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Failing black youth

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

When I served in the military, I served with men (and some women) of all races, religions and colors. They were all honorable, decent Americans.

As a nation, we have ill-served our African-American male youths. Their parents, schools, religions and “community leaders” have failed them in every way. Over two thirds of African-American children are born out of wedlock. This leaves young men with no fathers present to guide and discipline them so they can become good citizens.

The entertainment industry — for its own profit — promotes “thuggism” and terrible behavior, leading to drug and alcohol abuse and criminality. The drug war promotes gang warfare, which leads young, male African-Americans to become recruits for the gangs out of a need for income and attachments to a “family.”

Everyone, all of us, must speak to these problems or we will create a larger underclass of uneducated, unemployable “thuggees” who will never come out of the downward spiral we have sent them on. It’s time for all decent Americans, of all races and creeds, to stand together and demand our youth to act decently and achieve the high standards of education and behavior expected of a citizen of the greatest nation on earth.

Stand your ground, America!

Thomas J. Evans
Long Island City

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