A Metro Message: Shooting death of 6-year-old boy should be catalyst for change in

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Guest Column via The Advocate

November 13, 2018

by Raymond Jetson

MetroMorphosis’ Chief Executive Catalyst, Raymond Jetson, recently penned an op-ed for The Advocate about the untimely shooting death of a 6-year-old Baton Rouge boy, Jahiem Holliday.

For far too many in our communities, gun violence in certain neighborhoods is something to be avoided or contained, but not addressed in a serious way. We clutch dearly to the illusion that this is “their” problem, and as long as it stays with “them,” we are fine. Not only is this perspective short-sighted, but it is also not true.

And there are those among us who will trot out well-worn narratives about the dysfunction among families and communities. We attempt to capture complex realities in simple statements about absent fathers, teenage mothers and broken windows. There may be something true in many of them, just as there isn’t in some, but they don’t lead to change. Nothing is different after we point out the sociological deviation du jour.

The entire editorial can be found HERE

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