I can’t even begin to count how many friends, peers, neighbors and strangers I’ve seen die due to violence in South Bend. It only seems to get worse as time goes by. The first thing I hear people say or see people type is ‘South Bend is a dead end, South Bend isn’t safe, I have to get me and my kids out of here.” This comes from the same people who talks crazy on Facebook and act tough in public, but one of your friends die and the first thing you want to do is run? What is running going to do for you? Where will it lead you to? I suggest you help prevent things like this from happening to other innocent people again. Its true it is the police duty to protect us, but they can’t do that with our help. I know that not all cops are good cops, but you never know until you. Right? Violence is a public health issue, because it affects not only the victims, but their family & friends and their community as well. It’s already obvious that gun laws won’t decrease violence because there always seem to be away around them, and if a person wants a gun, they’ll get one- whether they steal it or pay an extremely high price for it. So, the question is where to begin? Those who have pull in the city and is popular can begin it all. They can speak to people, inform them that isn’t route to go. Maybe we can look into a crisis hotline, a number people can call 24/7 when they’re going to something, which may be contemplating murder. Talk to your loved ones, remind them how important life is. There is so much we can do as city to decrease the violence, but we need a place to start, we need a person who wouldn’t mind taking a stand. When it comes to parties and music, everyone is quick to volunteer to make moves, but who can we call on it our time of need? Especially when a lot officers haven’t gained the trust of the public. If no one else will tell you, I will running is for cowards. You can’t run from your past. So stand up and take a chance, you never know, you just may save a life which will save millions of tears and hundreds of broken hearts.
Today (March 14) would have been Albert Einstein’s 135th year of life, but as most people know his life ended in 1955 when he was 76. Born in Germany, Einstein was the scientist who created the Theory of Relativity (1905) and the mass-energy equivalence formula. So let’s wish the man who created difficult formulas and equations such as E=mc(2) a happy birthday!
Let’s end on this quote:
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
Fashion is popular, always has been and always will be. We’ve seen clothes come in style, leave and return, sometimes even less than a decade a later. That’s the fashion life, but how is too old for older men and women (especially the women) to wear a certain attire.
Recently I was doing shopping with my friends and a woman who was probably close to 50 (maybe older) was trying on an outfit at the same time as one my friends. She stared at herself for several minutes in the mirror before turning around asking for my opinion. “How does this look?” Inside I was talking to myself as Mo’Nique did in Phat Girlz when she didn’t want to say the truth aloud. I said nice, but in my head I added if you were celebrating your 21st birthday. She wore daisy dukes, with fishnets and a top exposing almost all of her breast. She also had a tattoo on her cleavage. Is this appropriate? Maybe to her it is, but to others it may not be.
On a separate occasion, I was in kids aisle and there were lace and netted shirts for the young girls. The shirts, in my opinion are too sexy for anyone who haven’t even reached puberty yet – and even then it’s still questionable as to whether it’s appropriate or not. The same thing with leggings, I feel like little girls shouldn’t wear them, in these days, kids bodies mature a lot quicker than they did back in in the day and leggings shows it all and bars none.
I also began questioning my own appearance at one point of time, when I was 20 and a junior in college, I became a substitute teacher. I enjoyed it and I felt like I dressed appropriately until students would walk up to me and talk about they have the same outfit as I do. When this was happening my students thought that they could have friendship with me, not only because I was young, but also because our dressing styles were very similar. As the time went by I completely changed the way I looked when it going into work and I learned the students actually have more respect for you when you look like a teacher instead of their peer.
The way a person dress not only says a lot about your character, but it also plays a role in respect. For example, the woman I seen with the daisy dukes on would most likely get less respect than a woman of her same ethnicity and age with nice slacks and a blouse on. This issue is also big with celebrities who wear skimpy clothes and still dress as if they’re in their early 20s. So, we’re back at the same question again, should certain clothes have an age stipulation? Should we dress a certain way after we hit a certain age?