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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Congress in the 'Hood
the break in a recent seminar I asked a woman who had an obviously Northern
accent how she ended up in Rockingham, NC.
had a pretty quick tale about her mother living in Rockingham and when her
mother got sick the woman moved down to take care of mom.
conversation turned interesting when she started talking about how much her
grandchildren, who live in New York City with their mothers, love to visit her.
they get on my nerves I just tell them, ‘Go outside and play!,” she said. “And
at first my daughters were horrified! They’d say, ‘Mom, you can’t send those
children outside, it’s not safe!!”
told me that in the area of New York in which her daughters and their children
live the kids can’t go outside because they might catch a stray bullet.
know, we read about and hear about that
stuff all the time but until a real, live person is standing in front of you
telling you it’s hard to believe it happens in the same country a lot of the
rest of us live in.
some of those shooters are riding up and down the I-95 and I-85 drug corridors every
day. If you don’t believe me ask the sheriffs and the highway patrol who have
to police those highways.
not trying to add to the paranoia the local and national news creates, but let’s
be honest, most of us are luckier than we know. We don’t live in environments
that are dangerous every day.
I consider the challenges many of our fellow-citizens face and then think about
the people in Washington who are supposed to be making decisions…here’s what I
think: Let’s bus the members of Congress to the areas of New York, Chicago,
Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and some of the other cities where
children are afraid to walk the streets. Let’s let those folks spend a few
nights in some of the more “challenging” areas. Let’em walk the streets after
dark. Let’s take their IDs and give’em $3 and drop’em off on a corner at
results would be two-fold: If we video them it would be the best reality show
EVER! and, after a lot of them came out of therapy, you wouldn’t see them
hiding in their offices when it was time for decisions to be made.