I didn't grow up poor but i grew up with people who did. I grew up in an inner city church with an inner city youth group. The majority of the kids have spent time living in public housing. I worked in an inner city elementary school for a year and the kids candidly spoke to me about the fear of what middle and high school would be like for them in such an environment. The kids I grew up with, my friends, my brothers (as they call themselves) are great people, not a bad bone in their bodies many of them. But they still associate themselves with the neighborhood gang. Where the colors, show the sign. One of my friends is now spending his life in jail for murdering a cab driver for his gang affiliation. I went to camp with these kids and my little sister goes to camp with their younger siblings. There is such hopelessness for so many of them. Not everyone is hopeless no. Another friend of mine recently graduated pre-law from MTSU. She is a fighter like no one i've ever met. Another young lady will be attending MTSU in the fall having had all the males in her family murdered because of gang affiliation. There are success stories and stories of heartbreak, but no matter the story, everything is a struggle. I don't think therapists are the answer either. I have no idea what the answer is. Things are so messed up its hard to say. But what isn't helping are people who say "why don't they just get a job" because its just not that easy. Or, people who say "let them kill eachother off" because that just brings devestation to a community and leaves children without fathers. Or, people who ignore the problem because they get to live far far away on the mountain tops or the suburbs. No one should be making excuses for anyone, but people should be trying to help in whatever way they can. Mentor a child, help out in the schools, help a mother provide for her children. Do something!
The point I was making bigbearzzz is that jail isn't really a good consequence for them. The thought of jail terrifies me as it does most people. My life would be ruined. For them, it already is, so what's the point? I agree he needs consequences and it is unacceptable to take another life no matter the circumstances, but jail isn't working and neither does the death penalty. Die on the streets or die by the law...either way its an end to misery. All we do is feed into a system that creates criminals and then spends tax dollars "punishing" them. It isn't working clearly.
You have to understand the culture though. When you grow up in a world full of violence and poverty the only means of protection seems to be joining a gang. You can't afford to move away from it so, if you can't beat them, join them. We have to tackle the poverty and housing project issue before we can even begin to tackle the gang issue. When upper middle class 18 year olds go to college they want to fit in, have a place, be protected, so they join fraternities and sororities...i feel like its a similar idea and it is often a family legacy thing. Also, jail isn't so bad for kids in this culture. You can count on 3 square meals a day, something they can't at home. Many of their friends are there and they are safe from violence. Hm? Doesn't seem so bad when you consider the alternatives. Sure they don't WANT to go to jail, but it is a fact of life for many young men in the inner city community. It isn't a matter of if you go to jail, its when. That is what a friend of mine who grew up in the inner city told me. He joined the military and is now pursuing a college degree in criminal justice. I admire him so much. So try to read about these cases and think about the underlying issues and the culture, makes you think about it a little differently.
I shall correct myself: the pilgrims and puritans fled England for religious freedom in the mid 1600's a mere 100 years before the births of our founding fathers.
No they were not actually. The pilgrims who came here in the 1500's perhaps...but two-hundred years later....the founding fathers were born here and were self-proclaimed diests (Thomas Jefferson/ Ben Franklin)not Christians. I am a Christian myself so don't get offended. I just know our country's history. And anyway, that is beside the actual point here. The point is that our founding fathers...whatever religion you think they were...did express importance of freedom of religion in our country and wrote it into the constitution, as well as separation of church and state which is the bigger issue here.
Okay plcoll...in that case! We should be worshipping and following the gods of the Native Americans. Since ya know...you can't just come up into someone's country and make up your own god and expect the people who already live there to embrace it. Oh wait...something sounds familiar here. Our founding fathers wanted this country to be a country embracing freedom of religion, or lack there of. Please do not be ignorant.
I actually participated in the online voting (ga resident) and was also confused by the "In God We Trust" differences. I actually liked a design better than the one i voted for because I prefer counties on the plates. I will vote again. However, I think it is a pretty good marketing tactic to get people thinking about the "In God We Trust" option. If the first time you heard about it was when you are applying for the new tag, you might ignor it and they wouldn't make their $1. I don't know.