Race in America, Waiting for a Bus to Save Them



Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. about to give his “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963

Did you get a chance to see Fox News commentator, Bill O’Reilly two nights ago? He was right on target when he spoke openly, honestly, and passionately about what is really going on in the Black communities across America.

I remember when I was in High School, I was told that I shouldn’t worry if I got pregnant because the “government” would take care of me. That is what was being taught to young girls back in the late ‘70s. Thankfully, I have two great parents who taught me that the only person who is going to take care of me – is me ! I am now a self reliant middle-aged woman.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, again, I couldn’t understand when I heard some of the survivors say things like they “were waiting for the government to send a bus to pick them up”. I was raised to run-like-hell away from danger using my own two feet.

It wasn’t until I became a Real Estate Agent did I begin to understand that there is a “group” of people that count on the Government to take care of them. That is why many people, who didn’t leave New Orleans, died, because they were waiting for “the Government”  to send a bus to save them.

As a rental agent, I handle a lot of clients who are on Public Assistance. Welfare started back in the 1960’s and in some cases, there are now four generations of woman on Welfare. It always saddens me when the Grandmother, Daughter, Grand daughter and Great-Grand-child arrive to look at potential places to live.

They are caught up in the Welfare Merry-Go-Round to no-where. About 50% of the young girls are also going to BOCES and it gives me hope when they say things like “I want better for my child”. They are at least trying to learn a trade and break the Welfare Cycle and I pray that they succeed.

Here is how the Welfare System works in New York. The Government tells you where to live, how much money you get every month, a food allowance, a cellphone, the County provides a County Bus for your transportation, every client has a “case-worker” that they most report to, their medical is covered and so on. People raised on this type of thinking can’t think for themselves and many don’t see that this type of “government dependency” keeps them living in modern day slavery (hence the phrase “Government Plantation) and poverty.

We need more people, like Bill O’Reilly, speaking the truth about what is going on in our inner cities. We don’t need the likes of Rev Al and Jesse Jackson screaming and shouting and throwing out “buzz words”. We need a real conversation with leaders that will define the problems and talk about viable solutions that benefit all of us as a Human Race.

Oppression comes in many shapes and colors and it is my hope that those who leave a lasting impression on the most impressionable will make sure that it is at least a Positive one.

Rev Al and Jesse Jackson are as phony as a three dollar bill. If they really wanted to help “their people” then they would stop the screaming an shouting and have a real conversation. One that would address the problems and stop promoting welfare as a life style and show them the way to become proud, productive people!

There are many blacks living the American dream. So why doesn’t Al and Jesse set the bar higher for the inner city kids and give them a hand up and not a hand out.


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