The time is long overdue for us, you and I who reside in the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County to remove our heads out of that proverbial sand and come to grips with the established facts that we are confronted daily with some very serious problems that clearly emulate the problems in South Africa.

Poverty locally and in South Africa is an overwhelming contributing factor that destroys Black families.

The unemployment throughout Allegheny County in the Black communities is staggering, the negative results are single parents homes, rises in the crime rate and incarceration percentages, compounds the difficulties of the educators and others.

I absolutely do not place all of the blame on the backs of deceptive politicians because the Black voters too frequently have permitted themselves to be lulled to sleep by alleged Black leaders who place their self-interest before the people’s interest.

As long as the problems exist that continue to deny Blacks truly first class citizenship anywhere, Nelson Mandela will live forever.

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(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)

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