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Living In Our Urban War Zone: The Plight of Young Black Men in America's Unknown War


There is no doubt that many of our people in and around Essex county, N.J. and other affected areas around the country, feel high emotions regarding the rash of recent shootings that have and are continuing to take place throughout urban america in BLACK COMMUNITIES. I Repeat..... IN BLACK COMMUNITIES.

Many are aware that in one week alone recently in Newark, there were 23 (reported) shootings., 5 of which were fatal. May they find peace.
Our condolences go out to the families of all victims ........or as we view it "calsualties" of this reality we now know as the war zone!
We know for many its hard to admit that we and our children live in a "warzone." But the sooner we can face the truth, the sooner we will be able to begin the serious process of organizing to deal effectively with the enemy. This the enemy within ....and the enemy without.....
We were in the process of writing a communication to concerned brothers and sisters in this regard, but then realized that it had already been done before under similar circumstances......of emotion and death.
We are re-sending this submission in hopes of someone, some organization(s) or group heeding the progreesive call to educate, motivate, to lead and guide us towards taking full control of the minds and spirits of our people and particularly as it relates to the development of our youth.
Re-mix below.
Creator willing..... we will see you in the trenches.
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There’s war being waged that will seldom receive worldwide news coverage commensurate with wars international in scope and never be given the funding that these other “perceived conflicts” obtain… Or for that matter a fraction of it

 

That is… the war for the lives of A Generation of Black men living (and dying) right here on U.S. soil ..in urban America.

 

Now …why should one view the plight of young Black men here in America as that of a “War”?

 

The reality that young Black men presently face here in America’s urban centers is not only tantamount to war, but a protracted war, a battle that has been waging for many decades.

 

The exposure of many young black men to an ongoing environmentally induced conditioning process, breeding self-hatred, drug and alcohol use and various forms of violence, all set the stage for life (or death) here on the urban battle field.

 

Social science and educational experts have not yet been able to fully equate just how much of an impact the many factors found prevalent throughout urban warzones have on the psycho-spiritual and physical development and well being of Black youth. Or at least.. have not, or will not develop the comprehensive, strategically “master” plan necessary that will prepare black youth with the necessary tools and armor to stand toe to toe with the many adversities and adversaries found on the battlefields in which they live.

 

 

As we examine our collective condition closer we then may better understand why this has been and continues to be the case.

 

According to a study released by the Council of the Great City Schools, by the fourth grade only 12 percent of Black male students read at or above grade level, while 38 percent of white males find proficiency in this academic area. By eighth grade its just 9 percent for black males, 33 percent for whites. Black male students are twice as likely as white males to drop out of school. And in many urban cities the dropout rate is above 50 percent.

 

Many children in the school systems of America are being diagnosed “or mis-diagnosed” with conditions known as ADD, ADHD and DD (defiant disorder).

 

In the Black community there is an overwhelming phenomenon taking place. Everyone has a child or knows someone who has a child (or two) who is on the verge of being medicated or has fell victim to the legal drug pushers. Many of our female comrades, the mothers of these young men, have no clue what to do. So they go along with the plan. Drug em..and keep em quiet .

 


Children of the war zone are being proscribed medications with many known and obvious side effects, much of the time without follow-up or proper and full diagnosis. These side effects can range from sleep disorders and insomnia, weight loss, loss of appetite, irritability and heart problems. In young people who may be already susceptible to depression there may also be thoughts of suicide. This can be referred to as the urban communities version of “Gulf War Syndrome”

 

The enemy behind the lines are the pharmaceutical multinationals, their agents and their many vendors, who stand to make enormous net profits out of every single individual diagnosed and young Black man medicated. This dollar figure must then be multiplied by the tens of millions to get a true feel for the multinational profit margin. No harm, no foul…after all….We are at War!

 

And in all wars somebody has to lose …In this case young Black men and the Black community as a whole.

 

Upwards of seventy five percent of black children in America are raised in single parent households where no father is present (National Center for Health Statistics).


 

 

This reality helps set the stage for the young would be lawyers, doctors and community leaders to instead become new victims of a system already in place way before they were born.

 

It has been determined that approximately one third (33%) of African American males born after 1991 will spend some time during their life incarcerated (Department of Justice).

 

If a US soldier is taken prisoner of war (POW) in Afghanistan and is then lucky enough to be released, he is then usually welcomed home as a “hero” by his peers and his countrymen.

 

We find a very similar dynamic which takes place in the urban warzone as wave after wave of young men “POWs” go in and out of the juvenile and adult prison system. Many of them coming home each time to be greeted with love and accolades by old friends and family,(comrades) happy that they were able to survive the enemies camp. But then what?

 

Over ninety five (95) percent of Black men released from corrections return within the first five years of being paroled. There are thousands of black men who have spent their entire youth in juvenile institutions and then as an adult in the Prison Industrial Complex. They represent the epitome of human exploitation exhibited through the privatized, for profit system of corrections, which in short represents modern day slavery. Many of us have become willing volunteers for this aspect….of the war zone..


Black men in the United States have the shortest life expectancy (69.5 years) of all other racial and ethnic groups, averaging over six years less than white men who live 75.7 years (2005 National Center for Health Statistics)

 

The number one cause of death for young black men15-24 year old is homicide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

 

In the war zone it can be viewed by many as a badge of honor to show that you have the nerve, the killer instinct to shoot down another Black man in cold blood….and live to talk about it. Many who do so find the same fate, getting shot down themselves as the cycle of violence continue to escalate in uncontrollable fashion.

 

Guns can be found real easy in wartime.

 

 

 

As everyone in the black community knows “we don’t make no guns” but yet every Black urban community faces the same dilemma. Young men caught in the cross hairs. On one side, brother killing brother, on the other side police killings of unarmed Black men continue to rise. Mothers continue to cry, funeral homes and parlors are big business here… in the urban war zone..

 

 

Dietary Warfare

 

Like those who they emulate, many black children consume high-fat, high-sugar synthetic foods that have been proven scientifically unsafe even by corrupt American standards.

 

 

Young Black men in the US are more obese and at risk for more types of preventable illness and disease than in any other group on the entire planet.

Young brothers as young as nine years of age, representing the potential future leaders of our communities, are being diagnosed in record numbers with conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes .Reports have also surfaced from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding pesticides levels and children.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Academy of Sciences, standard chemicals are up to ten times more toxic to children than to adults, depending on body weight. This is due to the fact that children take in more
toxic chemicals relative to body weight than adults and have developing organ systems that are more vulnerable and less able to detoxify such chemicals.

And there is more disturbing news for the parents of the many young geniuses whose greatness is being suppressed through chemical intoxication.


In blood samples of children aged 2 to 4, concentrations of pesticide residues are six times higher in children eating conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables compared with those eating organic food. And in addition, over 300 synthetic food additives are allowed by the FDA in conventional foods. This includes can goods, packaged and frozen foods and meats.

 

None of these chemicals are allowed in foods that are USDA certified organic. But as you know we must keep an eye on them

 

Living in the war zone!

Lack of physical activity combined with "standard" meals means too many of our young soldiers are suffering from poor health. As it stands each generation gets worst. The future, with each and every bite.. is looking dimmer.

 

 

War produces an entire economy. Every item needed for war must be provided. This includes planes, artillery, tanks, uniforms, the latest technology and plenty of food for hungry soldiers.

 

Not only is our community a target for gun manufacturers and hustlers to dump weapons in (plan for genocide), cartels in cohesion with corrupt agencies to dump illegal drugs in, the target of excessive pollution from industry and factories effecting the health and well being of our children (environmental warfare) but also the “nuclear bomb” of community attacks….which involves synthetic, hormone and toxin filled fake foods around every turn and on every corner in which we live. We see this high saturation of dietary death all around us as the ultimate form of attack, of “Chemical Warfare” against the community and particularly our youth. We are indeed fighting a war for the lives of those present and also for the many generations yet unborn!

 

A pro-active struggle

 

In that the purpose of this communication is a pro-active one, we will not remain forever in dialog regarding the reality of the established condition. But let’s face it, we are in deed at war…an all out, do or die battle for the minds, spirits and the very lives of our young men.

 

It’s easy sometimes to get caught up focusing on the problems, this taking into account all that we have and continue to experience down in the fox hole.

 

There are however some very distinct essentials that we need to put in place in order to assist in dealing with this reality and changing forever the landscape, the terrain, of the present war we find ourselves in. If we can find the strength…if in fact we can muster the will.

 

Let’s establish some basic elements our young Black men (and women) need to prepare for the battle that has been waged against them:

 

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Our youth need conscious family and community guidance, this whether their biological mother or father is present or not.

 

Our youth need proper and fulfilling educational institutions with caring and concerned instructors/leaders.

 

Our youth need character and esteem building cultural programs that will give them the many missing tools they need to be well rounded men in this day and time. To be able to stand toe to toe if necessary with racism, indoctrination and all out lies regarding who we are, where we are from, and where we should in fact be going as individuals and as a people. (go to: www.steptothefuture.org for progressive youth development)

 

Our youth need exercise and fitness programs throughout our community and the re-establishment of adequate gym (fitness classes) in all schools in our community and throughout the country.

 

Our youth need proper self defense training that will assist them with the knowledge and confidence to protect themselves, their families and community….furthermore the ability to stand in the face of aggressive ignorance that they will undoubtedly encounter and also defend intelligent, conscious ideals and decisions.

 

Our youth and their families need proper dietary education and counseling so as to be able to ward off the generation scourge of obesity, high blood pressure and other various preventable illnesses plaguing the Black and Latino communities across America. As a direct result of these improper dietary practiced our children are being diagnosed in record numbers with a host of illnesses that will follow them throughout their lives and on into the next generation to come, literally being led to slaughter. Our children need our protection from the use of this form of advanced chemical warfare against them.

 

Now in the effort to step outside of mere rhetorical dialog and philosophical jargon we would like put forth a basic format that can be used and or duplicated, in any city, county, state or area of the Nation where we find our people, particularly young Black men. Our people are in need of all the armor and ammunition we can get to fight this battle.

 

This is the foundation of a much needed plan. No, we did not say this is “THE PLAN”, it is a plan, a starting point for the many organizations, schools, churches, masjids and agencies that find themselves spinning their wheels, never obtaining the necessary traction needed to create the order, the organization , the workable process to fight against such an overwhelming adversary. (See attachment for Plan)

 

You already have a plan…great …Just what a conscious person wants to hear. Put it on the table. Share it with the community. Make it available so that we can take from it that which is applicable to assist in this critical situation.

 

To all of the Black mothers, be proactive. Don’t think that you should wait till your son begins to hang out or get into trouble or that the war will just cease to exist as a result of your being able to move to a more affluent neighborhood or town. Although affluence does have some bearing, if we look a little closer we will see that these drugs, guns, gangs, and police executions of young Black men are to be found in every city, county and state throughout America.

 

We have been trying to run from it for generations, but just like the grade school bully it keeps catching up with us. We try and find another route….but hear he comes again. It’s time to stop running brothers and sisters, acknowledge that we are in a war “Strap Up”…. and fight for the lives of ourselves and our youth.

 

We need concrete strategies on all fronts. We are far past the stage of political posturing, photo opptation and mental gymnastics. It is time now to step up to the plate to do this work.

 


To our Brothers……. please forward this communication and info to every Black parent with young men you know.

 

To our sisters….please do likewise. But also forward this communication to all brothers who you know who would be willing to assist in the trenches in getting this work done.

 

Let them know that the next generation of doctors, lawyers and teachers…or….gang bangers, thugs and potential young Black male corpses await their next move and decision. Time is of the essence.

 

For more information about the STEP organization, to donate to this worthy cause and or to volunteer in this critical mission, please contact us at:

 

Phone: (973) 842-8212

Email: steptothefuture.org

On the web: www.steptothefuture.org

 

Only those who are truly serious about assisting with the progressive, proactive, holistic development of young black men need apply.

 

From the Battlefield!

The Brothers Of S.T.E.P.

 

 

 

 



Source:
Step Inc step_incnj@yahoo.com
Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 4:42 AM
THE URBAN WAR ZONES

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Comment by Enoch Mubarak on July 21, 2011 at 4:27pm
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Start here and take it from there.

"What is your game plan Enoch. What can we do other than buying your book? What should be our next course of action?"
Black Home Schoolers

When you begin with asking ' What can we do other than buying your book." You have just bypassed the main and most effective course of action you can take because there is no where black people can go nor nothing we can ever hope to acheive whereas we can bypass reading in order to get there....

..... and since black people under this type of immediate and direct elimination threat to existence don't have the time to read every book ever written.... then read the one book that will do you the most good in the shortest amount of time.

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NYMetro
Comment by KWASI Akyeampong on July 21, 2011 at 4:04pm

Hotepk, Waiting for "WE" makes no difference. We will not move until YOU and I move. You and I constitute we.

Waiting for we is passing the buck.

What matters is what the person sitting in MY pants is willing to be counted on for.


Say: What can I count on on ME to do about what's wanted an needed to be done?

 


NYMetro
Comment by OLODEW OTOGWA on July 21, 2011 at 3:53pm
Respect              http://youtu.be/4U0pRF-UGqo

DMV
Comment by hotepk on July 21, 2011 at 3:50pm
I don't see why the solution is no more difficult than us all focusing exclusively on going back to using what worked for our ancestors when we had a perfect society before 6000 yrs ago...the re-establishment of Maat. We must de-colonize our minds, adhere to Universal Principles and put all sympathy for the ways and means of the light-skinned races behind us once and for all. Stop thinking like the historical enemy and start thinking like the Gods we were before the fall into this madness. Re-establishment of Maat needs to be and must be what each and every African is focused on 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year. Its as simple as that. The ancestors gave us the template for how to develop a perfect civilization-all we need is the will to follow through on what they left for us-and put the light-shinned races is the rearview mirror.

NYMetro
Comment by KWASI Akyeampong on July 21, 2011 at 2:46pm

Thanks Gloria for adding your flavour to the possibility of being ALIVE and enlivened in our urban environment.

 

~Kwasi


NYMetro
Comment by Gloria Dulan-Wilson on July 21, 2011 at 1:38pm

Hi Kwasi:  Thanks for this.  I think the brothers at STEP are great.  They have done a wonderful job in raising some  positive Black youth.  But as a single parent who raised 3 children, and put them all through college from the Streets of New York City's Harlem and Washington Heights, I want to say that it is time for Black mothers to step up and be mothers again and stop allowing the government, the so-called law, the streets, TV, HipHop, and all the other influences to raise their kids.  It is also time for Black women to develop a new rites of passage back to Black Womanhood - because these sisters who are mis-raising these children are as much to blame for the problem as anyone else - and yes I'm calling a spade a spade -LITERALLY. 

Black motherhood has never been at such a low ebb.  It's not just enough to push out a child - any animal or moron can do that.  You have to RAISE a child.  The government does not raise our kids.  We may have been born into a violent society, but it's quite another thing for the violence to be born in us, and from the way I hear some of these mothers talk to their children, their men, each other, it's easy to see that the hands that are rocking the cradles of young Black men are indoctinating them early into a life of negativity.  I personally am very sad to see where our younger sisters have devolved to.  Ratchit that back 20 years and think about where their mothers were and what they are learning from them. We need a rites of passage for young girls going into womanhood - there's entirely too much hoochie-mama stereotypes walking around here - again back to the hand that rocks the cradle.  Don't want us to be nuns, but to have some sense of decorum about us.  Perception is everything. 

I'm very much old school - I do believe in corporal punishment.  I'd rather get my son or daughter for disrespect and misbehaving in the home, than to let some cop blow them away in the street.  I have a saying that my children well remember - "don't worry about peer pressure; it's my pressure you have to deal with." 

WE have to take back our right to raise our kids right and tell the government to butt out when we feel the need to get their butts for acting out.  We also have to be a heck of a lot more pro active about education in the schools, or pull our kids out and start Church or Boarding schools to take them out of this corrupt system - which may mean removing them from the influence of some of these sisters who think every sentence should be punctuated with a 4 letter word in between.

The war zone, where brothers have no value or respect for each other's lives, is also part of the games they play on line - check them out.  The subconscious mind somehow is disengaged from any sense of humanity when you can constantly blow people away over and over again.  So why even take a second thought about it in real life.  It's a game.

These are our children - we have to be about it - no one will care for them but us.  So - you have my full and total support.  As I find additional info and resources from time to time, I will forward it to your attention, as well as to the brothers at STEP.

 

Stay Blessed &

ECLECTICALLY BLACK

Gloria Dulan-Wilson

(by the way, I'm the short one in the photo - the tall one is Soror Eleanor Rollins, President of Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It was taken at a memorial service for Dr. Dorothy I. Height, also a Soror.


Chicago-Midwest
Comment by R. Lee Gordon on July 21, 2011 at 12:53pm
Our young Brothers are losing the battle in an America more intent on turning them into prisoners rather than positive, productive people . . . it's going to take the best of us willing to come together and work together on behalf of the rest of us to bend the pipeline towards brighter futures . . .

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