Monday, December 30, 2013

We Went Thru Hell Just 4 Yall 2 Kill Each Other?

The caption in the photo to the left really does say it all and is as many of us would call it "Real Talk." It is certainly a question to critically think about. Shooting incidences and murder rates in our urban areas are skyrocketing, not to mention the crazed incidences taking place on school campuses, movie theaters, shopping malls, and what now seems to be everywhere.

My recent posts to The Critical Thinker have been spotlighting the quality of life or lack thereof  in our society in 2013 as we head into 2014. Posts dealing with sick games such as the Knock Out game; the flagrant disrespect to ourselves and each other with the constant use of words such has "bitch" and "nigger" to describe ourselves and each other; the celebration of the aggressor in the "Sharkeisha" tragedy; the taking of Christ out of Christmas: and yes our needing to help our children connect the dots. In all of these posts I have attempted to awaken the consciousness of my readers. To set a fire if you will under us to step up to the proverbial plate to assist with the uplifting of mankind.

I was not a major fan of Rudulph Giuliani when he was mayor of New York City, however, I did agree with his premise of stemming the "small" quality of life (QOL) issues up front while continuously chipping away at the bigger issues. In my view the stemming of issues such as addressing each other as bitch and nigger is a small quality of life issue that feeds into our larger QOL issues. Issues such as rape, murder, burglary, etc. etc. It really boils down to the lack of self respect and respect for anyone else. With all of the violent crime that is taking place, it does beg the caption seen above. Have we gone through and are still going through all of this Hell just for folks to be constantly killing each other? Constantly seeing themselves and each other as bitches, niggers and whores? Constantly settling for mediocrity and less?  Listed below is a sad list of the top most dangerous neighborhoods in America according to NeighborhoodScout, a report produced by Location, Inc., a geographic research and data mining company born of university research, specializing in location analysis, demographic and school data information products, and location-based decision-making tools for businesses and consumers.
RankNeighborhoodViolent Crime Rate
(per 1,000)
My Chances of Becoming a Victim Here
(in one year)
Chicago, IL
(S Indiana Ave / E 60th St)
65.771 in 15
Tulsa, OK
(E Apache St / N Quaker Ave)
66.881 in 15
Memphis, TN
(Saint Paul Ave / Walnut St)
67.261 in 15
St. Louis, MO
(Cass Ave / N 9th St)
67.751 in 15
West Memphis, AR
(E Broadway St / Stuart Ave)
68.91 in 15
Indianapolis, IN
(North Indianapolis)
69.021 in 14
Flint, MI
(Chambers St / Stonegate Dr)
70.051 in 14
Nashville, TN
(8th Ave S / Wedgewood Ave)
70.591 in 14
Indianapolis, IN
(N Meridian St / E 34th St)
72.711 in 14
Chicago, IL
(S Ashland Ave / W 76th St)
73.051 in 14
Houston, TX
(Sauer St / Mcgowen St)
75.891 in 13
Rockford, IL
(Kishwaukee St / Grove St)
77.61 in 13
Chicago, IL
(S Homan Ave / W Roosevelt Rd)
80.171 in 12
St. Louis, MO
(Delmar Blvd / N Euclid Ave)
82.761 in 12
Memphis, TN
(E Eh Crump Blvd / S 4th St)
82.911 in 12
Saginaw, MI
(E Holland Ave / E Genesee Ave)
85.641 in 12
Atlanta, GA
(Hopkins St SE / Adair Ave SE)
86.141 in 12
Greenville, SC
86.381 in 12
Detroit, MI
(Wyoming St / Orangelawn St)
90.821 in 11
Houston, TX
(Scott St / Wilmington St)
91.271 in 11
Spartanburg, SC
(Washington Heights)
96.551 in 10
Chicago, IL
(S Halsted St / W 77th St)
116.561 in 9
Detroit, MI
(Gratiot Ave / Rosemary)
123.931 in 8
Detroit, MI
(Mack Ave / Helen St)
145.291 in 7
Detroit, MI
(W Chicago / Livernois Ave)
149.481 in 7

As our children can say, "Really?"  According to this report, in the locations listed above, one would stand anywhere from a 1 in 7 to a 1 in 15 chance of being a victim of a violent crime (most likely gun related). Have our ancestors, forefathers, and those of us who are still on the battlefield who have caught and are catching this hell catching it for this? The killing of each other? The labeling of each other as a bitch and a nigger. The photo of the dog and the woman appropriately admonishes us to know the difference between a dog and a woman. Think about it, two of the three men in the photo above gave their lives for this? I am going to continue to ask the question concerning  the tipping point where enough of us in society take a stand and say "ENOUGH?" We must continue to talk to and model for our boys and girls the way to go in order for them to live and live productively. Please join me in speaking to every boy/girl/child/student that you know, teaching them to respect themselves and others. Show them how not to become a perpetrator or a victim. Talk to them in "Real Talk" because we have not gone through or are still going through all of this hell just for these people to kill each other. Something to critically think about. Please share this post and I invite you to listen to the critical thinker each Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET on and to follow on Twitter @thinkcritical01.

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