with a special emphasis on empowerment, self-worth, and value. For boys, programs that re-teach the value of young girls and boys, rather than simply teaching our girls how to behave, is paramount. Boys must unlearn some of the inherited behaviors and paradigms of their fathers, and also adopt a no-consent attitude when engaging with young girls. We can’t have two sets of rules for engagement when it comes to gender. We must also adopt a zero-tolerance attitude toward this gangster kind of hate– whether it’s gay-bashing or dehumanizing the victim of rape, incest, child molestation, or bullying. There needs to be several forums for open and honest dialogue about the muckety-muck and mire that lies beneath these displays of violence. We’ve got to do the work as individuals, families, communities, and countries. Ain’t no getting around it, woman. 🙂

    Dropping the mic

  2. Hi SomerEmpress,

    Thank you for the powerful mic – moment you shared with us. The practical offerings are workable, and somehow can give me a basis for action. As relates to looking at others in the eye: Sometimes that can seem like an invitation for contention or confrontation to some people in some places. All the same, it is worth the acknowledgement of others. Raising our young men and women on an equal level is so important. So yes, your mic moment stands out.


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