In response to the 1,500 Jobs Article
Today we remember the live of slain civil rights leader the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was taken from our earth by an assassin’s gun and bullet that removed his voice prematurely.
His son, Martin Luther King III said this week, “Freedom, Justice and Equality is not real for mankind.” He referenced one Black man shot in Sacramento, California with a telephone in his hands, 20 times.
In his father’s last days of life, MLK was unpopular with both Whites and Blacks for the racial tension and outcomes he wanted to see occur in America. Let’s be clear, no one likes change.
As was written in Time Magazine, “Near the end of his life, King confronted the uncertainty of his moral vision. He had underestimated how deeply the belief that white people matter more than others–what I call the value gap–was ingrained in the habits of American life. He saw that white resentment involved more than fatigue with mass demonstrations and demands for racial equality–and was not simply a sin of the South. It was embedded in the very psyche of white America.
In King’s final book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” drafted in early 1967, he argued in part that white supremacy stood in the way of America’s democracy, that it was an ever-present force in frustrating the dreams of the nation’s darker-skinned citizens. At the heart of it was a distorted understanding of the meaning of racial justice. He wrote: Negroes have proceeded from a premise that equality means what it says, and they have taken white Americans at their word when they talked of it as an objective. But most whites in America … proceed from a premise that equality is a loose expression for improvement. White America is not even psychologically organized to close the gap–essentially it seeks only to make it less painful and less obvious but, in most respects, to retain it.
A YEAR LATER...
Nearly a year after his refusal to leave his bed, in August 1967, King stated plainly “that the vast majority of white Americans are racists, either consciously or unconsciously.” Eight months later, he would lie dead on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
In so many ways, King’s life has been reduced to the lead character in a fable the nation tells itself about “the movement,” which begins with Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and culminates with the 1963 March on Washington or in Selma in 1965. It is a neat tale with Southern villains, heightened drama, tragic deaths and heroic triumph. It does not mention King’s depression. It does not reckon with what he told the Rev. D.E. King, that his work “has been in vain … The whole thing will have to be done away.” Instead, it enlists King in fortifying the illusion of this nation’s inherent goodness. It coddles the country from a damning reality.”
Dr. King desperately wanted to end the triple evils of poverty, namely racism, militarism, and violence. His son says this is what we must continue to work on.
In 2018, the City of San Antonio remains as one of the most Segregated Cities in America. The new Mayor Ron Nirenberg has called for a look at the Equity of our city. He has started with a Task Force on Housing which his primary leaders exclude Black representation. When the City Manager was called on the carpet, with the low representation of Black employment, her staff responded.
City of San Antonio 'Responds'
The City of San Antonio, provided this response to the San Antonio Observer:
“As is dictated by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, other federal laws, State of Texas statutes, and the City of San Antonio’s own policies, we do not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, or genetic information, and we employ various mechanisms to ensure the integrity of our hiring practices. In the event that there is a belief that any of the above policies may have been violated, there are multiple avenues for employees or job applicants to have their concerns addressed. Please let me know if you have any other questions."
Regards, Human Resources Customer Service, CITY OF SAN ANTONIO HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, Riverview Towers Building ·111 Soledad, Suite 100· San Antonio, TX 78205, P: (210) 207-8705
The City of San Antonio provided this cold no real person reply as if this would solve the equity problem that Blacks are experiencing with city employment. We say publicly, “Shame on the City’s leadership for releasing this information and not having the courage to be responsible.”
In the year when we will host the most Black conferences ever, what message will they take away from our City? The NAACP should have meetings with our city leaders to ask them why can’t Blacks be hired and why won’t the city say they will do better?
CALL THEM NOW!
We recommend calling the HR Office today AT 210.207.8705 – on this day of remembrance of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and ask the person who answers, these three questions:
1) why are the Black hiring rates almost half that of the City of Austin?
2) Ask them why the Affirmative Action Committee meeting does not include a “Citizens To Be Heard” like most Boards and Commissions?
3) Ask them why hasn’t the City Manager or the Mayor provided any response to the issue of 1,000 jobs?
We are in the times of organized protest across America. If you have a phone or an email you should do your part. The squeaky wheel always gets the grease. It’s time to get our grease!
Bexar County is taking action...
Not all is bad. County Commissioner Tommy Calvert Jr. is taking action for Black people in Bexar County.
In response to the 1,500 Jobs Article, Bexar County’s leadership is taking notice of the San Antonio Observer’s reporting that the county is bad at best with the hiring of Black tax paying citizens. In comparison to Harris County, Bexar County has shut out Blacks half of what they employ? Why? Some would say engrained racism.
Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Jr. did respond favorably to the Editorial Board. While he was not available for a quote, in which we learned he is assembling Bexar County’s first SMWBE and Disparity Study. Hopefully, his leadership and work will provide an account to the “Shut Out” of African American business participation with Bexar County. He informed us that he did contact the Bexar County HR Department Director about the diversity within Bexar County’s workforce. He also read the EEO report for the county. He asked us to look at the report that is posted on line. In his words, “It’s not good.” Commissioner Calvert has asked for a breakdown by department of tunic diversity and will put an item on the agenda of Commissioner’s Court by late April or early May.
With that said, City Councilman Shaw’s office previously indicated they too are investigating.
Now that the problem is being discussed, we ask for your voices to be heard. Write your elected leaders to make change now. We ask for you to join the call to action at St. Paul United Methodist Church at Noon, to hear from religious and community leaders about the state and condition of African Americans in San Antonio. We thank Pastor James Amerson for If we want to truly live the dream of Reverend King, we have to be about standing up. Their “I AM A Man” focus is real and it is true. In the seventh largest US city Black Men are not embraced, not hired, and marginalized every step of the way. The truth is all of the negative statistics are true and amplified in San Antonio.