The biblical interpretation from Romans 12:2,
“If Change Is Necessary Then Not To Change Is Always Destructive”
Change has come in the political climate of Jacksonville.
Voters have created history in
the election of an African American Mayor.
The unique aspect is that the Mayor is not a Republican or
Tea Party affiliate, but a Democrat.
The historical climate from decades of political separation based on race, education and economics is hoped to change. To create avenues of change it is not solely based on the Mayor and his administration, but all citizen of Jacksonville are accountable to help Mayor Brown make that change effective and long lasting.
Traditionally Jacksonville has been a Republican ideological city and as such a different philosophy about public service to people. Republican cutbacks on community services and the needs of low income families and children are often overlooked. The Children’s Commission, Human Rights Commission, public libraries and others that fight for stable families, hungry children and education are always threatened with cutbacks, being cut out or reduction in services. Having conducted the same political agendas for decades has produced the same results for decades; mistrust of government, disrespect for the democratic process, perception that government does not care about poor (even whites experience poverty) and people of color. Much has been said of our governmental officials having a civic, ethical and moral responsibility to serve the people that elected them to office.
There should be an understanding that citizens as a community are all accountable for change because our actions will dictate our acceptance or rejection of policies and procedures that will have to be made. The United States is a democracy and I would hope to see a true democracy in this administration.
I would hope to see fair leadership with authority, authenticity, ethics, morality and honor. Langston Hughes said, ”I swear to the Lord I still can’t see why democracy means everybody but me.”
This may have been the mentality of Jacksonville citizens for years, but now there is change in the air. Not just the aroma of the Maxwell House coffee factory, not just the stench of the Paper Mill or odors of the Port Authority, but the sweet perfume of political change.
Jacksonville has made an investment for the future, as a community we are now more than ever accountable for changing past destructive / separatist directions. The community must show support for our Human Rights Commission, the continued support of the Children’s Commission, participate and contribute in JCCI study groups and professional development opportunities that JCCI Forward creates to better serve the intellectual growth of the citizens, young and seniors. To involve more youth in the Youth Achievement in Technology with E3 Business Group to teach youth how to effectively use technology not just for Social Media, Cyberbullying, Sexting, but prepare all youth for future jobs. More women of all races, religions, and cultures should participate in the League of Women Voters to have a stronger political voice; these are just a few of the opportunities we have and should avail ourselves to.
It seemed by many we were on a path of economic destruction
(high unemployment), continued racial mistrust (colorism, racism)
and educational separation (failing schools and failing parents).
Accountability rests with the individual to empower themselves
with the proper skill set that prepares for future educational and
economic opportunities. This election of change does show that
everyone’s vote counts. Mayor Brown won by 1,662 votes, it
wasn’t Blacks and their votes, but Whites, Hispanics, Asians and
other cultures. The strong African American vote helped and those
that took advantage of their legal rights of voting showed that the
civil rights laws (Voting Rights Act of 1965) that were earned did
in fact work in the 21st Century.
Changes have occurred in politics with more activity by minorities.
I have blogged before about the election processes and been accused of being racist, divisive and extremist because of my encouragement of minorities to vote. Voting is a right that has been earned and a civic responsibility that is taught in our schools so we are all responsible and accountable to push the right to vote.
Republicans have been in power for over 20 years, the reality is minorities have not advanced and provided opportunities to sit at the table of political involvement, economic decision making and educational opportunities. Now is an opportunity for involvement and redirection, James Baldwin stated, “Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.” The reality is there is a change and more change will come, with change there is growth.
Jacksonville must prepare for growth in education
(valuing education), employment (gaining employable
skills), ethics and ethical accountability (City Council),
enforcing just and fair laws (law enforcement), and community
involvement by all citizens. Accountability is more than the 14
letters that make up the spelling; it is a personal responsibility to
know the value and morality of promoting and participating for the
best for our community.
The next four (4) years and potentially beyond will show how
accountable we will be for behaviors, choices and support for new
leadership, vision and opportunities.
Just because an African American (Alvin Brown) is Mayor, minorities cannot sit on their behinds and chant about overcoming and having arrived. Now the hard work begins. When jobs do come will Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Mexicans, and others be ready for a hand-up not just a hand-out? Will citizens be ready to go back to school for re-education and retraining or will they complain about Mayor Brown not “giving them something” because he is Black like them? The example of this election should be if you work hard, fight for positive change you can overcome homelessness, poverty, lack of education and feelings of disconnection from community empowerment.
Accountability is more than the 14 letters that make up the spelling, it is an individual conscientiousness (understanding) to know the value and morality of what is best for our households, communities, schools, and churches. The next 4 (four) years and potentially beyond will show how accountable we will be for our community behaviors, choices, actions, and support of Mayor Brown’s administration in leadership and vision. Making hard choices now for a better future for all in Jacksonville, Florida.