By focusing on action at the expense of introspection, The Hunger Games misses an opportunity to teach a real lesson about cyclical violence, the role we all play in perpetuating it, and our responsibility to make the right decisions.
Change the culture of low expectations, and then watch schools and whole communities achieve success. Change the culture of violence, and then watch as young people and whole communities stop the cycle of self-destruction.
At least some of the proposals contained in David Catania's South Capitol Street Memorial Act are worthy ones. But I'm not sure that what Catania proposes would have done anything to prevent the tragedy.
On March 30, 2010, four young people lost their lives in a hail of gunfire on South Capitol Street S.E. All District residents deserve better than to live in a city where this sort of unspeakable violence is possible.
The accidental shooting of two Gardena High School students here in L.A. is a reminder of the price we pay for urban violence and the degree of terror many of our students face getting to and from school.
While the average incarceration rate in the United States is 7 times the international average, for blacks the average rate is over 22 times the international average. The Youth PROMISE Act aims to address that.
A major issue is the decline of young people attending church, coupled with a rise in gang recruitment. There is a lot that churches can learn from how gangs recruit and maintain a strong presence in the community.
Like most people I am surprised when I receive a letter in the mail the old fashioned way: with a postage stamp, delivered to my front door. But that is how the young Cyntoia Brown must communicate -- from prison.