Eaton Centre shooting and then shooting at a community BBQ in Scarborough has brought a limelight to the grave consequences of guns and gangs, and why instead of being involved in creative and fun activities our young people are involved in dangerous doings that conclude in devastating consequences. Colorado ‘movie massacre’ has intensified the debate on guns at societal as well as political level.
What strikes the most is that most of the shooters are in teens and twenties. What is it that leads these young men to guns and gangs? Surely making a statement cannot be it. Being single parent cannot be the sole reason. Lack of having to do nothing creative cannot be the reason all by itself. The point is that it can be a combination of many different factors.
A lot of media discussion has been around finding inspirational role models, preferably fathers or father figures in the Black community. However, one has to be cautious in making recommendations that the leaders of a certain community – in this case the black community – are the answer to the problem. It is a solution to the problem, but it is only a partial solution and addresses only part of the problem.
The problem of guns and gangs demands holistic approach, starting from home where there is a father or father figures, good teachers, excellent extra-curricular programs at schools, recreational opportunities during holidays, social programs, plenty of age and qualification appropriate employment opportunities for our young people.
At a governmental level, making funding for antigun programs permanent is extremely encouraging but much more needs to be done – by all of us.
We are Against Discrimination
Dear Editor of South Asian – Generation Next,
Your July 19 2012 Issue carries a remarkable and offensive “Fat girls are gross, bodybuilders aren’t” title. If I said anything remotely like this at my workplace, I would be shown the door for exemplifying outright discrimination (and rightly so). A higher standard of conduct applies even more so to members of the press, who’s opinion and words enter all aspects of our daily lives. Every overweight girl or woman who sees this paper, and especially those unlucky enough to have family who bring this home, will see herself in a diminished light.
This was the email we received in response to our last week’s cover page heading. We felt it important to respond to “discrimination” allegation. The quote was not ours, it was a paraphrase from the interviewee’s interview.
Here at South Asian Generation Next, we are extremely cautious and aware of anything that gives an impression of discrimination. As South Asians, we understand the consequences of discrimination as many of our communities (Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Christiansetc) have been victims of discrimination.
The heading was chosen was to bring attention to the fact that bodybuilding is not only a sport, but it is a lifestyle. Bodybuilding has been neglected by various public and private funders. Those who participate in the sport are stereotyped, especially the women, and they need resources as well as the community’s support.