Can someone please tell me what cell is my brotha John Doe in. I have not seen him for a long time and I wanted to make sure that he is doing okay and has found his passion in life. I once sat on the steps with him when we were all growing up and he told me that he wanted to become a Doctor. His mom lost her job and his dad left home. They came and took him away and the last time I saw him was on my graduation day on the corner doing nothing but just standing there with other friends. John looked like he was begging for some money to purchase him something to eat. I didn’t know if it was him for sure because he looked like he hadn’t shaved for who knows for how long. So I need to know if you have seen this John Doe? Maybe I will check with the prison system and see if his name comes up. Well I did and they told me that there were over 100,000 names or more in their system coming up as John Doe so, they go by numbers now. No names. So because I can’t possibly go over that many names and faces throughout the United States Of America then, they will not be able to locate John Doe for me. I should have approached him when I thought I saw him that day but I just kept on going.
So I know we all have a John Doe story out there of many African American Men and Women that have or gone missing off of our blocks and we don’t know if they are alive or dead someone where.
So what can we do as a society to not just help African Americans but all cultures. Hispanic etc. etc., etc., to not end up like John Doe in prison with just a number. We need to develop a new program for our young men and women where they can go to school and become all they can be. Create learning programs that are interesting. But most of all we need to hire teachers, principals and counselor that care for every young man or lady no matter what color they are to help them. Mentor them. Can you please help me? I have this aching pain and sadness every time I see a bus drive by me where I can’t see the tears, hurt, injuries and pain that has been inflicted upon our young because of the color of their skin. They don’t know why or understand why they are being hated on when they had nothing to do with the culture they were born into.
Wake up? Please wake up and let us all remember that we were all once young and needed guidance. Volunteer more and find a way to help our young or they will not be part of our future because they will be all locked up and the key thrown away.
Thank you for reading this. God Bless you and God Bless all of them today that are in prison and don’t really quite understand how they got their.