Monday, October 10, 2016

On Behalf of Reborn Brothers.

( New Orleans ): Headlines about brothers protesting police fill the airwaves. Outsiders could easily conclude most urban men mistrust or hate law enforcement and love crime. 
Behind the protests and away from cameras are reborn brothers, who aren't anti-law enforcement but aren't featured nearly as much as agitators. Discipline and devotion to godly conduct is their message. They have escaped past criminal lives to such an extent that the only similarity with past selves is in name only. 

Bringing attention to such men is key since they represent realistic resurrection, instead of sensationalism. Recently, I talked again with former Tulane football stand out Toney Converse, someone whose rise, fall due to a drug trafficking conviction and return personify what reborn brothers strive to accomplish. Street-level, face-to-face intervention, done as a personal calling instead of job description, are what reborn brothers like Converse provide peers treading the same valley of decision. 

The most effective reentry and rehabilitation must be produced and led by urban men, reborn and resolute ( never incarcerated ) because we have 24/7 access to the most discussed, least empowered factor in modern public safety and corrections. We have access to boys and men whose misdeeds are best addressed internally.Where internal engagement fails, external arrest and prosecution prevails. 

It is on behalf of reborn brothers like Toney Converse that I share their soulful effort to renew minds away from crime and moral decline. 

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist and SWS: SECURITY WITHIN SELF URBAN FELLOWSHIP FOUNDER.

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