Writer’s Name: Reginald Antione Ward
Title: Man UP Chicago
In today’s society, this generation really has limited positive male role models and influences. I am the representation of Chicago. I live in an area where guns and violence are an everyday issue. I believe in my heart that all this violence is due to the lack of a positive male role model in the households. Children are not being taught about fearing the Lord as much as they are taught how to fight and defend themselves in the streets of Chicago. The way this city is looking, you would think that no good leaders existed in Chicago.
Chicago has truly become a war zone - the hometown of President Barrack Obama, a city where we should be proud and portraying our President in a good light. Sadly, each day on the news there are killings, stabbings and shoot outs. I have to ask, what has this city become? A good leader like President Obama has showed us, through his lifestyle, how to be a real man, stand up for beliefs, and fight throughout all adversity. We need more President Obamas in Chicago. We need more President Obama’s teaching what’s right and wrong in the streets. Real men please stand up!
Sadly each day when I turn on the Chicago News, my heart is filled with grief. As beautiful and rich in many ways as Chicago is, with the violence, it is truly becoming ugly. Our New Mayor, Emmanuel, the former Chief of Staff for President Obama, seems to be more focused on beautifying the city than really shutting the violence down. He has made a few efforts but things appear to be getting worse. Seemingly the main focus is drawing tourist to this city. What about fixing what’s wrong first?
In the Civil Rights Movement people really fought for the changes they wanted out of life; things are a little bit different today. Yes, the difference starts within us all! We all need to man up more and more. Real Men stand together for what’s right! “How can two men walk together unless they agree?”(Amos 3:3).
People of Chicago, it is really time we walk together. We need to really agree to fight the violence, fight the killings and stabbings, and fight crime in general. Real men, lets walk together and pray together as well. I know there are many who probably do not believe in God, but I am a witness everything is possible through prayer. President Obama has called for prayer many times throughout his four years in office for many different countries and cities. I believe now is the perfect time to call for prayer in this city of his, Chicago, IL. Once the city really comes together to pray and really focus on stopping the crime here then there is nothing we cannot do. Just last weekend in Chicago, there were over 19 shootings. This is really shameful. Real Men, lets stand up in this great city and get it together. We marched here for Trayvon Martin, let’s march even more for the hundreds of deaths this year along in Chicago.