Letters to the Editor
Letter To The Editor: Jackson Or Justice?
By Belinda Nivens Golder
Mar 20, 2005 - 7:51:00 PM
It is time for us to look out for our youth. It is very easy
for us to sit back and give our opinions on what we think or believe happened
concerning the Michael Jackson case. We need to take it a step further. We need
to protect and preserve the innocence of our children. We live in a microwave generation
where we want everything quick, fast and in a hurry. We want to rush our
children instead of letting them enjoy their adolescence. May justice have its
perfect way concerning Michael and the allegations brought against him. There
is a voice that seems to cry out. It may be a voice that is crying because Mr.
Jackson needs help and prayer. It may the voice of children crying out for
protection. It could be Mr. Jackson crying to clear his name. It could be us
crying with concern for today's youth. Whether the accusations are true or
false, it should be an eye opening experience or a wake up call for us to protect
the best interest of the child. The media's hype might rest with this case with
Mr. Jackson but the problem didn't originate here and sadly it doesn't end
Sex with minors should not be tolerated or accepted. We send our children to school.
It is up to us to teach, train, protect and guide them in the right direction.
It is our desire to put them on a path that will lead them to their
independence. It is our desire for them to excel and to do well in life. Today
we welcome some of the older youth into the work place. We drop our titles and
everyone is on the first name basis. Does this relaxed atmosphere really cause
everyone to think that he or she and the youth are all the same age because
they are now working on the same page? The legal age may vary from state to
state. They look a little more mature but they are still children. It is said
that the legal age for drinking isn't reached until age 21. What is really
going on in our society? It is a lack of discipline, wisdom, self respect and respect
for other people's children that drives middle age or older individuals to
chasing and preying on children or youth young enough to be their children. We
were thought to have the intellectual capacity higher than that of animals. How
can we train, teach and domesticate animals, if we elect to behave just like
them. If you find yourself behaving in this manner or going through a mid-life
crisis, it may not be a man or woman that you are looking at in the mirror.
for our youth and allow them to enjoy their adolescence. It's not really about
Mr. Jackson. It is about justice and our youth have a right to it.