Chicago: Where are the honest black political voices?

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The African-American community has regrettably lost many brilliant out-spoken leaders who said what they meant – and meant what they said!

CHICAGO, IL – The galvanizing voices of such great African-American leaders such as the late Congressman William Dawson, Justice R. Eugene Pincham, Mayor Harold Washington, President John Stroger, Sr., John Sengstacke, Lu Palmer, Vernon Jarrett, Congressman Ralph Metcalfe, Jesse ‘Ma’ Houston, Neal A. Bratcher, Sr., Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Marion Williams, Alderwoman Anna Langford, and so many others have been called into eternity. These brilliant-minded people and others spoke back with truth to power! As you perhaps might already know, many of these dedicated hard-hitters gave all they had – and some died of broken hearts!

While some present warriors continue to lift their voices in honesty, their lights appear to be dimmed by in-house internal political fractions. Much of these political fractions and power grabs are attributed to greed, power and for the love of money! Now, this is not to say that all Blacks seeking higher offices or any office is seeking funds for their own bank accounts! However, it has been established that in the past (before the changes of the law) some candidates would run for office knowing they could not and would not win; but afterwards, many ran all the way to the bank with the community’s contributed dollars. Laws have since changed.

The community by large should remember those political persons sitting in authority who promise liberation, but in return, often give back a good dose of disappointments coupled with a bunch of untruths!

In earlier political years a fraction of power was brought about by the downtown voices of deceit who came to rob, steal and destroy and they did it quite well! They gave crumbs to Blacks and rewarded them with low paying jobs. The paybacks for salaried positions were for Blacks to give back a percentage of their paychecks. These deceitful voices and faces have perhaps changed, but their theories of thought remain the same… get all you can while you can! It now appears that some Black politicians have taken on the mindset of the overseers (masters) who governed the slaves.

I think the taxpayers forget that he or she is the politicians’ employer and that employees can be fired!

Are we living in an era where we call the right – wrong … and the wrong right? And if so, the scriptures clearly says we are living in the last days.

Can you remember those loud voices above the crowd who promised everything – but gave little or nothing in return? Note that this mythology extends to this day and to the nation’s capitol found sitting among our United States Congress. I would advise that the community watch with a jaundice eye those persons vying to occupy available seats in Congress, perhaps seeking an opportunity to take us back 100-plus years.

In my humble opinion and with an apolitical view, I suggest that present leaders in addition to want-to-be politicians who honestly want to fight for a struggling people, focus in on African American political history, thus realizing that we may now be at the brink of bloodbaths that has historically caused strife and bitterness in this city, county and state! Disruptive change may serve only to divide and conquer the African American community! You cannot erase the historical evils that were put into place by the powers-that-be at that time, and will be long remembered by our children’s children! But you can play the brilliant hand of being wise as a serpent yet harmless as a dove!

Black political history just ought to instruct us that Blacks not travel the old path of being misled again. And, speaking of misleading, may I quickly ask an important question… why is African-American Education not implemented in the Chicago School System as set-forth via the law in the 90s? What is the hold-up? Point being, if Blacks don’t know where we’ve been how then can we get a perspective on today or the many tomorrows. Or quite honestly, is this the plan?

African American political candidates please stop fighting for political entrapments that lay in wait for your very demise! Rather, fight with your knowledge and money…in the community for those things in plain view such as criminal justice, education, poverty and the lack of food among our elders, and just so many other important day-to-day matters!

Note: I speak to those who are vying for politics on their own and not to those who under the guides of God seek to battle the divisiveness of the enemy. Because if God does not build the house, the laborer builds in vain. I hasten to point out that if you are on your own politically and not holding on to the word of God the enemy will give you a dose of medicine where you may not have an immediate cure for. Stay in your calling!

Years ago, I recall that there was a sincere mindset by the large majority of political candidates to give of themselves to those less able to fend for themselves … but today, some are helping themselves and, of course, filling their own coffers. The public goes along with what’s happening and simply living off a thing called hope. Christ is the hope of Glory and He sends the ministers to protect and warn the people. The scripture says: The people will perish for the lack of knowledge… but not on my watch!

The true ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ have been put on alert to stand on the wall and warn the people. And, the scripture says: Danger to the shepherd who allows the sheep to be scattered.

I would sincerely suggest to those political candidates praying for the favor of God and have love and mercy for the people of God, to first seek ye the kingdom of God and His righteousness – all other things will be added unto you! Candidates just ought to make sure their calling to serve has been sanctioned and ordained of God!

All candidates and sitting politicians are presently faced with a new face on the enemy, smiling and could care less about a thing called honest intent! That deceiving face comes to the candidates stating that he or she can be blessed as far as you can see. Some folk want to believe that world of fantasy, while others digest the lie. Praying folk turn to the Lord who has promised to lead and guide us.

Going back to our many yesterdays, I remember when the greatest among men and women in Chicago were those who were concerned about the people and sought not to rape or rob them, but tried honestly hard to enhance their abilities to better survive! Where has that gone?

Then again, where is the broad respect for the Black community by large, and not me and mine? The love we lost was a good thing!

Political offenders and ex-offenders have yet to offer an apology and/or repentance for their proven misbehavior! Some would seek an opportunity at a second and third chance to shame us, only after being found guilty, leaving office in disgrace and being sentence to jail or prison. The question is, where is that simple sincere apology coupled with repentance, or is it thought that God nor the public deserves one?

What example is being demonstrated for our troubled youth who would hold elected officials up as role models and to many their idols? Youth emulate that which they see, and we wonder what is wrong with them? And of course many gangbangers are now aspiring to become politicians… they say the ‘business’ is good! Wonder what that means?

Isn’t it enough that non-Black politicians spit in the communities’ face and say that it’s raining! However, for Black traitors to take the same liberties to do the same, it becomes most offensive and shows a lack of integrity.

We could in fact recall the golden years of decency where those who desired to sit in political seats of authority were held accountable to the taxpayer and their feet were held to the fire!  In the African-American community, the public must demand that those in leadership are honest and with moral decency! The Scriptures also speak as to requirements for leadership for those who have been selected to have the rule over people.

A valid question: Are we living in an era where we now call the right wrong and the wrong right? And if so, the Scriptures says we are living in the last days when men and women wouldn’t consider their ways.

About Rev. Harold E. Bailey

Rev. Bailey has served 34-years as President of the Probation Challenge Organization, 14 years as former member and chairman of the cook county board of corrections,14 years as a Chicago/Cook County Adult Probation Officer (Assigned to Justice R. Eugene Pincham).

Contact: Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge, Inc. – The Truth Network

Contact: Rev. Harold E. Bailey at: 773.978.3706

Written for Copyline Magazine and may be re-printed via the media.

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