Saturday, February 6, 2016

...and the winner is...

I will never forget the words of a community activist in Atlanta, Barbara Simpson.  About 5 years ago she asked this question in a town hall meeting about school closings, Morris Brown & the proposed new stadium at the time, "Are we playing political football with our children?"

That question still rings in my head. Maybe was the silence in the auditorium of the Historic Brown Middle School in the West End community from that moment. Or the feeling I remember being shocked; in admiration yet fear of not being in a position to have a voice. So. . .  that question still resonates in my mind, constantly, daily...reminding me that the world of Education is changing right before our eyes . . .and we don't have a voice. 

I wonder at times, are we as a country playing political football at the expense of our children? The modern day genocide. Killing, innocent children. The water crisis in Flint, having effects of children. The education crisis in this country with parents and their children. The gun violence crisis with our police system, gangs and domestic violence cases involving our children. We are living in a state of emergency and don't even realize we need to be screaming for help...because we've been silenced. We've been led to believe that we don't have a voice! 

Most Americans, we, do whatever it takes to keep our livelihood even if that means, being silent; not being able to be speak out against the injustices happening in our communities, in our own backyards. We chose to stay in our safe place, so we ignore the backyard to keep the front yard looking like we're together. But in our back yard, there's sex trafficking, rape, failing schools, failing communities, poverty, homelessness, working poor, declining middle class, gentrification, gun trafficking, racial hate crimes, water and food poisoning and so much more.

We make the decision not to have a voice. So no one hears our freedom or our pain.

Be Inspired to Have a Voice! 


  1. Jason, this was a great article and I completely agree with you. I noticed that we don't have a vast amount of mental health facilities in the city (instead we have homeless shelters), but in areas of North Fulton there are drug rehab programs, mental health facilities, etc. We need more resources in South Fulton and people to pay for them. Many times the children don't need police to be called, but a therapist to talk them through what they are internally experiencing. Keep doing what you're doing, and keep up the great work!