Monday, November 21, 2011

BMWs and the Giant Slayer


Last week I had the honor of participating in the PICO Network National Gathering of Clergy and Faith Leaders in the city of New Orleans, LA. PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.

While in this city I got to see BMW's, a rare occurrence in Los Angeles. By now you may be wondering what I'm talking about...BMW rare in LA? This statement is not true if I'm talking about the cars but since I am talking about the occurrence of seeing Black Men Working then that's another story all together. It struck me that in New Orleans it's still possible to see Black Men Working. In fact it's entirely possible to see Black people, (People of African Decent) working everywhere. They were working in all of the service areas men and women serving as managers, store clerks, waiters, cable car drivers and a host of other occupations.

Being a resident of Los Angeles County... It's rear for me to see situations like the one in the photo above BMW. Why is that? Why is it so rare to see Black Men Working in mass in Los Angeles County? Is it because Black Men Do not need Jobs? Or Is it because so many Black men are invisible or in prison as casualties of the War On Drugs?

While at the PICO National Gathering of Clergy, I was introduced to a Giant Slayer her name is Michelle Alexander. Michelle slays giant myths about our present situation in America. I was wholly disturbed and literally brought to tears by a message presented by Michelle Alexander, the Author of the New Jim Crow. Check out a summary of her message at the link below then go run that...
http://www.econ.brown.edu/fac/glenn_loury/louryhomepage/teaching/Ec%20137/The%20New%20Jim%20Crow-from%20The%20Nation.pdf