Neglect of young males beginning to haunt us

Neglect of young males beginning to haunt us

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img Photo credit: christianaid.org.ukAn educational official and former principal of a secondary school believes and is supported by an Antiguan sociologist that the neglect of young people, especially males is beginning to “haunt” us.Featured speaker at a recent Symposium on Violence organized by the local chapter of the Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Simeon Joseph announced on Friday that the level of crime and violence in Dominica has “struck epidemic proportions” thus a major cause for “alarm”.Joseph told the Symposium that instead of castigating those who exhibit violent and unacceptable behavior; society need to care for them and “shepherd them back to the fold”. He believes that society’s marginalization of the youth particularly young males is itself a form of violence.“How often are our well trained young males turned down from employment because they are too young and inexperienced and does not have someone to as they say pull a string or simply because they are male. Isn’t this violence?”Joseph quoted an Antiguan sociologist Dr. Arkia Goy who said; “Our concern should not be how will violence affect our Caribbean economies which are heavily dependent on tourism, but our almost benign neglect of our youth; especially our males has begun to haunt us and if immediate action is not taken now to correct the socialization of our young males then we will see daily occurrences of the very things we fear the most”.He further submitted that “violence is not a new phenomenon in Dominica” as it has been part of the history of the island including the “genocide of our indigenous people, the violence of slavery and indentorship, piracy and privatarian, rape, pillage and plunder and the imposition of structures and institutions un-sympathetic and un-friendly to the needs of the majority of the population have determined to a large extent the psychological make-up and the outlook of our Caribbean peoples”. He also reminded the audience of the “famous, unresolved Carnival fires of 1963 when stones, firebombs and the destruction of personal homes and businesses were the order of the day during the May 29th riots which historically we have since termed as constitutional therefore by extension making it lawful and legitimate”. These young men who were involved in those fires and riots which occurred over 3 decades ago he noted “are the parents of today who enter our schools and cuss our principals and teachers and who by extension are the parents of the young males today”. He proposed to the symposium that merely sitting and discussing violence would be a futile venture if there isn’t an examination into who the “real perpetrators, what are their reasons for violence and how arbitrary are these actions,” stating that adequate measures have not been taken to “understand the context or world of the violent ones in our midst”.Joseph also made reference to the recent meetings which government officials have been conducting around the island to discuss concerns with member of the public regarding crime and violence.“I do not think that we have sufficiently sought to understand the context or world of the violent ones in our midst. If we are to make any progress in treating this scourge in our society then the background and world of our lost brothers have to be understood and investigated. I would like to politely suggest that instead of meeting to talk about the violent ones, we meet and talk with the violent ones…Stop talking about them, start talking with them”.Dominica Vibes News 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews Neglect of young males beginning to haunt us by: – April 23, 2012last_img

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