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Their answer to violence? Parents, mentors, community



Published: Sun, March 13, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

RELATED: Warren man shot to death on East Side

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Albert Taylor remembers seeing a Youngstown man blow marijuana smoke in the face of his child to make the child hungry because the boy was sick and did not want to eat.

  Panel Discussion Part 1

A group of African American males talks about the situation in Youngstown. Part 1

A group of African American males talks about the situation in Youngstown. Part 1

  Panel Discussion Part 2

A group of African American males talk about the situation in Younstown. Part 2

A group of African American males talk about the situation in Younstown. Part 2

  Panel Discussion Part 3

A group of African American males talk about the situation in Youngstown. Part 3

A group of African American males talk about the situation in Youngstown. Part 3

That the father felt it OK to blow marijuana in the direction of his child, who has sickle-cell anemia, demonstrates a difficulty young black people have in raising the next generation.

“I looked at that and I asked, ‘When did you stop caring? If the wrong person sees that, your son is gone.’ He is trying to make something positive, but it really isn’t,” said Taylor, adding that is an example of a young person not realizing the consequences of his action.

Taylor, 29, of Youngstown, and five other men sat at a downtown bar this week to discuss recent violence in the city and ways to combat the problem.

Joining him were Keith Love, 23, of Youngstown; Adrian McDowell, 26, of Youngstown; George Washington, 28, of Youngstown; Charles Colvin, 23, of Youngstown; and Maurice Hobard, 35, of Campbell.

Proper guidance is often hard to come by, Washington acknowledged.

“When you are looking for a role model in Youngstown, your options are small.”

The men, most associated with the entertainment business, agreed a key element in the level of crime and violence in the city is a severe lack of role models for young, impressionable black males.

Hobard said these young people eventually grow up and see how destructive certain behaviors are. By that time, however, many already are in the criminal-justice system.

“In the ‘hood,’ you are like a celebrity. Most times you know what you are doing is wrong, but nothing is better when you are young than that rush you get from a pat on the back when you go back to the hood. That state of mind changes when you get older,” he said.

All six agreed one way to combat violence and criminal behavior in younger people is to show them people from diverse backgrounds, including some who have been in trouble with the law, so they can tell kids what not to do because they have “been there and done that.”

They all said politicians and preachers are simply not enough to get kids to listen.

“A lot of black preachers in the city that have power — they won’t come together and do nothing,” Hobard said. “Maybe if I saw a person just like me doing something positive and come back as a role model, that’s who I am going to listen to. I am not going to listen to some preacher or somebody on TV or some older person telling me what to do. You don’t know my life or what I have been through.”

The men acknowledge there is another fundamental problem in the black community: a breakdown in the family structure.

“Kids are being born and don’t even know who their parents are; they are in foster homes. ... It’s going to take a lot. There isn’t just one super solution,” said Colvin.

Participants in a similar discussion, with five other black males in an offender program at Community Corrections Association in Youngstown, also cited the breakdown in the black family for destructive behavior in young adults.

Participants in that discussion said mentoring has to begin at home with parents willing to make sure kids are up for school, doing homework and staying out of trouble.

They agreed that every member of the community also need needs to teach those kids conflict resolution beyond fighting or picking up a gun.

That group agreed that a return to a time where any member of the community could chastise a child and expect support from that child’s parents is essential.

“They [kids] don’t have that structure anymore; morals and values are all twisted up,” said one man at the CCA discussion who did not want his name to be used. “When I grew up, my mother’s friend, if I was swearing, would check me and run that back to my mother, and my mother would handle the situation so that I would know to next time respect elders and be respectful. That carries a lot of weight, and now you don’t have that.”

Members of the downtown discussion at the Love Lounge on Federal Street said another problem driving the tide of violence among young men, particularly black males, are media images of rap stars and other celebrities.

They say many celebrities portray an image completely different from their actual lives, leading some young people to actually try to live those images.

One of the six men arrested in the off-campus shooting near Youngstown State University in February wears a tattoo stating “Death before Dishonor” across his chest.

Love said the slogan could mean a young black person would die before he dishonored his people. If anything is dishonoring your people, you are not going to put up with that, he added.

Washington, however, said such tattoos are often an example of people attempting to live a street life portrayed by a celebrity who does not actually live that life.

He added those celebrities often become the role models for young men who have no one else to emulate.

The men at the table this week said those media images have to be replaced with diverse members of the community whom kids can respect. They said there really is no set criteria for acting as a role model with these young people other than understanding where they are coming from and living a decent life that young people can observe.

Both discussion groups agreed that the creation of more mentoring programs allowing young males to interact like brothers to younger males would be beneficial.

“I have a bigger influence on kids in Youngstown than any politician in the city of Youngstown,” Washington said. “Half the kids know me from my kids or just growing up. ... We [Washington and McDowell] work together to teach kids, but we tell other people that and they [say], ‘You’re a drug dealer. You’re a felon.’ Or this and that.

“Well, yes I [was], and I am willing to tell somebody how not to be one,” Washington said.

Washington said the ease with which a gun can be obtained in most areas can fuel the mind-set of a young person looking to live out acts of violence portrayed in the media or the streets of his community.

McDowell and Colvin, with the agreement of the other four men at the downtown discussion, said another consideration in stopping violence among younger black people is a taught knowledge of their history.

“All these kids grow up hearing how their slave masters contributed [to American society]. Now the [black] kids have inferiority complexes,” said McDowell.

All the men agree that a greater knowledge of history will lead to better feelings of self-worth and a more positive self-image. Colvin said this ultimately will lead to a reduction in criminal activity among young blacks, but it has to start early in life.

“This will have to begin at the preschool level to begin to turn it around,” he said. “We know right from wrong, but influence is big.”

Most of the men in the group agreed that the history lessons cannot be left up to the schools, agreeing it is imperative to have these lessons reinforced in the community and in the home.

Colvin said one final aspect of changing the course of violence in the city is to give young people something to do with their time — preferably summer jobs where poorer kids can earn extra cash and learn a work ethic.

THE PANEL

Six men with diverse backgrounds sat down at the Love Lounge, a downtown Youngstown bar, to discuss violence among younger black people and possible ways to ease that violence. A brief description of each man involved in the discussion:

Albert Taylor, 29, Youngstown North Side: One-parent upbringing in Westlake Terrace Housing Development. Five sisters. Attended The Rayen School and later received his General Educational Development diploma. Graduated from Youngstown State University in 2007. Run-ins with law enforcement for domestic violence and driving under suspension. Married with two children.

Adrian McDowell, 26, Youngstown North Side: Grew up in single-parent home with three

siblings. Now single with three children but is engaged. Graduate of Chaney High School and Youngstown State University. No prior criminal record. In the entertainment business as a rap artist.

Maurice Hobard, 35, Campbell: Two-parent household upbringing. Graduate of Campbell High School. Three degrees from Youngstown State University. No criminal record. Married with three children. Former gang member. CEO of True 2 Life Entertainment.

Keith Love Jr., 23, Youngstown East Side: Grew up single-parent household and lifelongresident of the city. Graduate of East High School. Single, but has a steady girlfriend. Misdemeanor run-ins with the law for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

George Washington, 28, Sharon Line section on Youngstown East Side: One-parent household (raised by his father). Attended East High School and The Rayen School before obtaining his GED. Student at Youngstown State University.

Single with four children. Served time at 21 for selling drugs.

Charles Colvin, 23, Youngstown South Side: Raised in a two-parent household. Graduate

of Woodrow Wilson High School. Senior at Youngstown State University. Single with no children. Owner of Starlyfe Entertainment.


Comments

1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Fix the African American family value system in the area and things will get better. The problem is no one knows how to do that successfully. Recognizing the root cause of the problem is always a good start as these six pointed out. Maybe these six can be the start of something good. Great inteviews Vindy!

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2VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

An excellent article...and its about time we start hearing about positive actions. My hat is off to these young men, as they are sincerely trying to reverse an alarming trend. Good job!

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3Left2right4(35 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Men with criminal records meet in a downtown bar and discuss the problems with Y-town's youth... and that is news? They list jobs like rap artist and owner's of "entertainment" What is that? They sound like unemployed drunken thugs to me.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Life in the hood doesn't teach work ethics . Life revolves around government checks and drug money . Working families are an unusual aspect of the hood . If you truly want to break the cycle provide jobs and make their being employed mandatory . Right now the people are enslaved to dependency and a lack of morality fueled by 24/7 idle time .

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Good start and we should support it with our money and time . So far nothing has else has worked .

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6TonyB(29 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Don't leave out the participation of young people. They can help reduce the number of youth who enter the juvenile justice system and engage youth in productive, community-building activities.

I completely agree that High School Faculty and Administration, Law Enforcement and Juvenile Justice Professionals, Social Service Agencies all partner in establishing Time Bank Youth Courts in all the Valley's high schools to reduce youth crime.

There is a systematic way to make that happen.

A Time Bank Youth Court aims to involve community members of all ages in the process of applying restorative justice, addressing wrongs to the community, and helping young people succeed.

People’s needs are better met when they are involved in an equal and reciprocal relationship with professionals and others, working together to get things done.

Click the following link to read about two ongoing examples, http://tbmw.org/youthcourt

Tony Budak

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7MattMarzula(109 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey Vindicator, here's an idea. Why don't you come join a round table discussion between my friends and I to discuss what is evidently wrong with the greater Youngstown community. You know. People who's job titles include labourer, stone worker, landscaper, engineer, nurse, soldier, lawyer... basically people who don't have criminal records and hold taxable jobs that don't live in a dream world selling empty promises. I have a lot of friends in entertainment and music. Professionals who play instruments and don't sit in a basement charging kids who make money selling dope for sessions. Maybe go for a drive around town so you can see with your own eyes. Just think for a minute. The cultures that struggle the most in America are the ones that fail to assimilate and be productive. Every immigrant knows that. How come people who have been here for 8 generations don't?

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8BusDriver(46 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

As a Mom where are the mother's? When I was married we decided to only have 1 child because that's all we could afford, so why is it so important in the black culture to have not 1 but to have 6 or more? Is it the welfare money? Is it a status symbol? Im not sure, but how can you bring children into this world that you know you can't afford and nuture into successful adults. In the hood or in the burbs, poor or rich, single or married, being a parent with standards, morals, and discipline and giving those to your kids don't cost a thing.

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9Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

"Washington said the ease with which a gun can be obtained in most areas can fuel the mind-set of a young person looking to live out acts of violence portrayed in the media or the streets of his community."

That is the BIGGEST issue. You have 10-14 year olds packing and it's only getting worse.

“Death before Dishonor”

Pitiful gang related. Grow up.

“All these kids grow up hearing how their slave masters contributed [to American society]. Now the [black] kids have inferiority complexes,” said McDowell."

Totally disagree with this. The kids, there parents, there grandparents were never slaves and never had to sit in the back of the bus. Quit using slavery as a excuse for violence. And just recently a teacher was criticized for having a dramatization about slaves. So do you want to teach the blacks or not. One or the other. So tired of this excuse.

http://www.10tv.com/live/content/loca...

matt

"The cultures that struggle the most in America are the ones that fail to assimilate and be productive. Every immigrant knows that. How come people who have been here for 8 generations don't? "

Totally agree with you on that.

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10angelohio(19 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I would love to see the day when they stop blaming everyone and everything for the crimes and life these boys get involved with, I came from a very abusive home and chose to do the right thing with my life. The blame game needs to stop. Its about personal responsibility. I'm responsible for my behavior no matter what age I am or where I may live. As long as we give them excuses its what they will do make excuses. My mom was raised in a home with six siblings and a single mother, and they all went on to live productive lives. These men and women who decide to sleep with several men and women and have children by different men or women aren't accepting responsibility for their behavior they get aboard the blame game train, and spend the rest of their lives blaming everyone and everything for their lives. Then their children do the same thing, oh I shot and killed a guy because... its not my fault, it this, that and the other thing that caused me to do it. Enough already, STOP BLAMING EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE AND ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS GET OUT OF THE BLAME GAME JEEZ I'M SICK OF HEARING IT

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11Boardman120(82 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

While I commend these men for admitting there is a terrible problem in their community, I feel they didn't go far enough with their 'solutions'. There is one really easy way to break this cycle of poverty and violence: Quit Having Illegitimate Children.
There are 4 easy steps to guarantee success in life:
1. Finish high school
2. Get a job
3. Get married
4. Then,and only then, have children
These statistics are easy to verify. Why is no one willing to espouse marriage before procreation as a way to end this madness?

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12moneymoney(21 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

There are no positive black role models in the media? What about Obama?

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13otisgrimes(3 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I Believe this is why most of you who are commenting only comment on here and not the real paper. FYI Maurice Hobart has a MASTERS degree in Business and Adrian Mcdowell is also the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of a non profit who has saved more black kids lives then all of you put together in YOUNGSTOWN. Do your home work.

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14BillFerguson(2 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Do You think we Would Go to a Interview in a Hoody?.... Come on Everyone Wheres hoodies. Im pretty Sure You own some yourself.. The Clothes Dont make the Person.

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15Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I have 6 companies in the ytown area . And I'm sure none of my managers would never hire any of these guys in their HOOD clothes . Please clean up your act . We work for the public and need to look clean and respectful .

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16Millie(192 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Did they say who is supporting all the children they have while discussing this?

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17Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

. Please clean up your act and maybe you could get a job

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18Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

carl

"I recently was employed by a right-wing corporation that was run by Republicans form top to bottom. They would not hire ANY blacks, and was overtly racist. I asked why they wouldn't hire minorities, and first was hassled because of my Jewish heritage, and was later discharged for no reason. Corporate management and Republicans are arrogant, racist scum."

Enlighten everyone, what is the name of this corporation? If you can't name it, then your story seems made up. If what you say is true then wouldn't you want to get this corporation in the media and brought down for there so-called practices?

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19otisgrimes(3 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

As FAR AS HOODIES I BELIEVE THAT THE INVENTOR OF FACEBOOK WAS JUST IN A NATIONALLY BROADCASTED INTERVIEW WITH WHAT???? A HOODIE!!! You miserable people will find anything and any reason to put down young black males even when they are trying to do something right. and I know 1 thing for everyone who has something negative to say, I GUARANTEE NONE OF U WILL SAY IT TO ANY OF THEIR FACES IN THE STREETS. BET THAT!

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20Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

@carlstaatz
that funny the most racist company i every worked for was a meat packing plant ran by orthodox Jew if you weren't a Jew the could care less if you cut your own arm off in a machine working for them
They would fire you on the spot if you talked to one of there daughters.

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21captdinger(108 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Good idea freeatlast, lets see some of your money and maybe someone else will throw some in. Talk, talk, talk

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22ytown1(392 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Here is some answers for carl,

My quote on another thread: "And you Carl, I know you are a township employee now without a shadow of a doubt."

UH I missed this one, apparently all you are is very angry, unemployed Jew? Who doesn't do well at play time with others.

Don't claim that I am an anti Semite, you are the one who brought up your heritage, not I.

Your Quote:
"I asked why they wouldn't hire minorities, and first was hassled because of my Jewish heritage"

You my friend need some serious counseling to deal with your anger management, and I hate to tell you that the boss cannot always be wrong, if you have lost more than one job for the same reason, it is more than likely a problem you have that makes people fire you. So get over it and get an attitude adjustment.

I also can tell you are not a team player, you fail to bring anything to the table that benefits the whole, you only see it as me against them, you are so delusional. Corporate America spits out people like you daily. The only environment you could survive in is a Union shop, because you need the union to protect your job from yourself and your actions. Good luck on your next job?

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23ytown1(392 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Not to take a positive story down a negative path because of carl,

I also wanted to commend the Vindy team and these individuals for stepping up and doing something constructive to address these issues, and yes it is only a start. It does take a community. Though the parents and relatives need to step up first like these fie young men.

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24OH10OH10(3 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SHOWED US SUPPORT ON THE INTERVIEW! NOW I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE COMMENTS. HOODIES DO NOT MAKE THE MAN THE PERSON WHO IS BEHIND THEM CLOTHS MAKE THE CHARACTER! I WOULD NEVER APPEAR AT A JOB SETTING DRESS LIKE THAT OR FOR AN INTERVIEW! YOUR SO QUICK TO STEREOTYPE US, AS WELL AS POINT FINGERS AND YOU NEVER EVEN MEET ME! SUCH A SHAME AND THEY SAY RACISM DOES'NT LIVE! LOL SECONDLY, I'VE NEVER BLAMED ANYONE FOR MY DECISION I LEARDNED FROM THEM AND CONTINUE TO GROW AS GOD INTENDED ME TO! I WORK HARD TO FEED MY CHILDREN OFF OF MY CAREER I FIGHT HARD DAILY' I REFUSE TO SELL DRUGS OR SLAVE MYSELF AT A JOB GETTING SOMEONE ELSE RICH AND I CAN DO THE SAME THING, OWN MY OWN BUSINESS AND LABOR FOR MYSELF. THAT'S WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY THEY WILL LAY DOWN, AND FOLLOW SOMEONE ELSE AN NOT THEIR OWN. IM NOT THE ONE TO SIT AND WATCH A TV IM THE ONE WONDERING HOW THE TV WORK, HOW I CAN BUILD MY OWN! THE YOUTH NEEDS TO KNOW THEY TO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO WITH THE RIGHT STRUCTURE AND GUIDENCE! I WILL SHOW THEM ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WITH OR WITHOUT THE HELP OF OTHERS. THIS IS JUST THE START OF MANY THINGS TO COME STICK AROUND A WATCH! MY MUSIC DOES NOT PROMOTE VIOLENCE AT ALL! BLACKFACE "IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE" IS THE NAME OF MY ALBUM. DATPIFF.COM HAS IT ITS FREE. OR GO ON YOUTUBE. IF YOU DONT KNOW THE STRUGGLE HOW CAN YOU GIVE BACK WITH NO MUSCLE!
BLACKFACE.................THANK YOU

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25Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

carlstaatz :

"Corporate America needs destroyed!!! "

YOU BET ! We should not be enslaved to a job . Everyone needs 24/7 idle time to do crime . The subculture needs to thrive .

VIVA LA CULTURE !

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26walter_sobchak(1982 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

carlstaatz,

Please spare us. Maybe the racist scum that hire you realize quickly how much anger you have pent up inside of you. Workers that have bad attitudes need to be removed from a workforce asap. So, you work for a private corporation and want to abolish the system that it operates in and you wonder why they terminated you? Seriously? You are a schmuck!

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27Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Easy there carlstaatz , you are well on the road to imploding . Take a break, go to Burger King and have it your way . . ..

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28Silence_Dogood(1388 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

"I would give them the wealth, and destroy ever pork-eating gentile along the way"

WOW Talk about RACIST!

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29walter_sobchak(1982 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

carlstaatz,

C'mon man, take it easy. Don't worry; be happy! I mean, even Pope Benedict has exonerated the Jews, as a people, from blame in putting Jesus Christ to death.

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30uncle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I honestly thought this article was a joke. Who got this Panel together? You have to be kidding me. I would like to see another discussion with these same guys and include Rollen Smith, Kevin Jackson, Booker Newberry, Adrian Brown, And Janet Tarpley. They all have degrees and work at JJC and are well known throughout the community.

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31BillFerguson(2 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Uncle if they all Were so Concerned why didnt they have this panel discussion.... or better yet why dont they help out more.. its easy to sit here and have these discussions but until some one starts implementing solutions its just all talk.. and if they were trying to help so much why werent any of them at the Increase the Peace Rally at the south Field house that us guys on the panel put together 2 Months ago.. Thanks

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32OH10OH10(3 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

NO ONE CARES IF WE LIVE, DIE, SUCCEED OR ARE EMPLOYED! LOOK AT THE RACISM IN THESE COMMENTS WOW! WE CARE WHATS GOING ON EVEN IF YOU DON'T! WE WILL PREVAIL

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33borylie(832 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

OH100H10, That's why you won't prevail. Racism is what it always comes back to. Forget the whites and the racism and concentrate on the real problems the black community has. Blacks hating whites only benefits Sharpton and Jackson and whites hating blacks only benefits KKK's. It would benefit us all if crime was down and respect was up. All I ever read in the Vindy is how this group or this meeting is to try and solve black problems. All talk and photo opps. I sincerely wish you the best of luck and that you're successful.

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34Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

carl

"It is because of white racist scum that the black folks in this country are living in poverty. "

Really? Whatever happened to being accountable for your OWN actions instead of always blaming everything and everyone.

"I've helped build several successful businesses for these gentile, white racist scum."

With your attitude I find that really hard to believe.

"Now that my Social Security has been approved the goal is how many firms I can bury."

I have a feeling - zip, zero, none.

"I've had many black friends, and I have more respect for them than I do whites, because whites flee from the black neighborhoods like little @itches!! "

I crack up everytime I hear that quote "I've had many black friends" such a old old cliche just tickles me. I think whites and blacks flee black neighborhoods, not because of race, maybe because of CRIME,VIOLENCE,KILLINGS, DRUGS, CRACKHOUSES?????

You should take your SS and buy a island in the middle of the Pacific and be all by yourself, before your end up with a stroke.

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35ytown1(392 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I am so sorry to hear you in such despair Carl,
I truly did not know I had that much influence on your life.

I Truly appreciate your kind words posted on my blogger page her on vindy, only goes to show you, that kindness given is doubly rewarded back, Good luck on that search for a new job, cause I hate to tell you SS is not going to cut it in this economy, I did hear they are hiring greeters at Wal Mart though? Might want to take the bus down there right away.

Is Wal Mart a union shop? I sure hope so for your sake Carl. ( I know that I should not post this but he kind of deserves a little of his own medicine) Sorry Carl? As Flip Wilson used to say, "The Devil Made Me Do It", see I even like black people too.

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36Askmeificare(711 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

@ Mike Ray Councilman:

Gang members are hanging out openly on the corner of Mahoning Avenue and Steel Street.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT?

CAROL RIMEDIO RIGHETTI DID NOTHING ABOUT IT EXCEPT BLAME COMMISSIONER LUDT FOR NOT DOING ANYTHING.

Yet there by the grace of a poor criminal justice system, a poor performance by elected political hacks who pretend they care, and on and on, do these gang criminals continue to try to sell our children drugs, rob our homes, steal our cars.

So what are YOU - MIKE RAY - going to do about it?

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37Reader(126 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I applaud these gentlemen for taking it upon themselves to get together and throw out ideas. They are trying to take a stand, make a difference and better our local society. The way they dressed when they decided to dedicate their time and ideas to something productive is irrevelant to the outcome. They could have chosen to sleep all day, walk the mall, ignore the problem,complain about it, blame it on someone else or DO SOMETHING about it. I think they are on the right track and I hope to see much more thoughts and actions out of these men. I hope many will join them in their crusade to bring on positive change. When this starts to turn around and they begin to accomplish their goals for the community, I hope carl gets to read about it from the psych ward. Really, Carl scares the crap out of me.

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38LockettiJones(3 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Great story - great work guys! Always good to hear a WWHS alumni doing good. I hope you don't mind, but I reposted this article in the Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Group on Facebook - all years welcome.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?...
A google alert keeps us informed of alumni stories - to keep yourself in touch with other alumni, feek free to join this group on Facebook. If you would like, you are welcome to become an owner/author of the group too. We try to get someone from each graduation class involved.

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39LockettiJones(3 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

of course I meant feeL free to join... it would be so nice if they had spell check on here :)

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40GoodPerson(15 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

It's about time some are willing to admit that there's a problem. These guys are few who will admit it and are willing to do something to change it.

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