Jaylen Bledsoe: It’s Not all about Black on White Crime

Turn on your computer. Bring up your Internet home page or get a newspaper and take a look. Somewhere on your homepage or in the paper you are likely to see, “Black teen(s) shoot/beat… fill in the blank.”

I’m don’t know if it’s happening more often, but it sure is making headlines.

We’ve all seen them. Three black teens shoot a visiting Australian that was just out for a jog. Why did they do it? Because they were bored.

Black teens beat to death and 88-year-old Second World War veteran with flashlights.

Two black teens shoot a 13-month-old baby. A baby? Why? There can be no reasonable explanation.

A black mob beat a man to death in Des Moines Iowa. In Iowa!

What the heck is going on? The black-on-black violence in Chicago is said to be of epidemic proportions. And to top it off a punk like Trayvon Martin is idolized and lionized by the “black community.”

So this is what we think of young black men. This is what we hear and see due to reporting. Are there no stories of young black men actually succeeding, you ask? Why yes, yes there is.

A young black man in Hazelwood, Missouri, is just that success story. His name is Jaylen Bledsoe and he is a 15-year-old high school student.

What did he do? While other kids, mine included, are playing sports, video games, listening to their obnoxious music (yes — I am my father. Thanks pop) or just hanging out with their friends, this young man started his own business … at the age of 12.

No, it wasn’t a lemonade stand or lawn mowing service. This 12-year-old started his own Information Technology (IT) company — Bledsoe Technologies.

His father is naturally quite proud of his son saying, “I don’t see many eighth-graders doing the things that he does, but it’s all his doing.”

Jaylen got the IT bug when, at the age of 12, he took a video-editing course. He was quite interested but said, “I wanted to learn how to do more.”

This 15-year-old has excelled at everything, from the honors program in every course to being student Council President for three years running. His company’s worth is $3.5 million and has 150 contract employees worldwide.

With a 4.0 GPA this young millionaire has already mapped out his future — to continue his education at Vanderbilt University and then off to Harvard for his MBA.

He has a can-do attitude as demonstrated by his own words: “There’s nothing you can do as a minor that will shoot you down for long, because you’re young; you can always back up and keep going.”

This is the young man Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should be promoting. Not the Trayvons of the world.

This is the kid that should be held up for all to see. Look, here’s a black kid that’s not whining and bellyaching about racism. He’s going about his business and bettering himself without “affirmative action.” Sure he’s black — so what. His “blackness” doesn’t seem to be much of an impediment, does it? He could be the next Bill Gates.