This I Believe

Alejandro - Chicago, Illinois
Entered on January 22, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: community, place

I am from the harsh streets of Chicago, where you can’t walk home at night without receiving a crude stare, where if you wear black and blue you’re automatically a “MANIAC” or if you were black and green you’re a “COBRA” Why do we live like this? Aren’t you sickened by what’s going around you? People are killing each other for foolish reasons; young adolescent girls are getting pregnant before they graduate high school. What is this? And why is it only Latinos and Blacks? Why are we only ones that have to go through this? Do you like the way you’re living because I definitely don’t. Why do you gloat about your neighborhood? “Oh, I’m from the killa streets of the Chi.” Why do you say that? Are you proud of your community? Are you proud of the fact that most of us are more likely to go to jail than go to college. Are you proud of the fact that only a small percentage of us are going to succeed in life. Don’t you feel at least a little remorse for your actions? If you do, then why do you keep on doing it? Why do you pray for God to help you through harsh moments if you’re not helping him. Your sinning just like the other pink gang members our there. This is the example you’re living for your family. This is the life you want your little brother to live. You also know that by joining a gang you’re not only putting your life at stake, your also putting your family’s life in danger. So why do you risk it? Your younger brothers and sisters need a role model. So, who are they going to look up to, you? With gangs on the rise, the youths in our community don’t stand a chance. Be a hero to these kids and help them grow up in a positive way. By doing this you’ll become an asset to your community. If you don’t, then who will? I believe that if you set an example, others will follow.