Do you trust your mayor?
If you do, what he said at his 3rd State of the City address Wednesday evening left you breathless.
If you don’t trust him you probably wonder what he’s been smoking.
I think the truth of our mayor lays somewhere in between. It rests with a people who hopes his plans and works will finally lead us down a glory path without his selling our souls and the city to the devil.
He said Trenton had attracted $634 million in investments during his three years. I wondered who did those thousands of jobs go to. You figure if you’re paying $50,000 a year you can hire about 12,000 people with that kind of money. Trenton wouldn’t have an employment issue if that had happened.
He spoke about Starbucks opening next month and the jobs that would bring. I’m interested in the faces who make up those position when it comes.
He said, “On September 21, we celebrated the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of Maestro Technologies, a big data technology company that is bringing approximately 200 jobs.” Are they bringing 200 people in or are they hiring 200 people from Trenton. You know that answer.
He says “I am fully committed to the residents of Trenton.” I hope that is true I want to believe it is true. I don’t know if I do though.
He has left in place a Police Director who has said some of our residents are ‘Hood Rats”. The relationship between us and the police has never been good and may never be good. For it to be as good as possible takes leadership who at the least respects those under him. When the top man demeans any of those he is there to serve trust cannot be established. Mayor Jackson doesn’t accept this.
He said, “I’m very proud of our police force, and Police Director Ernest Parrey, Jr., who has weathered a politically motivated storm for his terrible choice of words. We’ve talked about it privately at length and the behavior will not happen again. Our community supports Director Parrey because he’s effective, accessible, communicative and deferential.”
It doesn’t matter if he says it again, we now know its what’s in his heart. And holding his tongue is not going to change what is in his heart. George Wallace stopped calling Black people ‘n****r’ but most of us know he never changed his heart. The only motivation behind our concerns are Parrey’s words and deeds.
Unlike the mayor very few of us believe what Parrey thinks has changed because he’s holding his tongue. To relate to all the people most effectively there must be new leadership in the police department.
The mayor said, ‘Our city is on the global map again, a place where ideas can translate into opportunities for everyone who wants them. . . We’ve worked hard—not just in our leadership, competency and effectiveness, but in the momentum of our city’s transformation.”
For this city to transform, the relationship between the residents and the police must first be dealt with. How do you move forward if you don’t trust your best interest will be upheld by those who are supposed to protect and defend you? You can’t. Why would we believe someone cared about us and our sons who thinks of us a vermin? We don’t. Without trust in a relationship there is no relationship.
For the good of the people Director Parrey must go.
Speaking of the people – the mayor didn’t say much about us. He hasn’t stayed in touch with us and from the sound of it there is no plan to change that. Communications is key to any endeavor. He serves us. How can he be of service to us if he doesn’t talk with us and we don’t talk with him?
What’s up with the West Ward? I’ve heard nothing from anyone especially from our councilman. North Ward? Nothing tonight. With all the money spent in Trenton we should be in a far better place than where we are. It’s like the school system, we spend billions and get so little return on our investment. Mr. Mayor we now expect more for our money, much more. Pay close attention Mr. Mayor. The times they are a changing.
He introduced the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Frederick McDowell. He said, Dr. McDowell would, “lead our district to a new level of excellence and achievement.” If they think we’ve been experiencing excellence they know something we don’t know.
Education and jobs got a very light touch in his speech. The way we see it those are the most critical activities which need to be addressed. As The Nubian News grows we will reach out to the mayor and the superintendent to learn their exact plans.
They want to be leaders, we expect them to do the work of leadership. So far we are not impressed. As they say you don’t have to listen to the words – the proof is always in the pudding.
Overall, though not overwhelmed by the speech, we aren’t dismayed. We stand with him now (though Parrey has to go). But come May, we expect more meat and potatoes on our plates.
The people of Trenton are rising, going to a better level, hopefully Mayor Jackson will lead us there. Regardless, we’re going.
Our children are dying, our mothers and grandmothers are crying, our young men are despairing but not one word on the plan to stop the violence. Come on Man!