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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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The racist wing of the Democrat Party has been exposed. Thanks Hillary. Howard Dean, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are shaking in their boots right now. They fear (should know) the racist tone of Hillary’s campaign has caused irreparable harm to what they have always come to rely on, the black vote.

They’re wondering, hoping and praying there are enough white working class people, who typically vote for Republicans, who are willing to vote Democrat come election time.

They think this because of Dupya’s tenure in the White House has made so many people in all walks of life so angry.

What will the Democrat Party do if this doesn’t happen?

I have a suggestion. Go listen to some Justin Timberlake. Cry me a river for all I care. Maybe your much sought after Hispanic constituency will/can replace us.

Oh, I forgot, the white working class don’t like them either.

Hillary, you’ve got some serious kiss-a_s’n to do to get me and the black vote back if you steal this nomination.

Do a back flip. Dance to some Ying Yang Twins. Have a press conference and talk about how your such a fan of Three Six Mafia’s music. I have no doubt that you will try something like this.

Make a fool of yourself like you’ve been doing all along. Do whatever it takes to get back into the White House.

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allows one to see that an answer is staring you right in the face. This election demonstrates how the white male vote is the most sought after vote and how it is viewed as the deciding vote . ( I guess it and the “white working class vote)

They could conceivably vote either way, Obama/Clinton/McCain. Some white men hate women so much, but also hate black people. Vice versa. Some are like this, but don’t want a Republican back in office at all costs.

Some are cherishing the opportunity to have a black elected so they can use an agenda to advance their “racism is over”, “slavery happened a long time ago”, “get over it”, “I voted for a black guy”. “How can I be racist?” (though he probably was just caught calling a black the N word in spite) stance. Trust me, you’ll hear that one a lot if Obama wins the Presidency.

And some are just plain fair minded individuals who have listened to all candidates, analyzed their performances in the race so far, and are making a decision without any other influence. ( I do believe that this type of white male exists, like I believe they exist among black voters)

I believe those of us (black voters) who identify with the later need to understand that, collectively, in order to achieve the position as a sought after voter and not one that is just pigeon holed into one category, we must do something that will show that we cannot be taken for granted.

Thats the fear of every candidate right now with respects to “the white working class” or “the white male vote”. Taking their vote for granted.

Obama has to convince them that if he gets into office, he won’t try to give handouts/special attention to black issues. They wonder, will he give away the “house”, so to speak. Will he work to try and make things harder for the working white class or white male either on purpose or for revenge (their real issue with Rev Wrights sermons I believe)? Sure, there are other things. These are just a few examples.

Clinton has to convince them that if she gets into office, there won’t be more scandals like there were in Bill’s tenure as President that caused consternation amongst Americans and partisan grid lock in congress. Concerns like “Will Bill be the next Presidencies version of Dick Cheney (#2 making all the decisions)” or “Do I even want Bill back in the White House?”, or “Can someone who has shown that she can lie about so much actually be trusted with making a decision such as answering a 3am call? Will women take over?

We can do the same with our concerns. Look at what just happened in NY (those officers getting acquitted of killing that guy on his wedding night). Surely the press, which is controlled by white males, won’t take a critical look at this verdict. It will be in the news this weekend, but come Monday, it will purposely be drowned out by articles about Rev Wright defending his sermons.

And they will get away with it. No one will ask Hillary, Obama, or McCain what they think of the verdict. BECAUSE BLACK ISSUES DON’T MATTER.

But if we throw a wrench in this election and subsequent ones, this is the only way for us to be truly respected in the 21st Century.

Just as Obama has demonstrated what we have known forever (that there are viable blacks for every facet of life concerning prosperity in this country), we need to demonstrate as voters that we are viable voters and we cannot be taken for granted.

Folks, a vote for Hillary does not demonstrate this. She has essentially discounted your vote and chalked it up to the Jesse Jackson effect (see her husbands remarks). So has everyone else. The black vote going to McCain ( if Obama does not get the nomination) brings us to the table.

It demonstrates to the Democrat party just how important our vote is to them. THEY CANNOT BEAT JOHN MCCAIN WITHOUT IT(black vote). Whether we stay home or not. ( black people will not be voting in mass or numbers needed to carry Clinton to victory because of her actions this primary season, I can assure you of this!)

I suppose staying home says something. But voting for McCain plays the game. And you can’t win if your not in the game. Your gonna get McCain as your next President if Obama does not get the Democrat nomination. Your gonna get screwed any way.

Hillary the Bosnia sniper fire liar vs. the authentic Rambo POW. Campaigning to Rocky soundtracks can’t even compete with Rambo. But a message of hope and accountability does.

And if Hillary and her supporters think they can convince blacks to stay loyale to them and the Democrat party and vote Democrat this election, they’re sorely mistaken (IF she wins the nomination, that is). The only way that happens is if, gulp, Obama agrees to become her running mate. I hope he never does that. Or, if they find some other viable black to be her running mate.

To me, when you show your “Willie Horton” ways, I’m done with you.

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I told you this was where the action was going to be……………..Gary, Indiana School Board officials are arranging for students age 18 years old and older to be bused to the voting location in Crown Point, Indiana, the place where Hillary Clinton downed a shot of Crown Royal on a campaign stop last month in front of the media.

The Mayor of Hammond, Indiana chimes in that “When you corral kids together and ship them to polling places, it’s completely unethical”.

His city hosted Hillary Clinton on March 28, 2008 and is predominantly white.

Gary Indiana has a populous of around 100,000 and most of the citizens, about 90%, are black. This means that the majority of the kids being bused are black.

The Hammond mayor further chimes in, “These kids come from the worse performing schools in the state of Indiana and WE are giving them a day off to go vote for Obama. They can vote on election day like everybody else.”

The Gary School Board trustee chimed in and said, “This is a very adequate and educational field trip to go see the voting process and have time to actually vote. It is a learning process for government economics, which is a mandatory requirement to graduate.”

Washington said Gary Lew Wallace High School students have been bused to Crown Point to vote for three years now. “The entire board thought this was a great idea. We told (Dr. Mary Steele-Agee) to make sure all the high school seniors are able to go out and vote.

“Elections Board Director Sally LaSota and Lake County Elections Supervisor Michelle Fajman said Gary school officials notified them last week all high school students registered to vote would be bused to Crown Point this week.

LaSota said they wouldn’t turn away potential voters of any age. Fajman said, “Students don’t have time before school opens on election day to vote and they have extracurricular activities at the school. I think it’s a good idea.””

This was all taken from here:

http://nwi.com/articles/2008/04/24/news/top_news/docfd54d825008dfa8586257435000a6c51.txt

Sounds like sour grapes to me. What about you?

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BLACKS SHOULD SWITCH THEIR VOTE TO JOHN MCCAIN. LETS SHOW AMERICA AND DEMOCRATS WHAT NEGLECTING OUR PEOPLE AND OUR VOTE MEANS.

LIKE WHOOPI SAYS, THE REPUBLICANS MADE THIS MESS. LET THEM FIX IT. I FOR ONE HAVE ALWAYS SAID REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY IS FLAWED AND THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME WRONG. THEIR STANCE ON JUST ABOUT EVERY ISSUE RELATED TO LIVING DECENTLY IS FLAWED AND WRONG FOR THE AVERAGE MAN.

WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LET THEM GET THE CONTROL THEY’VE ALWAYS WANTED, THEY FU_k THINGS UP. UNTIL LAST YEAR, THEY HAD THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENCY.

WHAT DID THEY DO WITH IT. F THINGS UP!

THEIR A-HOLE TALK SHOW HOSTS AND SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN SPOUTING THEIR “CONSERVATIVE VALUES ARE BETTER THAN YOURS” CRAP FOR DECADES.

“WHITE WORKING CLASS”, THEY TRICKED YOU INTO SUPPORTING “THEIR REVOLUTION” (CONTRACT WITH AMERICA). AND THEN THEY SCREWED YOU.

THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU IT WAS REALLY A CONTRACT WITH THEIR DONORS. TO GET GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS TO FILL THEIR PERSONAL COFFERS. TO GET YOU TO PAY $3 FOR A LOAF OF BREAD, THOUGH FARMERS (THEIR DONORS) GET A SUBSIDY FROM THE US GOVERNMENT ( THE CORPORATE FARMER MAKES MILLIONS OFF THEIR CROPS AND GET MILLIONS OF SUBSIDIES FROM THE US GOVERNMENT)

BLACKS HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN THE SHORT END OF THE STICK IN THIS COUNTRY. MCCAIN F’ING UP THE COUNTRY EVEN MORE ALLOWS FOR THE POINT TO BE MADE.

YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE AMERICA TO GET SOMEONE IN THE PRESIDENCY THAT HAS TO ANSWER TO YOU.

OBAMA, DROP OUT. THIS ARM OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT IS SUPPORTING CLINTONS RACE CARD PLAYING AS_, DOES NOT DESERVE YOU OR ANYBODY LIKE YOU.

THEY NEED TO GET WHAT THEY GOT COMING TO EM. WE’RE USED TO IT. THEIR NOT.

After this, the Republican Party will be buried. But not forever. Some of you are stupid enough to be fooled not once, not twice, not three times, but multiple times.

Your gluttons for punishment.

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Come general election, let Hillary be the candidate. She might have Bob Magic Maya Maxine Johnson vote for her, but for the most part blacks in general will stay home.

The Republicans can count on their constituents to continue to vote Republican because they’re well off enough and stupid enough to continue to vote for people who, never mind them destroying this country, will continue to put moola in their pockets through more tax cuts for their businesses or themselves because of their income bracket.

Hispanics are going to vote for Hillary, but there are not as many “eligible” Hispanic voters nationwide then there are blacks, so when you add their numbers to the six working class smoes who are going to vote for Hillary, they don’t trump what the Republicans bring to the polls.

You can stick a fork in Hillary’s ability to attract the black vote after her race card tactics against Obama. It’s dead. And Bill Clinton can kiss my as$!

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OK, the gloves come off. I’ve been a registered independent going on 10 years now. The reason is that sometime ago during the Clinton administration, I think during the welfare reform time frame, I saw that Clinton was being hailed as a “brotha” President by the press AND people in the black community.

Though the climate at the time was better for Blacks in America, the laws that had just been passed (Welfare Reform and NAFTA) were clearly not in favor of improving the life styles of African-Americans, but were in favor of complicating them even more. These were Clinton’s programs that he would later go on to use as examples of his success as President, so to speak.

Those who know me, know I have been one who has always thought that welfare was a tool of the institution of racism to keep blacks in a lackluster state of being. Kinda like keeping black women in a drugged state of mind, so to speak. I have always felt that the racist wing of the Democrat party always championed this. So you would have thought that I would have supported welfare reform, at the very least.

The way I saw it, after reading up on the legislation through various newspaper/magazine articles (Time, Newsweek, Business Week, etc) while working at the VA hospital during evening and overnight shifts, welfare reform seemed like it was a bill to get women off their butts and back in the work place…………into j0bs that would pay them less than what they were getting on welfare. The job training programs that were bandied about by the proponents of the reform, were clearly smoke screen fodder served to prevent making it seem as though the reform was not just tossing these women out on the streets.

I remember having a debate with the head of our union who was a fellow federal police officer, who didn’t want to consider the effects of pushing a woman off of welfare and into a job that pays them less than what they were getting on welfare and essentially disqualified them from receiving child care help because they were now back in the job market. My argument focused solely on the fact the minimum wage was too low and these women should have been able to at least survive with their children when they are booted out of the projects.

You see, when you get the job at Hardee’s as the early morning biscuit maker, you lose your spot in public housing. You have a job so now you have to get your own place. The thing is, the waiting list for Section 8 is 1 year to 3 years long, depending where you lived, so the woman was in a state of flux.

Well that’s still the case today in 2008. I’ve got a friend who’s daughter has, for whatever reason, lived in LA for the past 6 or so years. She’s had a bad turn of events recently in the job market (like a lot of people) and now she has the need for rent assistance. In March 2008, the waiting list for section 8 vouchers is 3 YEARS in LA. This father called me in a desperate state, asking if I knew of anyone in LA who could help get his daughter a voucher sooner. I did not.

Today, here in NC, the textile industry is feeling the fatal blows of free trade agreements signed into effect during the Bush Administration. These free trade agreements have over the recent years sent NC textile mill jobs to China and Indonesia. But what started the job losses in the NC textile industries was NAFTA. Thousands of NC textile mill jobs were lost to Mexico when the NC textile companies closed mills they had operated in NC for 100 years. They opened similar operations in Mexico to take advantage of low wage labor.

What people don’t know is that those same companies have now since found that infrastructure related concerns had caused manufacturing material in Mexico to become more and more expensive than they wanted it to be. So what have these companies done? They surely haven’t decided to relocate the mills back in NC or the US. They have taken advantage of the free trade agreements signed into law by Bush, closed some of the mills in Mexico, and sent the work to manufacturers in China. That’s one of the reasons why you now have such a large influx of Mexican migrants coming to the US during the Bush administration (and also because Bush essentially opened the border for them to enter freely).

(see http://www.mikeeasley.org/pages/pgs_impact/unfair_trade/imp_utjoblosses.htm and http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KXG/is_2005_June_22/ai_n15862582/pg_2)

The bottom line is, I saw that Clinton would sell out a black person in a minute (see welfare reform) and the average Joe as well. A lot of whites lost jobs in NC to textile mill closure, but so has a lot of blacks. And their jobs were the first to be cut.

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