As a youth counselor, I agree with the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. (“Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm,” Web, Sept. 2). Maybe he could have selected another time to say what he did, but his words are true. I urge anybody that disagrees with him to visit a juvenile court and see the lack of male presence among represented parental support. Or how about on any given late night in any inner-city neighborhood? You can see a large number or youth wandering the streets. Why is this, and where are their parents?
All the pastor was saying was that better parenting in the home — maybe with two adults, not one — reduces the chance of our youth being involved in violence and criminal activity.
The current status of the black culture reminds of a drug or alcohol addict who refuses to believe that a problem exists or that changes need to be made in order to survive. We need a “social intervention.”
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