Outgunned not outnumbered

Outgunned, not outnumbered

Since viewing the movie ‘Always outnumbered, always outgunned,’ it has always been an inspiration to me. Based upon a novel by a US novelist, Walter Mosley, the story tells about the life of an ex-con who had served time in a correctional facility as a convicted murderer and rapist, and, who tries to repay his debts to society by performing good deeds in his later days. The character does his best to make a living for himself in a small community in South Side, Los Angeles, which is a community plagued with crime.
Ironically, the character’s name “Socrates” holds a marked distinction, as it is identical to that of a renowned Greek philosopher. Mosley’s Socrates, however, is characteristic of a poor black man who has no family or formal education, and who faced a hurdle of challenges re-entering society: Age discrimination is just one of them. His credibility is yet another.
In one instance, the story took a drastic turn when an infant daughter of one of Socrates’ friends, witnesses a murder. The community acted quickly and after a short meeting, Socrates and several older male members of the community decided to act.
They unanimously agreed to do something about this nuisance in their neighbourhood. The “jury” unexpectedly drops in on the male suspect at his home and “delivers” a firm message.
After the confrontation, Socrates and his entourage each take one last look at the suspect, who was visibly shaken, before leaving. The suspect was obviously surprised after his “indictment,” but it was a wake-up call that he would never forget! The culprit was eventually chased out of town, on foot. This was just one of the ex-con’s accomplishments in a string of challenges.
The social implications here are many, in any community, for that matter, being challenged by spiraling crime. It is a glaring reality. Leaders and residents alike must all act to protect themselves from the perpetrators and rid the environment of their menacing presence. All members of any community should make their community’s safety very serious. A community that is not prepared to act should not attempt to stop crime or confront criminals. Only in a perfect world are the bad guys captured, arrested, and sent to jail; and their captors celebrated as heroes.
Nonetheless, violent crime is evidence of man’s inhumanity against man, and this makes life look cheap and expendable; particularly when a culture glorifies violence, ignorance, outlaws, and villains. In this new millennium alone, violence has upset the sanguine view many esteemed in this culture and has come to characterize the way many see and think about Trinidad and Tobago. Citizens both at home and abroad are now being challenged to make local commonsense of this. If they aspire to return to the right path, which is not improbable, it would only appear as if they are for the moment outgunned; but, it is quite certain that Trinbagonians are not at all, outnumbered.

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Its Time says ... on Friday, Jan 28 at 4:16 PM

...The Oily Pholari in her table-cloth sari is only drinking and wine_ing down the place while crime run rampant. Is this what alllyuh vote she in for?

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santa_maria says ... on Saturday, Jan 8 at 11:03 AM

Presently >Crimes are crippling the legal system > PRISONERS can be put to productive work >like >BUILDING A CITY >ROADS>PRISONS >REBUILD COUNTRIES DEVIATED BY NATURAL DISASTERS >we should be thinking >CARIBBEAN ISLANDS> G U L A G< put them to WORK

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Constitutional Reform says ... on Friday, Jan 7 at 1:38 PM

Why the Government of trinidad and Tobago have not reformed the constitution and hence added the "A treason Act" which may server to protect the country and its people from militants groups and such within their sovereignty.

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musicianusa says ... on Wednesday, Jan 5 at 8:43 PM

Gypsy is a selfish, greedy, arrogant and powerful stupid. He has entered every competition in Trinidad and abroad just to hustle the dollar as a calypsonian. The only time he has not entered is when he had no song to compete. Panmen Investigate him

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ami says ... on Monday, Dec 13 at 8:29 PM

i think any sensible reader would know what was meant i really don't think it's that big of a deal. the story was put forth pretty well . move on

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trinifuhso says ... on Thursday, Nov 25 at 1:24 PM

Correction: The sentence in Paragraph 5, stating "All members of any community should make their community’s safety very serious," should actually read "All members of a community should take their community’s safety very serious.

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