Resolving Crime with Education

All too often, we see our children in the news. Whether rape, theft or murder, we see too many of our future generation making headlines for all the wrong reasons. We have to now look at ways to reverse the growing trend of youth crime and violence. And, peace education is one of the best ways to resolve and reduce these crimes. Informed learning can provide alternatives to resolve social conflicts within our society. Many young persons may not have the ability to know the difference between crime and its effects on the community, the society and the self. But if clearly demonstrated, they can be taught and in turn, encourage a positive message amongst their peers.

President of the Caribbean Mentorship Institute, Felicia Browne notes that “the past few weeks, and in the last 24 hours we have witnessed a rising trend of violence amongst our youths. There are deep fundamental questions that must be investigated to provide the best solutions to their problems. However, crime-prevention education and conflict interventions can alleviate some of these existing problems. The growing concerns of youth advocates are the age groups and genders of these victims. The victims of violence crimes have little or no social assistance to resolve their problems. For instance, we are observing a trend in young males being victims of violent crimes- some of which are or have been done by either a family member, friend within their circle or someone within their communities.”

Additionally, Ms Browne adds that the increasing rate in unemployment has given young males very little choices in the current economic climate. Young men, she adds, are vulnerable as many are left to fend for themselves by family and community members. This type of vulnerability is well-presented in the high levels of drug and alcohol abuse amongst their peers. The growing number of young offenders for petty crimes has increased over the last few years; and many are reluctant to seek alternatives that are inconsistent in nature given peer pressure within areas ravaged by the “gang mentality”.

Education has an influential role in human and national development. According to UNESCO, it is important that vocational and self-development skills are taught to young men before leaving the school system. At-risk young men are easily targeted by potential social threats as they are unable to either defend themselves economically or lack the capacity to develop small businesses.

According to the CMI president “We are also hoping to conduct a Youth Anti-Crime Awareness which would include Interactive class activities – the role plays in lesson two of the No Witness-No Justice Program spearheaded by the US Embassy. The young participants will observe, analyze and discuss cases of Gender-based Violence and other forms of crimes; discuss how seeing someone they know committing a serious offence and deciding what is the best choice/way forward, and then mock trials. These types of crime prevention education can teach our children from a very young age, the effects of crime and their role as good citizens. Our main purpose is to educate young people on their society and making better for them. Crime prevention and peace education must be part of our educational curriculum. We cannot teach children to be law abiding citizens if it is not seen as part of their part of their daily lives. We teach them Mathematics, English and other academic areas, yet pay little attention to life’s skills like fire safety, self-defense, and peace education. Children can only learn if they are taught at very early stages in life not when it is too late, and they are caught in the web of crime and self-destruction. We must teach them the basic knowledge of the judicial system and how it functions so they would foster neither fear nor hesitation with regard to the law. We need foster a holistic approach to law, good citizenry, and governance.”

Ms. Browne also notes that one of the future projects for the Caribbean Mentorship Institute is to undertake and develop a Vocational Education College for young men and women in St. Lucia. The CMI is hoping to partner with City and Guilds (http://www.cityandguilds.com/) that provides professional training and certification in more technical fields that will allow these young men and women to nurture a trade of their own or develop their own small business. “Our youths need to be empowered. They need to have somewhere in which they can develop their ideas and make something of themselves.”

Additionally, immediate social solutions are needed as well; for instance, every community should have a conflict–resolution team. In any cases, community members are faced with challenges that require interventions. These interventions can assist community members to resolve their problems through peaceful and practical solutions. Research has shown that independent voices in times of community conflict may provide positive reinforcements- rather than the presence of the police or security forces who are usually heavily armed with weapons.

A society which seeks to reduce crime must seek alternative, peaceful methods of crime prevention. These preventive actions and solutions must be incorporated in a holistic approach in which each young child understand the effects of crimes within her home, school, community and society. Young children, as well as our youths must be given the opportunity to have a fair chance in life- and a life that is free from violence, poverty and abuse.

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  • They state emphatically that the Judicial System is not biased against minorities.

    Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.

    Blacks are three times more likely to use a hand gun, and twice more likely to use a knife.

    Hispanics commit three times more violent crimes than whites, but the statistics are nebulous because sometimes they are classified as white, so it could be far higher.

    The best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percent of the population that is black and Hispanic.

    Blacks are 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against whites then vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.

    Forty-five percent of black crime is against whites, 43 against other blacks, and 10 percent against Hispanic.

    Blacks are seven times more likely to go to prison, Hispanics three times, and the reason is clear, because from 1980 to 2003 the US incarceration rate has tripled, and so proves that Justice is not only hard won, but well served.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Verification of these claims comes from the sources below, extrapolation methods are verified by the New Century Foundation, http://www.amren.com/color.pdf.

    From FBI:
    Mr. LaRive:
    The Uniform Crime Reporting Program does not collect the age, sex, or race of victims in conjunction with offenses reported to the police with the exception of murder and nonnegligent homicide. You will find the data on the race of victims of homicide at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2006/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_02.html.

    Age, sex, and race of offenders are collected in conjunction with arrest data. You will find the arrest data by race at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2006/data/table_43.html. If you need further assistance with UCR Program data, please contact the FBI’s Communications Group at 304-625-4995.

    http://neworleans.fbi.gov/ New Orleans FBI
    http://www.fbi.gov/publications.htm FBI public publications
    http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm FBI Uniform Crime Reports
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cvict.htm Department of Justice Statistics
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/williams081899.asp Walter Williams: The Ugly Conspiracy of Silence
    http://www.amren.com/color.pdf The Color of Crime, Race, Crime, and Violence in America, New Century Foundation.
    http://www.amren.com/store/colorcrime.htm American Renaissance
    http://www.racismeantiblanc.bizland.com/005/06-02.htm USA – Interracial crime at a glance and statistics.
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/newsom.asp Snopes.com:Rumor has it
    Knoxsville News Sentinal, “Fiction vs. Fact in the Christian-Newson Double Homicide.”
    27 May 2007
    http://library.flawlesslogic.com/rape.htm Interracial Rape Statistics
    http://www.libreopinion.com/members/standarteslc/race05.html High numbers of back on white crime
    http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/hood.htm Crime in the Hood, Violent victimization of whites by blacks is modeled in a racially mixed inner-city neighborhood. Its evolution is traced from the first black to move in, to the last white who moves out. The probability of a white being violently attacked is developed as a function of a neighborhood’s racial composition. It is shown to increase nonlinearly, approaching unity as a neighborhood becomes predominately black.
    http://www.topix.net/forum/state/wv/TBN2MRV4327LH92PN High Numbers of Black on white crime, West Virginia Forum and Statistics from FBI
    http://www.newnation.com/NNN-Black-on-White.html New nation News- Black on white crime, The color of crime, August 31, 2007

    FBI Stasitics data regarding race and rates of arrests

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  • above is some education for you.start with that.

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  • my statistics straight from the american study by experts and scientist
    is being moderated to see if it is true.http://www.examiner.com/article/federal-statistics-of-black-on-white-violence-with-links-and-mathematical-extrapolation-formulas

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  • john@caeibsurf.com

    The amazing thing is that the simple fact of the matter is that we are far more “educated” today and have a far higher crime rate than we were prior to the advent of free secondary “education”.

    We even had till recently free tertiary “education”!!

    Maybe it is a good thing government removed it, maybe crime stats will fall.

    ….. I have my tongue firmly planted in my cheek!!!

    Biiiiiiiiig difference between education and schooling!!

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  • JOYS OF MUSLIM WOMEN

    20 years from now, I will be in Heaven –bye !!This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim. Make sure you read the paragraph (in red)towards the end. By Nonie Darwish

    (In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. And Britain to elect the President by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA. Dearborn Mich. Is one. And there are others). (Britain has several cities now totally controlled by Muslims)

    In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.

    The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

    Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a divorce.

    To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.

    Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

    The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

    The Sharia Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

    In the West World (America and Britain) Muslim men are starting to demand Sharia Law so the wife cannot obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Sharia law.

    By passing this on, enlightened American and British women may avoid becoming a slave under Sharia Law.

    Ripping the West in Two.

    Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Sharia law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

    She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza .

    When he died, he was considered a “shahid,” a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.

    But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

    In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law – what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

    For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

    Peace and prosperity for one’s children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

    While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Sharia teaches two systems of ethics – one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Sharia encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others.

    While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.

    It’s hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

    While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

    (In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. And Britain to elect the President by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA. Dearborn Mich. Is one. And there are others). (Britain has several cities now totally controlled by Muslims)

    I think everyone in the U.S. And Great Britain Should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

    It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful. Some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam. The peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion. While America and Britain are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on America (and Britain).

    This is your chance to make a difference…! Pass it on to your email list or at least those you think will listen.

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  • GP………it amazes me that the western world allowed the extremist muslim religion (sharia laws) to become so embedded in the societies that it is now a full blown threat to the world (they were busy talking about political correctness and freedom of religion), what were they thinking to allow this type of disgusting religion to prevail, this religion is partly responsible for slavery of the black race out of Africa if we look really far back at history it is plain to see, records are still very much available, now it is starting to grow like a cancer again around the world, this time around women and children will be the victims…..disgusting.

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  • unfortunately WEll WEll the problem with Muslims comes back to the treatment your race received in the past. The first thing that happens when things don’t go their way they cry racism And the whites scatter . thank god for the Chinese or the Mexicans taking over or us westerners would really be screwed

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  • In some countries these sick puppy’s want to have sex with their wives after death, claiming it is okay because the wife has the same rights. That brings a new perspective on full rigor

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  • Moringa Oleifera Tree Provides Low-Cost Water Purification For Developing World
    By News Staff | March 3rd 2010 12:00 AM | 3 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    A low-cost water purification technique that uses seeds from the Moringa oleifera tree can produce a 90.00% to 99.99% bacterial reduction in previously untreated water, according to a paper published in Current Protocols in Microbiology. The method could help drastically reduce the incidence of waterborne disease in the developing world.

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  • David……i have been told that there are/were Moringa trees on the island but when people realized the healing properties and other benefits, they started stripping the trees, stealing people’s seeds and pods, selling 3 seeds for ten dollars and all but wiped out the Moringa in Barbados…..someone will have to consider creating a Moringa farm and have it well secured to overcome the praedial larcency.

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  • Lawson…..the difference between then, the muslim moors controlled Africa of over 2000 years ago, and now, the mixup, mixup about who controls what, is that we are well aware of what is transpiring (going on) and they can be stopped if someone does not once again see a way to profit from enslavement, discrimination, brutality, trafficking in humans and out and out greed, it is, however, harder to pull off the treachery that the moors pulled off back then against their own people in Africa…….in saying that, the muslim religion is filled with some sick **cks, i call them PIGS, cause that is exactly what they are, swine of the earth, it’s unfortunate that they are still allowed to spread their poison in the form of religion after so many centuries, but then again, personally i see both religion and politics as poison, stain and blight on the earth, why?? it’s all man made.

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