Hood Logic

In Community, Knowledge, Truth by Cliff Green

This hood mentality that we all carry around needs to go or to be redirected in the right direction. You know about that hood mentality that I am talking about; where everybody is a tough guy. That nobody better test me because I got something to prove mentality. That mentality that has people doing things out of pure emotion and ego without ever thinking about their actions logically before hand.

For instance, a couple of months ago I was back home in Pittsburgh driving down my old street, when I noticed four young teenage girls walking down the middle of the street. As I got closer they all did what any thinking person would do and moved left to get out-of-the-way of the approaching car. Then all of sudden I noticed that one of them got struck with that hood logic and decided to walk back into the street as if they were going to test the person driving the car. I know that’s what she was doing because I seen her look back with a grin on her face to see how far I was away from her. I kept my pace just to see how far she would go but she smartened up and moved out-of-the-way.

I noticed that her and her friends laughing but the laughing ceased when I stopped the car and rolled down my window to say something to her. I looked at her with the stupid face and said, “Baby girl, PAY ATTENTION!” I could’ve and should’ve said so much more but at that moment it didn’t pop into my mind. She had the embarrassed look on her face. Not to toot my own horn, but it was probably more embarrassing/ shocking to her that a good-looking male said something to her other than what she is used to. Our teens have gotten so used to doing dumb stuff and getting away with it.

That wasn’t the first time that I have had to say something to a young princess for thinking she was the toughest thing moving. My mom was driving this time. While going down the road this young lady just decided to look at the car, seen that we were coming, but then proceeded to walk in front of us. After my mom stopped so that she didn’t hit the girl. I rolled down the window and said, “You’re  beautiful young lady with your whole life ahead of you, but you would’ve ruined it all if we would’ve hit you. What if the driver didn’t give a two cares about you and decided to hit you. Then what? You would’ve just been another dead girl in the streets. Baby girl please use your brain. Think about it!”

Living in the hood breeds this mentality within us of not caring about anything. But this feeling doesn’t get us anything out of life except hurt and destruction. Believe me, I know because I bombed my whole first year in college because of that hood logic or should I say emotion. Because in reality that’s what it is; an emotion/ feeling that clouds our ability to think logically and to see the bigger picture. The two stories above are examples of that hood logic that will get us nowhere fast in life. Real logic would tell you that a car is a ton of metal, so if you were to get hit by one it could kill you or severely injure you. Also with the amount of people texting and driving, who knows if the driver is even paying attention to you or the road. Soon, I’ll be putting out the story of my brother E who is dealing with the actions of a person driving while texting.

I’m just putting ideas out there. I need the help of the people who are aware of this situation, to help cure the people who aren’t aware that their actions and thoughts are controlling their destinies. If you have any suggestions on how to cure this hood mentality, please let me know in the comment section below.