My name is Kenny Carter, I’m 39 years old and I’m from Queensbridge housing projects as of 1988. This out here is a majority of the reason why I am how I am today because you had to go through something in order to really come out on the right side of the light. At one point I was in darkness, sold drugs got locked up, did some pimping, got locked up. When I came home in 2006 I made a decision to give my life to Christ.
When Sean Bell was murdered that was my awakening for me. Shot 50 times by the police. I seen the response from the community and I seen how everybody that’s supposed to be really going hard they wasn’t and it really bothered me. At the end of the day when a police officer shoots us everybody got something to say, everybody wants to move, but after everything is said and done we kill each other every day and nobody wants to do nothing about it – to me that’s a contradiction. It’s imperative that we begin to become more economically conscious and not just start spending our money but circulate it in our community to breathe life into that community. People with positions of power like elected officials and judiciary candidates don’t have our best interest in mind because we are not economically strong.
FAITH started in 2011 as a Facebook group. I wanted to see how many fathers were alive in the hood, what are we doing and what we could get accomplished together. In 2011/2012 a young brother named Daryl Adams was murdered in 40 projects by two young black boys around the same age. I said enough is enough – why nobody got nothing to say about this? At the end of the day the value that we have as a people has diminished. We have to begin to let our children know that they are princes and princesses, future kings and queens. Address them in a way that their mindset is being cultured and not being tainted by what’s going on in music, letting them know that it’s just entertainment this is not real life so don’t take it to heart. You got young kids out here competing with rappers they’ve never seen, thinking they saying something because they got a gun. It’s really not even a reality that we need to live in.
What it really boils down to is us as men going together and being collaborative not competitive. Although we may represent different organizations here today, we all stand together in unity because there’s strength in numbers. If somebody was to look at this event, they wouldn’t think it was 5 or 6 organizations here together, they would say it’s a lot of people. When they say power is the people we are the people, and that’s’ the reality we all gotta live in. We all leave here the same way we was born. All the clothes and material things will eventually erode, but in the meantime before I leave I’m going to help this positive change.
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