After thinking really hard about what Supervisor Caleb Rivers did to get out his message, I began thinking about what it took for blacks to finally get some equality for minorities.
It was necessary for us to use what powers we had besides violence to be heard. Whites had all of the control , financially and political. I have taken a hard look at the financial and political aspect of this community and I ask myself, (why are we not making the progress that we made when we were the minority and had no say so on the issues that mattered to us most.
I am going to be very frank and blunt about what I know. As a black community we have given our black leaders a free pass to take actions on whatever it is that pleases them, not the people that elected them.
Who knows better than us (blacks) where we came from and where we need to go. Financially we are the heart of this community. Take a look around you who owns the bulk of the homes that pays the bulk of the taxes? Who pays the bulk of the sales taxes that the fast food chains receive for the city?
Whose children are suffering because most of the money spent to educate them are leaving our community and the educators who teach them exit our city soon after their day’s work is finished?
How is it that over a million and a half dollars is needed to duplicate services at our central office?
How is it that our school board has cut out the least expensive sport (Tennis) that our girls can participate in?.
Title IX made it mandatory to include as many sports as possible to include girls because they were discriminated against. In a community that is not only lacking the ability to give our children a quality education and a chance to participate in some wholesome activities, we continue to ask the question, why do our children get into so much trouble?
News flash, we are the problem. The black community has become silent to the dreams and hopes of those who fought for us to live and grow in a world that was created by God, not man.It took a white man to make me see further than the front of my nose. When I spoke to Mr. Rivers he told me he has a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that reminds him daily to try his best to do what is right: “Our lives begin to end when we remain silent about things that matter.”
Dr. King was right.