Both Rudy and Tommy are interested in how we educate future generations on the value of citizenship. I’m anxious to hear from more of you. What are your thoughts on how to best engage your fellow citizens and as Rudy questions “increase care for our community”?
By the way, I vote, but in trying to get younger folks to vote, it is like pulling hen’s teeth.
I have been baffled by one simple fact-if Black folks represent more than 60% of a given city’s population and [are] dissatisfied with its governance, why aren’t national organizations, in the spirit of Selma, focused on organizing and educating the population on the change that comes with voting. Why isn’t the Urban League there educating and organizing about small business development?
Both ideas would focus on the city residents taking control of their lives, civic responsibility, and economic empowerment. And both require a commitment to education and self- improvement.
On another but related point, I have taught my kids that while they need to be aware that there are police that abuse their authority for a number of reasons (one being there are bad people in every facet of life), they need to respect that anyone with the power to deprive you of your life and your freedom needs to be responded to with that fact in mind. Bottom line, hostility gets you nowhere except in trouble. Respect more often than not gets you respect.
Here are a few ideas for future marches:
March down to the local school to let them know the community demands a quality education for students. March kids to a place in the home where they can do homework and make sure they do it.
March to the City Council meeting and demand policies are adopted in support of the community interest. And when they are not, register to vote.
March to the voting both, vote them out and support candidates who commit to creating a safe and clean community along with a vibrant economy that supports job creation.
We can go down the line of some of the issues affecting our community and some of the simple truths to address them that we don’t hear because they don’t fit the general media or minority leadership narrative. I see some of those simple truths in your writings.
Keep up the good work!
Tommy Ross, Sacramento
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