Here in the Midwest we have a large influx of people of color moving out of the inner cities to try to find a place to raise their children away from the life-threatening crime. Most of them in my town are moms and grandmas and aunts trying to protect the next generation of Black Americans.
It appears to me that many baby daddys, whom these women are trying to separate themselves from trail in their wake bringing their violence along with them.
My neighbors. We've picnicked together, traded recipes, nurtured kids and then "the gangstas" show up and people flee to their homes.
A person was stabbed, thrown in the street and lit on fire, a funeral was disrupted by violent relatives coming to town, drug use is on the rise, panhandling on the streets, gunshots at night. All these things were foreign to my neighborhood before people began seeking refuge here.
I can only speak from personal experience but I have seen firsthand the serious problem that Black people are having with violence and it doesn't bode well for the children. And I've only seen a small bit of what some live with for generations.
I'd like to see Black men, as a group, start staying at home, put their first loyalty to the children they are birthing and provide some stability for their youth. And I'd like to see other Black men start holding their own young men accountable instead of making excuses for them.
Am I prejudiced? Yes. I am prejudiced against anyone, male, female, White, Black who refuses to live a decent life when given the opportunity and who brings his mess into my space.