Do any of you know of any programs, volunteer organizations, etc. that are focused on education and alternatives to violence for Black Youth in the local area? I feel that Flatbush is becoming my "home" after two years now, and a renewal of my lease for another two years, and what happens here means something to me, my friends, and any sense of community.
It gets really upsetting that there is SO MUCH violence in the Black Ghetto. And it's not about poverty and oppression and lack of options because I've lived in every ghetto across NYC and it's only in the Black ghetto that this kind of violence is taken for granted, is so constant and random.
This week's report of shootings and deaths has been really upsetting.
I think a total of 9+ people have died in just the past few days, including the heart-breaking report of the mother shot in front of her children; all from among Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and Flatbush 'hoods. Most are Black on Black crimes and related to drugs, theft, or "accidental" shootings.
It's just so overwhelming to live within a culture that is so self-destructive and implosive... there has to be something we, as a community, can do to help redirect all of this?