LOCAL VOICES: The people must find a leader amongst their own cadre
Then, they must support and defend that leader against political persecution and prosecutions masquerading as justice By OMAR BRADLEY The problem with Compton, as with any city, state or national government that struggles with defining a clear
Then, they must support and defend that leader against political persecution and prosecutions masquerading as justice
By OMAR BRADLEY
The problem with Compton, as with any city, state or national government that struggles with defining a clear path towards success, is the lack of a clear, executable plan and or vision by its leaders.
A shortage such as this, combined with the absence of courage on behalf of municipal leadership and extensive interference from politically potent and yet greed motivated external forces such as unions, county supervisors and alike often leads to a level of milquetoast decisiveness on behalf of the local elected leadership that often leaves the populace of such locals wondering, “Who is in charge and why don’t they just fix it?” Unfortunately, such are the fortunes of Compton.
Clearly trapped between their need to be accepted by “The Outside World,” and an unwise desire to appear politically savvy, over the past four election cycles, Compton voters, if you can believe the polls, have chosen two mayors that both dangled by strings controlled by hands that have no natural interest in Compton.
Those hands, motivated by greed and the acquisition of land and political power, have managed to twist the narrative in the media to suggest that all has been well since the departure of what was undoubtedly the most politically progressive and locally centered administration in Compton since the Douglas Dollarhide [former mayor] era.
That administration, spearheaded by the triad of Rahh, Zurita and Bradley made great strides because its focus was the well-being of the people of Compton, first! And while this also made these brave soldiers targets of SEIU, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and various business entities whose power and reach superseded their own, such as the Los Angeles Times and the Staples Center, there has never been a more dynamic, successful and effective assemblage of local leaders in this area before or after their untimely and power manipulated departure.
Hence, if the people of Compton want successful leadership they must first admit that listening to what the outsiders say is the worst prescription for it. Then, once all of the preachers have received their stipend for an endorsement, the media has explained what is best for you, the unions have funded tons of political mailings guaranteeing that when elected their bought and paid for political apparatus will never hold city workers and members of the same unions accountable for their work — the people must find a leader amongst their own cadre.
Additionally, they must support him or her, and most importantly, defend that leader against what will undoubtedly come — political persecution and high-financed prosecutions that masquerade as justice, but are actually a more clinical means to assassinate Black or Brown leadership that would dare stand up for the people.
Omar Bradley is a former two-term mayor of Compton.