Finally, someone in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gets race right.

May 16th, 2006

In today’s community column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, viagra sales case Lue Wright wrote:

Why hate people for something they have no control over: who and what they were born? Black, for sale white, male, female.

If you want to see genocide up close and personal, turn on your local news and read the paper. It’s happening right here in Milwaukee and in thousands of cities across the nation. Black people, wake up!

Setting women on fire, murdering children, drive-by shootings, beatings. Leaving people dead in the streets like roadkill for our neighborhood children to see. Don’t let drugs, violence and poverty drive us to destroy one another.

We once were a people who banded together to take care of our own. Can we be that people again? Let’s make black-on-black crime a thing of the past. Stop using the “n” word among ourselves, even if others don’t.

Be willing to take the harder path to success. Work the low-paying job while getting an education, even if it’s one class at a time.

Stop killing one another over drugs and petty pride. And for gold grills, designer gear and money that would be better spent on food and warm winter clothes for your children.

Save for your future and for hard times. Even $20 is a lot of money when you’re hungry and struggling until that next check.

Stop judging beauty by the length of one’s hair and the lightness of one’s skin. Women, stop letting videos and Hollywood dictate what skimpy clothing you can’t afford to wear. Especially pregnant women – you’re mothers-to-be, not a video bimbo star.

We as black people must stress dignity, education and respect among ourselves. Stop the violence and unite to better our people.

I’ve been saying much the same thing for months, but it sounds a whole hell of a lot more legitimate coming from her.

Good job, Lue. And good luck.

Entry Filed under: Milwaukee,Observations

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dean Mundy  |  May 16th, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to meet Lue at our only get together of columnists, but I’ve appreciated her “Bill Cosby” approach.

  • 2. Melinda Omdahl  |  May 18th, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    First- I want to preface this by saying that I want to see the black community do better. It’s in all of our best interests for this to happen.

    BUT- as a white woman, I have come to the conclusion that I can do very little to help. I can give money, but I’ve seem too many programs just give handouts. Handouts don’t to anything to help a person improve. (Give a man a fish vs. teach a man to fish.) I could volunteer – but let’s face it. The minute I show up – I’m just another white person telling the black person what to do or not do.

    Where are the REAL black leaders? The ones with an education, with a great attitude, the one with some hope, and the ones who don’t just talk about respect but actually live it.

    I’m not talking about the Mini McGees or the Moore’s of the world.

    I’m talking about the Alonzo Kelly’s of the world – the 20-something black male with bullet scars from growing up in the “hood” in Detroit, yet has three master’s degrees. a very professional job at Children’s Hospital, and is working to start a Charter school in order to make a difference.

    Why don’t the Alozno’s get the attention rather than the McGees? They are the ones making a real difference – a real positive difference. We need more people modeling Alonzo- and less modeling McGee.

    Tell me how we can develop more Alonzo’s? Or- where are they? Or- why aren’t they getting the attention?

  • 3. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  May 18th, 2006 at 12:30 pm

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