Dear Jacksonville, FL’s Black Community: This Is On Us

We Are the First Line of Defense in Protecting Our Children
Since the beginning on 2018, the 5th  child has been shot in Jacksonville, FL.  Unfortunately, a 7 year old boy,  Tashawn Gallon was shot and killed this past Sunday night after 9 pm while playing in a Durkeeville front yard when someone in an SUV stopped and opened fire. According to Jacksonville’s sheriff—several adults many with criminal histories and gang affiliation were also present in this front yard drinking and smoking marijuana—returned fire. Some of these men are actually refusing to cooperate with police even after this child has died.  Sure, this case likely involves illegal guns but I see an even bigger issue.
We must stop insulting the intelligence of the public by pretending these are random events and that nobody truly knows whose shooting at them or why. People know what they are involved in and they know the risks to both themselves and those around them.  Bottom line, allowing the wrong type of company in and around your home puts your life and that of your family’s in danger. Why any relationship is worth your life or that of your child’s life is beyond me. Let’s stop pretending a balance can be struck between a life of crime and raising children in safe, stable environments.
The black community must take responsibility in the following ways:
Distance yourself from people, including relatives whom are involved in illegal, unseemly activities.  End your emotional and financial dependence on these individuals as well.
Stop cloaking for and enabling criminal behavior. If you see something, say something. It doesn’t get much more simple than this. You or someone you love will eventually become a target of the crime you purposely turn a blind eye to. You can no longer use the excuse you are afraid to report crime with anonymous reporting at your fingertips.
Stop subscribing to the belief you and others around you have no choice but to live a life of crime. Others have turned their lives around and so can you.
If you don’t believe in taking these actions, don’t proclaim to care about the black community or black kids. As a people, we must hold ourselves and one another accountable on this issue. At the end of the day, you aren’t hurting cops when you refuse to cooperate with police. You are hurting your own community  and  continuing to wear the blood of dead black children on your hands.


About TheQuirkyEccentric

The Quirky Eccentric is an author and licensed registered nurse in the state of Florida with over 15 years of experience in multiple areas of the healthcare industry. I received my Associate of Science in Nursing from Florida Community College at Jacksonville and my Bachelor's Degree from Jacksonville University-news/politics junkie, urban, Mama's girl, cat woman, socially lazy, loner, liberal. I firmly believe you can learn something from anybody, I respect people from all walks of life, equality for all. Check out my page on Amazon:
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