Our society is in trouble. With many kids not having stable homes and with the left continually chipping-away at long-stable family and cultural structures, many kids are being raised in an atmosphere rife with crime, moral relativism and no sense of civic responsibility.
One judge has had enough of this nonsense and recently offered a candid speech to a group of troubled youths and her brash, no-nonsense truth-telling has gone viral.
Bibb County, Georgia, Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin regularly gives talks to groups of troubled youths in her courtroom as part of the sheriff’s office’s “Consider the Consequences” class. However, a recent speech that was videoed has escaped the bounds of the courtroom and has circled the web as the judge scolds the entitled generation before her and tells them “stop acting like you’re trash.”
Speaking to a group of young women, Colvin laid-out a body bag and explained that where they were going was either to jail or the morgue if they continued with their lifestyle choices.
She bluntly explained:
“Young ladies, whether anyone has ever told you before: you’re special, you’re uniquely made. Stop acting like you’re trash and putting pictures of yourself on the Internet.”
“Stop being disrespectful to your parents. Care about your future, be somebody,” Colvin continued. “Anybody can be nothing, it doesn’t take anything to be nothing. Be something, do you understand what I’m saying? Care about yourselves. The fact that you’re shedding tears means you want to be better and you want to do better. Do it, the only person stopping you is you.”
Colvin then addressed and debunked the racial issues that many use to justify their crimes.
“And then you hear them busting on TV about African-Americans being in the prison system,” Colvin stated. “Well, guess what? If you don’t do what it takes to go there, you won’t be a part of it. You already know the game. If you know they come in your community more than they do other communities, then guess what, you’ve got a heads up.”
After leaving some of the women in tears, Colvin turned to the young men in the courtroom.
“And I don’t know if your moms are like me, I don’t know if they tell y’all this the real deal, but you better get it together,” she said. “I’m telling you, if your moms’ don’t say that, consider me your surrogate mom. Don’t you come up in here. I’m sick of seeing young men who look like you all, and more prevalent young men, men who look like you, white and black all together, come into this court system, going to jail for something stupid. Get yourselves together.”
We should not try and deny that there are many inner-city youths who got a raw deal. Many have been born into terrible families and denied opportunities many of us take for granted.
However, the solution to this tough situation cannot, is not, and will never be to become a criminal. Hard work and diligence is the only way to make it out of this bad situation.
Unfortunately, blaming everybody else is all-too-common in this environment.
Thankfully, there are the occasional voices of reason like Judge Colvin who are willing to say, “I know you got a bad deal, but it’s time to take responsibility for yourselves. Get it together.”