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What's (YOUR) Solution To Youth/Gang Violence In Chicago?

Many are looking to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city, county and state officials to provide a solution to youth/gang violence in Chicago; however, Tha Movement University wants to know "what is (YOUR) solution to youth/gang violence in Chicago?" 

Its evident some politicians didn't grow up in systemic poverty or had to dodge bullets while going to school, playing in the park, or standing in front of their homes. I'm starting to think some of our politicians, especially those who didn't grow up in urban ares simply don't understand the roots causes, residual side effects of youth/gang violence in Chicago.

That isn't to say they don't have great ideas relative to stopping or greatly reducing violence in Chicago, but it is to say they don't fully comprehend the sectarian violence that comes with the terrain. In other words it wouldn't be wise to drop a Harvard graduate of economics in the Middle East to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. You'd need someone skilled and trained in foreign affairs and the history thereof for such a monstrous task. 

The Mayor of Chicago is focusing on stopping the flow of guns into Chicago, however, the City Council recently approved conceal carry in Chicago...sounds a bit like an oxymoron, nevertheless as American citizens we have the right to bear arms, thus conceal carry is constitutional when put in perspective. Any wise community leader knows its not productive to knock the Mayor or Governor for (their) solutions as it relates to thwarting youth/gang violence in Chicago. Who knows, they're probably doing the best they can with what they have. 

But lets put the Mayor, Governor, Police Superintendent aside and ask ourselves what is the Black Community's AGENDA, PROPOSAL and PROGRAM to stop youth/gang violence among our sons, daughters, cousins, nieces and nephews? How do we as a community deal with this issue outside of waiting on others to find solutions to a problem our children are perpetuating? Do we start by dealing with: GANGS, GUNS, DRUGS, MISUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA, GANGSTER RAP MUSIC? 

Tell me whats your AGENDA, PROGRAM, PROPOSAL besides waiting on the great white hope to save you? Don't get it twisted, I love me some White folks, but gang violence prevention in Chicago must be spearheaded by Black leaders and assisted by ALL of will help us out this rut and national shame! 

Therefore I ask, WHAT'S (YOUR) SOLUTION TO YOUTH/GANG VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO? Do you know how to create, develop and implement a program, proposal or agenda? If President Barack Obama came up to you and said "I've been hearing about the violence in Chicago, what can I do to help turn the tide?" What would you say? Would you have a proposal, agenda or program to give him or would you say I don't know Mr. President but you need to do something? You just failed the test, the President asked you what can he do and you didn't have an answer, agenda, proposal, program or even a bullet point flash card to submit to him. 

My friends, the Civil Rights leaders of the 50's and 60's had an agenda, program, purpose and proposals that led to the 1964 Civil Rights ACT! Stop begging the government for a solution, no, you take the solution to the government and demand they support your AGENDA, PROPOSAL, PROGRAM! You can't lead the people if you don't have an agenda, proposal or program to submit on the people's behalf! 

"...lets go from rhetoric to results, 
from marching to markets, from protests to programs!"  

jim allen