What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
King Solomon, Chicago Violence, Black Leader Conundrum? Post Eight
Who could be the next Black Leader to help reduce Black on Black Violence?
About This Post
The Chicago Tribune has recorded the number of shootings and victims in Chicago beginning January 1, 2017. As of February 2, there have been 311 shootings. I have no other information about the incidents other than what was reported. The purpose of this post, is to hopefully promote a meaningful conversation by our legislators to obtain solutions and begin to teach moral wisdom in our schools to find an immediate and long term solution to promote the general welfare of our city, state, and nation.
There is no single cause or solution for the violence. This post will focus on the need for Black leadership.
We Live Our Values
What are the cultural values of Blacks living in Chicago? Statistics indicate that 71 percent of shootings in Chicago are being inflicted by Black on Black. Black culture values differ from other cultures and are effected by different factors of economics, schooling, morals, family, missing fathers, bigotry, drugs, etc.
In my opinion, to effect any positive changes will take time and effective leadership with proven communication skills, talents, and passion to help change what is obviously in an urgent need to end, Black violence on other Blacks.
What Is My Point.
Frankly, I know proverbs to compare the wisdom of Solomon to Chicago Violence are limited in purpose and effectiveness to help end the violence. In my opinion, Blacks need a leader they trust to help them help themselves.
Blacks need a leader they can identify and relate to them with trust, and value as a friend because he knows by experiences of living in Black communities, and has better familiarity and knowledge of their culture, trials, and tribulations they grew up with and experienced.
There are of course white leader exceptions, but few and limited, even though they could be considered saints for trying. Can a white man or woman ever achieve the same trust and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr?
Conundrum, Who might Blacks Trust, Listen To, and Follow?
Would he or she perhaps have experience as a social organizer or associated with a clergy?
Be brave as was Martin Luther King?
Have a high approval rating earned by his or her experience as a leader?
Have a reputation for being compassionate and understanding of Black cultures in his past decisions?
Have knowledge of government social help programs and contacts in government to aid his efforts?
Have a source of income to allow him or her to expend full time organizing while perhaps supporting a family? The wages and reward for his or her time and effort will only be measured, not in wealth or money, only in hearts.
Be well known and liked by powerful political leaders in Chicago government.
Have strong moral character?
Who Might He or She Be?
In ancient times, it was common for soldiers to choose a leader they would follow into battle. Is there a battle going on between Blacks and Blacks, not just in Chicago or in other Black communities in our nation?
If you know someone who might fit the following requirements as a Black leader, I recommend you contact him or her.
Will he or she answer the call for in response to the needs of the Black communities in Chicago?
A King Solomon proverb might describe what will be the wages and reward if he or she chooses to answer an urgent life and death need of Black brothers and sisters .
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverb 27:17)
So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend; by conversation with him; thus learned men sharpen one another’s minds, and excite each other to learned studies
Wage and Reward
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 2:3-4)
Proverbs do not solve problems. What proverbs only do is goad people, same as a spur will goad a horse to respond, to think wisely before they act. If a proverb helps to goad a Black leader to come forward and help his brothers and sisters to stop end the violence being afflicted by Blacks on Blacks, King Solomon would be pleased.
If you can think of someone to help solve violence, and who has the qualifications I outlined, I recommend you reach out to goad him to respond to lead his Black brothers and sisters.