Re: "Group offers an alternative to drugs, gangs" (TNT, 2-20).
It is refreshing to read about Thrett Brown and his mission to aid black youth out of the "poverty of mind" that ghetto life too often supports through gang culture with its drugs and vile music. Although this lifestyle is not embraced by all in the black community, the many who do sanction such behavior keep it going.
This attitude, often fueled by chronic resentment of past injustices toward blacks, not only breeds hostility toward larger society as a whole, but it also deprives young blacks of success in life.
Our country has failed many times to live up to the Constitution's promises, but there are always thoughtful people continuing to work toward improving our union. It is, and ever will be, a work in progress.
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Freedom affords opportunity for those who are willing to establish meaningful goals for themselves and manifest the drive to move beyond the obstacles everyone faces in reaching their dreams.
Brown knows this from having faced very difficult life circumstances due to following the dictates of ghetto culture. Somehow he determined to turn his life around and dedicate himself to helping disadvantaged youth. For this, he deserves our encouragement and support.