It seems like the world have eaten their hearts out. They are ill-mannered, discourteous, unmotivated and ready to snap at a moment notice. It is not only displayed on their faces, it lingers in their voices. After viewing these irrational emotions over a period of time, I started to take notes in my journal. I observed black children ranging from the age of two to twenty. Most of them were out-of-control by the time they entered grade-schools. Teachers are shocked as to why they are so hostile, defiant, un-cooperative and have a hate for being intellectual. When they can’t get their way, their emotions go into a raging fit and sometimes it leads to domestic violence amongst their siblings and friends. They want to rule the world with the word, I want respect. I was told, it had to be earned by your peers and others. I see struggling parents trying to cope with the every day survival of putting bread on the table. Yet, most black youths are lazy, mad at the world, seeking always to be a failure. Even when the opportunity presents itself, they find ways to kill it before it happen. The urge to do drugs, steal, rob, kill and have children seems to be what they live for. Somehow, they want the easy way out. Black youths are just as talented as white youths but they carry a chip on their shoulders that says, “I am not entitled to a good life.” So, they fall behind in academic achievements by not applying themselves. Fighting becomes a part of their daily regiment as far as misbehavior in society and school. They carry the anger from the crib to the grave. They are not willing to break the cycle of knowing there are a million ways they can become a success. But they feel it’s too hard. Of course, there are roadblocks, disappointments and at times, even tears. But, I am here to tell them, you have to dust yourself off, get up and find another dream. Our children don’t dream because white America will always view us less than excellent. Perfection should never be a goal for anyone but our saviour. But in order to be excellent, you have to fight and keep believing that just because your mother or father didn’t want a better life, you should demand to have one. Opportunities are out there for those who want to take the challenge. Our youths need to stop imitating the roles and attitudes of grown adults but instead keep their eyes on the dreams they want to come alive for them and noone else. As the saying goes, it’s hard , but it’s fair. Keeping pushing yourself until you find that one thing that tells you, “I can do this” and do it well. Catch a dream.