Sunday December 8, 2013
Operation Cross Country vs. Stand Your GroundPoem by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Until the popular media changes its approach, these terrible problems, which affect the most vulnerable human beings alive, continue to grow.
(CLEVELAND) - In this news poem, Luke Easter questions why millions of Americans focus on particular events like the Trayvon Martin case while ignoring the plight of so many helpless people who on a daily basis, cry out in silence. Celebrities are not happy with the Zimmerman verdict and many are speaking out, but there are so many other ways those with big name recognition could help society.
Operation Cross Country, a federal sting to take down child sex traffickers, reportedly saved just over 100 victims. This is a great accomplishment, but that number pales in comparison to the number of children impacted by this crime.
Stories about child sex trafficking get a small amount of coverage in the United States. Until the popular media changes its approach, these terrible problems, which affect the most vulnerable human beings alive, continue to grow.
Another huge contributing problem are so-called entertainers who demean women in their music. They make millions while real people in real situations deal with the violence and lack of dignity that their lyrics celebrate.
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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