Top

blog

Stories

 

Miami's Black Leaders Need To Unite Like The Cubans

Categories: Luke's Gospel
lukesgospel.jpg
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke calls for Miami's black political caucus to stop drive-by shootings.

Last week, in broad daylight, two gunmen -- one carrying an AK-47 -- opened fire on a crowd of people having some summer fun at West Little River Park. Four innocent children participating in football and cheerleading workouts were wounded. The incident hit close to home for me. The day before, I was at West Little River with my 2-year-old son and Miami Northwestern Senior High football players for a community outreach program.

I remember when I was growing up in Liberty City, you never saw the level of gang activity out on the streets today. Making sure police are patrolling our parks during the summer, when there are larger congregations of people hanging out, is a no-brainer.

The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County police departments also have to take on a greater role in participating in the youth programs offered at the parks. Off-duty officers used to coach little-league football, including the Liberty City Optimist Club that I have supported for many years.

Doing so helps the cops gain the community's trust while giving them the ability to distinguish between the criminals and the innocent bystanders. I'm talking about fighting crime in a proactive manner, instead of reacting to an incident after it happens. At least that's how it used to be.

This is why Miami's African-American politicians need to band together like the Cuban-American delegation does to solve the community's problems. Let's face it -- the shootings in the inner city are not a problem for Cuban-American politicians. You see only black leaders come out after the shootings, holding news conferences to denounce the No Snitching culture or the police departments.

Well, if the African-American politicians, with their fancy hats and fashionable suits, would come down from their thrones and work with the community, we can stop the innocent person from getting shot.

I suggest Miami-Dade's black congressional leaders, state legislators, and county and city commissioners get together at least once a month to discuss solutions to the violence and poverty that have destroyed neighborhoods such as Little River, Liberty City, and Overtown.

Their first order of business should be ensuring that parks are safe for our kids.

Follow Luke on Twitter at: @unclelukereal1.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
12 comments
freddyiscool2012
freddyiscool2012

Im in the cocaine Cowboys and we are rich cause we dont kill over 100 dollers we kill over 1.5 million dollers thats y we live in star island

Nina Patterson
Nina Patterson

"The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County police departments also have to take on a greater role in participating in the youth programs offered at the parks. Off-duty officers used to coach little-league football, including the Liberty City Optimist Club that I have supported for many years. Doing so helps the cops gain the community's trust while giving them the ability to distinguish between the criminals and the innocent bystanders."While I agree 100% with this statement I must also remark that African American's within the community must participate  as well.  Open our own Community Centers, keep our streets clean, our homes clean, promote self-confidence, and respect for their own community.

kirkslade
kirkslade

When the police are there, the black communities complain that the police are too prevalent. When the police aren't there, the black communities complain about the lack of police. Then there were complaints that more "black cops" were needed. When the "Black cops" did their jobs and arrested criminals, regardless of race, the communities complained. I will bet that if Miami gave you everything that you wanted Luke, crime would still be out of control. BE ACCOUNTABLE! Luke, you are a perfect role model for the inner city ghettos... Useless and playing both sides of the fence.

Negroes owned land
Negroes owned land

Blacks need to remember history. In the 1880's in Lemon City Negroes and Bahamians owned property and rented to whites.

Lemon City lives.

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

Get rid of the "No Snitching" mentality and take control of your own neighborhoods. Snitch on those people that YOU KNOW are doing these drive-bys and indiscriminate shootings. Get these animals off the streets. YOU KNOW who they are.

Respect Lemon City
Respect Lemon City

True.African-American blacks and Bahamian blacks need to get behind historic Lemon City. Respect history.

Don't let smooth talking Haitians from Miami Shores and Broward County steal Lemon City from us.

Lemon City thrives
Lemon City thrives

Blacks need to rally behind the historic names like Lemon City and Little River. Lemon City has history.

Rally around Lemon City. Along NE 2nd Avenue between NE 54 to NE 79th Streets.

(Too many Haitians are involved with crime.)

Lemon City from the 1880's.

nevernot
nevernot

Funny, calling for unity after dividing your backers in your sellout during the election. You have no more credibility Luke. Walk away.

Solution
Solution

Community policing like the PAL (police athletic league) has been a success for some time like you stated. The issue is most of these programs have been cut from most Police Departments around the country. With the shortage of police because of the lack of hiring since the late 2000`s it is really tough to deter crimes. We need to have the manpower to participate and take an interest in the community. Right now you have a bunch of disgruntled, overworked, under payed, highly criticized, tired baby boomer cops that are on the fringe of retirement, but they wont leave because they are sucking the local governments dry.

DaGuerre
DaGuerre

Lots of luck.

Job #1? Stop listening to rap music that glorifies thug life. Somewhere in there you can work on not having babies out of wedlock. Oh yeah, get an education. Last but not least, get rid of this notion that calling the police is "snitching."

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...