Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Interrupters

The violence in these neighbor hoods has a devastating effect on the children in these neighborhoods. They have to grow up to fast and they do not really have time to just be kids they have to be constantly worried about their own safety and the safety of family of friends. One quote form the video is "They aren't worried about tomorrow, they are just trying to live today and not get shot." This quote really emphasizes what I was just talking about and how they have to grow up fast and are constantly worried about their safety.  If anything happens to them they do not do the rational thing and pretty much go straight to revenge just adding more to the violence.  I feel like the tactics the interrupters does somewhat work. Not every tactic will work because every person is different and they will react differently to each situation that they are in. I would see them as a positive role model because they are trying to help the young kids in schools with how to deal with situations.  Also they are not trying to really forcing anyone to do anything it all mainly relies on the person being helped to do the majority of the work and the interrupters are just guiding them in the right direction.

1 comment:

  1. That's a good point. I would guess that many of these children and young adults do not have many, if any, positive role models in their lives. If only by being a positive role model, the interrupters seem to be able to make a lasting difference in the lives of the troubled youth they mentor. They provide an alternative, if more difficult, option of forgiveness and nonviolence, where previously the only option considered was revenge and hostility.


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