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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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GOP Eyes black vote in 2012

16 Mar

GOP Eyes  black vote in 2012

The GOP is looking to lure more black voters in 2012. Now if you are like me you are wondering how any GOP attempts to reach out to black voters will be any different than the lame attempt in 2010 under Michael Steele. Here’s one way. They might actually TRY to reach out to black voters this time. 

Read more http://aareports.com/2011/03/gop-eyes-black-vote-in-2012.html

State orders Detroit to close half its schools

22 Feb

State orders Detroit to close half  its schools

Michigan state education officials have ordered Robert Bobb (  Detroit district emergency financial manager ) to immediately implement a financial restructuring plan that balances the district’s books by closing half of its schools, swelling high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidating operations.

Read more: http://aareports.com/2011/02/state-orders-detroit-to-close-half-its.html

Rick Santorum plays the race card while criticizing Pres. Obama

21 Jan

While doing a televised interview Rick Santorum took President Obama to task for his views on abortion. That’s fair enough but then Mr. Santorum decided to bring race into the mix by saying, “…I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people”.Watch t…he video below: http://aareports.com/2011/01/rick-santorum-invokes-race-while.html

Black student’s hands duct taped together for not washing them?

16 Dec

Black student’s hands duct taped together for not washing them?

At a school in Chicago a four year old black child had his hands duct taped together because he refused to take a nap, and he didn’t want to wash his hands. The boy went to Piu-Tak Chinese Christian school which is run by the Chinese Christian Union Church and the parents of the child believe racism played a huge part in this.

 Read more:
http://aareports.com/2010/12/4-yr-olds-hands-duct-taped-together.html

NAACP chapter has first white president

14 Dec

Michael Teasley, a white man in his mid-30s who grew up in rural Rankin County, is the new president of the JSU chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Read more: http://aareports.com/2010/12/naacp-chapter-has-first-white-president.html

Mother of Bobby Tillman speaks out

11 Nov

The mother of Bobby Tillman a young man beaten to death by four other men at a house party has spoken out abbout her son. Listen to her comments here:
http://aareports.com/2010/11/mother-of-bobby-tillman-speaks-out.html