Guest Blog: Don’t Blame The Youth… By Eric Blair
So, I was coming home and I came across some young men, singing the new Lil Wayne song. I guess blurting out ignorance in public is the new trendy thing to do. A funny feeling came over me, I was young once, but never so disrespectful. As I was walking, I realized this ignorance isn’t their fault. Honestly, the youth do not know. We expect so much of teenagers that we forget, ages thirteen to nineteen are the most impressionable years, they’re still young and learning each day. The media’s impact on our daily lives, and parents allowing their children to be subject to propaganda and raised by the media is what’s to blame for our youth’s actions. How should they be expected to act when they’re teachers are Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka, Madea, video vixens, and people that are “inventing sex?” Some of our youth are so focused on appearance and new trends that they disregard education all together. Hate to sound cliché, but education is the key, and the value of education is being lost somewhere along the way. As urban youth it’s easy to be distracted by the opposite sex, the streets, drugs, and silly antics. The only thing that children should be held accountable for is being a child, that’s all they’re responsible for. Childhood and the wonder years (being a teenager) go by so quickly, it’s the shortest point of your life. Stop trying to be a grownup because you will get there and realize being an adult isn’t as fun you thought it was going to be. Enjoy your life; focus on schooling, practice abstinence. Wait until you’re mature enough to understand what sex really means. As adults we need to instill these values, don’t blame the youth, as adults and parents we should be held accountable for youth in our communities. We should provide our youth with the tools to be independent thinkers, instead of targets that are easily manipulated into thinking and acting in a certain manner.
Peter Tosh – Cant Blame The Youth
Blame the parents that prefer to focus on their new lover, drugs, work, partying, the streets, etc. Blame the parent that doesn’t know how to be a parent and would rather be their child’s “BFF.” Blame the adult that lets their child run amuck in the city. Back in the day (by the way, that was on a Wednesday, hehehehe) strangers use to beat children for less. These days no one has the right to tell a child to stop, or go home, because their parent will have an attitude with you for doing their job. When did people become so numb to the fact a child that’s doing wrong needs to be disciplined and a child that’s doing great needs to be rewarded? I was in the market a few days ago and I saw a tabloid cover of that read: “Meet the New Teen Moms of America.” Slow up, when did being a “teen mom” become glorified in America? Again, blame the media for seeding and watering the idea that teen sex and teen parenting is cool. Don’t get me wrong, we have some positive role models but not enough to washout the negative influences that are forced fed to impressionable minds on a daily basis. We need more men and woman to step up, put aside their life, and focus on our youth. Talk to them, spend time with them, and most of all love them. They’re our future, if you see how our past looked and how far we came as people why shouldn’t we love our youth? As adults we need to lay the best foundation for our future, personally and communally. By allowing our youth to be brainwashed, misinformed, and subject to a false perception of what it means to enjoy life, we’re dooming our future. The more ignorance we feed our youth the grimmer our future looks. We don’t want any more George Bush’s controlling us; we want righteous people to represent us. The type of children that could become Malcolm’s, Martin’s, Maya’s, Oprah’s, first people to Mars, The Obama’s, firefighters, doctors, scientist to cure AIDS and Cancer, beautiful singers, scholars, animators, storytellers, proud parents, teachers, the people will overcome this great depression, a great person you’re proud to have parented, and beautiful human beings. We need to take responsibility of our children and chastise our children when they’re doing wrong. Until we understand we’re gambling with our future, adults, we’re the blame for our youth’s plight. We need to understand and remember that our youth is our gateway to endless possibility and act within that mindset.
I’m Eric Blair
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