Monday, February 18, 2013

First Look: Blackboard Wars - Oprah Winfrey Network



Food for thought: What is happening to our children?  What is going on in their homes or neighborhoods that is making them want to take their violent behavior to school?  

As a 20 year military veteran I made personal sacrifices throughout my Navy career, one was deciding to never have children.  For the past 2 years, since returning back to my home town near Atlanta, I've been reaching out to so many of our young children, "just to see where there head is at."  Believe it our not, I'm even encouraging them to join the military, despite my own personal shortcomings, the military helped to raise me into the woman I am today.  

I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth and neither are any of these kids in this video.  Whether you are an auntie (like myself), close friend to the family, church member or just someone who cares about America's future, reach out to a child because they are our future!

All it takes is for you to provide them a listening ear and I guarantee you, you'll see magic in their eyes and you'll feel magic in your heart.  Most of these children just need love from someone they know truly cares!

Together we can help our children by helping them avoid some of the stereotypes outlined in my poem, "Take Back Our Children".  By helping them, we are also helping ourselves, our schools  and our communities. 



Take Back Our Children
©2012 Syneeda Penland

How do we Take Back Our Children?
I ask myself this question,
each time I hear a news story talkin’ bout…
“A young black boy or girl gettin’ shot.”

How do we Take Back Our Children?
I ask myself this question,
each time I hear a young black mother
tellin’ her daughter,
who’s less than five years old,
“Go head baby gurl,
that’s right!
Do it like ya’ moma…
‘Drop it like it’s hot!”

How do we Take Back Our Children?
I ask myself this question,
each time I hear a new rap song
Playin’ on the radio,
talkin’ bout…
“Clockin’!
Droppin’ dollars
or pimpin’ hoes.”

How do we Take Back Our Children?
I ask myself this question,
each time I hear a young black woman
talkin’ ‘bout…
“Gettin’ her hair and her nails done
before goin’ clubin’, 
to look for a new man
to buy her some mo’
tight-fittin’ clothes.”

How do we Take Back Our Children?
I ask myself this question,
each time I hear a new statistic
on the news or the internet,
talkin’ bout…
“Black on black crime,
or young black children
growing up without their parents;
being raised by other family members
or forced to live in a foster home
or in the streets
‘cause their mom or dad is dead,
addicted to drugs,
or in prison - doin’ time.”

How do we Take Back Our Children?
We take back our children,
by Taking Back Our Communities!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Syneeda I couldn't agree with you more, there is too much violence in our schools.