How are we
supposed to adequately determine what kind of resources we need
to address social neglect that negatively affect our community
be it murders or other environmental conditions that can lead to
the ultimate demise of a community or an individual?
reported on January 2, 2014 a total of 31 victims of homicide
that included 7 White, 24 Black resulting in the death of 7
female and 24 male (Source: Toledo Police Dept.).
confident that the African-American community sees this as a
travesty and is somehow trying to address this problem by
utilizing multiple layers of prevention, intervention, and
treatment resources available to them by their hard earned
And if there
is a need for new and innovative ways to reduce and/or eliminate
crime in their neighborhoods, I am sure they are trying to do
everything possible to make the necessary changes. That effort
may also include challenging the social, economic, and political
systems that exist in Toledo to do much more or even rally
against these status quo institutions to do better or give them
the funding to implement real grassroots changes needed.
take a deeper look at where and why we are not being represented
in statistical findings that are impacting our community
negatively and especially those areas impacting our social,
economic and political livelihood. This includes public
education institutions, city government, health services,
homeownership, workforce training and hiring, political
appointments, and immigration discrimination and deportations.
This is not a complete list but I hope you get the idea.
continue to allow themselves to be identified and categorized as
white, African-Americans, or other, then how can we really
determine the real state and conditions of Latinos in Toledo?
How can we really get to the roots of poverty if don’t have all
We need to
be counted and reflected correctly in all public funded
institutions and organizations! ¡Dale!