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The commentary pertaining to Councilman Larry Sykes made in reference to his Toledo City Council colleague Tom Waniewski reminds me of the following quote:

White people cannot, in the generality, be taken as models of how to live. Rather, the white man is himself in sore need of new standards, which will release him from his confusion and place him once again in fruitful communion with the depths of his own being. James Baldwin author, “The Fire Next Time”

The relevant scenario to my thinking is Toledo is the nation's 10th poorest city, Dayton comes in as the fourth poorest city and Cleveland is number two. Additionally, this reality of poverty will be of profound concern to Ohio's NAACP Chapters which will be convening for the NAACP State Convention in Toledo on September 13-14, 2019.

I wrote and spoke with Toledo BLADE business reporter Jon Chavez, that I regard Toledo as the Citadel City of Economic Apartheid: due to its banking practices along with corporate practitioners of Economic Apartheid such as General Motors (Powertrain) and the questionable hiring practices of the Toledo Fire Department. The recent firing of an African-American female firefighter is presently before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Finally, as I am the NAACP Chair for the Armed Services, I regard the President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans to End the National Tragedy of Suicides (PREVENTS) a.k.a. Executive Order #1386 to be a major issue to be discussed at the aforementioned NAACP Convention. I would welcome the opportunity to also make a presentation about the PREVENTS Act to the Toledo City Council along with Mayor Kapszukiewicz. I am quite confident that the 2020 presidential candidates will make Toledo, Dayton and Cleveland focus points of their campaigns to be the Democratic nominee.

In summation, I generally find Rev. Perryman's journalistic efforts informative and insightful. Particularly, when he writes of the socioeconomic psychosis that exists in the African-American community. In my opinion, such a mindset has left many Toledo residents suffering from being "spiritually incarcerated"
to use W.E.B. DuBois' term. Please contact me if you think I have failed to spell out the political ramifications.


Clarence Gafeney, NAACP Chair of the Armed Services

Land line: 419.206.1090
Cell: 419-205-2267




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Revised: 09/06/19 00:49:12 -0400.

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