Streets of Death Inside the Black Community

9780805946130: Streets of Death Inside the Black Community
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When searching for a solution for a recurring problem, it's natural to look for the outside factors which are causing it. But time and again we must be reminded that instead, when faced with a dilemma, one should look within for the solution. Disheartened and ulitmately frustrated with the rising number of deaths he has been seeing among black youths, Norman V. Colbert took a moment to reflect on the roots of the problem. Rather than looking to those varied outside influences and familiar racial issues, Colbert looked to other sources and found that the roots to the problem may indeed lie among the people most affected, people creating their own "Streets of Death inside the Black Community."

Colbert hopes to enlighten his fellow African-Americans to the need for change both within their belief systems and within their neighborhoods. Through the studies and proposals he puts forth here, Colbert reveals the common mindsets and historical factors that contribute to the current environment. Hoping to guide youths away from the lure of money and drugs and the dangers of drive-by shootings, he seeks to rebuild the community from the youth up. Colbert provides the foundation for this innovative solution by outlining the basic structure of a system dedicated to retraining and manageable starting point for the eventual creation of a stable community.

We all hope to play a significant role in making the world a better place to live, and Colbert is doing his part to achieve this improvement. As you read "Streets of Death inside the Black Community," consider the stance you currently take, the role you can play, and then take action.

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Norman V. Colbert was motivated to create "Streets of Death inside the Black Community" by his own life in a community in which he sees children depriving themselves of life itself. "This book is written with the intention of helping to stop the killings in the black, African-American community. Our children have to stop the senseless killing of each other."

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, resident for more than forty years, Colbert has four children: Jamal, Jacquet, Jabbar, and Jamia. In addition to his active involvement in the Shadyside Boys and Girls Club and the Pittsburgh Urban League, he also devotes his time to freshwater fishing; serving as a referee and an umpire for basketball and baseball games; and helping the black, African-American community to survive.

A single father himself, Colbert's advice to others is to "Start with parenting, be a mother or father to your children, and we won't have this problem. The chldren need their parents to love them so that they may learn how to love and respect life so they may live."

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