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Youth Violence-Where The Solution Must Come From

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 27, 2015

This was submitted to the Erie Times for publication about 10 days ago.  I received no acknowledgment.  It must have been the babies’ daddy  comment that turned them off.

From the news article:

A week ago, after a violent Saturday afternoon, Derrys Sanders Jr. became one of the youngest Erie County residents ever to be charged with homicide.

The 14-year-old Erie boy’s first involvement in the legal system came when he was 10 months old.

That was when his mother, Juanita Holloway, agreed to have him tested amid a paternity dispute. His father, Derrys Sanders Sr., asked for the test as a condition of financial support for his son.

People are hand wringing over solutions to the violence problem in Erie. Band-aids have been proposed, some of which have merit such as police walking a beat. But these don’t address the cancer that is made strikingly obvious in Sunday’s Erie Times Derrys Sanders story. Non-existent family. The babies’ daddy who has been contesting support for Derrys and three children by three other women for all Derrys’ life is a familiar sad story.

What happened since the days of my youth when you could throw a shotgun in the trunk to hunt after school and mess we have today. The answer is the Johnson, Carter and Nixon legacies. The war on drugs, the war on poverty and the Department of Education. All three have left a path of destruction through American family life.

PC, feel-good government programs are worse than nothing, they offer false hope and inevitably disappoint. The solution can only come from caring, courageous parents (parentS with an S). Marches are a good start but entire families have to be involved, not just well meaning figureheads. Families must fight to take the initiative, reinvent and reinvigorate themselves, striving for something better. The solution can only come from within.

Be seeing you

 

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