Posted September 26, 2011
The Mid-South Tribune and Black Information Highway’s
ENDORSEMENT FOR MAYOR A C WHARTON
Memphis, Tennessee is facing many economic and socio-economic woes mirroring those of the rest of the nation. A 21st Century transitional leadership is strongly needed coupled with discipline, creativity and compassion. Memphis must transition to the next level and that level is economic; therefore, it is imperative that an African American economic leadership emerges to aid in this transition.
Memphis, where nearly 60 percent of its citizenry is African American with most of whom in poverty, can no longer sustain itself without the effective growth of Black-owned businesses to help alleviate the problem of unemployment. If the truth be told, systemic discrimination of denying access to capital to businesses that happen to be Black-owned remains the ultimate problem in 2011. Mayor A C Wharton has demonstrated an acknowledgement and a pattern that the most effective way to rid the city of a growing unemployment rate is to bring in more businesses to spawn jobs. But he cannot do it alone. We want to see Black business organizations such as BBA (Black Business Association of Memphis), MMBE (Mid-South Minority Business Council), Black economists, Black business leaders, and other African Americans who think economically to sit at the table with clear heads to break loose the bonds of economic discriminatory and access deprivation practices African American businesses have endured for far too long. It need not be a requirement that one must have millions to sit at the table, but rather have a vision for what Memphis can do with its unclaimed human resources neglected in racial prejudices. In addition, just as outside businesses are courted to put down roots in the city, the city’s black-owned businesses should be allowed the same privilege. Black-owned business representatives should be a part of any international junkets to court corporations from China and Japan. Too many times, we have seen from Washington, D.C., to regional, to state, to local that Black businesses are not part of the dialogue when it comes to inclusion in the international business scope. In an era of technology, cities such as Memphis are a part of the NAFTA created landscape, and for Memphis to emerge as a leader to aid all its citizens regardless of race, color, or creed, Black businesses have to be part of that landscape. Mayor Wharton also recognizes that education is a vital part of eliminating unemployment in the long run. He has demonstrated transitional leadership on both the economic and educational fronts. But he cannot do it alone. It is imperative that a strong Black economic leadership emerges to help the city reach a level of Green, and we are not talking about the environment. We endorse Mayor A C Wharton to finish what he started.
ENDORSEMENTS FOR MEMPHIS MUNICIPAL ELECTION
OCTOBER 6, 2011
A C WHARTON, JR.
CITY COURT JUDGE, DIVISION 1
EARNESTINE HUNT DORSE
CITY COURT JUDGE, DIVISION 2
TARIK B SUGARMON
CITY COURT JUDGE, DIVISION 3
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6
EDMUND FORD, JR.
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8, POS 1
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8, POS 2
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 8, POS 3
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9, POS 1
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9, POS 2
GEORGE S FLINN, III
CITY COUNCIL SUPER DISTRICT 9, POS 3
CITY COURT CLERK