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What is the future of our younger generation? Do we really know? Can we help shape their future? I believe that we have the power to mold the minds of our children, that we have to use whatever methods are necessary to make sure that the mold is something that we would like to see the upcoming generations molded into, and that we can not allow the mold to be broken or reshaped. Our survival depends the minds that we mold today and without these minds being able to be shared with the world we face the possibility of extinction.

One of the biggest problems that our children face in our communities is the absence of black men and black women due to incarceration. Several different issues contribute to this problem, even though there are experts to give us step by step methods to fight individual causes of incarceration. Sometimes, it is not the experts with degrees that have the answers for their expertise. There are times that people (especially our children) need to be guided by those that have hands on experience, but that does not mean that we should allow them to become these types of teachers. As I mentioned, we have to use methods that are not always popular or conventional to reach our children. Sometimes we have to use a negative situation to make a positive example.

In order for us to help our children understand that incarceration is always an option in life, we have to make sure that they understand what incarceration is really like.

-Our children need to understand what it means to lose a part of their life and to be lost in the eyes of society.
-Our children need to understand what it means to be an adult that is told when to eat, sleep, and play.
-Our children need to understand what it means to be caged in like a beast surrounded by all different types of predators.
-Our children need to understand what it means to literally lose a part of their manhood or womanhood.
-Our children need to understand what it means to become a negative statistic that is destroying their own future.
-Our children need to understand what it means to lose their their family and friends.
-Our children need to understand what it means to wake up with the fear of becoming that victim that cries their self to sleep at night.
-Our children need to understand what it means to be turned down for job after job and to be told in a, sometimes, nice way that they are not fit to work in jobs that are unfit for a human being in the first place.
-Our children need to understand what it means to get incarcerated.
-Our children need to understand what it means to become one of the Silent Voices that go unheard or ignored.


My points might seem a little drastic but my points are a reality of people that have become an inmate.

-A convict
-An ex-convict
-A prisoner
-A Bureau of Justice Statistic
-A prison facility resident
-A participant of a participant of a re-entry program
-A person that faces obstacles that only prison can produce.


Our children need to understand these things by using straightforward, real life examples and they need to hear the Silent Voices that can speak to our children in ways that only someone with that type of voice can speak so that our children's voices do not become silent.

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"Can we help shape their future? I believe that we have the power to mold the minds of our children, ..."

The two most obvious observations ever made in the history of evolution. Sorry, bro, I couldn't even read beyond that.
Friday, July 24th 2009 at 1:40AM
I understand my brother. In fact most of what you said is true. The danger(s) are very real and very easy to fall prey to. Some say the lure of money or the neccesity of having money contribute greatly. Others say enviroment and association are key responders leading towards incarceration. Still others say some are born that way. Incline to criminal behavior. There should... need to be a thorough explanation of criminal behavior, as theft and drug dealing, as armed robbery and murder, s*xual assault and or civil disobiedence. All have degrees and all are out lawed by society. Further all have roots. There is no real indicator of who will and will not commit crime. Presidents or paupers, male or female. But I agree 100% we have to teach the youth the ramifications of mis-steps of legal consequence are far more reaching than they realize. The bars and road blocks far more formidable than they imagine. The re-entry plans laughable and society nearly unforgivable towards offenders of the law. In some societys limbs are severed. In America...futures are severed. The energy it takes to overcome the mental, physical, and psycological damage incurred by prison releasees...make slavery refugees experience pale...or at least give real life meaning to their struggle. I don't wish it on my worst enemy. The killings, the almost total control even on bodily functions. The degradation and mental torture. Followed by government and societal stigma of being incarcerated are major obstacles for the strongest to overcome. No to overcome and prosper. Teach them my brother if you can...teach them.
Friday, July 24th 2009 at 2:12AM
If you can...
Friday, July 24th 2009 at 2:30AM
From the New York Times

CORONA, Calif. — Mary Thompson, an inmate at the California Institution for Women here, was convicted of two felonies for a robbery spree in which she threatened victims with a knife. Her third felony under California’s three-strikes law was the theft of three tracksuits to pay for her crack cocaine habit in 1982.

Like one out of five prisoners in California, and nearly 10 percent of all prisoners nationally in 2008, Ms. Thompson is serving a life sentence. She will be eligible for parole by 2020.

More prisoners today are serving life terms than ever before — 140,610 out of 2.3 million inmates being held in jails and prisons across the country — under tough mandatory minimum-sentencing laws and the declining use of parole for eligible convicts, according to a report released Wednesday by The Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group that calls for the elimination of life sentences without parole. The report tracks the increase in life sentences from 1984, when the number of inmates serving life terms was 34,000.

Two-thirds of prisoners serving life sentences are Latino or black, the report found. In New York State, for example, 16.3 percent of prisoners serving life terms are white.

Friday, July 24th 2009 at 8:04AM
Like the man said...we have to keep our youth and in fact all of our people from comitting the offenses that land them in prison. The problems that come after you instal a person in the system are leigon. Not to mention a burden on civilized society, tax dollars are paid to house these people, unscrupulous business people have begun to reconize that prison is big business. You remember last year judges were indicted for steering none prison offenses offenders to prison to get kick backs from prison owners, wardens and prison gaurds have been arrested for corruption and abuse. Female inmates come up pregnant all of the time. HIV is very previlant because no safe s*x is allowed because s*x is dis allowed but we all know about Gay rights..don't we? Lots of problems then combine that with racial profiling, steered abortion, germ warfare,...see that target on the heads, backs arms and minds of Black and latino americans... Yes teach them , inform them pray for them..that they may never have to be subject to prison, county jail, ...If you can.
Friday, July 24th 2009 at 11:26AM
The solution has to come from the parents. Parents have to impress upon the children responsibility, and use discipline. Kids have to be held accountable if for no other reason than so that they can learn that there are consequences for their actions in life. We have to stop spoiling kids. Too often I see parents do little else other than shower them with material things.

More importantly, they need to live right as well, as children learn more by watching than listening. You're more likely to reach them by virtue of your own example as opposed to "preaching."

Friday, July 24th 2009 at 11:39AM
Hello Mr. Emmanuel,

Mr. Emmanuel, molding our children’s mind is not the solution, since our minds need molding first. We do not have a proper mind to pass on to our children. What our children are is what we are. Therefore, our only permanent solution is from me and that is to desire to become a sovereign people or gain complete independence from White America on a portion of this continent that we can call our very own country, with borders. Now there is a lot more to understand behind my concept of sovereignty.

In other words, do you think that if we were a sovereign people, we would have these hundreds of year old problems; I do not think so?

What say you?

Friday, July 24th 2009 at 7:08PM
Harry Watley
Hello Ms. Irma,

I believe that you and Mr. Emmanuel are wrong, since neither you nor him have complete control over your destiny.

Now, if both of you and all Black Americans had complete independence from White America on a portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders, neither of you would be talking about these White people made problems we have now, am I right or am I wrong?

What say you?


Friday, July 24th 2009 at 7:15PM
Harry Watley
Mr. Maxwell you just put it in there..." More importantly, they need to live right as well, as children learn more by watching than listening. You're more likely to reach them by virtue of your own example as opposed to "preaching." ... That was beautiful my brother simply beautiful. At least they have a good start a good role model a fighting chance...an easier road. That was just beautiful. Thats where to begin.
Friday, July 24th 2009 at 7:22PM
Hello Mr. Amos,

As I told Mr. Emmanuel, you do not have a mind to mold our children’s mind, since your mind is not properly molded as it is.

In other words, if you don’t have the intelligence to see that we need a permanent solution we will continued to spin around in circles as all those previous to us has done. What Mr. Frederick Douglass and the other Black leaders left us was the same circle they uselessly spun in, am I right or am I wrong? Do you see my point?

Our permanent solution is for us to desire to become a sovereign people on a portion of this continent that we could call our very own country. This portion is what our slave ancestors left us.

If you believe me, it will happen for us. Not all other solutions are workable.

What say you?

Friday, July 24th 2009 at 7:30PM
Harry Watley
Hello Mr. Maxwell,

I rationally disagree with you. You feel that the solution has to come from the parents impressing upon their children responsibilities. Now, given the best scenario, as the wealthy and affluent Blacks show on CNN Black in America the other night that hosts the tuxedo balls once a year are still subjugated people in mink coats with doctorate degrees. In other words, what I am saying is that even the wealthy and educated do not have the insight to see that our solution lies in our sovereignty. No one, two or even an organization up a few 100 Blacks can rise above the degradation of their people to say they are successful. The world looks at them as educated ignorant people

Until the best of us can civilize the worst of us in our own country without outside influence, none of us is worth a damn in the world of civilized people.

We all as an entire people must become a sovereign people or have complete independence from White America on a portion of this continent that we could call our very own country, with borders. When this happens, we will become a people that humankind has never seen before, or will see again.

Only one man and that is the anointed one of God could lead us into sovereignty as Moses led his people out of bondage in Egypt.

What say you?

Friday, July 24th 2009 at 8:01PM
Harry Watley
one last thing and maybe the most important..we must release ourselves from the prisons of our minds. In the words of a man I admire and respect...YES WE CAN YES WE CAN YES WE CAN!
Friday, July 24th 2009 at 11:34PM
To Irma - I believe that you did not understand what I wrote, because the point was to make changes and impacts even when we are not able to do so on our own. I am not saying that this is the best way to raise our children, the only way, or the only problem.... Just one of many.

Black people commit crimes, but the post was not about the black people committing crimes it was about telling your children about what happens if they become one of those statistics (1 in 15 people have some form of legal issues and 40 children were killed in chicago in 10 months (1 child every week and they were more than likely murder by another child.))

I do not believe that ALL BLACKS: steal, are on drugs, in gangs ,school drop outs, lazy, stupid, worthless, etc. and the Black mother is worthless / even the cause of our race being unworthy of respect, equality, ect. I also believe that, even the so-called best of us have flaws and areas that we are weak in.

Diamonds do not begin as diamonds.
Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 12:11AM
To Mozell - "We have to teach the youth the ramifications of mis-steps of legal consequence are far more reaching than they realize." That was half the point of the post and the other half was that people who have not been in those situations can not teach our children these things from knowledge...research from a distance maybe. I will do my best to teach and find teachers for those who want to be taught.

Those statistics that you listed are heartbreaken, but they are true.

Teach them , inform them pray for them..
Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 12:35AM
To Clark Maxwell - Children have to be held accountable for their actions and parents can not spare the rod with them, but I feel much better when I teach my children to avoid ending up on the receiving end of my discipline or anyone else's.

My children see that I work everyday, that I make sure that I avoid negative consequences when I can, and that I feel that they have the power to become whatever they set their focus on. Most children are extremely visual, and the one's that are committing crimes see this behavior somewhere. I will not point a finger towards who shows them how to commit a crime, but it is not always a parent. The reason that I use (a) is because of the fact that I was raised by 1 parent in the neighborhood that is in the background of my picture. One thing that is very clear to me about that neighborhood and many others just like it, is that there are very visual pictures of negative role models that have made it away from the neighborhood. The problem is that the consequences don't seem as terrible, because they are not seen 1st hand.
Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 12:58AM
If you call and I am available I will talk to them my brother...from experience. But I feel that there is a place for all of us as we all have something to contribute. Teach them what you can, when you can.
Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 1:57AM
To Mozell - I will do just that as much as I can.
Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 2:03AM
You are right Irma and I have to apologize for that. I think I got more focused on the the topic being twistd in the later comments and trying to resppond to everyone. I always have respected your thoughts and still do.
Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 2:59AM
Emmanuel your blog is filled with postive ideals for youth and young adults. I think it's totally great. I however, ( as a person of Christ,) I should reinterate how families have left the ways and commandments of God. The latest generation of children are becoming a very difficult generation in they often are not taught about following ways of God ; or even in seeking or hearing the Lord's word in all situations of life. This makes it easier for them to lose their in ways of the "wide road" I do commend your efforts and encourage you to keep striving at trying to show them what is right. Some may be reading and may take in account what you have written. Best to you!
God's Blessings.
Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 9:27AM
MIISRAEL Bride
"I" believe that that our president has asked us all to help bring C-H-A-N-G-E therefore this post is going against ever thing he has asked us to do and here is why I believe that we should teach our children just the opposit of what this post has to day...

First I wll ask the one who believes this is the best way to mold our children for the furure this one question...

In your own words what do you believe "A SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY" mean?
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
I will give you a little hint of where I am coming from...eventhough the White race is doing such a great job in convincing even too, too many of our own people that ALL BLACKS: steal, are on drugs, in gangs,school drop outs, lazy, stupid, worthless, etc. and the Black mother is worthless / even the cause of our race being unworthy of respect, equality, ect. I have never fallen into this trap and nor has any proud Black person I know, have know and hope to meet!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
YES WE CAN...YES WE WILL...YES WE DID...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
Why should we settle for the mind set that our children by virture of lables put on our whole race be given any idea that we are raising future criminals?

There is one Black religion where there is not allowed even the sales of drugs in their neighborhoods is FULLY INFORCED AT ALL TIMES. But, guess what(?) we have been taught to be so prejudice against them, we will not even lower ourselves to learn about them by way of trying actually communicate with them much less even read about their T-R-U-E history or their habit of never ever going on welfare, because they will creat L-E-G-A-L jobs for each other before they will do this.

In reality the White man has brain washed us so much we not only believe that Malcom X and Dr. M.L. King were deadly enemys when they were the personal body guards of Dr. King!.Nor have we ever learned (and probably not accept)the real reason we are taught to not ASSOCIATE with these responisble members of our own race is because they do not fit the "IMAGE" of the African-American.They are also an economic threat as all successful Black created business is a threat to the status quo!!!!!

They do not smoke, do drugs, eat pork which is a leading cause of strokes in Black peoples,but they teach PRIDE in our race from day 1!They do not need any welfare aid of our government therefore the NATION OF ISLAM i-s a gigantic threat to racism therefore those Wise White Men running our government!!!!!!

WAKE UP, my people because,YES WE CAN unite as one behind our president...

If we spend more time teaching our children their ACTUAL "proud" history as Black in America then we can have them start off as a positive in our society not the image of the VIOLENT Black Man...YES WE CAN...(smile)Please let us start teaching being black and Proud and only good can come from knowing you have a duty to make this world a better place for their children and their children's children and stop raising our children as going to be loosers. This has gone on too long and let us also know that we can be the best teacher as our children will model themselves after their first teachers wo should be the living proof or we as African-Americans do each and ever thing we can do to make our own local community the best there is...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
Emmanuel, have you ever know me to say any thing but the individual is responisble for the causes they make and the effect from them on themselves and their enviornment? Did you not see that I said "I" do not believe that all...?Leaving out what I actuall said to fit your reply is as wrong as expecting to teach others to do the right thing by not being, as I did say, the best example as the child's first teachers...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
Thank you Emmanuel, our youth like you are what is too often left out about our positive and respectful and constructive young Black men until, my bad,I get very upset when this is over shadowed by starting out with the negative not this positive. so I also must apologize to you as I was having blinders on, ok?(smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
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