To all my good people in the inner cities. Stop acting like victims and start making a difference. Nothing in life ever changes just because we wish for it. We need to take action. People say actions speak louder than words. We have learned to settle for things for far too long. Just because something seems to be a victimless crime at the end it is still a crime. If you know someone in your neighborhood that is selling drugs or doing wrong they are only putting you in danger.
To all of the inner city people especially the ones in NYC I would like to tell you that there is real hope for all of us. It really does not matter what type of upbringing or what part of the world you are from. I have a friend that is a product of the NYC Public School system and a lifelong resident of East Harlem. His name is Matthew Washington he attended and graduated from Alfred University. He has dedicated his professional career to public service and to help and improve our low income communities. A 10 year veteran in community Board 11 and countless Board of Directors including El Barrio’s Operation Fight backs, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program. Today Mr. Washington is the Manhattan Borough Deputy President. We are lucky to have such a humble and responsible man representing us. A man that truly cares about not only our future, but he cares about the future of our children. A man that takes pride in himself as well as in community. A man that holds family values close to his heart.
We all have the power to change things. We can all unite and change the world around us. Police Departments in our area might not treat us with the respect we might be asking for, but at the same time ask yourselves how are we treating them? That saying “If you see something, Say something” I guess it does not apply to us in our neighborhood. We tend to keep quiet as we might know the person they are looking for is dangerous. That is still not an excuse to keep quiet as again this person is only putting your life in more danger if you don’t say something.
I also think that people in our neighborhoods have forgotten all the people who fought and died for our voting rights and civil rights. We tend to take things for granted. Just because we are minorities in our Country does not mean we don’t have a voice. In this election cycle. We have the power to run the table and choose a President who is going to unite and not divide. We must all get together for a better tomorrow.
We must bring back pride in ourselves and in our communities. We have so much to offer this world but yet we let our neighborhood thugs run our daily life. Why should we continue to live in fear of flying bullets around us while we are walking to the train either going or coming from work? How many more of our children must we lose to say enough is enough? As a man who lives in the Bronx with my wife and daughters I worry about their safety all the time. I am tired of hearing people who won’t go out and vote because they say that the system is fixed. People say that the winner of a Presidential election is already predetermined. People lost their lives to give me the opportunity to vote and I will not let their blood, sweat, and hard work go in vain. I can’t stress this enough. People should stop taking things for granted. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Someone had to die for the freedoms we enjoy nowadays. Do not forget that.