Mayor Williams: Time for talk to black community
YOUNGSTOWN — Mayor Jay Williams says it’s time for him to have a heart-to-heart talk with the black community and get out his anti-violence message.
Most of the black community, he said, obeys the law. The lawless ones need to hear how the breakdown of the family is part of the crime problem, he said.
Yes, there’s systemic racism, but those who chose the criminal lifestyle “exacerbate the situation,” Williams said Thursday. “You show me the lifestyle and I’ll show you how it’s gonna end.”
Williams said that as a black man, there’s things he can say that his white predecessors couldn’t and he, much as comedian and activist Bill Cosby has done, intends to do it. He also wants to invite Cosby to town — assured that his appearance would fill the Chevrolet Centre.
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