Do something that actually makes a difference

On Sunday, two separate domestic disputes led to two deaths in Crowley.

Monday, a Lafayette woman was arrested by Louisiana State Police after an investigation revealed she prostituted a minor under the age of 13, sometimes sitting in while a “customer” engaged in sexual acts with the child.

Sure, you might have read these stories in the Jennings Daily News or heard about them elsewhere. You might have even thought both cases were sickening, tragic and unthinkable.

Really, though, no one is talking about those situations that take place every single day and ultimately lead to tragedy. You know why no one’s talking?

It seems there are more important topics, like millionaire Paula Deen losing contracts for using derogatory language or how ridiculous it is that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their baby North West.

What does it say about us as Americans when we are willing to spend more time campaigning to have a cooking show host retain her ways to make millions than we are about helping those in our own neighborhoods? How many people have turned a blind eye to domestic abuse or the abuse of a child because they did not feel it was their place or because they did not want to get involved?

People hesitate to stand up for the little people for fear of retribution, but that is where lives could be saved and differences could be made. There are people in our families, churches, offices, schools – everywhere we go – who are in desperate need of help and, many times, justice.

Everyone wants to help Paula Deen or jump on some bandwagon to feel righteous.

But what are we doing that makes a real difference?

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