My neighborhood is East Flatbush and I have been residing here for the past 16 years. It is a quite diverse neighborhood with people of African American, Carribean, and European origin just to mention a few. This neighborhood used to be very quiet with working people going to and coming from work with very little hanging out on the streets.
I started to slowly notice changes in the neighborhood with the presence of young males that started to hangout in the park, an abandon home, and streets. The first incident was the burning of the abandon house by smoking, followed by a random shooting, and the most recently one a double shooting that left one seriously hurt and another one dead in P.S. 119 schoolyard. Sadly, this was the place he used to attend as a child and that also bared a huge “STOP THE VIOLENCE” sign.
My greatest concern is this random act of unnecessary violence that seems to be escalating and has to be stopped. We as part of the community, have to take the time to speak and listen to these young individuals and explain to them the devastation that their actions cause and how it affects everyone.We have to encourage and help them to find something to do with their time whether is to look for a job or to get an education so they can acquire tools that will be beneficial to them in the future and this will also decrease the time that they will spend on the streets getting in trouble or looking for trouble.
Ultimately, nurses can also have an impact on these young individuals whether it is in this community or another one. They can use their first hand experience through their jobs to educate and explain how devastating the outcome of violence can be for the families, friends, and especially how in the end it affect everyone whether is directly or indirectly.