In my opinion, it’s because they are daily bombarded with images and messages that reinforce the idea that if you are black or latino, you are destined to be in a gang, sell drugs, live in poverty and go to jail; while true success belongs to White-Americans.
Though we’ve come a very long way since the time of slavery; and many strides have been made to raise the standard of living and quality of life for us….there’s still the pervasive elements of racism and social classism that doggedly remain intact in our society….in societies around the world even.
They say (still don’t know who “they” is) that America is 85% Christian….I can’t tell. The “Christian” title is the very reason I will only call myself a “Believer” or Follower of Christ….because “Christian” doesn’t paint a true picture of us. There’s too many “Christians” who are only nominally Christian and the true character of Christ is not seen.
The child in this picture represent’s children everywhere who’s hopes and dreams have been stolen because of a world that “still” places value on certain members of society.
We can change that if we really want to….How?, by taking the initiative in your home, your neighborhood and your community to make sure that everyone, starting at birth has a chance live their dream; that every family is taken care of without trying to place blame on the parents who have “failed” because much of the blame for their failure lies with the society that created the roadblocks to success in the first place.
If any of us is ever to know the “Joy” that everyone seeks…it won’t come until we all become our brothers keepers. In the O.T. (Torah) and the N.T. we are told:
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:10-12 (in Context) Deuteronomy 15 (Whole Chapter)
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.
So we should not despise poor people, we should help them; we should be especially sensitive to minority boys and young men who are so discounted and discredited in a society that has taken away their dreams and desires and counted them as “worthless” before they even enter school. Yet, the same society demands that they live up to certain standard that it has deemed acceptable.
What we’re really talking about here….especially for people who claim to be Christians….is an issue of Truth and Love.
Minister Glenda Jackson
Father Yahweh, you created man in your image and likeness and sent your precious Son Yeshua to teach us how to walk in Truth and Love. We have not attained the Love part because we do not fully walk in Truth…and we cannot have one without the other. Help us to be the overcomers that you created us to be, so that we can be the light that this dark world needs. There are children everywhere living in poverty, and hopelessness that we need to take under our wings and show them the Love of Christ….and not only to the children, but their entire families. Father open our eyes so that we can see their need and open our hearts so that we can meet their needs. I ask this and all things in the Name of Yeshua HaMaschiach…Amen.