Check out the Web Comics, Warner Bros. might just make a movie out of it!
So, I’ve decided to split up the three topics from What to Do? into three separate blogs that will be released every other week because all the suggestions may be a little hard to swallow all at once.
Violence. Blood. Gore. Guns. Gangs.
All have left the silver screen and have made centre stage into our lives. The glory of the fist, the gun depicted by some of our forms of media has betrayed many into thinking it’s the way to go. Violence is the answer? The wars across the ocean have made us forget about the war at home, the gang wars. Living in Toronto most of us has known at least one person determined to become the biggest gangster. What can we do?
If you call this gangster your friend then the least you can do is talk some sense to that person. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (I wonder how hard their job is to get this sort of reference) to know gangster life is no life. There are only two routes to this style a) the graveyard and b) prison. And both are a little too late for realization.
What else? Join community peace initiatives. Become a role model. Let your neighbourhood see there is a better way to spend their time. Why take from others when you can give? There is no better feeling.
Let your voice be heard. It ain’t cool. It’s not the answer. And no one likes you because of it.
A copy of an email I wrote to the Mayor of Toronto Mr. David Miller
Dear Mayor Miller,
Being in the Faculty of Physical Health and Education at the University of Toronto it was brought to my attention that you were seeking a solution to Toronto’s gang violence problem. You wondered if sports were the answer. I do know the faculty replied and informed you that sports only when paired along with mediation programs can help the Toronto Youth become positive moral citizens.
I do believe in the power of sport to bring people together and I do believe what the faculty suggested may work but, I wish to give you a few suggestions that myself and commenters on the website (www.keepingithalal.com) I blog on came up with.
What do we need? We need more organized anti-violence workshops that bring in those involved with gangs formerly and have learned the err of their choices to speak. We need promotion of other ways to spend times such as art, literature, poetry, photography, filming… We need skills to be taught to those youth that can’t afford to or are not willing to do post secondary school. Skills that can be used to attain jobs and stabilize a future.
If it is possible the Keeping it Halal team a Muslim youth orientated group would be more than willing to help in any future initiatives.
Keep up the good work. Good always wins.
Anas Ingar & the Keeping it Halal Team
Born, raised and educated in Toronto since 1990. Entertaining the masses since he could talk!