Some four years ago, Rev. Joseph Lowery, during President Obama’s first inauguration, prayed ‘for healing from a era of “greed and corruption.’ Lowery, co-founder of ‘the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr.,’ must be beside himself with contempt for the Black community’s leadership over a very bad start to the new year.
In Houston, the Black community’s leadership is having a very bad start to the new year with three cases surfacing, that deal with greed, as well as, corruption. For sure, if King were alive today, his head would bowed in shame for a people that consistently find themselves in the negative eye of a society that was once, very forgiving and very much trying to make amends.
Texas Southern University, a school that’s always involved in some type of scandal, got this party started with the hiring of a known, convicted felon, with a pretty much, entire life time of financial fraud to help out with their annual pledge drive. Michael Whitfield, quickly reverted back to his ways and is now charged with stealing ‘credit card information from dozens of donors.’
The NAACP, continued this run of bad luck with a lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Four Seasons in Houston. It appears, when the organization held it’s ‘103rd Annual Convention in July at the Four Seasons.’ in Houston, it’s members were living high off the hog, in Southern comfort and felt entitled to both. According to court documents, the organization left the Four Seasons holding a tab of almost $100,000, which was due in November, last year
Finally, the ‘MLK Grande Parade,’ which has been around Houston for 20 years, is accused of defrauding a business that prepared signs for this year’s parade. Advision Signs tell a tale of creating signs, requesting payment, receiving a stolen credit card as payment, which didn’t work and after conference calls, as well as long conversations, was issued a check, that was also bad.
Since Obama, prayer for almost anything is looked down upon, greed and corruption is running rampart, and entitlements are now deemed, entitled, regardless of the circumstances. Looks like the Black community’s leadership needs some serious lessons in embracing ‘what is right,”