I have seen so many different situations where a person has been called a snitch. I know that there is a rule of the streets that states "Snitches get stitches". I have always wondered how it became an option for innocent civilians to be victims in a lifestyle that they aren't apart of. It is disheartening to live in a neighborhood that you don't feel safe in but have to continue to pay your hard-earned money to live in.
There have been policies and procedures put in place that is supposed to help. The people who put the information out there to get rid of the violence that is being carried out by certain individuals. It seems that excuses are being made as a form of acceptance to paralyze and cause conflict.
Being a product of your environment actually means desiring the validation of the people within the society you live in. Honestly, that's not all bad; the issue lies in the fact that people base the foundation of who they are on the character traits shown to them. There are some traits in our communities that are toxic and abusive. The worse part of that is finding out that you grew into the adult that you are with all those traits and have no idea how to let go of them.
Most people don't even realize they are a product of their environment until they leave it. They step out of that box and truly start to thrive individually. People begin fiding structures they weren't aware they didn't have which can be an uphill battle for some. Everyone gets used to having habits that can make or break them in the world we live in. It's a choice to grow even if the environment you are in never changes due to lack of resources, there has to be an avenue for each person to grab onto if they are ready to be the change they want to see.
The biggest issue that people run into once they do realize who they want to be is judgment. There are so many hurdles to jump over once you get to the starting line. Those obstacles can cause you to revert back to your previous lifestyle and reject any assistance from the outside. With so much jealousy and hatred within the confines of our own races, we end up pushing people away instead of pulling them in and building them up. The support systems that we set up amongst each other can truly help with the growth and development of character in a person. It takes so much to trust people and at the end of the day if we have the right people around us anything can happen.