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SIMMONS: For blacks, did integration give way to disintegration?
Mr. Alexander also took on immigration.
“Immigration is a national issue with local ramifications,” he said, pointing out that blacks helped till the land, build the structures and educate the people of this great capital and nation, but now are on the bottom rungs of America’s, ahem, economic totem poles.
Meanwhile, immigrants and undocumented and illegal aliens are lending their voices to our democratic processes, and they were showcased by the Democratic Party in Charlotte, N.C., this past week.
“Our family values, our spiritual grounding and our self-help footing are eroding,” he said. “We’ve got to get back to the business of us, of uplifting us by us,” he said, starting with “economic and political solidarity.”
“We start in our churches, just like the Jewish community.”
“Their family is their bloodline, and their faith community, and they preach it from Day One,” he continued. “Tithes, offerings, service, reinvestment. That’s how we should do it.”
Peace, love, soul
When first I learned of the passing of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of The Washington Times, an insightful passage by India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, sprung to mind:
“Time is not measured by the passing of years, but by what one does, what one feels and what one achieves.”
A heartfelt and tearful thank you.
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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