Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My Run Has Ended In Detroit by Akindele Akinyemi
My run here in Detroit has ended. I am officially leaving the City of Detroit on September 1, 2008 at 12PM.
I am going to a small city called Benton Harbor, Michigan. For those of you who are geographically illiterate it sits on Lake Michigan in Southwest Michigan. I will be closer to the Indiana border where I will make my next move out of state.
I am part of a start up charter high school in the city (which makes me a founder). It is the second high school in the city of Benton Harbor.
More importantly, I AM LEAVING.
I have no faith in Detroit anymore. I do not like what has transpired in our city. The fact that Jimmy Womack is going to Lansing has taken a toll on my soul. We would rather pick un-Godly people to represent us than Godly people. I did not like the fact that Carol Banks lost to Bettie Cook Scott. Come to find out that Bettie won because of "Scott." In other words, people though they were voting for Martha G. Scott and got the two confused.
The adult illiteracy rate is astronomical in our city. It is getting worse by the minute. And for those young people who want to fight name recognition keep in mind that those who support our efforts may not be able to comprehend what we are trying to accomplish.
I do not like how our city has become a spiritual dead state of mind and soul. Families are completely broken down to the extent of where streets look like vast wastelands.
And when I look at the Kwame Kilpatrick show on Local 4 every morning at 9:00AM from 36th District Court I look at how our leadership is not taken seriously. I guess everyone can hoe around if the Mayor is hoing around. And what about the people who are waiting to vote him back in office? I just feel that our city is lost and will not come back.
Now I am not saying that Benton Harbor is Farmington Hills because it's not. However, there are some things I noticed that are still intact in Benton Harbor that lacks in Detroit. Regardless of a person's income there is still a sense of family in that city. The city needs stronger leadership that will bring it to the 21st century. It needs a voter base that must vote intelligently. This is why I am bringing the adult illiteracy fight to Benton Harbor by implementing programs to help enhance the city's literacy rate.
The educational base is very low in Benton Harbor. With more schools of choice we will be able to help connect education with economics to help revitalize the city.
The goal for Benton Harbor is to turn it into a resort city. We can do this by implementing a free market approach to education, economics and making families stronger.
I am not concerned about the racism that is going on between Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. What I am MORE concerned about is creating a regional base to pull in economic power to the region. I am ready to meet with faith based leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who share my vision of movement, accountability, integrity and trust. I am not interested in negative grassroots tactics or crying about why we don't have in the city.
I have a vision for the City of Benton Harbor. Unfortunately, I do not have that same vision for Detroit anymore. Detroiters feel contempt with Kwame Kilpatrick, the Detroit City Council, Wayne County Commissioners and our Detroit Delegation of State Representatives and State Senators. I mean any state delegation that feels comfortable about giving Detroit Public Schools funding regardless of the district failures shows me that they do not have the best interest of the people in mind and heart. To allow Black gay men to represent our city and pedophiles is an abomination to our community in Detroit.
However, I will visit the city twice a month to check up on things. I urge you to join me in Southwest Michigan to make a difference. Educating a new generation of children in Benton Harbor is going to be awesome. Showing them the world is larger than their city is going to be a rewarding experience.
This Black Republican is going somewhere where Republicans (Black or White) are respected. If I was to run for office In Benton Harbor it would be easier for me to win than here in Detroit. Detroit do not want economic or political diversity. Therefore, it will remain a dinosaur.
So that's it. I am gone. Out. Deuces. The End. I told you naysayers I was leaving Detroit. On September 1 that will be a reality.