Black Democrats should learn a lesson from Donald Trump. For years grassroots Republicans have complained that their elected leaders listened to the pundits more than the people, and along came Donald Trump to give voice to their fears and frustrations. Sounds like a lot of Black Democrats in Illinois. While I am not with Donald Trump, listen to find out why I do think the Democratic Party of Illinois could use it's own Black Donald Trumping.
The fate of both political parties are in the hands of Black People? As we saw in the last election, if just a few Black People decide to vote differently, the entire political balance is thrown off? So will Democrats and Republicans finally answer the question, "What's in it for the Black People?" or is it time for Black People to give them our own answer? Check out the commentary to hear what #MazeSaid this week!
Last week, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed a gas tax that would assess Illinoisans PER MILE that they drive. With no state budget on the horizon and the highest taxes in the country, can we trust the same legislators who gave us red light cameras with vehicle tracking devices? In this commentary, I asked Illinois citizens to tell President Cullerton "NO!" on the gas tax. I am proud to say since this commentary, Cullerton has withdrawn the bill, and that's a victory for the people!
There have been so many protests in Chicago that I have compared the protestors to panhandlers. They both expose inconvenient truths about our ills in our community, but people have become so used to them they are often viewed as annoyances to ignore or just go around. But instead of just being critical, I've decided to offer the protestors some constructive advice. Check out this week's commentary to hear what "MazeSaid!
Last week at the Democratic National Convention, rumors began swirling that the Democratic Party of Illinois was trying to recruit another old White guy to run against Governor Bruce Rauner, and I got to thinking, "In a state that produced the first Black President of the United States, the first Black Senator, and first Back congressional seat, a 70 year old plus White man is the best we can do? Check out this week's commentary to find out what #MazeSaid this week!
Last week Cook County retried the Dred Scott Case and it did not turn out good for Black People. In case you are not familiar, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 affirmed that a Black man had no rights that a White Man is bound to honor. Judge James Obbish reaffirmed that when he acquitted a 290 lb. White man of spitting on and assaulting an 81 year old Black female Judge. Tune in to this weeks commentary to find out what, "#MazeSaid" this week!
18 months after the LaQuan McDonald murder, my generation, the Hip-Hop Generation finds itself in the precarious position between leadership and irrelevance. Will we lead our community through this current assault on Black lives or will we leave it up to our children?
Last week it was leaked that Governor Rauner intended to install former CPS schools chief Paul Vallas as Interim President of Chicago State University and the Black activist community was outraged, after all CSU is the Black university, OUR university and I agreed there was no way a White should run it. Then I saw the real numbers on CSU and I had to wonder why CSU was in such bad shape if the Black people that have been running it cared so much. Check out this week's commentary to find out what #MazeSaid about Paul Vallas running CSU.
This week a Chicago lost another Black publishing icon when Mr. William "Bill" Garth died. I considered him a mentor and friend who taught me a lot. But his passing got me to thinking about Black transitions, not just of business, but of power and influence. With so many Black leaders aging out or dying out, we have to ask, "Is our community prepared for the Black power transition?" Listen to my commentary to find out what #MazeSaid this week!
Last week Pastor Darryl Scott proclaimed that he had talked to some of Chicago's "top gang thugs." After most Chicagoans got over the word choice, the biggest question was, "Who did he talk to?" You see after suffering through 40 plus years of poverty and neglect brought on by the Democratic Party, many Black Chicagoan are so happy to get ANY political attention, that they will take it from anyone, even President Trump. Check out this week's commentary to find out what #MazeSaid about The Trump Gang.
Illinois stayed solidly Blue in a sea of Red during the Trump Presidential surprise. And while he won a majority of the counties in Illinois, reliable Black voters in Illinois once again saved the day, but the question remains, "What's in it for the Black People?" What is the reward for the Black community for remaining faithful? The Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois appoints a White man to represent our interests at the table. Check out this week's commentary to find out what #MazeSaid about "Who Represents US?"
Last week I thought I may have overreacted when I heard automatic gunfire in my neighborhood, so I decided to give it another chance. Less than one week later two people were shot less than a block from my house, and now I want out. But can I still ask "What's init for the Black People?" if I am more concerned about my family's safety than proving my Blackness by staying in the most dangerous neighborhood I have ever lived in? Check out what #MazeSaid this week!
People seemed to be confused about my motives and why I ask, "What's in it for the Black People?" as if I should not want to get paid. Guess what?!?! Listen to this week's commentary to find out what I tell people who say I ask, "What's in it for the Black People?" so I can get paid.
After a Chicago magazine named Bronzeville the hottest new neighborhood, I felt good about my earlier decision to move to participate in the rebuilding of the Black Metropolis. But this week, after a rash of automatic gunfire, I felt unsafe in my own home after living in Chicago for over 20 years. I am down for my community, but list to this commentary to find out why I finally said, "Bronzeville...I'm out!"
Last week I saw Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, which told the story of a Nat Turner, a preacher slave, who led a revolt against his White masters. In the movie, Turner's master was paid by his White oppressors to use the same Bible to justify their right to be oppressors, while teaching the slaves to joyfully accept their bondage. The movie got me to thinking about the Blacks Democrats in Illinois, which happens to be the worst state for Black unemployment in the country. Check out my commentary this week to find out what I think Black Democrats in Illinois can learn from Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation.