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08 October 2007

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Question: IF the leaders had cared about the dunbar village case, what would they have done? How can the little people do it instead of them?

Good question Miriam. It is quite simple really, analysis of the problem and set a course of action.

In the Dunbar situation, you have a couple of problems that helped create some of the circumstances for this crime, here are a few:

1. Serious poverty, folks living in horible conditions, afraid of criminals.

2. Lack of respect and unity between people of different groups of the descendant of the African Diaspora (in this case Haitians and African Americans)

3. General hatred and disrespect of Black Women by Black Men that is nurtured by elements of the media.

There are more I am sure, but these stick out to me at the moment. Assuming that not all of the perps were garden variety sociopaths, we can at least deal with how a few went along with the crime, and worse how the residents of the apartment complex refused to assist this poor woman and her child.

Now, can all of this MAGICALLY go away? No. BUT, the leadership should have at the least spoke out against these problems, offered support for the victim (remember how the usual suspects paid the tuition of the duke "victim")

The usual suspects could take Black men to task to change the general attitude that is allowed to be projected about Black women, and start focusing on young men to be taught respect for their sisters AND they could have took the opportunity to discuss the need for Blacks (African Americans, Caribbeans, South Americans, African immigrants) to unify and stop acting like we are soooo different and focus on our commonalities. How we can work together to make a better collective community.

Challenging school systems in urban areas to work on better curriculum to better educate young Blacks to better prepare them for college and life in general.

I could go on, but these suggestions are what I have at the moment, since you got me working on my answer for your question regarding the Shekina and it's 4:30 am lol!

At the very least they could put pressure on WPB to do something about security in that community. Also, there should be some attention to the fact that eight of the ten perpetrators have not been arrested. Presumably somebody down there knows who did this heinous crime. Do we really want these teenaged sociopaths walking the streets to victimize again? It's also my understanding that such crimes are fairly common in that area. What can be done to get the criminal element out of Dunbar Village? I know it can be done. Public housing in my city is probably at least as safe as any other area. Primarily because they evict folks who are criminals. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Amen Brother!!!!
But we should all know by now if there are no cameras rolling, you will not see either of the media appointed Good Rev Dr's.

lol @ DJ.

*sheepish grin*

well, the things i'm hearing it sounds like a communty effort is needed if the so called leaders are sleeping on the job.

Just like w/some of the issues brought up on Halima's blog, I don't know if the community is ready.

(sigh).

the community or some sacrificial "lamb" type person.

@Miriam:

Hey, I offered MY services here:

http://djblackadam.typepad.com/damnitq/2007/04/dj_black_adam_f.html

However, I am not sure if Black America is ready for "Black Adam" lol

I say that EVERYBODY acts as a leader and there would be no need to identify just ONE.

LEAD ON BABY BROTHER!

The Rev. Dr.s do love their camera time dont they? I agree 100% with this blog. We have to go grassroots with our approach to new black leadership. I am not sure how to begin but I am up for new ideas and concepts that lead to real community growth and healing.
Great Post!

This is difficult for me to understand. I am unable to fathom how living in poverty will cause someone so young (14-16) to RAPE, SODOMIZE AND FORCE A MOTHER TO HAVE ORAL SEX WITH HER OWN SON!! Its also reported a teenage female was involved as well. There is something deeper going on with our youth. How does a society develop groups of young teenage sociopaths? Our leaders are NOT unbought and unbossed, many jump to another group's tune. Also, the goal of NAACP types is to "break down the wall of racial inequality" and not the uplift of black people. Strange mandate to me. I am wondering if educating the young properly will help them overcome this horrible behavior we are witnessing? My family has been vicitimized by these "children of the corn"! What can really be done?

Excellent points, brother. Unfortunately, you're asking them of the choir. We here know the truth: Civil Rights has become a cottage industry.

If there's no money involved and no white people to throw under the bus, Jesse an' em are nowhere to be found.

That said, I wonder if things will ever change. Will we ever stop being our own worst enemy? Back in the day, black folks were afraid of white people in white robes. Now, with good reason, we're afraid of black people in black hoodies.

I'm not really on that. I'm not a thug or anything close. But if someone runs up on me on some bullisht, he's going to get the surprise of his life. And I will stand there and wait for the cops to come. And that's today's real talk.

@Creole:

I wish it were that simple, however; it appears (if history is our guide) that some individuals will have to step up and around the establishment. I just don't know if it is going to happen, or if we are in a state of overall apathy or even if the powers that be outside of our community will allow it.

@Femigog:

I'd say education of our youngest people should be our priority. If we establish a firm base in them (by demanding a curriculem that prepares them) we have a good chance for long term change.

@Ensayn:

Edcuation is a start, but we need some moral accountability to be impossed on our community. SInce that can't be by force (unfortunately), then the churches, mosque and synagagues in our communities need to put aside their difference and step up and exemplify TRUE morality.

@Lord Hannibal:

I agree, we have to beware of criminals in the hoodies, and also we need to beware of the ones in business suits that own media and who pretend to be moral leaders.

Here you go giving Jesse and Al a hard time again.:( I see where you are coming from, but they are only two people and if I had my choice, I would prefer that they deal with the issues in which our people are mistreated by the majority race...because it's a situation where we are being pushed around by something like a schoolyard bully. The fights that involve those of seemingly equal footing on the schoolyard most definitely have to be "broken up", but for me, it's not as hard to swallow as watching a big kid whoop up on a little one. When white folks mishandle us, that's what it feels like to me. So, while I'd prefer that they focus their efforts on all crimes and offenses, if I were able to tell them which to focus on, I'd want them to first focus on the beatdown we are taking from the big kid. And, again they are only two men...

@Sugar:

I guess I just don't see White folks racism as our biggest hurdle right now, I think the bigger bully now is the enemy within.

However, I will say, at the rate we are going, White racism against Blacks will make a strong comeback, and we are not preparing ourselves from within to be fortified for such a resurgence.

Hopefully, I am wrong.

@ Sugar,
True power and strength grows from within. I do know there has to be someone to fight on the front of racism, yet if we are willing to self destruct it seems to me the fight against racism will be a futile one.

@Ensayn:

I wholeheartedly agree, we have to work from within at this time. It is not an either / or really, we can deal with the Don Imus / Jena 6 stuff, but at least IN BETWEEN, we have to get ourselves together, or we will defeat ourselves

You two make some VERY good points. Especially this point that you made DJBA:

"However, I will say, at the rate we are going, White racism against Blacks will make a strong comeback, and we are not preparing ourselves from within to be fortified for such a resurgence."

What did I say I thought it all goes back to some time ago? A lack of education. Almost 1 million kids drop out of school every year. One million! Do you know where most of those come from? Urban ghettos (in about 2000 schools nationwide to be exact). What does a lack of education lead to? Ignorance and ignorance is a breeding ground for violence. Until the Feds truly try to fix the education system, thus fixing the problem of ignorance and subsequent violence, the mayhem will continue. Who's running the federal government? White folks.......

Look at what Bush did with that children's health care bill the other day? So, gentlemen I say to you that this is much, much bigger than Jesse and Al. Much bigger.

@Sugar:

You wrote:

“What does a lack of education lead to? Ignorance and ignorance is a breeding ground for violence. Until the Feds truly try to fix the education system, thus fixing the problem of ignorance and subsequent violence, the mayhem will continue. Who's running the federal government? White folks.......”

And:

“So, gentlemen I say to you that this is much, much bigger than Jesse and Al. Much bigger.”

O.K., lets talk about education for a moment, and if this is “White Folks” or if its Black Folks who just don’t care enough to stop watching re-runs of New Jack City on BET and actually DEMAND something?

Rev. Jesse is FROM and based IN CHICAGO, Rev. Al has a new office IN Chicago.

What we can change is what we have direct control over. For example, in Chicago, the city has a significant Africa American portion of the population (36.77%), with Latinos (26.02%) they have the majority.

African American (and Latino) leaders in Chicago often package up the Black (and Latino) vote for Democrats, and the African American (and Latino) community receives very little if anything in return. An example of this is the school system and the disparity between schools in low income African American (and even Latino) neighborhoods and that of the affluent White areas.

While "White racism" may be part of the predicate on how this became to be the actuality, this actuality could easily be changed if the majority DEMANDED accountability from democrats like Mayor Daley and Arne Duncan regarding their school system. But instead what do we see? Folks getting together to write a letter to the President of the United States to "pardon" Ron Isley.

If we could get Black radio to attempt to similarly motivate the African American community to write letters to the politicians and leaders who get their votes regarding their children's education maybe we could see some change. I don’t blame White Racism, I blame Black indifference, and I see that Jesse and Al ain’t doing much to educate the masses in regard to what needs to be done.

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