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Power, Justice and the Cheap Blood of Black Males

Hakim Hazim

Hakim Hazim

“Justice is nothing more than the advantage of the stronger.” -Thrasymachus

 By Hakim Hazim

The grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York should not surprise us. Justice is in the eyes of the beholder and the criminal justice system is not blind. It derives its power from the larger societal framework that simply has many preconceived ideas about Black males. We must work relentlessly to change this and hold the system accountable. We must also support the people who are doing that and exercise patience in the process. Keep in mind the two chief law enforcement officers in this nation are Black: Barack Obama and Eric Holder, and racial tensions are at an all time high. To their credit they are doing quite a bit, but they face an uphill struggle. We should follow their lead on criminal justice reform and we should do everything we can for the young Black men around us before and after tragedy strikes. We should also consistently deplore what we are doing to one another; it’s senseless not too. All of these things reinforce the notion, “Black Blood is cheap.”

Current law enforcement approaches toward us as a people and the tacit societal approval behind it must change. Society inherently nurtures the belief that justice is nothing more than the interest and the sustained advantage of the stronger, and it has played out that way for centuries. The rationale is, “If they did things the right way, they would get what I have and so would their children.”  Such self-righteousness obscures reality.  The fact is people do all they can to give their descendants an advantage in the system and they tilt the scales to their advantage. It’s true with race, power and wealth and gender. It’s simply a human trait of passing the best of your efforts, lessons and acquisitions to your children, but you also pass your biases on as well.

When we first arrived, justice was never considered for us as a people. It was an elusive concept for which we prayed, fought, bled and died for. To this very day, she seems a distant stranger to many of our people still in terms of access, resources, familial ties and fair treatment in terms of the criminal justice system. Although all black people have felt the sting of injustice, poor black folks feel it the most. Having little to bargain with or offer they are viewed as inferior, unworthy and an unnecessary, troublesome burden by many—even middle class and upper class blacks. Our inner cities are filled with Black-on-Black crime, fatherlessness and substandard schools. This fertile ground of dysfunction produces young men who think that they or their peers have little value. Feeling powerless, they prey on one another and lash out at the larger system. This crab in a bucket mentality is celebrated in the music of popular culture. The sad fact is this, many of us have not learn to value one another the way we should and King’s Dream falls on deaf ears to many of the younger generation.

Let’s face the facts: statistics show young people who do well often succeed because of the systems and programs that strengthen them. Things like a solid family structure and access to education, faith-based organizations, mentoring agencies, activity, athletic and interest development organizations and employment services, give young people a fighting chance. If not, their doomed from the womb. The deaths of so many young black males or own the hands of many. The Black-on- Black gang wars, stand your ground advocates and law enforcement officers have all contributed to this. Passivity is not an option. Let your voice be heard, or remain entrenched in hypocrisy. The choice is yours.


 

Hakim Hazim is the founder of Relevant Now and co-founder of Freedom Squared. He is a nationally recognized expert in decision analysis, criminality and security.

 

 

$30,000 Donation from San Manuel Helps Salvation Army Serve the Needy

Left to right: Salvation Army Major Daniel Henderson, Captain Anya Henderson; Tom Brickley, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman; Mindy Silva, Program Officer- Health & Economic Development, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Attorney Wilfrid Lemann, Partner Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick, LLP .

Left to right: Salvation Army Major Daniel Henderson, Captain Anya Henderson; Tom Brickley, Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman; Mindy Silva, Program Officer- Health & Economic Development, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Attorney Wilfrid Lemann, Partner Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick, LLP .

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- A $30,000 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians helps the San Bernardino area Salvation Army serve the needs of thousands of hungry, homeless and hopeless people in San Bernardino, Highland, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington.

“San Manuel’s funding supported our Emergency Food and Shelter Program,” said Major Daniel Henderson director of the San Bernardino Area Corps.  The Salvation Army’s daily food service helps low income and homeless, and their sheltering operation houses homeless families.
“Last year 60,475 free, hot, nutritious meals were served to the hungry from The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter, and Sunday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. at the Corps Office on 746 West 5th Street in San Bernardino,” said Major Henderson.
“We help with more than a meal.  We also deliver prayer and God’s love.  Other services include help for people in need with counseling, laundry, hot showers and use of bathrooms.  The Salvation Army’s daily meals service opens the door for people who want to get off the streets through our shelter programs,” said Major Henderson.
“Homeless families received 12,464 nights of shelter last year. Many supportive services are provided with each night of shelter including: meals, laundry, hot showers, tutoring and case management,” said Anne Metu, MILR, CADC-II director of the Transitional Housing Center.
“The people served at The Salvation Army shelter come from all walks of life. The challenges of homelessness touch all ethnic groups and ages. We serve many single parent families with children, and women without children,” said Metu.
“Men are welcome if they are legally married within the family, or they have sole custody of their minor children.  We do not accept single men as the need is so great for women, children and families,” said Metu.
The issue of homelessness continues to disrupt many families in the Inland Empire region. These displaced individuals are thrust into living situations that make them vulnerable to many problems.
Providing emergency services is not an easy undertaking. Displaced families are vulnerable, scared, and often have attitude and behavioral issues upon arrival at the shelter.  “Our front-line strategy is to have capable and caring staff to help new arrivals through the entire shelter process from intake to graduation,” said Metu.
The emergency shelter is a 90-day program. The Salvation Army also offers a 24-month transitional program for which people staying at the shelter are eligible.
The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available.
Other services offered include: Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Casework Services, Character Building Programs, Christian Education, Clinics Services, Community Recreation & Education Programs, Disaster Services, Emergency Shelter, Food & Nutrition Programs, Group Homes, Group Work Services, Homemaker Services, Men’s Ministries, Military Personnel Assistance, Missing Persons, Music & Arts Programs, Residential Camping Activities, Seasonal Services, Senior Citizens Residences, Transitional Care & Work Release, Transitional Housing, Visitation Services, Women’s Ministries, Worship Services – Church
The Salvation Army works closely with many other agencies to achieve reach the goals of our program. Examples include Stater Bros. Markets, the Arrowhead United Way, San Bernardino County and City School Districts, CAP, and many other businesses and organizations.
For more information in the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter call (909) 888-4880.  For information about the emergency meals program call (909) 888-1336.

Salvation Army Serves FREE Christmas Dinner

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving Dinner at The Salvation Army: Serving on the food line (left to right) is Nancy Veaegas, Niyahn Summey, Walt Summey, and Robert Sanchez. We are ready for Christmas Dinners.   (Photo by Ricardo Tomboc)

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving Dinner at The Salvation Army: Serving on the food line (left to right) is Nancy Veaegas, Niyahn Summey, Walt Summey, and Robert Sanchez. We are ready for Christmas Dinners. (Photo by Ricardo Tomboc)

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corp hosts its annual Christmas Dinner for hundreds of needy families at its headquarters, at 746 W. Fifth Street in San Bernardino.  As always, the dinner will be held on  Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Christmas Eve worship serves start at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel at the same location.
For 127 years, the annual San Bernardino Salvation Army Christmas dinner has served thousands of people in thousands of families.  The Christmas Dinner helps single mothers with children and people who do not have the means to provide them selves a Christmas dinner or seek Christian fellowship with others.
People come from throughout the Inland Valley for this Christmas dinner, which often serves more than 300 people each year. This year, guests will enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, consisting of potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, pie and other food received through donations.
“Every year, the community and volunteers come together to provide the food preparation and service of holiday meals to dinner guests,” said Major Daniel Henderson, Commander of The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corp. “Our volunteers really do an outstanding job, helping to make a difference for those who are less fortunate during the holiday season, as well as throughout the year.”
Many of the services provided by the Salvation Army, such as this annual Community Christmas dinner, are made possible through in-kind donations and money raised through the Red Kettle Bell Ringer campaign. Each Christmas, Inland Empire Salvation Army Corps combine to serve more than 1,000 people holiday meals.
The hungry families are joined by hundreds of volunteers who help prepare the food and serve meals to the families.  Along with asking volunteers to help serve food, the Salvation Army is encouraging people to donate turkeys or hams, side dishes and other food by calling (909) 888-1336.
“The San Bernardino Corps also needs food every day for those at our Hospitality House living shelter,” said Major Henderson. Up to 75 family members stay in its transitional and emergency family shelters.
“Last year 60,475 free, hot, nutritious meals were served to the hungry from The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter, and Sunday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. at the Corps Office on 746 West 5th Street in San Bernardino,” said Major Henderson.
For more information about the Salvation Army Christmas dinner, donations or volunteering for The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps, call (909) 888-1336.