by Ayvaunn Penn, YourBlackWorld.com
Following the recent death of 15-year-old Reshard Morrell, Tallahassee will be holding a town hall meeting on June 16. To be lead by Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox, they will be discussing black-on-black crime. Maddox has a special concern for this issue since it is something he had to combat as a young black male in Shelby, N.C. There have been two more homicides since the death of Reshard, and this ups the total number of homicides to nine in the city.
According to Byron Dobson of FloridaToday.com, “Slowly, elected officials are getting concerned about the increase in street violence.” Dobson proceeds to suggest that these shootings will not just stop and that young black youth need to be provided with positive alternatives to busy themselves with. He mentions youth organizations for children, and job training for young adults ranging from 18 to 24 years of age.
The most important suggestion he makes is parental involvement in the lives of youth. He proceeds to share the words of a local criminal attorney by the name of Chuck Hobbs. Hobbs says that “he believes the recent shootings are directly related to the impact a lack of parental involvement has on young black men. That ultimately leads to their inability to ‘keep their emotions in check.’” The heart-wrenching number of homes in the black community lacking a father figure is no secret. It is time for us to do something about it, before the impact on our youth is irreparable.
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