This morning, I was asked to turn on 820AM radio station, a station with a let’s say “diverse” listener base. They were asking Black people what they thought of the dust up between Commissioner John Wiley Price and Former Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway. The responses are not as important as what caused the question in the first place: Profanity, threats, and fighting on a GOSPEL RADIO STATION. To add insult to injury, it was the “pull your pants up” guy in the middle of it. Well, Mr. Caraway, I think that you, and we as a people, have bigger problems than exposed underwear.
I’m usually the last person to say that our politicians and athletes should be our role models. We don’t elect people because they are good people but because they are good at their job. At least that’s how I vote. Everyone is human and I believe on balance that people, generally speaking, are bad. We’re bad to our environment, we’re bad to others, and we’re the worst to ourselves, but really, my guys? You couldn’t make it another week to March 1st?
The reason I chose to weigh in on this is the very real impact on our kids and black people as a whole in Dallas. Somewhere in Dallas ISD today there will be a Black student that fights, uses profanity, or both at school. That student will likely be put in ISS if not suspended for 3 days. For whatever amount of time their punishment, they will not be learning and they will be falling further behind. Are children of other races doing the same thing? Yep, but the data overwhelmingly shows that blacks are punished more frequently for these and lesser offenses, so focusing on my children, our children, is appropriate here.
We tell our students to use their words. We tell them that there are better ways to resolve conflict. We tell them that by putting on a collared shirt and a bowtie that they will be better. We tell them that this is not how successful, professional, and educated people act. I guess we’re wrong. I guess the teachers and parents across this city have been teaching our kids in our communities the wrong lesson. Maybe if they fight, say f**k, call each other racial slurs, and threaten to kill each other, they’ll grow up to be powerful elected officials. Ain’t half bad if you ask me. I may punch a coworker at lunch today now that I think about it.
Can I blame them? Kind of, but not really. Personal life is personal life. They are human. As a seasoned politician, you just have to do better at keeping that stuff inside as opposed to on display. Our community and our people now look like a total clown show because if this, but hey, campaigns are stressful and Dallas politics can be tough. I get it.
Thank you for your service. Happy Black History Month to us, I guess?
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