Urban CNY: Days of absence

— It came as no surprise when a story was published about the lack of diversity on the Syracuse City School Board which controls a $350 million-plus school budget. Their reach is vast and powers great, especially when you look at the impact of policies that effect the education of children in a system that’s become black and brown with white students in the minority at 24 percent.

Everyone is pointing fingers at the root cause of this diversity debacle, an unbelievable lack of representation where the hackneyed line “get involved black people!” is the constant refrain.

However, the fact remains that the democratic party in the City of Syracuse is in control of the process that nominates candidates. Like Washington, D.C., getting the democratic party nomination is tantamount to a coronation. (A signal of a break in voting patterns would be a Hawkins “green Party” victory this past Tuesday.)

And no matter how many African-Americans attempt to participate in whatever party affiliation, the party that hosts the lion’s share of registrations in the City of Syracuse is the democratic party.

It has always been difficult for African-Americans and Hispanics to gain even a toe-hold on the mountain of power that stands before us, power that’s brokered by democrats.

As African-Americans and other “minorities” grow in population we’ve shrunk in some important visual roles that should represent progress.

It’s not just the school board — it’s our city.

Look at your television and tell me if you see any African-American males. Not one from what I can see. African-American women have fared better than men but that still leaves one Jackie Robinson as a news anchor who’s program is produced and broadcast from our local market. Time-Warner’s YNN is produced substantially out of Albany, N.Y., but has a diverse anchor lineup, unmatched locally.

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