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What About The Children? Who Really Cares by Harold Bell

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We have a President who does not want to turn over the keys to the White House to the new tenant.  There are a bunch of selfish politicians on Capitol Hill on both sides of the isle who are making plans to go on Christmas vacation while American voters lose their homes, businesses, jobs, and lives because they cannot agree on a stimulus package to save them.  They are in concert with the pandemic.

It is that time of year again when folks are usually in the giving mode of their lives (December).  The poor and down trodden have been ignored from January through November and a guy called Santa Claus is coming to town you think—one place Santa ain’t coming is to the ghetto, especially this year because no one can afford him.  The year 2020 will go down as the deadliest in Black American History (only the journey from Africa by boat was more deadly).  Santa Claus is caught between a rock and a hard place. He cannot perform his duties of making children happy thanks to Donald Trump and the coronavirus.

Still your television screens will be overrun with promos by billion dollar corporations with pro athletes from MLB, NHL, NFL and the NBA telling you how much they are supporting our community and kids—some do and some don’t.  There will be grocery chains, banks, clothing stores and radio and television station personalities asking you to meet them on a designated street corner or at the bank and make a cash or toy donation for the children. This is the 1% asking you to make a donation to them?

They will have you thinking that your cash or toy donation will help to make some family happy with a turkey dinner and toys for tots—thanks for giving?  There will be pastors in some churches who will get into the act of pretending that they care.  You will be asked to exchange your gun for a gift card to save some child’s life—the brother turning in his ONE gun in all probability has two and a shotgun in his car.  The Pimps in the Pulpit will tell the brothers and sisters volunteering to give up their guns and “Don’t worry everything is on the up and up, you don’t have to show ID”!  Guess who is there taking your guns and pictures with a camera over here and a camera over there—the cops?

In the meantime, our babies’ blood is flowing in our streets.  Last week (Wednesday December 3rd) one-year old Carmelo Duncan was shot and killed while riding in a car seat with his father in SE DC.  The FBI is offering a $60,000 reward for the shooter, one week later the killer or killers are still nowhere to be found.  The reward is the highest to ever be posted for the life of a black child murdered by a gun in DC.  Don’t expect DC Police Chief Peter Newsham to be in on the manhunt, he has slipped quietly out the backdoor and has taken a new job in Prince William County, Virginia.  His credentials for his new job—on his old DC job homicides spiked every year he was the chief! I testified against his confirmation before the city council in 2017 with documents showing he was not fit for the job. He was confirmed 12-1, the only descending vote was that of at-large City Councilman, Dave Grosso. He was the only council person who asked to view my documents. In July, when Grosso called for the chief to be fired, Mayor Bowser called Grosso a “Lame Duck”? Calling Grosso a lame duck.  What did that have to do with the inept and terrible performance of her chief of police?

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