Sunday, September 30, 2012

This local man has been saying "don't shoot" since 2007

... perhaps if he wrote a book, his community would give him a platform to spread his word. Grassroots movements can make a difference with a community that is suspicious of law enforcement. So what if a person is a little rough around the edges, they still might have something positive to bring to the table. There will be many times that the people who can help the most won't come wrapped up in a perfect, pretty, little package, but as far as this current situation goes... we need ALL HANDS ON DECK.



19 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Sometimes the people who can help, might not come wrapped up in a perfect, pretty, little package, but they still might have something positive to bring to the table."

VOTE FOR RANDALL EMERT!

Emerge Peoria said...

Alexander grew up in Taft; he is a product of District 150; he has several family members still in District 150; his family has been affected by gun violence; his family is well known in the inner city; he is a former gang member; he knows the streets; he is BEGGING to HELP.

Alexander's video "Take the Guns From Your Sons," is right on point, but for some reason, the City went out and got a rapper from some place else (I think Dunlap) to feature on the Don't Shoot website.

The streets are only going to hear certain voices.

Randall said...

"Sometimes the people who can help, might not come wrapped up in a perfect, pretty, little package, but they still might have something positive to bring to the table."

Funny. I was thinking just that.

I admire this guy for making the video and saying the right things but this makes me wonder. Is this a cultural thing in the black community with gun violence? Is that why only certain "voices" will be heard? You object to the city getting someone else from out of the area?

Anonymous said...

Emerge: Please indulge me for a moment.
Soooo, what I am hearing is, unless I have been a gangbanger, thug, drug addict, alcoholic, abuser, or murderer, I shouldn't have any credibility to encourage young people to stay away from that lifestyle? We should all listen to "this guy" because he has been there, done that, lived it? I don't think I need to have a "rap sheet" to TEACH children the rights and wrongs of society. It is common sense and EXPECTED behavior to follow the law that society dictates. You break the law, you pay. I am just struggling with all these "saviors" that pop out of the woodwork, considering they are usually on parole for serious criminal offenses. All this is teaching youngsters is that, well, I can do BAD things when I'm young, and then, everyone will put me on a pedistal when I get out of prison, because I HAVE BEEN THERE. What ever happened to PARENTS teaching their children right from wrong? Why is it necessary that we have all these past criminals that want to save our youth? Just asking.

Emerge Peoria said...

Can people not change?

What exacty is wrong with past criminals wanting to save our youth?

Just asking.

Emerge Peoria said...

Randall...

White folks covet guns too (see the NRA), what do you mean guns being a cultural thing?

Anonymous said...

Emerge, get your head out of the sand. Black youth crime is twice as high as any other race in Peoria. Look at the statistics. Don't jump on a white person because you don't want to hear the truth. Oh, I will tell you whats wrong with criminals trying to HELP our youth. It proliferates the behavior by saying "I was once a punk and look what it got me". Three squares, a bed, no job, no child support, thenget out of jail and become a street preacher with a message...

Anonymous said...

If anyone really knew this man, they wouldn't doubt his passion in what he does. Granted, he had prior affiliation with a gang, but coming from the Taft will instill that in most of the adolescent teens. That is a part of his life that was left behind many years ago. Mike has a mission to educate young people on what "REALLY" happens. He is a warrior who was trained in the midst of the battle! Remember, when you know better, you do better. And, I would believe Mike himself would argue that everyone is capable of influenincing youth to do the right thing. Not everyone is willing though. If EVERYONE did the right thing for the young people of this city, and many more: we wouldn't have this problem.

So instead of jumping on him for doing something, why don't you explain what you have done in the community to influence youth to do the right thing...and not just your own kids...it won't go away buy just saying it's the parents problem.

Anonymous said...

And even though he may have had a gang affiliation years ago, Mike does not have a rap sheet, arrests, or any other crimes.

Anonymous said...

Come on People!!! Let's talk solutions. Quit the boring blame game and take action. All children learn different ways. Why not have different ways of approaching them?

Randall said...

Emerge: I have no problem with this man's message nor do I have a problem with the city of Peoria going all the way to Dunlap (as you put it) to find someone else with the same message. Whys is one more important than the other? That is why I asked about the culture thing. Yes whites love their guns and gun racks in their pickups and rich white kids stealing their dad's guns and shooting schools up. I am talking about here, in Peoria, where evry day I see a black face in the paper either charged with a crime, accused of shooting someone or dead from being shot. Truthfully, these crimes are far and few in all white communities. So, what is with the black culture, be it music, conditions, whatever that we have to see another person killed and usually black on black crime. I want to understand so maybe I or somebody can come up with a real idea on how to stop this.

Dennis in Peoria said...

Here are 5 African-American men and 1 African-American woman who are not on welfare, don't belong in gangs or deal drugs. In fact, they create jobs..not just minimum wage jobs either. They take their business very seriously.
Check out the latest CAPtions edition:

http://youtu.be/VaS7WMGxZTs

Randall said...

Thanks Dennis.

Another question from this statement: "Grassroots movements can make a difference with a community that is suspicious of law enforcement."

Why is this community suspicious of law enforcement? I haven't heard this and in fact all I have heard is there needs to be more police. Is this community not one? There is no reason in Peoria that I can see that people should fear or be suspicious of the police.

Anonymous said...

As someone who grew up in the Harrison, oh and I am white. This pattern of black on black wasn't what it is today. I remember getting "jumped" on the way home from Manual. What did I learn from that? I didn't like being beat up because of my color. I do not know what the answer is, but, we have got to try something different. I personally like what I saw with Mr. Alexander. He had enough and now he is trying to change what he sees. For about the last 6 years there has been approximately two murders a month in Peoria, most black on black. It is partly the "thug life" in music and media, and does any one think that most of these kids grow up expecting to die young or go to prison? It becomes a self-fullfilling destiny. Some of these young men have been raped by their relatives, when I worked in the school district I was always amazed when teachers would think, why are these kids so upset when they just had Christmas vacation. Duh!. Some had to deal with nothing for Christmas, and if there was abuse in the family, it usually intensifies at holidays ( I know this from personal experience). I am sick of the killing, like the young man in the video said, it is like a war zone. I have no good advice. I know that the prayer sessions after wards dosen't seem to help. Since the stop shooting came, nothing seems different. As as far as the Police captain...remember it was 168 shooting in one year where he drew the line.

Emerge Peoria said...

Without going into the history of police relations in the black community (not just Peoria), let me just remind you of a few of the reasons why the black community may be suspicious of police: walking while black, driving while black (I can personally attest to several unnecessary stops of myself and family members); racial profiling; stop and frisk... need I go on?

Randall said...

Ok granted, that happens. So by community, you mean the black community? I can't relate but still, when you yourself was stopped, were the police threatening? And yes, people are humans and when people see blacks arrested every day in the paper or blacks killed, and when a group of black kids stands in the streets and bangs on cars and yells at drivers, people tend to lump. So every group of black kids is up to no good and every black male is a possible shooter or robber. This doesn't happen with whites so much and I really don't understand why other than when people are conditioned over and over, perceptions prevail. I guess if white red headed males started shooting and robbing, people would soon fear white red headed males???

Dennis in Peoria said...

The problem is perception. You could see 3-4 Black males walking down a sidewalk, dressed nicely, no urban gear, who are coming home from a Mid-Week church activity. But you don't know that.

Across the street, you see 3-4 white males walking down almost middle of street, wearing T-shirts with slogans or whatever, holes in jeans, jeans perhaps sagging, baseball caps on sideways or backwards (yes, I have seen white males wearing urban) This group is just hanging out, not doing much, might be looking to cause trouble. But you don't know that.

Which group of males would you try to avoid if walking on same street?

Anonymous said...

How does someone contact Mr. Alexander to see if he could do a speaking engagement?

Anonymous said...

Call him at 309-889-6478