Since beginning school this year my time has not been my own. I am inundated with work that leaves me little time for lifes little pleasures, like reading the paper online. When I do click over however and read about another spate of shootings I sometimes wish I hadn’t bothered. I absolutely hate the way violence is eating away my mental construct of home and even more so it hurts my heart to not be in a position to do anything about it. I then look at those who are in positions to do something and I continue to be disappointed.
I had my hopes up for the Young Black Male study. I thought it was going to address the issue of person’s who were involved in problematic behavior. This is not saying that the report was bad or not useful I was just expecting somthing else. Ok, not then, surely something would come up in the Throne Speech I mean there has to be something on the agenda for the upcoming year. Suprisingly and sadly, I was wrong again. The silence on the problems of gangs in Bermuda is deafening.
Gang violence is a very real and ongoing problem in Bermuda but yet there has been no real effort from the leaders of Bermuda to get to the root of the problem. They barely acknowledge they exist and from where I’m sitting it seems like its only becuase they were forced to with the appearance of gun violence. Maybe they’re hoping that all the gun carriers will kill each other and they won’t have to deal with it. Who knows? What I do know is that the context that created and caused the rise in gun/gang violence has not changed and as such more persons will be indoctrinated into a way of life that is detrimental to self and the people of Bermuda. If we do not address the factors social, educational, psychological and economic then we will continue to see acts of violence in increasing fashion.
I wonder how long it will take the government to act in ways outside of the obvious. Being punitive simply is not effective. You take one person off the street someone else will take their place. Besides in order to put people in jail you would most likely need people to work with the police and I don’t see that happening until after that watershed moment when the people are pushed too far by some heinous act. I think we need to stop seeing this subset of society as a problem and start seeing them for who they are. Young people. Human beings. Persons to talk to and not simply about. You catch more flies with honey and all that. Some may think I’m naive or out in left field somewhere but to them I say this: You got a better idea?