GUILTY

guiltyGUILTY!  Within the last year, former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, Trenton’s Tony F. Mack and Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., have publicly fallen from grace.  Nagin, Mack and Jackson recentlymade national news for being convicted of crimes that range from bribery to larceny.  These once renowned, brilliant and emerging political stars have ended what could have been a meaningful life-long political career.  Instead they chose greed, glitter and the pursuit of their own self-interests. 

After the verdict was read, photos taken outside of the courthouses showed men who regretted their choices, and even more so regretted that for them justice was served. No matter how deplorable the deed, one can only assume that all three men had good intentions at the beginning of their political journeys, and began to establish policies in the interest of the greater good of OTHERS!

For some, there is a tendency to group all Black elected officials. The fact of the matter is that the corrupt- elected officials garnish a lot of national media, while the honest and fully capable officials do their jobs and go unsung.  And so, we recognize the commitment and unwavering faithfulness of our Black elected public servants. 

***The following cities have minority populations over 50%.

City

East Orange, NJ  

Mayor Robert Bowser

 

 

Gary, IN Karen Freeman-Wilson

 

 

Irvington, NJ  Wayne Smith

 

 

Detroit, MI   Dave Bing

 

 

Jackson, MS  Frank Melton

 

 

Miami Gardens, FL  Shirley Gibson

 

 

Pine Bluff, AR  Carl Redus

 

 

Birmingham, AL   William A. Bell, Sr.

 

 

Albany, GA   Willie Adams, Jr.

 

 

Southfield, MI  Brenda Lawrence

 

 

Monroe, LA  James Mayo

 

 

Baltimore, MD  Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

 

 

Mt. Vernon, NY  Clinton Young

 

 

Memphis, TN  A C Wharton, Jr.

 

 

Wilmington, DE   James M. Baker

 

 

Savannah, GA  Otis S. Johnson

 

 

Shreveport, LA   Cedric B. Glover

 

 

Baton Rouge, LA Melvin “Kip” Holden

 

 

Atlanta, GA   Kasim Reed

 

 

Cleveland, OH  Frank Jackson

 

 

Portsmouth, VA  Kenneth Irvin Wright

 

 

Newark, NJ   Luis Quintana

 

 
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