The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      I recently came across a news item about the state of bullying in American schools.  According to this study, instances of non-contact bullying were in first place; instances of physical bullying—where someone physically intimidated someone—came in second place.

      Yes, you read that right.

      I am concerned that many in our society today have forgotten how to handle bullies.  The WOKE crowd (Weirdly Obsessing Kooks and Evildoers) have managed to convince people to ‘defund’ their spines.  Yes, talking to, or trying to reason with a bully works in a few cases.  However, in truth, good ‘ol blunt force trauma—instead of gunfire—usually does the trick in better fashion.  In some cases, you may ‘lose’ the battle—but over the course of time, the victim WILL win the war and the bully (male or female—as there ARE bullying females prevalent in our schools in increasing numbers) will move on and start the search process for another victim.

      Remember the ‘summer of love’ riots of a few years ago?  The Antifa and BLM ‘hordes’ got to bullying people in many blue cities.  Democrat mayors ordered their police departments to ‘stand down’ as the Antifa and BLM bullies trashed many a downtown.  However, when the ‘hordes’ made a turn towards the suburbs of many blue cities, they were greeted by folks with guns and baseball bats.  In other words, the bullying hordes were scared off as they encountered suburbanites who were willing to stand their ground and protect what was theirs.

      Remember; 30 to 35% of Black folks live IN the suburbs.  Yes, the hood HAS moved!

      The same thing must be done in our workplaces, schools, and in some cases—our churches.  One may never know where—or when—a bully will surface.  It is best to be ready to handle each situation as it comes.

      Back in the day, I had to face my share of bullies in the school setting.  One time, I had to go off school grounds to take care of the matter.  Another time, I had to physically manhandle a bully who was larger than I was—in front of a crowd.  In each case, I was bruised…and victorious—which shocked the bully.  Of course, there were a few times where I lost the fight…but managed to convince the bully that I wasn’t about to yield to his whims.  In those days, we didn’t use guns, knives of clubs—we used our fists.  Of course, we had to do the occasional ‘penance’ in the Principal’s office (back when we had men and women of courage in that role) and my parents were informed…but, once they understood that I had to stand up for myself, there were no punishments—only praise for another step on the road towards manhood.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2024 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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