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Friday, July 08, 2005

Milwaukee leaders understand race relations

--posted by Tony Garcia on 7/08/2005

Prentice McKinney, civil rights leader in Milwaukee, says that the African American community is being torn up from within. The enemy of the Black communities around the country is the youth of those communities.

This article has more. But the highlights of McKinney's comments are:
"Back then, the enemy was clear, it was white racists, and racist police officers," said McKinney, who was a black teen-age "commando" in the 1960s and now runs a tavern once frequented by fellow activists.

"It was a legalized system of segregation. And so, the challenge was between the white establishment and the African-American population. Today, the African-American population is being destroyed by its own youth ... an enemy from within."

He and others interviewed before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's six-day meeting beginning on Saturday see a changed city where a generation of blacks freed from the shackles of yesterday's legalized discrimination are held hostage by today's crime and poverty.

"You have a population of older African-Americans ... who are now afraid of the children in their neighborhoods," McKinney said.

Bill Cosby said the same thing and the Rainbow/Push Coalition tried to get him to change his message. Larry Elders has been saying the same for years and the Black Congressional Caucus castigates him. What will happen to McKinney?

What will happen even though he hit the nail right on the head. The reason the youth are having problems succeeding is because of the youth. The reason the communities are getting worse is the youth. Now, in most case I think you can tie that back into the parents. In the end the youth (even the 20-somethings) have to take responsibility for their own decisions.

McKinney, Cosby and Elders are right. Now it is time for the rest of the community to open their eyes to the problems. And it is also time for another great societal harm to end: White Guilt. The sins of the generations past do NOT hold bearing on the generations of today. Fight the issue of today which is the piss poor decision making of the youth.


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