To Tell The Truth…The people respond to a passionate Rev. Ricky Burgess

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In the current year 2014, there are those throughout Allegheny County who possess the identical mindset of other segments of the world in implementating land confiscation. Let us never forget the history of those who took American land from the Native American Indians, lands in Africa and India, and then in cities such as Pittsburgh, calling it Urban Renewal–when in effect it was Negro Removal.

Since the Hill District was adjacent to Downtown [third ward] the demolition started there. This was our introduction to land banking, as acres of land lay vacant for 33 years.  White developers surfaced and after confrontation from the citizens, White contractors reluctantly shared some of the contracts with Blacks. Upon completion it now is known as Crawford Square. Too many Blacks who were involved truly believed that whatever the outcome it would be far better than what we had. Thereby, we as a community committed a number of mistakes because we did not really understand issues such as planning, development and a substantial number of other issues. Regretfully, the overwhelming majority still don’t.

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