There are many outside factors that contribute to poverty and despair in lower income black neighborhoods but regardless of those factors we don’t have to kill each other. Stopping the violence starts with us!
Director Spike Lee is making a new film for Amazon studios which has already become the focus for controversy for it’s working title, “Chiraq”. The movie will focus on the Chicago community of Englewood and the “black on black violence that occurs there. Some in Chicago including Mayor Emanuel are not happy about the title. Some believe that it negatively portrays the city and in some way endorses the violence while others believe that it describes the state of violence in the city right now. What do you think about the title? Should Spike Lee keep it or drop it out of respect for those in Chicago against the use of that title and that have to live with the violence everyday? Cast your vote here: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/04/should-spike-lee-title-his-next-movie.html
It’s time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to “black on black” crime.
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 email@example.com
Alleged killer of the Clinton Ave 5 speaks out
Lee Evans has been accused of being the killer of 5 boys from Newark NJ over 30 years ago. The boys have come to be known as the Clinton Avenue 5. Lee is out on bail and awaiting trial. Against the advice of his lawyer he is speaking publicly and trying to let everyone know that he is innocent.
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:
Black on black crime is killing an entire generation. Not just gang bangers and drug dealers but our future leaders as well. Promising college student Jessica Moore was gunned down at a party.
While on the surface gang members holding a press conference to speak out police tactics to stop the violence seems crazy the gang leaders and activist do make some valid points and actually bring some ideas to the table. Read more here: