Let Voices Be Heard In Own Neighborhoods!
Please honor the voices that need to be heard and honor the memory of those who have left us due to violence around the country and outside the country. Remember the children the have all left this world too soon, seniors who’ve left this world before truly enjoying the happiness of family, young adults and teens who’d been robbed of their life due to being at the wrong place at the wrong time and meeting the wrong people.
Whenever you turn on the news, the radio, all you can hear is: ‘gunshots were fired last night in a neighborhood and there were x amount of casualties or they are in critical conditions’. It sickens me to hear this again and again each day. There is no getting better only getting worse in the major cities especially Chicago. I feel there is only so much that the government can do. When the government states that they will start up these certain events and gatherings to encourage and educate communities to watch out for each other, it can only work so far and help so much. Sometimes people who have never experienced a loss under such a circumstance don’t feel compelled to help others because they would be endangering themselves as well.
I am not saying everyone is the same way; however, there is a portion of civilians that have that mindset. They want to protect themselves and don’t want to become targets themselves in the future. However, I believe it’s not a matter regarding bringing attention to yourself and you will also bring danger but most of these gun violence situations are random unless stated otherwise by the news or were an accident.
You all still remember the riots and uprising in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray. How united, devoted, and determined civilians were to riot against the brutality of unnecessary force of police officers. It’s not only gun violence that wrecks havoc in our streets that we travel on each day but police brutality as well. I have not seen such unity in a while against such a cause with so much uproar from the voices of the people.
I believe that in order for gun violence, murderers, police brutality, and brutality against one another will only cease when the voices of the family members of victims rise and let their voices be heard. Let their fiery, their unjust, their hatred, their pain be known to the public, to those who took their loved ones away. Nothing is more powerful than the cries of the people. Because when the people of a country cry, it shakes the police, the government, but also the very foundation of cities and a country. Only then will no one be able to ignore it any longer.
So please let voices be heard. Do something about it. Media is the most powerful tool in today’s society. Reach out to social media networks and news media and state your anger and pain with other families that have lost loved ones due to different types of violence and let the road to change and peace begin with you today so there will be no more child victims and innocent lives taken way too early.