Posts Tagged ‘violence’

A Moment of Clarity

December 12, 2008

By Salim Williams

Growing up I always admired older my brother and took after everything he did. When he was in High School I was in Grammar school and yet he allowed me to hang with him and his friends. They showed me the ropes; taking me around the neighborhood and introducing me to people. Some of the people I met were known troublemakers who our parents usually told us to avoid; but parents are parents and ours always seemed to worry about everything. I later found out my brother and his friends were a part of a well known street gang.

I was the only one in my house who seemed to notice a change in my brother’s behavior. (more…)


Violence in Media

December 11, 2008

By “The Absentees”

Instructor’s note: This was written in response to an in-class group writing assignment. “The Absentees” are a pair of students who were absent on the day the assignment began.

Does the media want us to commit violence? It’s like everywhere we look there is violence being advertised. From violence in television shows to violence even in kid’s video games, violence is what today’s world is based on. Now, you can even hear derogatory songs on the radio; thus, how far will the media take this? (more…)

Violence: Causes and Solutions

December 10, 2008

By Amarachi Ukachu

Instructor’s note: This is a report on a conversation rather than an essay. Students who missed the last class before the Thanksgiving holiday were required to do a make-up assignment wherein they had conversations with two people, one older than themselves and one younger, on the question “What can we do to reduce violence in our communities?” and then write up a report of those conversations. As Amarachi reports here, her initial interview sprawled into a multi-hour, multi-generational conversation with some very interesting conclusions.

This topic was very popular at the dinner table Thanksgiving day. At first I was interviewing my mother then the whole table chipped in. We ended up talking for hours about violence in black communities, violence in school, domestic violence, and violence against homosexuals. They all agreed that the top ten causes of violence are the media, substance abuse, gangs, unemployment, weapons, poverty, peer pressure, broken homes, poor family environment, bad neighborhoods, intolerance, and ignorance.

After we discussed the causes of violence we talked about how to solve the violence in the communities. First we must realize that there is a connection between language and violence. (more…)


December 10, 2008

By “Cleveland California”

Instructor’s Note: “Cleveland California” is a pen name.

The world is changing most people say in a good way but what I see is more people falling into poverty every year. People that used to be middle class are now poor. Most people don’t understand but I live in it. I see people my age who have to resort to illegal activities to feed their families because they’re the only source of income that the family has.

To start off, most people in poverty are born into it. Which means there was nothing they could do about it. To escape poverty you need a good job. These days it takes a high school diploma to work at McDonalds, and it takes a college education to make more than minimum wage. Most times poor families don’t have enough money to put their kids through college. The only way that they can make it is through sports but they have to make it through the streets first. (more…)

Music Is a Lifestyle

December 5, 2008

By Anthony Wise

Instructor’s note: Here, Anthony tries to resolve the great Go-Go versus Baltimore Club music debate.

All around the world there are different types of lifestyles and music within these lifestyles. Music usually is a term of expression for that type of lifestyle. In the United States alone there are many styles of music. Rhythm and Blues, known as R&B, Rap, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Reggaeton, Crunk, Hyphy, Jazz, Rock and Roll and several others. Being raised in the Mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S., I have been exposed to two special genres of music which have left a great impact on my life, Baltimore Club Music and Go-Go. (more…)


December 5, 2008

By “B. Channel”

Instructor’s note: In order to preserve their privacy, some students are electing to publish their work under pseudonyms.

When you wake up in the morning, crawl out of bed, wipe the crust out of your eyes and look into the mirror, what do you see? How do you feel about the image that appears to be your own reflection? How do you think others view that image? Do they see a respectful person, a kind-hearted person? Or is all of what they see negative? How do you what to be remembered? What do you stand for? What are you willing to die for? A wise man once said, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Far too often people who are drawn into negative spaces do so because they are either too feeble minded to make anything positive out of their emotions or just weren’t taught well enough to decipher what would be the right decision when multiple tasks are placed in front of them.

Consider the ex-jock turned stick-up artist, who up until his sophomore year in college lived to play the game of football until his career was cut short by a deadly blindsided hit. (more…)