The Future of Black Boys?  If So, Shame on Us.

The Future of Black Boys? If So, Shame on Us.

My unfortunate encounter with the future.

Author : Christelyn Karazin

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Christelyn is married with four children.

Over the weekend I was furiously working at my writing partner’s home, a deadline hot on my heels.  Her home on the west side of Los Angeles is a sort of haven for me–she plays jazz (the real kind, not the elevator music) has a beautiful, three-bedroom condo in the hills and from her living room I can see Hollywood, Century City, and Downtown.  The view is breath-taking.

But last Sunday I was drawn to her patio for a different kind of view.  A cluster of black boys and one Mexican boy about 12 or 13 (the same age as my oldest daughter) illegally entered the property to climb over the gate and onto the top of the garage roofs to cut over to the park you see in the photo.  We could hear them spitting expletives and hurling threats at other boys who watched them stomp and hop on the roofs.

I came out onto the balcony with Hollywood in the background and a punk boy in the foreground.  Looking as if he’d just got caught stealing, the black boy looked at me with doe eyes and innocently said, “We just climbin’!  You ‘gon call the police?”

I leaned over the ledge and looked him straight in the eye.  ”I’m going to stand here until you stop doing what you KNOW you’re not supposed to be doing.  But the lady who lives here IS calling the police.”

As Janice was on the line with the Los Angeles Police Department, she hollered back to me to grab her camera so she could have photographic proof of the incident, because this isn’t the first time the development has had problems with trespassers and vandals.  I grabbed the camera and pointed it straight at them and told them to smile big for the camera.

The next thing that happened didn’t exactly shock me, because these boys are a walking, talking byproduct of what has gone wrong in the black community for a steady 40 years.  They Scattered like rats, but not before shouting, “Fuck you, hoe!   We’re gonna come back and bust all your windows!  Come suck my dick, bitch!”

Just an aside, my writing partner’s home is not in “the hood.”  Right up the street are swanky, fancy-pants mansions.  But I know that there’s a 73% chance that those boys don’t have a dad at home to ring them up by their collars and tell them that if they ever heard them speak to a woman old enough to be their mother (or ANY woman) again, those boys would lose a tongue.  I asked them if they thought this was what made them look tough.  They replied with more “fuck you bitches.”

I was the brave one, shooting the photos despite being called the worst names you could call a woman, and after the boys scattered, one black man, who owns a condo above my partner’s came strolling out after it was all over.  He heard them shout expletives at me.  He saw me take the pictures and stand up to the boys, and he stood by in the shadows and did nothing.  He did not stand up for my honor.  And he didn’t feel any need to disabuse those little miscreants of the idea that it was not okay to talk to a woman like a rapper on a MTV video.

So here’s where we are.  Still think everything is fine?  Are we okay with who these children will become in the next decade?

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  1. mizChartreuse
    August 16, 2011

    I commend you for continuing to document the incident while these hoodrats were living up to their stereotypes. I am grossed out and annoyed by the children’s behavior…but for a grown black man to stand by and say NOT A WORD? What a wuss. Heaven help us.


    • Jamie
      August 16, 2011

      Not all men are brave. Some men are easily intimidated and most who are like that dream of being brave and wish that they could be strong and not be subjected to being called a “wuss”. But overcoming fear is no cakewalk.

      I imagine that he was not the only man who heard what was going on.


      • Dee Dee Russell
        August 26, 2011

        @Jamie! Why molly coddle the BM who did nothing??

        Not all women are brave. Some are easily intimidated!

        You’re making excuses as many do, for BM’s lack of protection towards BW and the community at large.

        Shame on you and them!


  2. Mary Russell
    August 16, 2011

    SMDH!!!! These little rugrats of this day and age…this sorts stuff makes me angry and frustrated.


  3. gen
    August 16, 2011

    Oh I have had to (unfortunately) encounter these types of young black men all too often. One time when I had to wait at the bus stop a young male with sagging pants walked up to me and said you are a fine bitch and then proceeded to grab my body parts. I was so scared I told him to stop and leave me alone; needless to say there was a grown adult black man who witnessed the whole thing and did absolutely nothing but look. I felt so belittled and worthless. I fear for the future of young blacks when we have animals like this walking among us.


  4. Dc6902
    August 16, 2011

    This situation is duplicated everywhere in America. Just like you said, for the last forty years. Imagine that twenty years from young people will be calling these the good old days.

    Consider these possibilities from your story:

    We live in a civilized society, so the rape of females is not tolerated.
    These kids mothers got pregnant willingly.
    Their mothers were attracted to thugs and thuggery.
    These kids have no fear of anyone male or female because there were no responsible males in the household.
    They have not seen males and females interact in a positive way.
    The neighbor has no concept of defending a woman’s honor because: 1. He doesn’t know what it is. 2. He hasn’t seen a woman with honorable characteristics.
    The neighbor may not want to get involved because of past criminal transgressions himself.
    Like many black adults regardless of education, they are afraid to get involved.


  5. Vinindy
    August 17, 2011

    I don’t have an intelligent comment to make. It is very scary.


  6. Herb
    August 18, 2011

    And what’s the likelihood that these young monsters are the products of out of wedlock births and being raised by single mothers? Lawd, hep my peeps!


  7. Peachmari
    August 20, 2011

    I was just wondering if there is another NWNW event scheduled this year, and if so is there some way to help?

    (I am sorry this is put in an unrelated post)


    • Christelyn Karazin
      August 20, 2011

      So GLAD you asked! In fact, yes, this year will be even bigger than last. I’ll announce a partial list tomorrow and information on how to participate.


      • Peachmari
        August 21, 2011

        Thank you so much for the info! I look forward to it!


  8. Pat Anthony
    August 23, 2011

    We see these things every day. Boys white, black, brown, young and not so young, doing what would make their mother so ashamed. Is it also because they have nothing constructive to do that they get into trouble? The men who choose to stand around saying nothing to these kids must have fear. Fear and GOD can’t occupy the same space.


    • Dee Dee Russell
      August 26, 2011

      Well, Pat Anthony, the topic is Black boys. It is mainly because they don’t have fathers at home!

      You’re given the BM a pass and bringing up God as an excuse? I am sick of cop outs and tired of having religion thrown into a convo for no good reason-except to give a BM a pass!


  9. Dee Dee Russell
    August 24, 2011

    This is the shame of Black America direct result of fatherless youth!


  10. Darryl Curtis
    September 8, 2011

    well, whose fault is it?

    Is it the black man that refuses to support the illegitimate children that he creates, or the black woman that spreads her legs for a man that is not committed to her and makes the illegitimate children in the first place?

    And speaking of giving out passes, when was the last time that you heard of a woman being criticized for having out-of-wedlock sex?

    There are passes being given all around…

    So, regardless of which side of the fence you are on, you can’t complain…

    The solution is exactly what the organization says that it is…no wedding, no womb…


    • Dee Dee Russell
      September 21, 2011

      Yes I can say what I please and as the daughter of a man who abandoned his seven kids I know first hand the havoc that fatherlessness brings.

      It’s nessary that we critique our community as it appears to have no moral police as many dads have checked out. It’s redundant to say that black youth are raised by their mothers.

      Black men please start using condoms.