Louis “Hop” Kendrick

It is disturbing, to say the least, how the Black communities fail to focus on solving the multitude of problems that effect our communities and misdirect our attention on issues that have no real bearings on improving our overall conditions.

We spent an extraordinary amount of time discussing Ray Rice, the super star running back with the Baltimore Ravens, who had assaulted his current wife. Some were up in arms that he only received a two game suspension, but we fail to get upset when everyday people assault the woman in their lives and get no punishment at all.

It may appear to be unfair when a person who is well off gets no long-term punishment but in my personal estimation a person with no money who commits this atrocious act receives no punishment. The number of men who physically assault women in our communities is staggering but there is no outcry of protest.

The Black communities are enamored with the Pirates and particularly the Steelers but demonstrate limited concern about visiting the school system to check on why their children are not doing better.

Last week I was in a restaurant and it was unbelievable the number of adult men who were openly bragging about the money they were spending on the Pittsburgh Steelers exhibition game.  It is a real contradiction because the religious institution that once served the communities so well now has an absence of Black men.

Only 20 percent of men in America currently attend church regularly and our communities suffer because of the lack of participation.

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