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For more than 80 years too many of us have stood, sat, looked, and remained silent about the conditions in Pittsburgh that relegated Black citizens to being less than first class citizens.

Those of the current generation may not remember the acts of discrimination their parents and grandparents were confronted with in Pittsburgh and across Allegheny County. In fact too many of us don’t focus enough on the multitude of negative acts they face everyday. I was reading a column in the daily newspaper and it was making reference to a program that was focusing on Black Lives Matter. It bought to mind the overwhelming importance of you and I collectively working together to ensure that those who sit in the seat of power be compelled by any means possible to provide Black persons with opportunities to share in the business opportunities that White citizens are provided with everyday. Those Blacks that we have elected are almost completely silent when it comes to demanding from their political masters that Blacks receive their rightful shares.

Pittsburgh City Council is consumed with legislation to help pets namely dogs, bicycle riders, improve the quality of life for the gay community, legislation to help the transgender community, and council currently is seeking to negate any discrimination against women.

There has been no mention by Whites or Blacks on Pittsburgh City Council about the great demand for a meaningful M/B/E program. It appears that when Phil Petite died the program died with him. Do you remember when government contracts were awarded or bid there was a mention of Blacks being participants? The tragedy currently is that those who allegedly represent the Black communities have allowed Blacks to be replaced with other minorities.

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