I ask you to watch the video linked below before reading this article. If you are a decent, hard working citizen it will infuriate you but for what I have to say I need you to be furious.
I'm exactly like you. I go to work and I work hard to support my family. I obey the law. I try to help who I can. When I have free time I want to take my wife out shopping or just enjoying the town. Well, we used to. What you see in this video is not a rare occurrence. If you do a Youtube search using "Atlanta metro mall security" you will find more. This is why decent people will not come to this mall or many other shopping outlets.
We are GIVING our streets to people like this. These young adults have been raised to think the law and decent behavior DO NOT APPLY to them. They are now teaching their children to be even worse than them (listen to what the children are yelling). This security guard, Darien Long, is taking a stand many people are now too afraid to. Please make no mistake, he is very much putting his life at risk. THIS man is a roll model. I'm sure in this respect Atlanta is not unique. People like this move here because there are more apartment complexes to scam, it is easier to scam public assistance, and they find a lot more opportunities to sue people for easy money.
Before I go any further we are going to get something very clear. Though to some it may be, to me this is not a race issue. Yes, the people acting like animals in this and the related videos are mostly African American, but in and around Atlanta I've seen this behavior from whites, Hispanics, and Asians as well. The young drug dealer who tried to attack my wife early last spring was white. It is not a race we are dealing with, it is a generation.
It is the decent, hard working people who've built this city. Now it is those same people who must hide from these young people who've taken Atlanta over with their attitudes of entitlement, greedy ways, and ability to lie and scam and steal what they please.
And in the midst of it we hear about this one man. He's not even a police officer but a mall security guard. He is out there standing up to these thugs by himself. He has been assaulted and received multiple threats, yet he is still doing his job.
If this angers you...good.
If you live in or near Atlanta I would like to hear from you. If you have friends who do I would like to hear from them as well. It's time we take out city back. The police do their best but, as is always the case is any large city, they are stretched thin and outnumbered. If you are looking to wage all out war on these animals please don't reply. If you want to show your support, if you want to demonstrate to these people that it is our city, and if you want to show support and gratitude to Darien Long and those like him, then I am looking for YOU.
My wish is to bring people together, good people, who want their city BACK. This is not about fund raising or money in ANY WAY. There will NEVER be solicitation for funds or requests for "donations". I am looking for PEOPLE. I am looking for people who can dig deep and find the same courage Darien Long shows every day as he tries to keep the Atlanta Metro Mall a safe place for those like you and me to shop. I am looking for bravery. I am looking for heart. I am looking for others who also believe that we can take our city back from these animals who deal their drugs, threaten others, intimidate us, and steal from these stores trying to make a living while providing jobs to other hard working people.
Please, if you can find any of this in you, contact me! The email is...
I am a realist. I do not see us changing the way of thinking of two generations. I'm not promising, or even believing we can, create some perfect Utopia.
BUT I DO BELIEVE WE CAN PUSH BACK THIS ELEMENT AND, AGAIN, FEEL SAFE ENOUGH TO SHOP AND WALK THE STREETS OF ATLANTA!
Thank you, Mr. Long, for waking me up, shaking me from my sleep, and opening my eyes to something I'd long forgotten behind my locked doors and alarm system.
One man can make a difference, and united the chances are even greater!