Ladies and gentlemen, we’re living in a new era now. We’re seeing and experiencing things that we never could’ve imagined just 20 years ago. A sense of helplessness and despair is in the air. Our children speak a completely different language. So many lost souls roam the streets at all hours of the day and night. There’s no escaping it. Just take a step outside your door and you’ll see the confirmation of my words. What’s happening now didn’t occur overnight. It was a gradual transition that slipped upon us like a deadly, cureless plague.
African American families were just getting a taste of what it feels like to live a middle class life before the economy erased that lifestyle. That vacuum was filled with desperate people doing desperate things just to survive. A new culture was born and we’re living in it right now. People have become so rude and shameless. How many times have you been out shopping or dining at a restaurant and the usual silence was disturbed by someone holding a loud and vulgar conversation on a cell phone? I don’t know about you, but I cringe when that happens; it just makes you want to grab their phone and slam it to the ground with a grin on your face. Or maybe it’s that moment when you’re standing at the counter to pay for something and the guy in front of you has his pants pulled down past his ass. You bite your tongue but your mind is talking like crazy. I’m embarrassed for them and find myself wanting to apologize to the other patrons for their actions.
In some places 50% of these youth will not graduate from high school. But 90% of them will go on to have children. So what does that statistic say about our future generation? Facebook is the absolute worst thing that could’ve ever happened to our people. It’s provided a platform to highlight the worst of the worst. What used to be considered unheard of is now the norm. Violent video games are the next worst devil’s tool. Our children have become desensitized to violence. There are no more boundaries, morals, principles, or responsibilities. That’s a recipe for disaster and failure. We’re living in a time where women are being incarcerated at an alarmingly high rate…now their fatherless children are being raised by the grandparents. The grandparents feel guilty for what the child is going through and try to buy the child’s happiness. That child becomes spoiled, unmanageable, and disrespectful. That same child takes that attitude to school and passes it along to his or her peers. Are you starting to get the picture? So we all do what the next person does. We shake our heads and say, “Lord help us.” Just think about it. These children are our future. Where will we be 10 years from now?