How many young men are we going to lose to gun violence? It seems like we hear something about our youth dying to gun violence especially our young men. Now I am not just talking about just young black men, I’m talking about ALL of our young men, Black, White, Latino, etc. Michael Brown 18, Trayvon Martin 17, and Keith Passmore, and Tamir Rice both 12. We all know the story of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin and it is sad how both young men could leave a convenience store and not make it home just because of the way they look. Keith Passmore was shot and killed Saturday in Savannah, GA while at a party with roughly 30 people in attendance. Passmore a 12yr old white male shot and killed for no reason and no one at the party has come forward with any information. Police are asking anyone who may have any information to contact them. Keith Passmore was a young male that didn’t have to die. Tamir Rice 12yr old killed in Cleveland by the police. Rice was shot and killed pointing a replica gun at the police. The replica gun was supposed to have an orange safety tip in it and the police said that the safety tip was removed. Tamir Rice shot Saturday night and died Sunday morning at the hospital. Why did this young man have to die? Could the police have used a taser gun his father asked? If you think about judging any of these young men, well don’t. Now we have lost two young men on the same day for no reason, why. Maybe God has a better plan for these young men. Did you know that more than of our youth get injured or killed by gun violence in a year span? Is this because guns are easy to access or does someone think that it is cool to have a gun. Are guns becoming a must-have like a cellphone or car? It makes me sick to hear about children dying to gun violence. Yes, a child. How many more of our youth are we going to lose this year? How many more of our youth are we going to lose before they have a chance to live? Let us ALL end gun violence for a better world. My thought and prayers go out to all the families who lost a child before he or she gets to live.
During the Jim Crow era, Mecklenburg County had more Rosenwald schools for African-American children than any other county in America. In the early 20th century, educator Dr. Booker T. Washington conceived of a program to build high-quality, free schools for African-American children throughout the segregated rural South. My first time I went to visit the Siloam School for African-American students in early October, I was first amazed that the school was still standing after all these years and brought me to an emotion on me that I wasn’t prepared for. Walking around the property it took me back to the days of where African Americans were not equal and how things have progressed from back then to now. We all know that things back in the day were not right for African Americans and somehow things nowadays are still somewhat almost the same. I can sit back and remember how my mom told me how back in the sixties how they were spat upon had things are thrown at them called the n-word and how they were just tortured for being black. The school is in a predominantly white neighborhood and now seeing how the things are going nowadays in Charlotte North Carolina how they’re tearing down our history is a house but I hope it’s still standing. The Charlotte Museum of History is working on a detailed plan to re-locating the Siloam School and working with the community to find new uses for it. Charlotte Museum of History also looking to use the structure as a teaching resource to give an aspects of the life of African-America families in Mecklenburg County in the early 20th-century. For information on how you can help save the Rosenwald schools for African-American children please visit https://charlottemuseum.org/siloam/