Embarrassed. This is the only word that comes close to describing what I felt after watching the aftermath video of mob attacks performed by teens in Chicago on Michigan Avenue. Why was I embarrassed? Every last one of the teenagers were Black. Not sure what happened? Here, take a peek:
Us Chicagoans are always eager for the first days of spring. We have rough winters, so when the weather finally breaks one can feel the buzz in the air. I’m guessing the teens headed downtown to enjoy the warmer weather like anyone else, although the news has confirmed that this foolishness was conspired on twitter a few weeks ago. It wasn’t long before the group began to purposely shove shoppers and tourists. This was just the beginning. Two women were attacked on the train, a man was mugged, and altogether the police arrested 28 people. If you ask me, I still have no idea as to what happened.
No more excuses…
I’ve been blessed to be able to work directly with the teenagers in Chicago. They’ve captured a piece of my heart, so it saddens me whenever I hear stories of them going down the wrong path. I’m usually one who looks at the bigger picture, instead of writing our teens off. I believe we should find out why the teenagers make some of the choices they do, before we criticize. Things are not always what they seem, so it’s crucial that we don’t generalize. However, there is absolutely no excuse for the melee that occurred Saturday night. Lack of resources can’t be be blamed. An absentee parent isn’t the reason as well. Pure foolery takes the blame.
Where are the leaders?
Growing up my mother would always ask me “If all of your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump as well?” Of course I would answer, “No”, and I meant it. My parents raised me to be a leader and think for myself. In Chicago, it seems like the blind are leading the blind, and lessons aren’t being learned from the consistent tragedies that occur in the city. Did anyone choose to walk away from the situation Saturday night? Someone could have been killed. Chicago Police are not playing, and the last thing we need is a Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, or Kimani Gray tragedy to occur in our city. It was shocking Chicago Police didn’t harm any teenagers at a previous melee that occurred after a Mindless Behavior event at Ford City Mall (to read more click here).
A long summer ahead of us…
The first warm Saturday in Chicago gave us a taste of what’s to come for the summer. As Mayor Rahm dispatches more police into the city, it’s clear we need to find a way to tackle the mindset. Ya’ll pray for this city… Sweet home Chicago.