Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, civil rights icon for his role in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and friend of Martin Luther King, weighed in on problems that plague the black community.
Surprisingly, the Confederate flag was not his first target, as so many seem to have focused on.
Instead, Young pointed out that the real problem is that “93% of black people killed are killed by other black people.”
He added that “black lives matter” and the black community itself had better start acting like it.
Via MyFox Atlanta:
The former two-term mayor suggested people focus more on the substance of the problems and issues of today and not on a symbol. He said a lesson should have been learned by what happened at the State Capitol. He said supporters of former Governor Roy Barnes won a big state battle but lost the State House.
When looking at the flags that fly at Stone Mountain, it’s not hard to miss the presence of the Confederate Flag. For some it’s a symbol of past or even present attitudes of intolerance. Andrew young claimed it doesn’t answer anything.
“I would never trade the flag for a single job,” said Young. “The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag. The fact is that 93% of black people killed are killed by other black people. So black lives matter. Let us start believing that we matter.”
Young added that the flag represents different things to different people, and just because some are offended doesn’t take away from the meaning it may hold for others.
“The challenge for us is not to wipe out our past history,” he said. “But to learn to live together in the future.”
We couldn’t have said it any better Mr. Young.
Check out Martin Luther King’s friend speaking the truth about a meaningless flag controversy, and a very meaningful and troubling problem in the black community…
Comment – Do you agree with Young that the flag isn’t the problem, and that the focus should shift to black-on-black violence?