An Examination of Lives that are Supposed to Matter

In Rochester, NY there has been too much violence this year, largely by and on young black males. Of course, there are then the obligatory marches, vigils, speeches and posturing, yet the violence continues unabated. Of course. Bandaids don’t stop the source of the problem, which no one really wants to speak to/about because it is ugly and politically incorrect and requires a spine and fighting spirit. Enter Tommy Davis, a man of color with insight, wisdom, who pulls no punches as he tells it like it is without posturing or pandering! Bless him, and may more people hear what he has to say.

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by Tommy Davis

Once again, and far too often, the Rochester community is displaying an expressive reaction in response to the persistent violence in our city. Young black men are settling disputes by fatally reducing their opposition. Politicians and religious representatives are blaming poverty in an effort to rationalize why violence is so common among black Americans.

As I continue to engage in research as a PhD student at Piedmont International University while employed as a full-time contract chaplain at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, I am beginning to uncover some interesting facts that oppose conventional wisdom.crime scene chaplain1

Being poor do not make people commit crimes. Ruthless lifestyles and a lack of scholastic currency are two motivating factors in the life of the criminal because one refuses to fairly compete for economic resources. I once asked an offender why he wouldn’t offend in certain neighborhoods. He responded by saying, “Those white…

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