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January 31, 2013

HAMILTON: A darker side to a brighter Black History Month

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Niagara Gazette — Much of his statement is overwhelmingly true, and we have to be progressively aggressive in solving the problem that leads to gun violence, especially against ourselves.

It is evident that little-to-no help is coming from Washington, and nor should much of it come from there, either. Even though this is a local problem that is spread all over America, it is still a local problem.

It is one that we must solve ourselves, and in the same way that our black grandparents had historically prevented it from happening.

Here’s how:

• On every school day, send your children to school, fed, homework done and prepared to learn.

• Participate in the learning process by learning with your children, examining their homework and by respectfully participating in parent-teacher conferences.

• Join a move for alternative educational opportunities that include the same parochial school opportunities, that many of the educators themselves have had, such as charter school participation and even a move for vouchers and community schools to which you can walk.

• Take responsibility for your children, the ones over which you have control, and don’t get caught up in the race-baiting that you have to act for the good of the entire race – your part of that battle is in your own children; and, if necessary

• Set their goals for a historically black college or university that would give them real goals in life.

If you don’t do that, then ensure that you have a sufficient supply of candles for the street-side vigils, and that they have life insurance policies for the inevitable.

Make me wrong, PLEASE; and do some affirmative action yourselves this February in making Black History Month brighter by making our children into good, productive, black citizens; and quit waiting for Obama to do it for you. Hadiya has.

Contact Ken Hamilton at kenhamilton930@aol.com.

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