September 08, 2003

(Not Even Close to a) Million Youth March

I had high hopes for New York City Bloggers Question of the Day. Lately, there has been very few, if any responses. Especially when it comes to issues of race. Today's question: Million Youth March: Free Speech or Hate Speech?

New York Newsday shows it's the most level-headed newspaper in the New York Tri-State area:

The Million Youth March, a flashpoint for controversy just five years ago, stepped off quietly Saturday with about 300 people joining in the six-block trek in Brooklyn.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, head of the New Black Panther Party, said the purpose of the march was positive.

"Our message to the young people is to stop the killing," said Shabazz, whose group sponsored the event. "Stop going to prison, complete school, go to work and try to rap better lyrics."

The march began with the release of white doves, a symbol of peace, before the crowd began its walk. > > > .

The march has evolved, and hopefully, it will lead to a dedicated effort to improve conditions in Black communities. High crime, poor education and apathy...

Whatever. I can't see a damn march changing anything. Especially with loud mouths. Muhammed's death just created confusion with the sponsors. If they're serious about their stated goals, Shabazz, et al should can the useless rhetoric and make this effort a year-round thing.

Posted by ronn at September 8, 2003 03:47 PM

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