As a black male born in Chattanooga, it is a shame we as blacks have allowed these issues to grow out of hand. First of all, their are some organiztions that are in the black community for their own personal gain and to obtain more and more grant funding. Weed and Seed has been around for how long now and instead of gang violence declining, it is mounting. What is the supposed strategy of Weed and Seed anyway??? Where are they now???? Why are we having to wait as they stated in a March 13th 2011 TNFP that they would hold a round table discussion in 6 months to come up with some more "talk."
Now we have a gruop, and I applaud their intention but we need committmment, wisdom, people who are going be involved long-term and not just for a couple of weeks to help solve this dilemma. Last year, Micheal Baisden came to New Covenant on Brainerd Rd and over 300 black said they would be mentors to our community. It's showtime again, where are they? Rev. Bernie Miller, shouldn't you rally the community? After all, presumably you helped sponsored Micheal Baisden.
It is pass time for us to stop blaming the mayor, white folk and others. We have allowed these problems to escalate and not it can only be slowed down.
More importantly, we (black community) have left GOD out and this is what we are reaping. A group of well-intended ministers, politicians and concerned ppl, with mis-guided leadership and no structured strategies for any real success. We are m.a.d. (making a difference) Every one in the black community is not re-acting in a knee jerk manner. We don't need a crowd, only a few!!!! It is what it is because of a few pll who keep shifting responsiblity and blame and we allow it!!!!!!