Young Lions LLC
By: Mary Morris
“Criminal Justice Fact Sheet – NAACP” – Racial Disparities in Incarceration
Parents, your children need you! Black people need you if we are expected to survive harsh drug laws that were designed to cripple and destroy us. “Parenting” is now more than food, shelter, and clothing. Racists drug laws, mass incarceration of black people and privatized prison systems are three ticking time bombs hanging over the heads of 45 million African Americans.
Mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and all kin folks should be helping with educating our youth. Godparents, step parents, elders and friends should be involved in helping our youth become productive adults. Do you remember this African Proverb? “It takes a village to raise a child.” Sure you do!
Google the “Criminal Justice Fact Sheet – NAACP.” Can we ignore this call to action? The answer is no! The document clearly shows that the United States Criminal Justice System is filled with legalized bias, greed, racism and white supremacy. Back to the predictions that one in every three African American boys will go to prison during their lifetime. If one-third of our young Black men serves time in prison, they will suffer unnecessary physical, mental, and emotional trauma. Can we disrupt this violence against the Black race? I think we can.
Parents, you can no longer go to church and leave your children sleeping, looking at cartoons, or playing mind altering violent video games. Children need to learn what The Lord God Almighty has said about their lives. The Black Church must teach, encourage, and stand up for our youth. This is a fight for survival!
Parents, you are your child’s primary caregiver. The mother and father must take care of the child before birth: No cigarette smoking, alcohol, or drugs. The mother must schedule and receive prenatal health care. A serious bond develops when the infant begins to recognize his “mama” and “daddy”. This is the beginning of a loving relationship. Singing, talking, and playing with an infant comes naturally to parents. Also, this early stimulation increases the baby’s brain size. Parents must read to their baby. The introduction to books and literacy must last a lifetime. Illiteracy and ignorance have no place in a technological society. Parents and an enlightened Black community must teach children the importance of obeying rules and laws. Black youth must be educated on how to interact with Law Enforcement Officers.
Parents Stop all name calling: N-word, B-word, profanity, and other hurtful words. End all forms of domestic violence and beatings with cords, belts, and ropes. Verbal and physical violence has trickled down from 246 years of slavery and 100 years of Jim Crow – AKA separation of the races – White supremacy.
Slavemaster conduct produces shy timid children who later develop issues of anger, hatred, self-hatred and rage. They can’t wait to leave your home. Abused and neglected children will seek satisfaction by smoking, drinking alcohol, and some will unite with another family – AKA – “A Street Gang.”
Parents must become advocates for their children. You must insist that educators and schools do their job. Also, parents must prepare their children for school. Make sure you structure your child’s time. Check to make sure homework is done. Remember, you are your child’s first teacher. If the teacher has not assigned any homework, you should be prepared with activities to increase their knowledge. Listen to them read aloud: Books, e-books, newspaper and magazine articles. They can develop projects to work on: Art, study a second language, write plans for their future. It is the duty of parents to make sure their children are educated, prepared for the world of work, and modern technology. Some of our youth have dreams of becoming entrepreneurs – WONDERFUL!
AFRICA IS THE BIRTH PLACE OF HUMANITY: On April 14, 2003, the National Human Genome Research Institute announced the completion of their work. One result of the study indicates that all modern humans – that is everyone who is currently alive on planet earth, have a common female ancestor from Africa. In addition, all men currently alive on planet earth share a common male ancestor from Africa. Sequence data dispels the notion of race and shows humans as 99.9% the same.
Africa developed agriculture around 10,000 B.C.E. They created paper from the papyrus plant. They invented writing; they called it Meda-Netcher – The writing of God. The first365 day calendar was created on the continent of Africa. They built libraries based on Math, Science, Medicine, and Literature. These ancient texts included: Architectural engineering, algebra, anatomy, archaeology, art, astronomy, biology, embalming, geography, geometry, medicine, philosophy, physics, theology, and trigonometry.
Research by Dr. Edward E. Robinson Jr. and other scholars has proven that knowledge about Africa strengthens our youth. It reduces shame, low self-esteem, and self-hatred, which leads to violence. Our ancient African culture in Kemet – aka Egypt lasted 3,893 years. This was the time period when our people were Kings and Queens. Our ancestors built pyramids. 110 of them are still standing today in Egypt. Parents and the entire community need to demand that the public and charter schools teach Ancient African History and Culture. Our youth deserves to know they are the descendants of great African people.
Mary Morris – Author of Young Lions: Challenged to Live Free E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.younglionsllc.com
Tel: 708-343-0952 June 15, 2016
References and Suggested Reading:
Browder, Anthony T. – Nile Valley Civilization
Clark, Dr. John Henry – You Tube Videos
Diop, Dr. Cheikh Anta – The African Origin of Civilization
Kewsi, Dr. Ashra & Merira – Kemet New Tours
Kunjufu, Dr. Jawanza – Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys – Vol. 1 & 2
Robinson, Jr., Dr. Edward E. – Journey of the Songhai People
Welsing, Dr. Frances Cress – The Isis Papers – The Keys to the Colors