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This blog represents the first in a series of blogs that will attempt to chronicle “what’s wrong & right with the City of Gary, Indiana”. The blog is written with the sole purpose of creating forward thinking dialogue on how to improve, not lambaste, the City that I grew up in.

No, I no longer live there. However, it’s where I was born and raised. My parents raised my family there. Worked and lived there for 30 years. I have a connection there that will and cannot ever be broken. The place has so much to do with who I am today as well as “how I am” as a person.

As I told my wife the other day in a conversation, I believe in laying blame. I know, I know. I’ve been around many a situation in the corporate setting where a “leader” has espoused the type of statement that “placing the blame is useless” when addressing a major issue that needs fixing.

The thing about the topic of Gary that differs from that of say a business setting is that what ails Gary is of a social nature. Yes, business or lack there of, is a major component of what ails Gary. But from a social vantage point, I believe, we first have to solve, or improve, the social environment of Gary before ANY type of viable business structured solution can be brought to the City.

In solving, or improving the social environment, we’ve got to call out those who seek to continue or contribute to the spiraling fall of the city where I was brought into this world.

Yes. Gary is a predominately Black city. I therefore feel that it’s problems are predominantly those of the Black citizens of the city. Essentially, I get the impression that my former neighbors who have decided to stay in Gary and “tough it out”, feel they are powerless at effecting change in Gary. They do vote. They pay their property taxes. They are not the problem. They have aged and contributed to the city and the elected officials there have let them down in return.

Sure, this sounds like the post is going into the direction of, say, a Post-Tribune or a NWI Times editorial written by some outsider person of the White race who, it seems, takes great joy in pointing out the ills of Gary.

However, I am not White. Though I am now an outsider, I still have a connection to that city in which life long friends and neighbors still traverse the mean streets of Chase St, 5th Ave, Grant St., Broadway, Burr St and Taft St., among others.

I understand when a friend who calls me and tells me he just came from Gary, helping his mother purchase a lawn mower and comments on how bad the city looks, or that someone I grew up with just died and how they died, I understand the sorrow in their voices. It’s different then the tone of a editorial written by some White resident who lives in Merrillville or Hobart or Crown Point who harbors a stereotypical mindset towards Blacks due to the history of the existence of Blacks in the Lake County area. Gary in particular.

That tone is one of innuendo and hate filled propaganda. The tone of my friends when they tell me things about the city they still live in, there is a tone of hurt, despair, and love. They dearly wish the place would see better days. The tone of the Post Tribune columnist is one that gives the impression they couldn’t care less if the people in Gary all killed themselves and died a horrible death.

So Fuck Them. (This the only time you will see such an offensive statement in this blog about Gary, I promise)

The emotions that I have on the whole issue of my UNDERSTANDING as to how Gary ultimately arrived where it is today, is fueled by my distaste for those people who essentially have kept a death grip on Gary financially while living outside of it’s boundaries. Those would be the “White Flighters”.

I have purposely, in the recent past, traveled to Gary with my daughters who for the first time were old enough to see Gary and remember it after the visit. I can argue that the place looks nothing like it did when I first took them there when they were very young, that type of thinking is directed towards the neighborhood I grew up in. More importantly, the house I grew up in.

I loved that house. I loved my street. I certainly remember the days, years, that everyone (well most everyone) took pride in how their homes looked. Kept up their quarters. I had a beautiful childhood on 8th and Taney. I would not trade it for any other type of childhood experience. And yes, it was a 100% and viable Black neighborhood!

There are some who think there was no way this was possible in the City of Gary. As far as most Whites in particular are concerned, Gary has been a  S-hole since at least the early 70’s. Well I can attest to the wonderful upbringing I had in the city. I take the good memories with the bad.

So I’m driving down Broadway with wife and girls and showing them our sparkling, dynamic downtown. Yes, the first thing they notice is that all, yes every building is boarded up. I ask them to take a CLOSER LOOK at the boards that were on the store fronts. I asked them to take a close scan of the buildings that were dilapidated. I then asked them to identify one sign that informed anyone as to how to purchase or lease any of those buildings.

THEY COULD NOT FIND ONE! Then I explained something to them that I found out when I returned to Gary years ago at a time that I myself was a business owner in Nashville, Tn. I had an interest in how one would go about purchasing one of those buildings. The thing I found out is that for the most part, they are not for lease or for sale!

Most of those entities who abandoned Gary in the 70’s under the guise of White Flight has retained ownership of the business store fronts they abandoned while relocating their shops and businesses in places like Hobart and Merrillville. They have a vendetta against Black Gary citizens. Yes the Black ones who essentially voted in the nations first Black Mayor of a major city, Richard G. Hatcher.

The way Hatcher ascended to power contributed to the lingering resentment that those former White citizens of Gary have towards Blacks today.  I explained to my girls that Hatcher ascended to the position of Mayor of Gary on the coat tails of the Black Power Movement of the late 60’s. I explain to them that even today, any type of black political figure that was or has been associated with the “Black Power” movement of the civil rights era, is a hated figure in the racist part of the White community and is often identified as examples of racist blacks by modern mainstream media and White politicians the like.

I explained to my girls, there is a deep hatred towards Black citizens of Gary by the suburban White citizens of Lake County Indiana who still own those store fronts on Broadway. Essentially, Blacks stood up to what was then a racist City of Gary government that treated black citizens as second class citizens much like the way Blacks were treated throughout the country at that time.

The big thing was that Blacks in Gary chose to use ideology more in line with Malcolm X then that of Martin Luther King to effect change.

You know. The line Bernie Mac used to use to open his shows on Def Comedy Jam.

Well for now, read this article in the Post-Tribune for an example of one our own (Black Men) who clearly has been taking the citizens of Gary for a ride with their tax dollars…

Glen Park group forgets about ‘that’ $100,000

Like I said. The Post Tribune does a good job at making sure the ills of Gary are on display. I’ll use it to make a point. I promise to dig deeper then the sarcastic tone the journalist who wrote the piece clearly has taken.

(to be continued…)

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My post a week or so ago on “What’s Wrong With Blacks” was met with attacks by blacks who blog about the lack of a focus on white acts of racism and their double standards.

My facts focus on how WE act within our own communities and our lack of respect for one another and how slack we are on calling out our own.

Now I got Stockholm Syndrome?

I’ll tell you what I got.

I got passion for my people that tells me that we equal whenever the playing fields level. Hell, one might even say we’re superior.

I’m not hearing ya when you say the only way to better our own is by tapping on the keyboard about the wrongs those fools keep perpetrating on us. Why?

Cause they ain’t hearing you! But really, i do. It’s just that I want to say more about how we cause our own sores in the community that we all live in.  I do this while also understanding that the core of our problems is still the man.

That’s all brotha sista (my fault). When I say “Focus Man” (or in your case, “Woman”), I say that cause you doing the work of the man, not me, by coming after someone who see’s that his little black angels will have slim pickin’s for a mate.

Take the time to see where someone is coming from before you judge. Isn’t that ONE of the problems WE have with them?

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I just browsed a post on “The Black Sentinel” titled “What is wrong with Blacks?” I thought I’d chime in on this topic.

After a life of ranting on the issue, at 40 I think I have a more mature, refined vantage point on what ails our people versus my rants of the past. This is just a short take on the topic.

For starters, it is apparent that we have lost a purpose as a people. During the civil rights movement as well as the 70’s, we had a purpose as a people to “OVERCOME” our oppression. I’ve read books that cite statements from white opponents of civil rights for blacks in this country that referred to the lack of “maturity amongst blacks” that could lead them to not be able to handle their freedoms. As I cringed every time I come across such a statement, it leads me to a perspective that Dr. Frances Cress Welsing conveyed in her book “The Isis Papers”. That an infant state of mind exists within the black community. Until we address this issue, Our plight is lost.

The way she mentioned how black men greet each other with “What up Boy” or calling their home the ‘crib” among other quotes really struck home with me. I met Dr. Welsing at Fisk University sometime back in 1994 and at the time I owned a record store. I remember observing my customers behavior in my store after my meeting her and being astonished at how accurate she was in this assesment.

Years later, I still believe this is a major issue within the black community. During the civil rights movement as well as throughout the 70’s, a sizable percentage of the black male population I believe had a mature mindset. Fast forward to today and this is not the case.

From Jay-Z’s 30’s are the new 20’s mindset, comes a plethora of “I aint ever growing up” based entertainment figures that have inspired a generation to sport long white T’s as a fashion statements that influences them to stare me up and down while we’re in line at Wal-Mart ridiculing me in their minds because I’ve got on slacks and a dress shirt.

They view me as sell-out. I got a damn mortgage. I gotta pay college tuition next year for my daughter. I’m doing what people died for, marched for during the 50’s and 60’s. And your looking down on me?

Lucky for me I know how to give the “don’t let the slacks fool you” look, just to keep em straight.

We no longer as a people have any sense of family or purpose. Hell I think these fools think that ballin is overcoming. YOUR DOING THE WORK OF YOUR OPPRESSOR YOU DUMB ASS. (Not that you’d be logged on to wordpress and reading this) Basically, our homes are broken.

The young black male today doesn’t see a future for themselves in any corporate structure within their community. The skilled labor jobs have gone to illegal aliens in their respective communities so if a guy wanted to do right, their just isn’t any path to doing right available for them. To that extent, I do understand. Being from Gary, I gotta understand this.

But it doesn’t help that Plies and these other ignorant ass rappers are constantly in these young brothers ears talkin bout, “get yo hustle on mane”.

One of my co-workers has worked long and hard as a single mother to raise her two children in a way so they could go to college. The son has constantly given her headaches. He just wants to chill and get women. She got him into school at Winston Salem St and he is close to flunking out.

Essentially, he’d rather work his job at the commissary on a military installation bagging groceries and getting tax free tips while living with mom rent free. His dad is a buster who really had no involvement in his upbringing.

The problem with this scenario is that there are much older black men who have the same mentality as this 20 year old. I won’t even go into how black women play into this. Let’s just say I have a constant daily interaction with their “I don’t give a shit bout a black guy” personality whenever I visit the gas station, Wal-mart, department store, or local restaurant. They are/have been affected by the broken home syndrome as much as the black male has.

Basically, we need to grow up as a people or we will be left behind.

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WTF are people thinking? HOW COULD JOHN MCCAIN EVEN BE CLOSE TO ANY DEMOCRAT OPPONENT IN ANY POLL NOT RUN OR FUNDED BY A REPUBLICAN THINK TANK? I’m at a loss of words when I read or view news reports that show Obama and McCain are in a tight race. It’s absolutely scary.

It is inconceivable that there are white/black/hispanic/asian voters out there who have been negatively affected by their beloved Republican Parties agenda of “Get Rich or Fuck the Country Up Trying”, who are still EVEN THINKING of voting for ANOTHER Republican to follow Dupya. Let alone those who are lifetime democrats who are also in the same boat.

Gotta deal with it though. Majority rules in this country. Always have. Though the majority is clearly full of fools who can’t stand blacks so much, they are willing to F their children’s future up because they can’t bring themselves to vote for a

Black Guy.

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Scott McClellan said it best that the White House Press Corps gave the Bush Administration a pass. Outside of Helen Thomas and David Gregory, I can’t think of anyone else who asked any hard questions to anyone in the Bush Administration.

This primary season has demonstrated how the modern media is fueled by corporate interest. They have “cherry picked” issues they know will provide the most boom for their bottom line at the time.

In other words, you get “news” that is less about informing you of what’s going on, but more about what will be the news piece that will get you to watch that day; that gets them higher  for that period; which allows the news company to charge advertisers more; which causes their revenue to increase; which makes their shareholders happy; which raises the parent companies stock price; which allows the board of directors of the parent company to make more money with large salaries in the tens of millions.

I now rely on the tag surfer to get a synopsis of my news so that I may form my own opinion of what’s relevant and what’s not. Though some of you are paid by either the Obama/Clinton/MCain/News Corp people to pose as general public bloggers, I’m still able to dissiminate the news with my own will.

Not George Will.

People such as

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Don’t mess things up. You pandering to Illegal Immigrant supporters is a little unnerving. While I don’t have any worries of illegal immigrants taking my job because of their willingness to be exploited, I do have a problem with what I’ve seen the past 7 years.

Today, I was just in Wal-mart and noticed a pregnant latina woman whom I noticed did not speak english. I know so because she had her other child with her, about 8 years old, who was serving as her translator, so to speak.

I thought to myself, “she’s probably an illegal alien”and “who’s going to pay for the delivery of that child?”

Most citizens of the U.S. don’t or can’t afford quality medical care. I remember when I had my second child and the enormous bill I got from the hospital after the insurance company paid their share of the bill. I won’t say who I work for, but it is one of the largest employers in the U.S. . I’ve got “so called” good health insurance.

The thought of paying for this persons baby just didn’t sit well with me. I then thought to myself, is this the feeling whites have when they become so furious thinking about black women on welfare? Then I say to myself, ” black women are surely the scapegoat in that political game’. Fact is, there are more white women on welfare today as it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Those are the facts.

So why does thinking about this latina woman ‘possibly having a baby on public assistance bother me so? The only answer is that I have truly never liked welfare, personally. I did not grow up on it. Both of my parents were working class people who would never have that. While I didn’t look down on my friends I grew up with who did, I always felt like being on welfare was like being on a drug. And that’s one thing I never did. Saw first hand growing up in Gary, what they did to your life.

I would never partake in the exchanging of, say, $30 for $100 worth of food stamps scheme that I was constantly inundated with a the first of the month while either visiting family who at the time still lived in Gary, Indiana while home on leave from the Air Force, or when I owned a retail store front business in the inner city of Nashville, Tn. Boy was I ever inundated with these offers. Even after the government went to the credit card system.

I said at an early age that I would never allow the institution of racism to trap me in anyway. I always thought that the welfare system was a tool of that institutional ploy. To lull black women into a state of dependency and pass being on welfare off to their offspring as a legitimate, albeit tough way to bet by.

I’ve never let a food stamp touch my hand for this reason. Good for me (you probably say, or maybe not).

Back to the latina. The whole “we do jobs no one wants to do” statement is probably what fuels my disenchantment with illegal immigrants. The correct quote is, “we do jobs no one wants to do for low wages. Or no overtime pay. Or we do jobs that no one wants to work off the clock”. These illegal immigrants are depressing the working class job pay scale with their willingness to be exploited.

Listen, these “jobs that no one wants to do”, was being performed before Dupya opened the flood gates by someone. And it wasn’t illegal immigrants. It was blacks and whites.

Cleaners, Grocery store stockers, fast food workers, line cooks, dishwashers, construction laborers and foremen, chicken processing plant workers, and yes, even farm labor was being performed largely by blacks and white working class workers alike in small and big cities alike. Hell, these workers were doing the work for low wages then as they are now.

When the greedy business owners caught wind of the influx of cheap labor that was being let in the country illegally during the past 7 years in record numbers, they quickly jumped on board.

Do you all know that it is actually DIFFICULT for a teen to get a summer job at places like McDonalds or Taco Bell because the employers prefer to hire the illegal alien that will work off the clock with no overtime pay and the employers does not have to worry about calls from a boisterous parent threatening to turn them into the the labor board?

Just one of the effects of illegal immigration. I won’t even talk about the increase in the likelihood of you being killed or hurt by a drunk driving illegal immigrant from Mexico in particular. Google it on the internet. The numbers don’t lie.

So…………… this pregnant latina is a part of this scenario. I’ve heard that the plot is to get pregnant and bore the child here so the child gets automatic citizenship. Then theres a “family hardship” connection/ sympathy card to play if the issue of deportation comes to hand.

Obama’s site says that he’s for securing the border and then allowing the illegal aliens here to gain citizen ship by, among other things, them getting to the back of the line. I agree with this stand. There can be no “round them up in buses, drug them and then dump them off on the other side of the newly built fence (that probably won’t work). I do believe that employers should be prosecuted by knowingly hiring an illegal alien (trust me, they know and there are ways to demonstrate how the employer should have known. Want to know how? Leave a comment/ question and I’ll tell you how.)

I will pay close attention to any pandering Obama does to the pro illegal alien voter block because, as I said in a previous post, I will hold his ass to the fire the same way I hold others in this blog!

Brotha or no brotha.

Hell, you see what Condaleeza and Clarence Thomas has done for us. You could be another one them for all I know.

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in places like Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio to put the Wright person in office, Wright Billary? So I guess the “white working class” does not exist in Iowa, Wyoming, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Utah, eh?

In case you forgot Billary, these are just some of the states that were won by Obama. The margin of victories had nothing to do with UNIMPORTANT, high numbers of “judas black activist voters” casting their votes for Obama just because he is black. OBVIOUSLY, LARGE NUMBERS OF WHITE WORKING CLASS VOTERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF OBAMA IN THESE STATES!

Next thing you know, we’ll see you in a campaign ad flying through the mountains of West Virgina in cape and tights; and a WWC (White working class) logo on your chest saying……………….

HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAYYYYYYYYYY!

YOU ARE REALLY GETTING YOUR WILLIE HORTON ON!

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