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Today’s Word Is “Mentor”

The word of the day is “Mentor.” Mentor is defined as: someone who teaches or give help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person. A wise and trusted teacher or counselor.

Charles Lee, Jonathon Jpdapoet Peterson, and Mark Baynard recently attended a powerful mentors meeting in Montgomery, Alabama. We are in need of more positive role models in our communities. This is true in nearly every city in the United States. Illegal drugs and criminal behavior can be found on almost every street corner. Being raise without a stable father is the home has become normal. Our youth are hurting and some of them feel that no one understands them. The truth is that crime is not the answer to any of our problems in the community. Prison sometimes appears to be more of an accepted reality than graduating high school, attending college, getting a job or even starting a business. We must not sit back and accept this as the fate of our youth. I call all of my brothers and sisters to be a mentor right were you stand. Take one individual “under your wing” to help and give advice to during their most difficult times. We may be able to reach our youth before they reach prison. Education will prepare our youth for employment while knowledge of self will give them true identity. Black live matter to us!

I would like to acknowledge Charles Lee the founder of That’s My Child Organization for the work that he has done and continue to do in the community. I also would like to give a shout out to Jpdapoet for blessing us with the spoken word. There are many others who are working in the field as we speak. I encourage you to continue to do the positive work that you are doing. My family and friends in Wilmington, Delaware, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City, Connecticut, and the DC area; continue to be a mentor in those dangerous streets.

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Arizona Man’s Police Encounter

There has been a lot on the news about police brutality against unarmed civilians in this Great Nation. There have been countless video footage of law enforcement use of excessive force. On the other end of these cases usually were an African-American male. This causes a concerning in urban America for young black males. As a result the Black Live Matter Movement was born. Yes, I am in agreement, being a black male myself, that black lives do matter. While searching the internet, I came across a story that went against all that we have come to expect when encountered by law enforcement.

While on his way to his office to turn in his weekly paperwork, an African-American male was pulled over by Tuscon Arizona police officers (Roger 2015). The purpose of the stop was due to a broken tail light. There were two officers in the vehicle. He was wearing a hoodie and he was “strapped,” another term for being in possession of a firearm. The male explains how he was respectful to the officer and complied with all orders. The officers disarmed this gentleman, as a precautionary step in this process. After the officer ran a check on the gentleman’s name, registration, and insurance he returned with a surprise. The officer informed the gentleman that due to the way that he conducted himself, they were returning his firearm to him and only gave him a warning.

As we know, this situation could have gone a lot different. This gentleman which I could have been another incident of a justified homicide. The gentleman who I am referencing is Steven Hildreth Jr who serves our country as a member of the National Guard. After his experience, Mr. Hildreth went public to speak about how he appreciated this experience. The gentleman also pointed out that even when suspects are disrespectful, that it should not lead to death. He credits this successful outcome to being respectful with and cooperating with law enforcement. Mr Hildreth has a message that all police are “Not out to get us.”

I appreciate this story and hope that others can use this as an example of how to respond when confronted by law enforcement. I thank Mr. Hildreth for his courage and how well he conducted himself. I also thank the Tuscon, Arizona Police Officers for their professionalism. #BlackLivesMatter #AllLiveMatter

(Roger 2015) Jazmine Denise Roger, Armed motorist’s FB Post About Traffic Stop Goes Viral: “I’m a Black Man Wearing a Hoodie and Strapped.” October 30, 2015 Madame Noire, Retrieved from http://madamenoire.com/595891/armed-motorists-fb-post-about-traffic-stop-goes-viral-im-a-black-man-wearing-a-hoodie-and-strapped/

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