Niagara Gazette


February 21, 2014

HAMILTON: Make black history, instead of just skipping it


Niagara Gazette — The same NFHA board member also had oversight on a board of education whose black student population constituted 33 percent of the total, yet the professional staff constituted a mere 5 percent. Additionally, the system was rated at the bottom 4 percent of all upstate school districts in New York.

Forty-five years ago, such a person, so well-positioned to do so much good, would have been considered to have made Black History. I’m sorry, but his speech, in what was seemingly a plea to council to apparently make him accountable to do what he considers to be the right, kind of sounded to me like an old, scratched up 45rpm vinyl record instead — one where the needle skipped over and over across the same groove, playing the same old tired segment of an old song that is no longer sweet to the ear nor entertaining to the mind.

Somehow, that just ain’t being black to me, and further proof that skin color is neither a measure of confidence nor competence.

Strangely, Martin Luther King’s dream is manifested in it all. 

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