The conditions in our inner cities in African American communities essentially have always been neglected and if you read Richard Rothstein's Color of Law you will understand if you don't already that ghettos and segregation didn't just occur they were planned by the government and obviously ghettos now known as the hood still exist and segregation is still the norm. If that's not enough we also know that an enormous amount of information points to the fact that the crack epidemic was supported by the government as well in African American communities. So it's pretty safe to say African American communities have been oppressed for as long as they have been here.
All of us need to come together to improve our impoverished and high crime areas because our environment plays a huge role in who we become. The hood is almost always neglected the mentality has always been to stay clear of it. Unless you’re from there you’re afraid of it because of all the terrible things you hear about it on the news. Neglect is obviously never a good thing and leads to problems. If you had two cars and took excellent care of one but neglected the other that car is gonna have some problems. Just like the schools in the inner cities, the dilapidated buildings, empty storefronts and the people who live there. The focus of every city in America should be to improve the worst part of the city just like you would do your house. If your roof is bad your gonna fix that before you remodel your kitchen. But we don’t do that in our cities primarily because the division the black white issue the us and them mentality.
I was driving in my city with a friend and noticed blocks of apartments that had been condemned for at least a few years. I noticed brand new apartments almost completed that looked great. When I saw that I was like that’s exactly what we need to do tear down the condemned and build something new and beautiful where people can live and feel comfortable. Then have a standard to keep the property which is actually being done successfully in other primarily African neighborhoods in the city. This is an example of positive change I am talking about that really needs to take place on a much higher scale. Another positive I have seen is when I made a few quick visits to Harlem. The first thing I noticed was there were parts that used to be all African American and now looked to be many ethnic backgrounds. I also noticed it looked pretty good and it appeared to be thriving obviously a place where people of all ethnic backgrounds feel comfortable living. That should be the goal of every city in America that the primarily African American neighborhoods are not only safe but in good enough condition that anyone would like to live there. Positive things are taking place that can be duplicated all across America.
Many are not and at this point really shouldn’t be and more diverse communities only leads to more unity. Love Unity Equality hopes to bring people of all ethnic backgrounds to come together in unity to stop discrimination, hatred or any other related matters against not just African Americans but anyone no matter how big or how small. Committees of all ethnic backgrounds working together to stop discrimination and hate in every city in America.
As mentioned earlier partners are the lifeblood of Love Unity Equality. Once a city has a group or committee full of people working together in Unity amazing things can happen. Working together with local government leaders, developers and other community leaders can lead to major positive changes. Tearing down the old, neglected eyesores and building new things to help communities thrive. What those things could be are endless. Our partners working together will brainstorm and study past successes. Magic Johnson became a very successful and wealthy business man focusing on investing in the hood. There is no reason why our partners can't do the same.