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A frank warning by Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter addresses Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Mayor Nutter speaks about flash mobs to his church on Sunday. (City of Philadelphia)

Mayor Nutter Addresses Recent Problem With Youth Violence At Church In West Philadelphia

VIDEO [FROM 8 Minutes onwards]

Parents, get your act together.
Get it together right now.
You need to get hold of your kids, before we have to.
Otherwise you will be spending some quality time with your kids, in jail, together.
This stupid behaviour requires a strong response.
But I can assure you we are not just going to be responding.
We are going to try an anticipate some of these senseless,
teenage insane acts that we have been seeing over the past few months.
I know that raising children is kind of tough.
If you need help, we have help for you.
But you need to get help now, before it’s too late.

FATHERS have a particularly important role to play.
You’re not a father just because you have a kid, or two, or three.
Fathers a person who is around, participating in a child’s life,
a teacher, helps to guide & shape & mould that young person.
Someone for that young person to talk to,
to share with,
their ups & their downs,
their fears and their concerns.
A father has to provide a structure to a young boy on how to become a good man.
A good man.
A father also has to be a good role model on how to show a young girl how to be a good woman.
Bringing cash by is not being a father – you’re just a human ATM….
That’s part of the problem in the black community, and many other communities.
We have too many men making too many babies that they don’t want to take care of
And we end up dealing with your children.
We’re not running a big baby-sitting service.
We’re running a big government and a great city
Take care of your children.
All of them…

If you were doing what you’re supposed to be doing,
If you were there, she wouldn’t be with two other guys.
You were around for the sex, now be around for the parenting.
The immaculate conception … didn’t happen here in Philadelphia.
You need to be around now.
Parents, you have to step up.
Kids – as long as you live in this house, you do what you are told.
Things are going to change….

Everyone of those libraries will be open.
Get a book.
Just stay out of trouble.
Don’t do stupid stuff…

I was very familiar with…the code of my parents.
It is inconceivable to me, that in my teenagers years,
that I would out at nine o’clock at night.
My mother said, I know you have a watch, if the batteries fail,
But if the street light goes on, have your butt on the steps.
It’s real simple.

There are a few things that shouldn’t change.

Respect other people
Keep your hands to yourself.
Don’t touch what doesn’t belong to you that you didn’t earn.
Keep your brother in the house, on the steps

My parents made it very clear that they were their rules….
I bought you in here and I can take you outta here.
That’s they way it needs to be…

Parents, please talk to your children.
Things are going to change.
This is not a joke, this is not funny.
The curfew will be enforced.
Kids need to understand there are serious consequences to aggressors, violent, idiotic, stupid behaviour.
Not only for the teen, but also for the parents, for the guardians.
Everyone is going to be held accountable in this one.
We are taking these steps for the safety of all of our citizens and our teenagers..
This is about all of us
This is about everybody.
This nonsense must stop.
Right now.

To our teenagers:
Young people say “I gotta get respect”.
You GET respect when you GIVE respect.
99 percent of the young people in Philadelphia have good intentions in their heart.
We don’t have untold numbers of bad young people running around.
Unfortunately there are a few…less than one percent, some really bad ones, who engage in violent behaviour.
Lawless, act with ignorance, they don’t care about anyone else, their behaviour is outrageous.
We are not going to tolerate that.
There is no excuse for it.
Sense and nonsense cannot exist in the same city.
You can’t have both at the same time.
This behaviour could have resulted in even more injuries, or worse.
It’s too late.
You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged other people.
You’ve damaged your own ways.
If you want [others] to respect you,
and not be afraid when they see you walking down the street,
then leave the innocent people who are walking down the street,
minding their own business,
leave them alone.
Stop it.
Cut it out.
We have had enough of this nonsense.
Some of them are making shame on our race.
It’s a disgrace what’s going on.
It’s wrong when you do it too.
If you want to be an aggressor, then the Government is going to be an aggressor too.
We want a safe city.
If you want all of us to respect you,
to look at you in a different way,
not to be afraid to walk down the same side of the street with you,
if you want someone to offer you a job or internship somewhere,
then stop acting like idiots and fools out on the streets of the city of Philadelphia.
Just cut it out.
Also, take those god-damn hoodies down,
particularly in the summer;
pull your pants up,
and buy a belt.
No one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.
Buy a belt.
Comb your hair & get some grooming skills.
Learn some manners.
Keep your butt in school.
Graduate from high school.
Go on to college and make something of yourself – be a good citizen here in this city.
Work on extending your English vocabulary,
beyond a few curse words that you know,
beyond some grunts and rumbles that no-one can understand.
And IF you go to look for a job,
don’t blame it on the white folks,
or anybody else,
if you walk into somebody’s office,
with your hair uncombed, and shoes untied, and your pants half down,
tattoos up & down your arms, on your face & your neck,
and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you.
They won’t hire you because you look like you’re crazy.
That’s WHY they’re not hiring you.
So you do those things,
and act like you’ve got some sense,
you’d be surprise what opportunities will open up to you
That’s what’s on my mind….

VIDEO [FROM 8 Minutes onwards]


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About steveblizard

Steve Blizard commenced his financial planning career in 1988 from a background of life insurance broking, a field in which he still works. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Responsible Investment Association. His experience ranges from administration of Superannuation to advice regarding insurance, retirement, remuneration and investment planning. Steve is an accredited Remuneration Consultant, specialising in salary packaging. He is a columnist for the Swan Magazine and the WA Business News



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