Miss V is saddened by the loss of another bright, young child in our community. While I didn't know this young man personally, I did have the pleasure of meeting him. Even if I never met him, he still belongs to us. Yes, as a community he is our child. Family, we have to understand that each and every one of these kids belong to us. We might not be their mama, or grandma or their auntie... We might not be their daddy or their uncle... We might not be a cousin, but they still belong to us.
As much as I love to have a Pollyanna view of the life, I realize we can't save them all. Not right now at least. Some of them have been possessed by thoughts so demonic that they have no respect for any human life. These thoughts were created from the hate that brews in environments they were raised in. Daddy is beating mommy.... mommy is on drugs... they've heard motherfucker and nigga so many times they start to think it's their own name. Maybe all we can do is pray for them.
However, there are kids we can save. The ones living on the cusp. The ones that are living in tough situations, but have the ability to be that rose that grows through the concrete. The kid that if they could find just one person to smile at them... one person to treat them with respect... one person to treat them as a child of God, they can stay on the right path.
Let's start today, community. When you see a young person, smile and say "Good morning" or if you have a little more time ask them about school. You are NOT too busy!