So the Looting and the Rioting was just young people? Young thugs? disillusioned youth?
NO of cause it was not. Every age and every race was rioting and looting. Let's not forget that the majority of young people are beautiful examples of young, creative, energetic people. We know that many were upset and not in support of what has happened in the past week.
To be honest with you the events have been very depressing.
Especially when you hear and listen to the voice of those who WERE looting for a cause.
Oh it's no excuse I hear you say! Now before I go further I am NOT speaking of the few anarcist who strategically started the fires. I can't speak for them.
But I can speak for the young people who are angry and upset with the situation they are in.
Many feel isolated from the world of opportunities and possibilities.
Many feel like society is setting them up for failure
Many feel like there is no point in even trying to succeed, even though they keep trying
Many feel like they are on their own their with no one to understand their grievences
Many feel like the system has 'set them up' and they don't know how to get out of the maze
Let me move on for a second to speak of the solidarity of the generations within a family.
Many elders were sickened by the events of the riots; and had lost so much faith in their children or grand children that they did not come to defend their youngers from the false reports from the news broadcasts. Some elders fell prey to the media. It's sad really.
There's one thing I will take from the event's of the past week.
I will always believe in my children. Regardless of the negative situations they will go through, I will Love them enough to be able to see and recognise changes in their behaviours, moods and eye's. And give them the time to talk and reason about 'anything and everything'.
I will love them enough to stand up to those teachers, schools, authorities and the mass media that thrive from bullying young people. In a professional and balanced way of course.
I will also teach my children the more appropriate way to use their voice. It's a God Given Gift, that if abused and not used, can be muted forever. I wish for my children to be able to say mum 'I'm angry because this has happened or because you said that to me mum'. Instead of holding it inside and only letting the anger out when its too late and has the strength of a volcano.
Darcus Howe explained everything perfectly on BBC News on 9th August. He said that if we truley listened and heard what our children were saying we would have seen that these riots were on the horizon.
I, hope for a positive change after all this is over.
I will continue to work with a non judgemental and encouraging heart with our young people regardless of whether the government give support.
For more blogging on what I think about the London Riots please go to the 'Follow the Journey' section of this website.