Court system crushing blacks

During a conversation recently with a young lady, I was asked why are court cases the highest among blacks. Traffic court, criminal court, child support court and DCFS (children and family services) court has a very high percentage of black cases. The lack of togetherness and either side in the case showing no respect to the other is why blacks stay in the court rooms. As black folks, we continue to show society we belong in the court rooms. Over 300 some odd years has passed since slavery and still today, we as a black race have not come together on any kind of terms. When we do find a way to come together and be heard, we are marching with signs in the community reading “Stop the killing!” The love disability is not hidden from our actions by no means. No trust, no respect and our lack of communication is why the courts have control of our house hold. It seems we would rather have the courts determine our fait. With society knowing that we are not on the same page, blacks are still in the midst of no where. Because of this attitude, along with the “take them down” mentality in court rooms, we fail to realize the humiliation we are causing one another. It only makes the attorneys and judges fat off of our foolish behavior. But we will use what ever crumbs we have to break the other’s heart, still refusing to grow up and be men and women. Our actions show we are just children in adult bodies – and the court systems are our parents. Other nationalities face court problems as well, but we as blacks have a high percentage in staying in the court rooms. It seems we were programmed to be mean and cruel towards our fellow brothers and sisters. When blacks realize that love shines and togetherness is the key to happiness, maybe this love disability will end and our roots can allow us to grow.

Aaron Walker

Check out the African-American ‘Gateway’ proposal

It is a wonder why there has not been any media (other than Austin Weekly News) on my proposed project to establish on the West Side of Chicago in the North and South Austin community, a “gateway” that represents the African-American community. It stands without reason that in the “City of Big Shoulders,” the only representation of the African-American community is in Bronzeville. But this is only on 47th Street & King Drive, a mere shell of a building that has not been given its proper respect, carrying the name of the late great Mayor Harold Washington.

When Mayor Washington was in office, he had set aside the area, known by the African-American community as “Jew Town,” to be designated in the building of such a place that would be the “Gateway to the African-American Community.” After his death, this area was given to UIC and Little Italy, which moved all those who lived in this area out.

The original inception project was the idea of a great thinker, Joseph Mason, who watched his dream of a gateway die with the former mayor. I have picked up the torch-to develop Chicago Avenue from Cicero Avenue through Austin Boulevard and turn it into “The Gateway.” We have been asking for assistance from various politicians, City Planning, church and community groups, residents and media.

We hope you will see the dream of a place to showcase the African-American community and its great heritage. We ask your assistance in networking with us by referring sponsors, financial backers, supporters, and individuals whom may contribute their time and professional experience to our project. We are nearing the end of 2007 and still in the City of Big Shoulders, there is no gateway built to represent the African-American community, but there is plenty of gentrification building momentum to remove the community.

You can see and download the proposal, plans, and support kit for “The Gateway” at Please sign our online petition at

Rickie P. Brown Sr.

Predatory lenders take money from everyone

Rep Yarbourgh is 100 percent correct [New bill will protect against predatory lending, Karen Yarbrough, Sept. 6].

The predatory lenders and their allies have helped to wreck the credit markets and have caused everyone to lose money, not just unsuspecting home buyers. Hopefully, the governor will get his act together and sign the bill.

Steve Brown
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