Baltimore youth are helping to lead the change.
Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?
The participants in the Minority Male Makers program are making positive strides toward their future. They are also making inroads in a field where minorities are not often represented.
Basic respect and human decency--just plain kindness--can go a long way in building self-esteem in our children and helping a young person in crisis make it to the next step.
Last month, several North Miami Beach Police officers were spotted using mugshots of local black teens as targets during shooting practice.
There is no room for humanness when you are expected to behave in a subservient way in every and any circumstance.