First off, let me say that New Rochelle High School has some of the finest students in the nation who are doing amazing things at young ages, and are poised to be future leaders. Our alumni network boasts individuals from across the nation who are contributing to society in every field imaginable.
I have nothing but love for New Rochelle as the city that raised me and the city school district which has provided me with the foundation to succeed in life. I’m proud that both of my children are now students in the district which is serving them extremely well thus far.
With all of that being said, we are at a crossroads in New Rochelle. The culture of dangerous youth violence which is present and persistent in parts around this country now as we have seen, also affects our hometown. While we can debate the causes ad nauseam, the reality is that this is an issue which must be confronted head on.
I have been receiving calls and messages for the past week from many who are rightly concerned with some of the issues now being magnified. I may not have all of the answers right now, but what I do know is that this requires an all-hands-on-deck approach.
In the coming days and weeks, there will be opportunities for us to come together as a community to have some real discussions with the goal of creating solutions.
There will be people out there who will try to use this as a wedge to divide us. Don’t listen to them. If you’re about working positively with others for the sake of the common good, let me know.
New Rochelle City Councilman
AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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