Monday, April 11, 2005
Crime in the City
Well, I know I said I was going to be negative but I have to touch on this subject. The streets of New Orleans appear to be going crazy again. There are shootings at schools, shootings on the interstate, and people being set up coming out of courthouses. All of this seems to familiar. That might be because for the last 15 years this has been happening year after year. If you drive through the city every day and look around, you will see hundreds of adult men, young and old, standing, and sitting around with nothing to do. They have no jobs, they have no skill, and they have no direction. All of this leads to criminal activity and conflict which leads to murders in broad daylight. We are in a terrible situation. Some of these men will not make it to 25 years old. Others will be incarcerated or addicted to some sort of drug that will render them useless. The hopeless feeling comes from the fact that almost all of them are having baby after baby putting more children into a system of racism, lack of education, and poverty, guaranteeing that the next generation will be just as bad but with more sophisticated weapons to kill more people with. That's the problem and I have no idea what the solution is.