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The Truth About Philadelphia

Renee Grundy
Mayor's Action Center Director, Darby


Question #4: In what ways is the city of Philadelphia hurting the most? What are the Physical places in the city that are hurting the most? What needs to happen so that healing can take place?

Glenn: I agree. Where, where is healing, what, what has to happen, do you think, in order to, to heal those places that are hurting?

Renee: Well I don't know. I mean if, if I guess if I can do that, I'd, I'd be the person. I can resolve all these things. I really don't know. I mean, we had some racial tensions here too as you probably know. And, umm, a lot of things are, I guess, catapulted, spear headed by, racial dissension. Uh, and, you know, we, we need some healing on all avenues. Uh, our children, me personally, I think that we need to go back to some of our old time remedies. Uh, and, and, and it's not going to be easy to do if, if at all possible, because back in the day when we were raised, there was a whole different life style. We were poor, but every night, we ate supper around the table. You had to be home. Every day you, some body was in charge of you, whether mother or father was ho, or at home or not. Uh, children, you, you, you didn't dare disrespect a teacher. You didn't dare not do your homework and do your work. Uh, there's a whole. There were lots of things for us to do that didn't cost a lot of money. We took music lessons at school. We had gym at school, a lot of things. I mean a lot of these things have been cut out of curriculums because of money. And thus has, there's a high energy level. Children have always had a high energy level. They don't have anything to do now. So, so every, so what they do is what they can do, which is, which is a problem, in some cases crime, whatever's available to them. Umm, I, I, you know, I think, I think that we, we have a big challenge with our children and, uh, our schools. I don't know, it's like me, I have custody of two little children. I love my babies, uh, but they have changed my life. Suddenly I do not have a life anymore. And there are many, many people in the same predicament. If you have children, you can not do all the things that you want to do. They never could. Mothers must get up in the morning, get their children ready. They must at night go pick them up or see that they're picked up. And they must sit down and do homework with their children. You got to spend time explaining, you gotta be. I don't care what's going on in your life as an adult, you gotta put that aside to do the kid thing. And, uh, I think there's not a lot of that going on. Uh, and, and, and that, as a result is causing a change in our children and how they perceive things and how they respond. I don't know, I could go on about children.

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