This past weekend I watched Brick City, a five-part documentary series about the work that Mayor Cory Booker,other communities groups and individuals are doing to make the city of Newark a thriving city. In one scene ( it was a rather quick scene) there is the little boy, couldn’t be more that 11, who was getting ” beat in” by members of a gang. This, made me scream out in horror. He was a baby being hit by approximately 10 older boys/men. All trying to welcome him into the “family.” I still have flashbacks of what I saw. This is not coming from a place of judgment, about whether a gang is right or wrong ( truth be told, there are a lot of gangs out there. Some gangs are just more socially accepted more that others) but it is the idea of wanting to belong so badly that one would allow a group of people to beat them in. Where is that little boy right now? Has he become hardened already? Is he still alive? What crimes have he committed? Does he feel remorse?
There was so much to celebrate from that documentary, the city is making great strides, but that section still lingers. There was another scence where a principal of the main high school stated to the kids after a shoot out happened in front of their school, “This is not normal.” I think the reason why I cried was the fact that there are a lot of kids, babies, who think that it is.