Time To Opt Out Of Crime
There was a recession brewing in the wind.
A veteran businessman saw the telltale signs as he continued to get report
after report, and economic forecast after forecast. Instead of cutting
his costs by laying off his workforce like his competition, he called
his workers together for a brief, but powerful announcement: "Men"
said the businessmen, "I know that a recession is coming our way.
I have decided that this company is not going to participate in it! The
businessman knew that his success--nay, his company's very survival depended
upon the mental attitude of his employees. Not only did the company
survive, but lived on to hire more workers and became more of an asset
to his community.
Time For US To Learn The Same Lesson
Brothers, this is not going to be an easy column to write. I, like
you, continue to watch in awe at the numbers of our young men who have
chosen to get involved with the criminal lifestyle. However, I applaud
those young brothers whom we seldom see on the television news who manage
to opt out of crime, and go on to get their diplomas and degrees, and
head out into the workforce and community with their heads held high.
They made the choice to stay away from crime. And, they continue to reap
the rewards of a jail-free life. If we are honest, many of us know those
on the fringes of the criminal justice system. The man who sells drugs,
or bootleg clothing, hot jewelry, or other ill-gotten gain. Some
of us support these men out of willful ignorance! We need to look them,
straight in the eye, rebuke them, and let them know that, eventually,
if the police don't catch them, other thieves and crooks will.
Brother-to-Brother, we need to urge our
young people to make the decision not to participate in crime, or criminal
activities. We can say NO!