Since this is my very first post, I think I’d like to start by speaking about my hometown Reading, PA. Coming from an inner-city I recognized early on that nothing in life was going to be given to me. Looking around the city it truly saddens me that the people around me are uninspired by the bleak, dark, cold, calculated life of the streets. Recently, there have been a series of murders involving people close to my age that have hit me hard. 5 deaths of students under the age of 20, in my mind should wake somebody the hell up– but obviously that is not the case. Things have changed so drastically in the last couple of years that I frankly don’t recognize the city that I grew up in.
I mean don’t get me wrong, I have seen my fair share of violence, drug deals, fights, and everything else you can think of. But frankly, I have never seen anything like what is happening right now in Reading. I was just like every one of those kids, I liked to party, smoke weed, drink 40’s, and whatever else I could get my hands on. But deep down, I always knew there had to be something more to life. And education was my opportunity to advance myself toward something no one in my immediate family has been able to achieve. A high-school diploma, yes– but a college education was my door ajar, and I was going to break right through that bitch. The opportunities that were offered to me are the same opportunities that are available to everyone. I’m no special than anyone else.
That being said, I’ve always felt like it has been my obligation to try and give back. I’ve been thinking for weeks on how I could positively do this and impact the most amount of people. And so this blog was born. I’m hoping that someone, somewhere reads this blog and becomes inspired to want to change the atmosphere here in Reading. Together I believe that we can make a difference in the lives of these young people and encourage them to make the most of their lives, not through drugs, violence, money, but by obtaining an education that once earned no one can ever take away. I am committed, and I hope you are too, in breaking away from the stereotypes that are placed on the citizens of Reading as being ignorant, violent, uneducated, welfare abusers, unruly Mexicans who can’t speak English, and so on and so forth. I am committed to empowering my community to not only voice their opinions, but also to become politically active in an era where the establishment wants us to stay home and complain. Complain while they make policies that affect us city-dwellers in ways we could never imagine.
It is this mission that powers my batteries, and I hope with your guys help that we can make progress in achieving these goals. I look forward to your input and topics of discussions that this blog can help tackle. Hopefully, this is the start of something great and I’m glad you guys are here to experience it with me.