LOCAL VOICES: Problems in Compton rooted to poor voter choices
A ‘lack of business development leads to problems like unemployment, friction among the poor, and inevitable crime and violence’ By OMAR BRADLEY Editor’s Note: The following is a reply to (“Killers in the Midst: Terror with
A ‘lack of business development leads to problems like unemployment, friction among the poor, and inevitable crime and violence’
By OMAR BRADLEY
Editor’s Note: The following is a reply to (“Killers in the Midst: Terror with impunity must cease!” Compton Herald, Aug. 10, 2016).
The problems in Compton stem from the citizenry making choices that are not in their best interest. To that end let us examine measure p. Who in their right mind would vote to place a tax on the city with the highest tax rates in the county?
Yes, they would be the same individuals who voted for a mayor who’d never held elective office. And here are some of the reason I’ve heard why voters did so. 1. She’s a Black woman. 2. She’s young. 3. We need a change.
Well, correct me if I am wrong but none of those reasons add up to the ability to organize a well-planned strategy to reduce gang violence and murder. As a result, in the peak of a murderous summer, the one leader who can and should develop a solution has no experience in the process of solving such a crisis, but the voters of Compton knew this and still bestowed the leadership of a community known for its complex problems to someone who could only point to their college education as proof that she was prepared to do so.
Don’t have to be a Trojan to recognize a ‘Trojan Horse!’
Others listened to our religious leaders for the answer and have now found out why Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” In closing, I read at least two comments that indicated some of our residents have had enough and as a result, are moving. Well, this is the true objective of those who want to steal Compton. They want conditions so bad that those who can leave – will leave. This will pave the way for the industrialization of Compton and the end of its obstruction between the ports and downtown Los Angeles.
So, if you are going please do so knowing why. Poor leadership leads to poor conditions; poor conditions lead to blight and a lack of business growth. Lack of business development leads to high unemployment which promotes friction amongst the poor, and the inevitable crime and violence that follows. Ultimately this all results in lower property values which make buying out the people who live here inexpensive and simple. No one wants to buy a home in a killing field, but everyone in that killing field wants to sell their home for whatever they can get.
All this has a name…it’s called gentrification and it’s happening in Compton. By the way, I went to California State University, Long Beach, but you don’t have to be a Trojan to recognize a Trojan Horse!
Omar Bradley is a former two-term mayor of Compton. He attended and graduated from Centennial High School.