Some left the 50-year commemoration of the March on Washington with a powerful sense of history.But l left disillusioned and depressed for those who still adhere to the Civil Rights agenda of the sixties.

Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful to those who opened doors for me. But the truth is that the poor don’t need a mes- sage of hope. They need straight talk, raw and unfiltered.

I praise the black leader who not only reminds us of how the Little Rock Nine endured death threats to get an education, but who also points out that our current generation is squandering that hard-won opportunity by walking around with their pants hanging down and their butt-cracks showing, refusing to learn proper gram- mar because their homies may think they’re acting white. Some will say we should  not air out our dirty laundry. The truth is our dirty laundry is aired out every day. Just look at Franklin Park where poor people, mainly black men, spend their time intoxicated, fighting over free clothes and ice tea, urinating and littering. It pains me to see the legacy of Mitch Snyder being desecrated. This man stood on the front lines so the homeless could have a bed. How do they honor him? By sitting in front of the shelter, drinking, selling drugs and prostituting.

If working people walking through the park or passing the shelter can see the dirty laundry, you better believe business owners see it too. It’s safe to say they are calling law enforcement to remove those defacing the area. I feel amazed when someone tells me that shelter closings are caused by greed and racism. Being a former shelter resident myself, I blame the closing on the disrespectful and morally deficient attitudes of many who use the shelters.

Why don’t more of our self-proclaimed black spokesmen send a message of personal responsibility? I find preposterous the claims by civil rights leaders that society unfairly discriminates against black people.

Instead of tolerating drug abuse and advocating lighter sentences for drug users they should work to prevent people from ruining their lives with drugs.

Truth is, the problems of the black community have nothing to do with racism. Self defeating behaviors, and the corrupt black leaders who plant the seeds of inferiority and capitulation are to blame.

If the poor are ever going to get out of poverty they need to think for them- selves and purge the civil rights leaders that claim to be their advocates.