Also, hotdog, I didn't miss the fact that you did spell "LOL" correctly. Everyone in my gang gives you credit.
Original, and thanks for the caps lock, I probably couldn't see your point were it not on.
To be clear, I'm not attacking your businesses or your success, congratulations on both. But, the long and short of it is your blind anger and defensiveness (added to your inability to communicate or post without spitting out schoolyard insults that we could probably tell were misspelled if you were saying them instead of typing them) make it difficult to find any kind of intelligent insight or solution to the problem that's facing our community. Tell you what, let's solve our e-rivalry this way:
Let's both go down to city hall. I'll meet with city officials and law enforcement and give my analysis on the issue of we originally started discussing, complete with a few possible solutions and resources that could be used to achieve them. Afterward (or before, so you don't feel insulted), you go in with your "DON'T SNITCH" t-shirt, scream at all the white people and black men with glasses, books or English that might happen to "work for the white man" in the court building and warn them about the impending rapes of all their wives by said "white men". As the city officials and officers tell you that they see your point and ask what your very practical solution to this issue is, interrupt them by loudly giving them your bio, business stats, and how many black men who's wives you will NOT be violating that you employ, and the fact that your knowledge and social-consciousness also extends well beyond their sellout-nigg/uncletom-infested city of Chattanooga to the great city of Atlanta, where you've taken care of similar issues by OWNING not ONE but THREE MOBIL 1s.
As they contemplate the landslide of social change you just laid at their feet, I'll just have to be satisfied with my pat on the back and hope they're gentle with my wife and watch the progress you just brought about for the black community of Chattanooga. I stand corrected.
@ hotdog: It's expected for you to be angry about someone being able to type and communicate. Of course you believe the "sellout/uncle tom" slurs are original and that people like you are proud examples of us as a community, and if you're actually doing something for our community other than riding by in a new car flashing new tires yelling at everyone about how you "OWN YOUR OWN MOBIL 1 BUSINESS", then good job, but I have a feeling the most you do for the black community is be black. If they aren't doing so well, you can always be an ATL rapper, since most of their fluff doesn't try to address many social issues or promote social change and betterment of our community these days either. Your first single can be "MY REAR NAME IS GARY" and you can follow it up with "I OWN MOBIL 1". Heartfelt congratulations on the success of your businesses, if they are succeeding, but that still doesn't hide or excuse the fact that you might have about 1 in every 10 almost-sentences you type that's relevant at all to the topic.
Would it be fair if I said "I don't believe you black, and if you are you're what they call a 'crab in a bucket'?" Agreeing with a white blogger is actually o.k. if the white blogger says "Hey, take responsibility for your neighborhoods and youth and address some of these problems." If a black person said it while replacing "your" with "our", you would stand and applaud...provided they typed it in caps with broken english and qualified it with how many businesses they own. It doesn't make it wrong because someone you don't like says it. The difference between you and me is that I am "pro-black" while you seem to just be "anti-white". If you really want to show the talents that GOD gave you, maybe you should teach them to some of the youth in question so they can learn to get certified and OWN THEIR OWN BUSINESS instead of being bored and looking for someone to attack. I brought job fairs TO the projects I worked in and taught interview skills/test prep classes. I walked through the projects for 8 1/2 years with a bookbag on my back full of GED test prep and interview skills manuals, what exactly have you done for our community? The irony is that the young men like yourself would've given me much less a hard time were I bringing you a sack sand to your doorstep than a book. The difference between you and I is that I don't think we need more sand in the projects, we need more books and more accountability for our kids, parents and schools.
I'm not saying you can't waste space with stuff that can be dealt with with a simple "I know you are but what am I" or some reference to your momma, I'm just asking that you even it up with maybe about 1 of those sentences to 2 or 3 sentences that are solutions. Food for thought, businessman.
And hotdog, all you're doing is proving that it doesn't take much to own a business or 3. You may have some important insight on this topic buried under all the caps lock and playground insults, but please educate yourself to be able to communicate your ideas in a way that people can take you seriously.
I'm educated, black and have worked in public housing projects (which are mostly inhabited by blacks) for years. I find it disturbing how quickly the black community goes after the police anytime we let our youth run wild or anytime the general populace decries some sort of crime that involves black people. There's a lot of talk of how the police are only concerned when the crime affects an area populated by whites, and whether or not there's any truth in that sentiment, in the end it comes down to how a vast majority in our community views law enforcement and the reporting of crimes. The same ones who can complain so loudly about the swift actions of city officials to create new regulations on the park and curfews, and about how they haven't seen that type of action or attention to "the woodlawns" and east chattanooga are frequently the same ones with the "DON'T SNITCH" t-shirts. I worked in a housing project in which there was a shooting in broad daylight where 2-3 people were injured, with about 70-100 people outside on porches or on the sidewalk, but when the police arrive and began questioning witnesses, of course no one wanted to "snitch". One officer candidly asked me "Why bother?" and I didn't really have a ready answer for him.
When you talk about the disparity in police/city official action in the inner city communities and the more "white" populated areas like Harrison or Hixson, you have to consider the difference in public response. Realistically, anyone who has lived there can attest that if a fight occurs in Harriet Tubman or College Hills, there will be an audience of 50-100 people videoing and throwing fuel on the fire, whereas in a majority of the suburban or rural areas, the citizens of that local are quick to not only call the police, but probably stand and point out the perps.
We have to take responsibility for all our communities and realize that whatever our personal opinion of the police, city officials, government in general or authority, these are the individuals tasked with keeping the peace and if we can't stand behind them to give them the resources and information they require to enforce the laws, no amount of complaining, protesting, suing or griping is going to help get that job done.