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'They' Aren't the Crime Problem

Monday, 14 May 2001 12:00 AM

Before you pluck the feathers of the Black Eagle, I should tell you Tim Wise is white. He thinks Americans should rethink their stereotypes of "who the dangerous one are.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, and Department of Health and Human Services, white high school children are seven times more likely than blacks to have used cocaine, eight times more likely to have smoked crack, 10 times more likely to have used LSD and seven times more likely to have used heroin. In fact, more white high school students have used crystal methamphetamine (which is more addictive than crack) than there are black students who smoke cigarettes.

The media also ignore the recent government reports that show white youths ages 12-17 are more likely to sell drugs: 34 percent more likely than their black counterparts. And white youth are twice as likely to binge drink, nearly twice as likely as black youth to drive drunk. And this is the "killer” (excuse me for the choice of words): White males are twice as likely to bring a weapon to school as are black males.

The problem is that, with 24-hour news programs and services, I agree with Tim Wise that most of us have never heard those statistics listed above. But we are always challenging the black community about "black-on-black crime.” The media have lulled some Americans into a false sense of security. The problem of crime is not in the neighborhoods across town with "them”; it is with "us.” That fact may save your life.

Some "home charters” say they are rebelling against megachurches, multimedia Bible studies, and Sunday services as choreographed as Broadway musicals. Michael Wroblewski, who started a house church in Portsmouth, R.I., where he is a mechanical engineer for the Navy, said, "You need to be interactive with the other believers, not just staring at the back of someone’s head listening to single pastor speak.”

And what do the neighbors think about "house churches”? The same as they do about conventional churches: too much noise, traffic and parking problems. Some local governments are trying to use zoning laws to bar house church meetings. I wonder what would have happen if the health inspector had shown up at the Last Supper or the Sermon on the Mount?

Last Mother’s Day, kids as an art project made cards for their mothers (they decorated soup cans for their dads to use as pen holders on Father’s Day). But this year Mother’s Day has been banned at the school for kids ages 4 and older. Why? Because some parents at this pricey Manhattan private school are in an uproar over a new policy aimed at protecting the feelings of children reared by same-sex couples.

The letter attached to little darlings book bags read in part: "I am writing this letter to inform you that after much thought and discussion this past year, we will not be celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. At this time, these holidays are not needed to enhance our writing and arts programs …”

Has the director of the school ever been to a card shop on or before Mother’s Day? Despite the arrangement at home, the last time I checked it took a man and a woman to make a child. Somewhere in the world there is a mother for each of these children who should be honored.

1. Don’t miss the boat.

2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.

3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

5. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

6. Build your future on high ground.

7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with cheetahs.

9. When you’re stressed, float a while.

10. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there is always a rainbow waiting.

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