Black-on-black violence continues to rise in Oakland,
Calif., and continues to be a problem around the country.
Just this year, members of the Your Black Muslim Bakery,
a Muslim nationalist group that ran bakeries in Oakland,
allegedly murdered Chauncey Bailey, the African American
editor of the Oakland Post.
The more black people participate in violent acts like
this, the more we will be looked at as ignorant people.
The more we kill off our own people, the less power
we have in our own community.
Being black is a beautiful thing, but every time you
turn on the T.V. and hear about a black man killing
another black man, it gives us a bad name.
People leave it to the government to solve the problems
we face in Oakland, but the government can't stop the
violence from happening every day. The government
does not know what's really going on in the community.
It's the people in the community who have the ability
to decrease some of the violence.
The black-on-black crime needs to end because we are
killing off future doctors, lawyers, producers and successful
It will always be hard to move along if people can't
get along. The more we get jealous about the things
other people have, the more we will continue to treat
each other badly.
If it weren't so easy to get a hold of a gun or a knife
these days, then maybe there wouldn't be so many lives
lost. Drugs also have a major effect in our neighborhoods,
causing people to do things that they normally wouldn't
do if they were sober.
A lot of people who are doing the killing are missing
the support and the love at home so then they turn to
the streets for those things, thinking they will find
people who care about them the way a family would. But
that doesn't happen.
Parents whose kids grow up committing violent crimes
need to learn how to discipline their kids instead of
telling them it's okay. That way, they will think twice
about doing something stupid.
The violence game
Killing has become a sport because people are taking life
for granted and acting like life is a game. When people
don't care about their own lives, then they definitely
don't care about the next person's life. Back during
the civil rights movement black people were put in jail,
stabbed, beat up and shot just for being black. It's hard
to get everybody to do right these days because not everybody
cares about the life they have been blessed with.
If we all appreciate the life we have and respect others
and what they have, then maybe we can learn how to get
along instead of continuing the cycle of violence.