All lives don't matter
That should be the slogan in Brooklyn among some minorities, after what happened during the J'Ouvert pre-dawn parade when Carey Gabay, a Harvard educated aide to NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head as he tried to run for cover. The shooting was gang related and one of several incidents which continue to tarnish the West Indian Parade and related festivities. The J'ouvert early morning parade and the main event later in the day are supposed to celebrate millions of West Indians through their cultures and food. Let us pray for Mr. Gabay's recovery. I used to attend these parades to see the floats and the costumed women (when I was single, of course) but in the pas 10 years, violence at this parade continues to tarnish the black image. But I guess if black people really care about their image, then they should empower themselves to change the ghetto mentality while invoking change to develop a stronger dialogue and respect between minorities and law enforcement. Start with a ban on those saggy pants boys (not men) wear down at their kneecaps. It's disgusting to walk with your children, especially girls, to see boys showing their asses through their drawers. Next, clean up your language and 'hood. See a bottle on the sidewalk? Pick it up and find a recycling or trash canister to put it there. The first image an outsider sees is neighborhood appearance - - when they see wine bottles, cigarette butts on the sidewalk while illegal billboards, graffiti and paper signs plaster everything that is nailed down to the ground, it's a sign of lawlessness and disorder. Then make it your business to attend your local community board or police council meetings. Show your concerns about the quality of life and let them know we need more houses of worship, restaurants and jobs than liquor stores and motels.
Finally, it's all up to you to raise your children the right way before they fall into the cracks and join gangs. Take them to parks,libraries and to the house of worship of your choice. Stop using profane words in front of a child. The dining table is the most important place to have a good conversation with your child. Show them the world and how important they are within - - there are many free resources available for parents and their children. And then, remember to say Please and Thank You to anyone when needed - - say hello or good morning to a stranger on the street and see what happens. If blacks can change the 'hood for the better then these gang related incidents would not happen.