Guest Courier Op-Ed, Julian Phillips, gives some advice to Trump as Black History Month comes to an end, but the advice that needs to be given is to black leaders in communities like Jamaica, for standing on the side lines for way too long allow quality of issues to pile up like 50 Cent’s debt and we are not talking about tough issues that local elected officials have little to do with like unemployment, but every day quality of life issues which have not gotten addressed or solved no matter how many times both myself and Jamaica community activist Pamela Hazel, have brought up the same old issues along with documentation for years. Issues like illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal parking by tractor trailer trucks and other box trucks all over this community, continuous garbage dumping be it the typical Jamaica slobs dropping of litter to the illegal garbage dumping that does on or how about the thug auto body shops take over of Merrick Blvd, side streets and sidewalks with junked and unlicensed vehicles which has actually gotten worse each year to an alarming rate pretty much turning Merrick Blvd into the new Willets Point. And these are just a few issues that have been going on not only for years, but in some cased decades. Long time so-called black leaders like Leroy Comrie, Gregory Meeks, Archie Spigner, Floyd Flake, Malcolm Smith, William Scarborough, Vivian Cook, Helen Marshall, her replacement, Lilly white Melinda Katz and all the others in this area who call themselves “leaders” or “community advocates” or “ministers”, have done pretty much shit in regards to these issues, which are a local issue and that every single one of them have pretty much ignored.
Senator Leroy Comrie, when he was Councilmember, would state that Jamaica has one of the highest asthma rates around and that is true, yet the poisonous Royal Waste company was given a green light to set up shop right smack in the downtown area near hundreds of homes, near a Senior Citizen NYCHA apartment, across the street from Detective Keith Williams Park, where kids play, swim and play football and sorcerer, all during his reign and to this day is still there spewing poison into the air with their non-stop garbage waste trucks that come from all over the city and these trucks spew their diesel fuel emission in the air 24/7 on residential streets. Yeah, we have a fucking epic asthma problem Comrie and it is because of shit like Royal Waste which these black leaders like Comrie allowed to get plopped in the middle of a residential area. I don’t see Melinda Katz’s hood having a waste station to poison her kids or all the little Jewish boys and girls, but I guess, low-income Black, Hispanic and other ethnic children are expendable in their mind and don’t matter as much as the little white and Asian boys and girls in Forest Hills. Then all of those auto body shops along Merrick Blvd (and who knows what they do with their poison fluids from cars) don’t help the asthma situation either.
Every other day, another homeless shelter is dumped into this community and another hotel is turned into a supposedly “temporary” homeless shelter. Homeless encampments are easily seen at Jamaica Center, LIRR/Sutphin Blvd and 179th Street Station and getting worse every day. The garbage and litter is completely out of control in this community, though the blame goes to the low-class ghetto slobs who have no respect or pride. But then how can one have respect or pride when people like Comrie, Flake, Katz and others have no respect or pride for this community regardless of the bile that comes out of the side of their mouths.
AND then we have the local media, from Times Ledger to Communties of Color who are NOT questioning any of these elected officials and other leaders on WHY. WHY is Royal Waste still here? WHY was it put here in the first place in a residential area? WHY are slaughterhouses right in the heavily traffic downtown area near York College, residents and the shopping district? WHY is nothing being done about auto body shops destroying Merrick Blvd? I have yet seen any of these local publication ask any such questions and DEMAND and answer.
So as Black History Month comes to a close, maybe Julian Phillips has some advice to these Black leaders of Jamaica and SE Queens or the least tell them to hold their heads in shame, oh though at this point, they have lost any type of shame or dignity. In fact they should lose their black card due to the obvious crimes against black constituents to be able to live in a decent, clean and civilized community like most white people do in their communities. No one is asking to shoot for the moon, just a clean and decent area where one can breathe without taking in poisonous wastes and diesel fuel emission 24/7. I don’t think that is much to ask for and local media including COMMUNITIES FOR COLOR, need to start being journalist instead of big jokes pushing the agendas of these do nothings and crooks in the making.
From Queens Courier:
Guest op-ed: Some advice for President Trump as Black History Month draws to a close
BY JULIAN PHILLIPS
Like most of President Trump’s roll-outs in his first two weeks in office, his White House gathering of African Americans to salute Black History Month was a little rough to say the least!
Let’s forget about the fact that he had to be introduced to more than half of them—and who were these folk? The best known individual on hand was conservative political commentator Armstrong Williams, he himself not a household name in the African American community.
Going back in time, I’ll call them Trump’s version of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus—a rap star, comedian, football Hall of Famer (I love you Jim!), and the clown Ringmaster himself, Don King, all summoned to Trump Tower to presumably talk about the state of Black America. Really?!
What about some politicians and community leaders who have devoted a lifetime to civil rights and substantive change? Rep. Elijah Cummings says he’s open to meeting with Trump. I can assume there must be others.
Rest assured there are some black politicians that might not want that optic—but many will certainly meet him behind closed doors. Here’s the thing: Trump wants to make good on his campaign promises. How could the ‘messiah’—the reformer of all of America’s ills — not deliver, especially to his African Americans?
Remember we are ‘his’ as he yelled out to that one polka dot in a sea of Whites during a campaign stop as “My African American.”
The fact of the matter is, from building a wall to telling Blacks they have “nothing to lose” by voting for him, this president wants all the glory! He simply can’t help himself.
So what should he do for Black History Month? Trump should invite to the White House Black America’s best movers and shakers from the business world, law enforcement, the political arena and grass roots community leaders and, yes, the Rev. Al Sharpton for a summit.
Something good just might come out of it. Remember, Sir Donald wants to look good. He would have to wind up adopting some proposals thrown at him. At the very least, he might form a commission or something to that effect to seem like he is actually committed to taking action.
To bring it all home, here’s something those network TV executives should do to make it interesting: propose doing a town hall with Trump and Black leaders to be aired in prime time. Can you imagine how many folks would tune in!
From the Alt Right to the Black Lives Matter movement, popcorn and chicken wings would be flying off the store shelves from folks waiting to plop in front of their flat screens for such an event! In what would guarantee to be a lively discussion, folks would want to see who blinks first! Again, maybe something good just might come out of it.
Just some advice from a black guy.