Thank you for sharing your views. I concur. All of what you have presented, in your remarks, is public knowledge. Our President, has done a magnificent job since taking office, just a mere, 14 months and 2 days ago. I am very proud of his accomplishments, particularly that of the overnight passage of Health Care Reform. If we can remember, shortly, after the President took office, he said to the American people, that he was going to do his part, and we would have to do ours. I, specifically, heard him say, during a news conference, that he would be sending the monetary resources to our states; but we would have to hold the state agencies accountable for our (main street) share. In my opinion, that meant that we would have to get up off of the couch, out of the chair, etc.; go to your city, county, and state officials to demand funds (stimulus) for our various community needs.
I am a proud Black female. I am an active citizen as it relates to community involvement. We all should take an active role in making a difference in our communities. It is my opinion that those who are complaining that our President is not doing enough for Black people should be ashamed of themselves. I wonder how much do they do in their own homes, schools, churches, cities, counties and states to make a difference. My question is how much have any of them done to help Blacks in their communities. It is my opinion that everything begins locally.
Again, my President is taking care of business. I see what he is doing, and has done nationally, which impacts all local governments. What has the complaining locals done, lately? Can anyone tell me what the complainers have done prior to President Obama and during his presidency that has eliminated blighted inner city neighborhoods, the closing of schools, poor educational test scores, the lack of jobs, overcrowding of jails with Black prisoners, etc.?
There is so much that we could be doing ourselves to make a difference, that if we took the time to make positive things happen within our own communities; we would not have the time to blame the president for what might not be a necessity.
Thanks for your time.
C. Diane Charles
----- Original Message ----- Richard,
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 7:51 AM
Subject: Re: Contact Information
I have had a couple of days to rest and I feel like a new man. I really appreciate you coming to join us and share a bit of your knowledge based on years of committed work. You have stirred the interest in NEAC to become more involved. I have had the occasion to talk to many folk and you were a huge hit with your workshop and your dinner presentation.
Thank you again,