WHAT CAN BE DONE: SOLUTION DRIVEN IDEAS

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WHAT CAN BE DONE: SOLUTION DRIVEN IDEAS

A COMMENTARY

In the wake of the Grand Jury’s “no indictment” decisions in countless, unjustified killings, people around the world are left with exhausted bodies, stifled voices and the inability to breathe. What must be done in order for all human lives to matter? Some of the questions that plague the minds of many, is when, if ever, will the criminal justice system protect those who cannot protect themselves and who are often subjected to aggressive policing and the powers of the government? When will those in authority be held responsible for their actions? How many people must lose their lives due to unwarranted force? When will justice be served? Although these questions are valid, they simply may be rhetorical riddles with no viable answers. Perhaps, if we can answer one question, we can find the answer to the questions mentioned above. What can be done? This commentary was not written with the intention to destroy the credibility of law enforcement; to express disgust for the criminal justice system or to encourage riots. Nor was it written to diminish the suffering of the families, the communities or the nation. This commentary moves beyond blaming and any apparent race issues. This commentary even avoids the reasoning’s of the Grand Jury. Also, this commentary moves past the warranted protesting around the nation. This commentary is intended to clear our minds momentarily, in order to find a long-term solution to an on-going problem we have been facing for centuries. This commentary is therefore, solution driven. We know immediate satisfaction is expected; however, the following are just a few suggestions that may render positive results in the long run.

Solutions:

1. Seek post-secondary education: research reveals higher education leads to better decision-making.*

2. Choose majors that matter socially such as criminal justice, political science, health and human services and the law: Obtaining degrees in these academic areas will allow you to place yourself in positions that will allow you to participate in law and policy-making, court processes and public advocacy.

3. Encourage the youth to continue their education: For they will inherent a society in need of fairness and accountability.

4. Excel in your studies: Learn how a law or policy is implemented and the stakeholders who have a direct interest. We then become better prepared to influence policies and laws.

5. Never neglect the power of your vote: Vote in not only the Presidential election but in all elections, can help elect those who share your views and can address your concerns.

DeShunda S. Brown-Boulcher

December 4, 2014

* Philip Oreopoulis and Kjell G. Salvanes, “How Large are Returns to Schooling? Hint: Money Isn’t Everything,”

NBER Working Paper 15339, 2009

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IS THAT MY LINE?

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IS THAT MY LINE

 

 AS I LAY HERE TONIGHT

NOT SPARING MY FINGERS FROM THE PAINFUL BITE,

 I QUESTION MYSELF; WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?  ARE YOU REALLY GONNA RISK IT ALL?

ARE YOU REALLY GONNA CHANCE THE FALL?

 ARE YOU GONNA BE OK WHEN THE SUN RISES? OR WILL YOU BE BLINDED BY THE TEARS IN YOUR EYES? AND

 WILL YOU BE ABLE TO CATCH YOUR BREATH IN BETWEEN THE WORRY AND FRET?

IS THERE ANYONE YOU CAN CALL TO GET YOU OUT OF THIS MESS?

 PARTNERS IN CRIME, DOING THE SAME TIME, BOTH WONDERING IF THAT SHOULD BE MY LINE.

 BUT I DISMISSED IT, NOW YOU WON’T MISS IT, AND WE BOTH SHOULD NOT EVEN BE DOING THIS SHIT.

 THE HAND MOVES IN IT’S 360 DEGREE, HANGING THERE, THINKING WITH ME.

(TIME IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TELL TIME)

 SHOULD I BE THE ONE WHO ASK, DEMAND, SUGGEST, INSIST?

SHOULD THAT LINE COME FROM MY LIPS?

 WHAT WILL BE IF I JUST CALLED IT QUITS? WILL IT BE THE VERY END OF ME?:

WILL I EVER BE HAPPY?  OR WILL I FOREVER BE LONELY?

 IF I SAY WAIT! HOLD ON, GIVE ME A MINUTE, STOP I GOTTA GO GET SOMETHING,

I DON’T WANT TO FORGET IT.

WILL YOU HAVE A KNIPTION FIT?

 I SEE ALL OF THE THINGS GOING ON IN THIS DAY AND TIME, SO I AM NOT BLIND,

BUT STILL IM UNSURE IF THAT SHOULD BE MY LINE.

 IS MY PLATE THAT FULL, THAT I CAN’T BE RESPONSIBLE?

AM I PREPARED TO DEAL WITH ONE OR TWO?

 OR AM I FRIGHTEN BY THE VERY THOUGHT,

THAT I WONT LIKE WHAT MY MOUTH BROUGHT?

 THE CLOCK CHIMES, EVERYTHING WAS GOING FINE,

UNTIL I STARTED TO WONDER….  IS THAT IS MY LINE.

 IF I DON’T SAY A THING,

WHAT KIND OF DAY WILL IT BRING?

 WILL IT BE FULL OF SUNSHINE, OR CLOUDS?

OR WILL EVERYDAY BE RAINY, JUST BECAUSE I DIDN’T THINK OUT LOUD?

 MY HEART IS BEATING FAST,

BUT THEY SAY ALL THAT WILL PASS.

 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS! ABOUT LOOSE LIPS SINKING SHIPS,

NEXT TO GOD, NO ONE IS ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS

 THANK GOD I WAS THINKING, I ALMOST LOST MY MIND,

YOU DAMN RIGHT, THAT SHOULD BE MY LINE.

 I SAID IT, I SAID IT,

AND I DON’T EVEN REGRET IT.

 IT SPILLED OUT LIKE WATER FROM A CUP,

BUT IT WILL BE OK AS LONG AS YOU WRAP IT UP.

 WHAT WAS THAT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN WITH THAT ON,

 IT WONT BE NO CONTACT?

 YOU WANNA DO WHO? DID I HEAR YOU CORRECTLY BOO?

YOU WANNA PUT IT IN FOR JUST A MINUTE OR TWO?

 I DON’T THINK THAT WILL BE POSSIBLE, EVEN IF YOU LOVE ME,

JUST AS MUCH AS I LOVE YOU,

 I HAVE MY WHOLE LIFE TO LOOK FORWARD TO,

BUT FROM THE LOOKS OF THINGS, YOU DON’T HAVE A CLUE.

 BECAUSE YOU WON’T USE IT NOW, LETS ME KNOW YOU NEVER USED IT BEFORE,

SO NOW IT’S TIME FOR ME TO BE LOOKING AT THE FRONT DOOR.

 PLEASURE! PLEASURE!  I JUST WALK OUT ON PLEASURE

 CAUSE NO PLEASURE IS WORTH MY LIFE,

PLEASURE WONT MAKE ME FLY AWAY LIKE A KITE.

(without a string if you know what I mean!)

 TAKE THE TIME TO THINK, AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES AT LIFE,

EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT YOU WILL BE LONELY TONIGHT.

 BECAUSE PLEASURE IS FINE, BUT IT’S NOT WORTH THE TIME,

SO I GIVE TO YOU, A NEW MEANING OF THE QUESTION

IS THAT MY LINE?

Written by DeShunda S. Brown-6/14/2000