Dear Mr. Auguste:
Your Article in the Share dated April 28, 2011, “Make your vote count!” echoes a core problem in our community that is not being identified and addressed.
I am referring to the politician who is running for election who says her party reflects her Christian faith. Her remarks and you alluding to that party wanting to build more jails and Blacks will be the ones filling those jails have a definite link. You see, where there is a Black community, Christianity, crime and poverty seem to go hand in hand – the good, bad and ugly. Christianity crates our value system that we embrace as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The proverbial “a picture is worth a thousand words” is in order here. We were raised not to think for ourselves with White religious images being our pinnacle of goodness. What we are seeing and experiencing in our community is the result of that subconscious thinking process. Some of our most educated were given the mandate to maintain that process and, even those who are not practicing believers, are carrying the banner – thus maintaining the momentum. The result is our people were not trained to develop their abilities to use their brains to solve problems.
Until we are cognizant of the fact that we have the power to change our circumstances, our problems will continue to be in a circular motion. We need to firmly believe that the future is better that the present and we have control over the present. Our culture, based on the teaching, interpretation and practice of religion does not embrace that idea – thus our problem.
Headley G. Squire