“PEACE IN THE STREETS”
AUGUST 13, 2016
“They came from all over the Village of Hempstead, over 200 strong; they had no agenda, they just want”
Like the Greek plays of antiquity, like a Shakespearian tragic play, African-Americans are on a course that can only be described as fratricide, the self-genocide of their own brothers and sisters. One may say this fatalistic perspective is a little extreme, but the facts speak for themselves; Black-on-Black crime is decimating communities of color. The murder-homicide of African-American men is almost exclusively committed by one brother or sister against another.
The preponderance of violence crimes in minority communities is, in most cases, committed by the very members of that same community. The devastation of the illegal drug market is operated by, and sole to, members of the same community. Yes, the argument can be made that the fatal shootings of unarmed African-American men by White police officers are racially motivated, but that’s a small fraction of Black homicides in minority communities. The bulk of Black homicides are committed against “US by US.” But the clarion call has gone out; there must be “PEACE IN THE STREETS.”
Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad has stepped up to take on the mantle to call for “PEACE IN THE STREETS.” He is advocating that people of color stop killing each other. Mr. Muhammad has initiated a three-prone approach to reducing crime and violence in minority communities:
Make our community a decent and safe place to live
We need 10,000 fearless trained in conflict resolution to help stop the beefs in our community
We must stop the killing of US by US
To facilitate these initiatives Student Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad is advocating the creation of a “Conflict Resolution Center” to be located in the heart of the community.