It is rare that young people who witness violence in our cities are counseled. Too often the coping mechanisms that youth learn in the streets only fuel the cycle of violence.
In order to fix the schools, the Bloombergs and Blacks need to fix the kids. But this would require a tectonic shift in philosophy, from penal to uplifting, from frenetic to calm, from dictate to reality.
Young people represent 62.5 percent of all murder victims. And for young people of color, the statistics tell an even grimmer story.