Happy New Year and what will Black Folks do differently in America in 2017? In 2016, Black on Black violence has reached epidemic rates, and our children, seniors, and women are not safe, when they walk down the streets in our community. Not only is there crime and violence in the Black neighbourhoods, but the police are killing unarmed Black men, even though they are not an imminent threat or danger. In 2015, there were 948 Americans killed by police, and no police were prosecuted or indicted for breaking the law.
Santa Claus, go straight to the ghetto. Hitch up your reindeer and fill every stocking you find…-James Brown. Where is the “hopelessness” mentioned by Michelle Obama evidenced more than in America’s urban enclaves? Nobody, neither whites nor blacks, care about the poor among us. If Santa can’t find his way from the North Pole to your house don’t expect any assistance in direction course or route from people in the city, county councils, Congress or the White House.
More blacks should think through the prism of opportunities Donald Trump’s presidency can bring. Benjamin Solomon Carson Sir’s nomination and appointment as secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) will be debated endlessly over the coming months, with critics honing in on his lack of housing policy and government experience. In his new job Ben Carson will be in position to do much for blacks. Carson recently posted: “We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical and spiritual infrastructure is solid.”
My Fellow Jamaicans, It is that time of year once again, when we come together to enjoy time-honoured traditions of celebrating Christmas. It is the season for sharing with family, friends and the less fortunate, and for giving thanks for our many blessings throughout the year. While we may not have Jonkunu, the white washed walls or the grand market, we nevertheless carry with us the cultural traditions that we will use to mark the season in a way that is uniquely Jamaican.