Stolen Innocence

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Dear Readers,

We are becoming a society that is creating the next generation of dysfunctional women. Take a look around, we are pushing little girls into women-hood before they are ready. We are all to blame, however, this misguided introduction on how to become a proper lady begins at home. Today’s parents are lost between satisfying their children’s needs and being a cool parent. Regardless of the tasks parents are up against there is no true reasoning for them to financially support and give their seal of approval for their daughters to dress in a manner that is not age appropriate. The consequence for young girls between the ages of 10-16 dressing inappropriate is that they are subjected to being negatively labeled, and there are men in this society who have no regrades to approaching under age girls. The foundation of family is the root where children learn how to mature into adulthood. It is the duty of  mothers, grandmother and aunts to be positive role models and guide young girls how to conduct themselves in the appropriate manner by teaching them what is acceptable. Most people place blame solely on reality television, rap video’s, and social media because these outlets expose  young girls to a fastidious glamorous life style that requires them to be ” sexy”.  Reminder,  Kim Kardashian become ” famous” not for pro….. any true talent, but she made millions from a sex tape.
There is no rational for young girls between the ages of 8 to 16 to go through the horror of sitting and being fitted for a full weave, full set of nail tips that are shaped like lethal weapons, in addition to waking in 8 inch heels and tight clothing. I have seen 12- 14 year old girls wearing pom pom shorts that expose their butt cheeks, and halter tops exposing the outline of young developing breast, and women around them encouraging them by complementing how cute they look. I recently attended a junior high school graduation for a friends daughter. What I observed during the ceremony was shocking, appalling, and shameful. Young girls wearing micro mini dresses revealing their inner thighs, and the print of their panties lines. Some wore shoes with heels so over the top high that they had to hold onto a friend or family member to walk. Their was cleavage and exposed butt cheeks, hanging out of shorts, and young innocent faces plastered with make up.
The message we are sending to young girls is that enhancing and altering their appearance is the only way society will except them and exposing their private body parts is the standard by which the male gaze says that they are beautiful. We are taking away their innocence and most important we are not allowing them to go through the natural stages from childhood to adolescence to becoming a young women. As adults we are supposed to protect our young girls. The reality is that there is more evil than good in this world.The wolves are out there ready to devalue the minds of young girls. Let’s go back to the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”. In this village our young girls will know that they are loved, protected and that they are valved for their inner beauty, intelligence, gifts and talents, not for their bodies.
What say you?

The Tales of Two Shootings

Dear Readers,

A loose of life is a devastating experience; however, what more shocking is when lives are ruined by senseless acts of violence that leaves us bewildered. The latest mass school shooting in Texas is more than an unfortunate incident, and for a lack of better words, this is becoming too common. These illogical acts of savagery spark debates among political leaders about stronger gun laws. We talk, analyze and sensationalize these shootings by publicly commenting on the shooter and comparing the analogous of past school shootings. School unites in prayer and candlelight’s vigils in support of the family and the victims, and psychologist arrive on the scene to help people to cope with feelings of anger, shock, and bewilderment. We see the anguish on the faces of family who have the painful task of making funeral agreements.

A life taken is a life taken  and no individual life should matter more than the other, “ It is written that you return to  the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust you are , and unto dust shall you return “ ( Gen 3:19). This verse is true for all life. Then why isn’t there the same outrage and collective concern and emotional support when an individual of color is violently gunned down in cold blood. Where is the political indignation and prayer vigil for the community and the victim’s family? Police fired 39 bullets into the body of 19 –year –old Tyler Damon Woods, not a thug as the news media would have the public to think, but a young men who despite growing up in harsh conditions, dreamed of becoming a Hollywood actor and enjoyed bowling, horseback riding and swimming.

Louis Pena, a veteran pathologist with the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, determined that 19 bullets—six of them individually devastating enough to kill—riddled Woods’ tall, slender body. One shot struck his left eye, crashed into his brain, and fractured his skull. Other “sharply upward” shots slammed into his stomach, lungs, liver, ribs, bladder, and small bowel. Eight bullets penetrated the target’s back, left arm, hip, leg, shoulder, and right buttock. Pena labeled the carnage a homicide. In nearly two decades of performing autopsies in a region with one of the highest murder rates in the nation, he’d rarely seen so many bullet wounds in one corpse. . https://www.ocweekly.com/socal-cops-are-still-defending-39-bullet-barrage-on-unarmed-man/

There is no debate about how to create laws putting an end to police using excessive force when they encounter a person of color. I am not making this a racial issue. This is matter of lives lost and how society views the importance of one act of violence over another. I wish for an end to whatever is in the hearts and minds of the people who commit these crimes.

What say you?