KNIFE CRIME – PUT THE KNIFE DOWN
When you hear the word ‘London’, what’s one of the first things you think of? Unfortunately, the words ‘knife crime’ comes to mind for me.
London has a particularly deep and ingrained problem with knife crime, and it’s been experiencing aggressive wave after wave of threatening behaviour and killing sprees from gangs and youth-on-youth crimes, sadly reaching high body counts every year with no signs of stopping.
WHY AM I WRITING ABOUT KNIFE CRIME?
I used to live in London, and I had a unique and privileged position working along side many different types of charities with their founders, organisers and volunteers to get a different perspective on the many problems and challenges they faced in getting recognition and addressing the problems they need to overcome so as to help those in need.
London is a unique place, but not exclusive to knife crime. There are many places, areas and cities around the world riddled with the problem of knife crime, which is extremely difficult to root out the problem.
Once, a magistrates judge asked me to get involved with her knife crime initiative because I mentioned to her about my passion for artwork with a difference. She said:
“If the law can’t stop these kids, the police doesn’t deter them and prison or soft sentences doesn’t change them, WHAT WILL? Please get involved… and maybe, just maybe, your artwork might just register with some to make them stop what they’re doing!”
Those words come back to mind every time I hear the news about gangs and knife crime with another young person being stabbed or has died from being stabbed.
PUT THE KNIFE DOWN
I created this 3-part series artwork with the simple message – PUT THE KNIFE DOWN.
It has a shock element to it, but I created it by imagining myself in the mindset of a raging young person walking around with a knife in their pocket looking at every other young person as ‘fair game’ to get what they want – money, drugs, material things and respect.
I’d like you to look at these images and imagine the same. Imagine you’re having to face them and speak to them, what would you say to a young person with a dark and troubled mind like this?
HELP IN SMALL WAYS
You can contribute a little help in tackling gang and knife crime in a small way by just telling people that work within this subject area about this blog.
Share this blog with your social media platforms, charities, organisations, initiatives, youth centres, support groups, local councils, government departments and with anyone that works within this area.
Donate a little money, the price of a cup of coffee, to a charity, organisation or knife crime initiative to help organise activities so these kids are made to feel socially included and respected for their efforts to change where their participation is appreciated.
All our little gestures add up to make a big impression, and hopefully a big enough impact to… ‘maybe, just maybe, make them stop what they’re doing!’
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