It’s a sad state of affairs for our youngsters today as they are engaged in an increasingly violent and brutal war against themselves and so far, none of the Leaders of the Political Parties have put it on their agenda. The Authorities have an outdated view of the problem that exists amongst our young people. We have a Mayor who is out of touch with the youth and a Political Party who have done nothing to champion youth development at all.
We need to do something!!!! We need to act NOW! Stop accepting the label of ‘BLACK on BLACK’ crime – this is neither an accurate nor necessary statement when it comes to describing the wave of lawlessness and disorder that is sweeping across a large proportion of our youth. This label was thrust upon us and I have always strongly rejected it! Surely skin colour is not the issue here but, the blatant disregard for life amongst our BRITISH young men. Yes, I say British because essentially, regardless of their skin colour, that’s what they are. I have never heard the term ‘White on White’ crime or ‘Asian on Asian’ crime or any other ‘race’ for that matter, though needless to say, in factual terms statistics determine that such crimes must exist.
It’s time for the Government and the Police to stop hiding behind these stale labels and address what’s really going on. Young people have lost all sense of morality and values and are now creating their own social orders, with their own rules. They are disconnected from mainstream society and feel they can operate outside of it. A lot of them have created strong bonds among their peers and would quite literally kill for one another! We are completely out of touch with the younger generation and we’re doing nothing to nurture a situation that is getting steadily out of control.
Where are the Youth Centres? Where are the Community Centres that catered for the youths and took them off the streets a good few years back? Where are the FREE Youth Projects – Drama, Music, Writing, Sports, Exam Workshops, Employment Workshops, Job Training Opportunities Schemes? There is so much that can be done and it does not all have to be geared towards tougher prison sentences. After all, these youngsters are not quite adults yet so, we as a society must have failed them somewhere along the way. We can’t keep wallpapering over the cracks; we need to get to the root of what is causing our younger generation to self-destruct and fix the problem urgently!!