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My Baby Boy...Endangered Species in Todays Society--2008My son recently turned 15 years old.  I am concerned about him and all other males that are black, minority and non-minority.  The life expectancy is limited.  I will consider my years as a teenager and I will tell you. 

 When I attended junior highschool and highschool back in the 70’s  I do not recall anybody ever getting shot or killed by drive by,  gang related,  or stray bullets….ever! 

 When I attended a school in New Hyde Park Queens it was embroiled with race riots and such…but never was there a murder based on these issues.  A girl I attended school with had gotten a piece of glass in her eye from the “special bus” that we were riding. 

 The special bus was a city bus set aside to transport the minority bus students out of New Hyde Park from our junior highschool I.S. 172 back then.  The buses would ride right up to the school and we would board the buses and they would ride down Hillside Avenue in Queens to 169th Street.

One day there were white teenagers and they threw a brick at the special bus and shattered the window. My friend had to be taken to the hospital and glass had to be removed from her eye. The funny thing was her mother was white and her father was black.

She was the product of racial harmony, however she became the victim of racial hatred when the white teenagers tossed that heavy brick through the window of the bus she was riding in.  She had always been a quiet girl and pleasant to talk to.

 From the incident she transferred out of the school. I never saw her again. That was a terrible event that should of never happened. Nowadays the violence is either black on black or white on white possibly gang related and totally completely senseless.

People are being found dead in parks, deserted areas, and other areas.  My son was attacked by a group of kids from another school.   It was his graduation from Grace Lutheran to prepare for highschool.  What a mess. 

 My son and his friends, six of them were all assaulted except for one.  They had to literally run for their lives.  I was so shocked.  I had put him through 9 years of private school, sacrificed,  and went without inorder for him to have a good,  healthy enviornment in which he would learn how to treat and repect others. 

However, on his last day of school the principal had allowed them to have half a day.  The six boys wanted to play a last game of basketball and so they went to a elmentary school P.S. 34 to play. 

 However,  since they were not usually  in that area for any reason during the school year,  they found themselves  walking on dangerous ground on the gang of boys assumed basketball court.  The violence was not race related like when I was a kid.  Instead this was violence that was black on black only.  No ryhme or reason.  This was not West Side Story the movie come to life….it was some type of tribal war over a play ground. 

My son who has episodic seizures was stomped, and kicked till he fell to the ground.  Another kid had passed out from the brutal beating that he took.  My son and his friends told me that they had been attacked by atleast 20 of these pre-teen,  teen black boys. 

 Why I keep asking myself is this violence so prevalent in the year 2008?  Where is all of this leading?  My son has been playing tennis for six years.  He has represented his school on the basketball team.  He received a dogtag from his school for his participation in team sports.  He is considered a very nice young man.

Why were those other kids not in school?  Were those other kids truants or drop outs?  A sanatation worker saw the brawl and yelled at those assailents that she was calling 911.  The assaults stopped and everybody began to run. 

 However,  my son and his friends were all separated.  The Valdictorian was assaulted and left with a bloody lip.  Since my son’s school was Lutheran they had a night time graduation.  The kids went home and prepared for graduation. 

I was so disgusted because my son did not call me to tell me when it happened.  As a matter of fact he was with his friend,  a very tall chubby kid that did not get assaulted,  and I had just called the cell phone of his friend who had lied to me and said at 12:30 and told me “everything is all right.” 

Meanwhile,  my son’s friend’s statement to me could not have been further from the truth.  Now,  recently since my son is in highschool,  I have to pick him and and drive him to school everyday for medical reasons. 

I am concerned about his medical health, but I prefer to drive him because I know as a black male….or any male for that matter in today’s society—my son is an endangered species.

Do you agree?  What  do you think we can do as a society to stop the flow of crime within our society –especially the youth against one another?  What can be done to change this climate of hatred, and destruction. 

Any parent wants to see their child grow to an adult and be productive in society.  Where are the parents of the violent kids, and what can be done to help those parents take back their children from the powerful influence of the streets and crime.

What do you think?

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