Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston provided a safe and secure suburban flight for many who wanted better schools for their children, safer communities to actually enjoy the richness of middle class living and simply, a peace of mind pertaining any, and all things associated with success.
Parents would commute back and forth between Houston to work, spend an entire day, confident, all is well on the home front. Kids could go to malls, movies and just hang out, without safety concerns. Suburban flight was considered the American dream. That is, until what was left in Houston, settled in suburban America.
Spring residents would have never thought in a million years, their biggest worry, or nightmare, concerning their kids safety at school would surface with a stone cold slap to the face. The community is racially diverse and residents, more than likely, would have never thought racism would surface in their quite, peaceful, thriving and growing township.
Never would any Spring residents imagine racial tensions, racial domination, or racial intimidation would lead to an unsettling reality, that would lead to murder in the high school’s cafeteria. The racial tension follows a trend that many consider, a spill over from Houston. This racial tension is not White middle class against minorities, but rather, minority against minority.
Luis Alonzo Alfaro, claims self defense in stabbing to death, Joshua Broussard, and wounding three other students at Spring High School, early, yesterday morning. Students and parents of Spring say, this gang related violence has been escalating for well over a year. District officials and law enforcement is painting a picture of intimidation as the root cause. Nobody ventures into the arena of racial tensions.
Suburban flight from Houston was suppose to remedy this long overdue tragedy. Racial tensions between Blacks and Hispanics has always been a part of the inner city of Houston. It manifests in neighborhoods, schools and in public areas. Now it’s manifesting itself in Spring, who have turned a blind eye to escalating violence, that will ultimately, make that suburban flight, completely worthless.
The first step in solving a problem is first, admitting you do have a problem, honestly. The racial component missing in action concerning journalism is common, but it should not be a adopted practice for townships, school districts, or law enforcement.