The following is a response to this recent Herald Palladium article:
Mayor James Hightower, Gregory Vaughn - senior vice-president and chief operating officer of Cornerstone Alliance (Whirlpool's economic development agency for the Twin Cities area), and pastor James Atterberry claim no gentrification exists in the city. Yet, more than twenty thousand residents have left. People have been displaced, many through false arrests and imprisonment. Most Michigan residents are unaware of this human devastation in their midst.
Since the death of Rev. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, black consciousness that was fueled by the essence of our historical struggles has been purged by the centuries old psychological need to achieve white acceptance. Gaining this acceptance is seen as the only means to being accepted as unequivocal equals.
Today, black organizations (NAACP, etc.), leaders (Jackson, Sharpton, etc.), clergy, and many black people sellout for the purpose of being allowed to buy self-preservation tickets for entrance into white social, political, economic, and institutional circles.
Mayor James Hightower, Gregory Vaughn, and the new branch president of the NAACP James Atterberry are all part of the problem. They claim there is no gentrification in Benton Harbor when that's the biggest game in town.
Rev. Edward Pinkney
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