Most black males today need low self esteem help. The effects of racism and discrimination has affected most of the African American people then and now. As said on a research, all of the most important quality of life indicators said that black males are in deep trouble. They often get into drugs, violence and much more that greatly affects the society.
The youth should be the hope of tomorrow but as what most of the youth today are involved in, it seems to be a lost hope. A black father himself, affected by the violence going on in the society, said that young black men need our help, they need low self esteem help. The hope is still there and it could become reality with our help. Here is what he said and what he believes could help the young black males.
During the past several months, I have heard/read various reports pertaining to youth violence, shootings and killings throughout the Tidewater, regional and national communities. There have been numerous reports of these horrendous incidents that have affected us all in some way or the other.
For more than two decades, I have worked with and for juvenile justice agencies, social services, public housing and public schools, conducting youth empowerment workshops and family stability training, among other things. I have seen too many shattered dreams, broken promises and hopeless futures — especially among our young black males. Just look at the facts and statistics: Young black men continue to suffer disproportionately from violence and crime. They continue to be debilitated by substance abuse and a lack of education. They continue to suffer from not having biological fathers in the home. And they continue to be disproportionately unemployed and under-employed.
As a result, these disenchanted youths are profoundly alienated. They do not feel as if they have a positive role in society. They feel no connection, no investment, no ownership or no partnership in their community or society at large.
In his 1933 classic, The Mis-Education of the Negro, Dr. Carter G. Woodson observed: “People who have been restricted and held down naturally condescend to the lower levels of delinquency. When education has been entirely neglected or improperly managed we see the worst passions ruling with uncontrolled and incessant sway. Good sense degenerates into craft, anger wrangles into malignity, restraint which is thought most solitary comes too late, and the most judicial admonitions are urged in vain.”
Almost 80 years later, not much has changed in many of our African-American communities.
Accordingly, these young black males seek out and do the things they are good at: the counterculture of drugs and crime. This is how they “make it” in today’s society. This negative lifestyle is what affords them a means of support, a viable existence and a sense of accomplishment. In short, it provides them with an income, group recognition, self-fulfillment and a means of getting their share of the American Dream.
We — especially black fathers and older black adults — must help young black males overcome low self-esteem, academic deficiency, economic inadequacy, political inequity and social deprivation.
All of us can give something. Among other things, we need to quit being victims. Basically, this will require us to do more.
To quote Frederick Douglass, “A man may not get all that he pays for, but he must certainly pay for all that he gets.” In essence, black men — hardworking, family-oriented men — must be at the forefront of resolving our dilemmas.
Among other priorities, we need to focus on such remedies as: (1) involving parents, especially missing fathers; (2) planting seeds of self-esteem, family stability and group empowerment early on; and (3) contributing our time, skills, knowledge, money and leadership.
We need to build a foundation of empowerment rather than depending on handouts and the goodwill of others. Self-help is the most reliable and effective means of “taking care of your business.” The family is the original and best Department of Health, Education, Welfare — and Salvation.
Out of the many people in the world, there should be those willing ones who could spare their time to offer low self esteem help to these young black males. We are one, no matter what our race is. We all have something that we can contribute to make the world a better place. We should remember that. Change will happen if we take in action, let’s do it now!
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