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Chasing Shawdows

Yesterday I had to laugh... at us... or rather at those of us who believe that "violence" can be fixed by law enforcement.  I laughed because I saw a kid teasing a kitten with the shadow of his hand. That dumb kitten stalked and pounced over and over chasing that shawdow. And then I thought about us, pouring all our resources into police, courts and jails, pouncing on the shadow with more and more energy and enthusiasm, instead of removing its cause, blinded by external and internal racism, because then we would have to invest in the lives of young black men, who no longer fear jail or death, the new normal for them.

Every man we incarcerate has a multiplier effect, the number of his children who will now not have a man to raise them, support them, lead them. Like the Temptations said,  "like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow covered hill" ... violence ts growing with every unfathered child.

So, this morning I shared the following with my Facebook family and just had to share it with you. I hope you share it with people who can help us change direction from chasing a shadow to eliminating its causes.

You cannot fix the violence. Its like trying to erase a shadow, a shadow cast by ignorance, hopelessness, poverty and a lack of direction for young men. These things can be fixed. So pick a part to work on or continue to cuss, chase and live in fear of the shadow.

Insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results.