When I was in elementary school we had hall passes and we three boys went to the restroom with it. A teacher caught us out and said to hurry on back to class. The other two boys with me said something back to her that was impolite but, me being the introvert remained quiet. A moment later we were pulled into the principals office and paddled. Now you know my stance on hitting children as punishment. This could have actually lead me to be worse and act out even more but, I chose to choose better friends.
Not everyone has that chance to change their lives by making a better choice. Some may not even know that it exists at all. But, they get judged for it anyway. In poor neighborhoods where few opportunities exist to learn that there can be change, it becomes harder to see because the outside world already has it’s bias set for the youth. “The kid in that neighborhood are all gang-bangers, thugs, or crack babies!” The world says and if the kids in the area only see this than, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Guilty from birth as judged by the world. It doesn’t have to be this way.
We can change the way we see others and we can lend a hand up to pull them out of this situation. But more often than not, people want to do the lazy thing and say those people are, lazy, violent, drug addicted by nature, but that is far from the truth. In the book The Other Wes Moore the author talks about a man who shares his name and came from the same city but his life took a dramatically different turn. One of the things that stands out is that the author had a mentor and a good support system. These programs to mentor youths can go a long way. After the events in Baltimore the city saw a rise in people joining Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor the youth. So, these changes are possible and you don’t have to look down on people because they are different. Volunteer to mentor and help out.