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It’s time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to “black on black” crime.

2 Jan

It’s time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to “black on black” crime.

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My wife I had the privilege to attend a prayer service for black men gunned down by police on Monday Night (12/29/2014). There were many clergy and some elected officials from Roselle, Elizabeth, Hillside, and Plainfield at this service. At that prayer service in Roselle NJ put together by the Rev. David Ford at the St. Matthew Baptist Church, I heard many great speakers discuss issues in the African American community.

Because it was an open and honest dialogue black on black crime was mentioned, and our responsibility to address and deal with it were discussed. Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley gave a great speech about the need for parents to step up instill values in their kids and to value education. Myrtle Counts the head of the Roselle NAACP gave an impassioned speech about that yes black lives matter but that they must also value to us as African Americans. Rev. Ford mentioned not wanting to live in a world without police but wanting to have good and respectful police. I heard councilwoman Tracey Brown of Plainfield lament the fact that she had done over a hundred eulogy in 2014 and most of those were young people.

As I looked around I saw the nodded heads and heard the Amens and shouts of yes. But I also noticed something else as I looked around, as great as the speakers were the message they were delivering didn’t need to be given to the fifty or so people in the church. They were preaching to the choir.

What good is a great and possibly life-saving message if the people that need to hear it don’t hear it?

We as elected officials, clergy, and community leaders need to take the message that yes black lives matter, but they have to matter to us too from the churches and meeting halls to the streets. Delivering that message won’t be easy but nothing worth doing ever is. I don’t pretend to have all the answers on how to do that but if we all work together, I’m sure that many do.

It’s imperative that we get out there and deliver that message. As an elected official, I’m ready to do my part and hope that others will do the same. Our children’s lives depend on it.

George L. Cook III, president Hillside Board of Education. Email georgelcookiii@gmail.com

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Interview with BOND, black Tea Party group taking on the NAACP

16 Jul

Interview with BOND, black Tea Party group taking on the NAACP

I recently posted a story about a black tea party group ( BOND ) that was started by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. On July 24 BOND will hold a rally against the NAACP. The post has generated a lot of hits and interest. I decided to reach out to BOND and see if the organization wants to get it’s side of the story. 

Here is their response: http://aareports.com/2011/07/interview-with-bond-black-tea-party.html

Has Obama failed African Americans?

26 Jun

Has Obama failed African Americans?

I am posting this because of recent comments by two noted experts on African American opinion, Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich. They believe that President Obama has failed African Americans. Do you agree with them and if so or if not, why?

Give your answer here: http://aareports.com/2011/06/has-president-obama-failed-african.html

End of an HBCU: Southern University at New Orleans closer to being merged with University of New Orleans

15 May

End of an HBCU: Southern University at New Orleans closer to being merged with University of New Orleans

A bill to merge the University of New Orleans and Southern University at New Orleans continued moving through the Legislature on May 9, 2011 when a second House committee gave its approval.

Read more: http://aareports.com/2011/05/end-of-hbcu-southern-university-at-new.html

Has Charlie Rangel committed more ethics violations?

14 Nov

Has Charlie Rangel committed more ethics violations?

Congressman Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense.

Read more here: http://aareports.com/2010/11/has-charlie-rangel-committed-more.html

Mayor Fenty reforming Washington DC schools equals no reelection?

13 Sep

Mayor Fenty reforming Washington DC schools equals no reelection?

This is one of those instances that remind you of the old saying that no good deed goes unpunished. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty fought for and gained control of DC schools after which he inserted Michelle Rhee as schools chancellor. The schools have improved bu…t the very people’s children who are benefiting from this have no love for Rhee or Fenty because they think they are reforming too fast?????

Read more: http://aareports.com/2010/09/black-mayor-reforming-dc-school.html

Video: Michelle Obama’s speech at 101st NAACP Convention

14 Jul

Video: Michelle Obama’s speech at 101st NAACP Convention.

Watch the video by using the link below:

http://aareports.com/2010/07/michelle-obamas-speech-at-101st-naacp.html