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Enough is enough, Mayor Jay Williams says

Published: Thu, December 6, 2007 @ 11:10 p.m.

Letter from the Mayor



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.

For the complete story, see Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com.


1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 8 years, 7 months ago

Holy crap, a logical response by the mayor.

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2alumni(10 comments)posted 8 years, 6 months ago

Something has to be done in this community noone wants to come to Youngstown for anything. There has to be a solution.

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3ms2boone(1 comment)posted 8 years, 6 months ago

will i respected jay williams up unitl that comment he made after that quadruple murder(no sympathy ha)i wanna have a talk wit h him do n e one no how i can contact him

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