There are many spectacular places to visit in Atlanta, but there is one place that completely touches your soul: the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center. It’s a place that takes you back to a time when America was full of open and blatant racism and discrimination and the struggle of African Americans to fight back stragetically without violence.
Activities include a 30 minute video of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Walking out of the short film I felt very proud and sad at the same time because we have come so far from the Whites Only signs and lynchings, but we have not made it to the mountain top. Our people are now selling and using drugs, killing each other over drugs, prostitutig, listening to music that glorifies that lifestyle or ignoring the ghettos as if they never existed in the first player. We also still deal with racism and discrimination, but now it is more discrete and hidden.
John Myers of Mableton, Georgia lived during the Civil Rights era said that he went to an integrated school during the Civil Rights era and said that living during that time was very rough for him. “I was always fighting to defend myself,” he said. “And I ended up dropping out.”
We need to take the example of Martin Luther King Jr. and apply it to the 21st century. because the inner city needs help. Several billion dollars would definitely be the ticket to cleaning it up. Poverty, crime, unemployment, prostitution, drugs, murder and homelessness must be addressed head on if we are to ever see real change.
To tackle these issues at once, a place must be created to serve as a solution… a compound. Atlanta would be the perfect place to create a “blue print module.” Each center would focus on each issue: Job Training and Placement, Mentoring, History, Spirituality, Rehabilitation, Counseling, Health & Fitness, Housing and Business Development.
One inner city would serve as the blue print. Once progress is proven, every inner city would be attacked. America would be revived. Unemployment, crime, drugs and poverty would drop dramatically. We would see a calmer, easier time once we cleaned up our ghettos.
“The Hood” has been around long enough and by the look of things, isn’t going anywhere unless we get rid of it ourselves. Many are probably asking, “But what is a ghetto anyway?” A ghetto is an impoverished, desolate place due to lack of jobs, crime, discrimination, poor schools and lack of opportunity.
Job Training & Placement
Let’s face it. The educational system in the inner city is a joke. We could be here forever if we were to point the finger at who is to blame. But the fact remains, many youth in the ghettos are falling through the cracks and are becoming a victim to their environment. That’s why Job Training & Placement is such a critical factor in achieving a real eradication of the inner city. We have to find what interests the youth and help them achieve their goals before they become a statistic.
History & Spirituality
Many will not admit it, but racism and discrimination do exist in America. And no one knows that fact better than those who live in the ghetto. The direct result of this issue is the lack of knowledge of our real heritage and history. This in effect creates ignorant people who are only focused on materialism and doing whatever it takes to get money, even if that means robbing, killing or selling their bodies or drugs on the streets. Educating the people on who we were before slavery will awaken the “sleeping giants.”
Health & Fitness
Obesity, heart disease and many other health issues are plaguing the ghetto this very minute. And it is up to us to teach healthy nutrition and fitness to break this vicious cycle.
Living in the inner city can definitely be a traumatizing nightmare for many. Murder, crime, drug use and prostitution can have long term psychological effects on the people of the ghetto and therapy is a necessary step to recovery.
To fully fix the inner city, drug use must be undertaken. It has been around for decades now. And many people in the ghetto have been on drugs for the entire time. The center would serve as the real opportunity to get and stay clean.
Homelessness is a huge issue in the hood. The economy and unemployment are to blame. In order for the compound to truly be successful, the participants must be able to focus. And that cannot be done if they are worried about where they will live.
To truly stimulate the economy, unemployment must go down. Jobs must be created to reduce this extremely high number. Helping those in the inner city create businesses will reduce crime and poverty. Win, win all around.