Our responsibility to each other, as Black men and women, is to build each other up. Black people sticking together does not mean that we have to agree on every topic but it means putting the Black community first at all times. It is astonishing how our own people continuously work against the best interests of the Black community for the benefit of others. You will never find other nationalities turning on each other for the benefit of the Black community. But you can always find sellout negroes that infuse the Willie Lynch syndrome to control and tear us down.  These very same people are always found and paid by the establishment to talk about the benefits of what the Black community could have for supporting projects like Liberty City Rising, the South Dade Steel Mill and Formula 1. The common denominator in all of these deals are free county land, Mayor Carlos (Fidel Castro) Gimenez and his lobbyists sons.  The Gimenez sons have also been linked to the Miami Marina and the soccer stadium deal with David Beckham. How convenient it must have been for those who spoke so glowingly about the benefits of those projects but failed to mention the information you just read.

On every scene, you can find the morally corrupt mayor. On two crucial projects, the mayor and his sons were pitted against Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson (Liberty City Rising) and Barbara Jordan (Formula 1), the respective district commissioners.  Voted in by constituents of their district, these County Commissioners are essentially district “mayors” in their own right but are identified by the title of commissioner. On two separate occasions, Edmondson and Jordan have been betrayed by votes that their colleagues on the Board of County Commissioners cast – votes that allowed the mayor and his sons to come out victorious when, clearly, they were on their way to a decisive defeat.

In The Miami Times’ Feb. 3-9 2016 edition, I wrote a “Word on the Street” column called "Liberty Square residents let down again" and I spoke about how the mayor was going to throw out the bids for Liberty Square after then-Liberty Square president Sarah Smith voted for Atlantic Pacific to redevelop Liberty Square. So what did the mayor do? He threw out the bid for Liberty Square so that the Related Group could redevelop Liberty Square. So now, the question is, who yanked the mayor's chain? Was it Related Group's Jorge Perez or was it Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross?

 What is so egregious about the mayor and his actions is that the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and the Public Trust, now known as the cowardly Lion, upheld the mayor and his sons and all of their wrongdoings. It should not have come as a surprise that an organization that's funded by the county wasn't going to have any findings of wrongdoing from the boss that probably would have defunded them and left them with their buttocks exposed, just like the yellow outfit that the singer Prince wore at the 1987 MTV Awards. It looks bad for the Board of County Commissioners because it seems as if anything that has the word “Related” in it has control of the second, third and 29th floors. The Mayor's office sits high on the 29th floor – talk about spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 says that, “We wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

The burning question for Blacks in Miami is: how do we solve for X? What are we doing (or failing to do) in order to bring respect, order and prosperity back to our village? And while we continually self-examine ourselves, we can’t forget to assess the leaders who not only left the gate open, but outright took the hinges off the doors of our community. The leaders. The ones who were supposed to sacrifice it all for us, organize us and lead us into social and economic prosperity. The leaders, you know, the ones who can’t stand criticism and seek to destroy those who would criticize them. And it’s not just the Black leaders; its all of them. Because, like it or not, we depend on the leadership of other ethnic backgrounds to do the right thing when it counts the most. But the most consistent act of leadership for Blacks in this town is failing to lead at all.

But what about other communities? Can they count on Black leadership to reach beyond their own districts to do what’s right for their people? Of course they can. And they do. Often. And that’s the reason why their communities thrive – and the reason why ours don’t.

So in the end, Blacks will have to take a stand that will prove to be unusually bold and coordinated in order to regain respect and honor in Miami. A stand that can’t factor the good faith of leaders other than their own. A segregated scream for help, in a sea of lifeguards who refuse to help, is not fair. But that’s the chartered course for Black Miami.

Resolve to take what’s left of your community, or resolve to be gentrified and scattered like the wind. Oh and one last thing. With the high places being a breeding ground for corruption and wickedness, we have to stop confusing our leaders with our celebrities. Because Black singers, dancers and athletes aren’t the ones who can lead us into a war for our villages and children. And our leaders are not celebrities but they are our spiritual leaders. So, when we elect a questionable character to office, we are jeopardizing the health and safety of our community. Restore the high places with righteous leadership and we’ll rise to the top again.

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