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Chicago Street Journal

December February 2017


Being a Great Leader:

Part 2

Correspondent: C. Dwayne West

I continue to examine what makes effective

and even great leaders. It's imperative

to me that I understand this

much discussed and overly used word

that can either make America great

again or watch as our world sinks into

a mental abyss. Because leaders who

are strong, innovative, courageous and

visionaries, can propel the weakest of

men to perform great feats of strength

in order to change the world in which

they live, work and play.

Great leaders can take mediocre

prospects and guide them to championship

status. How many times have

we seen talented professionals who

were unable to reach their full potential?

They could not fulfill their

planned objective because of a support

system of failed leaders. Or how many

times have we

seen common

men climb the

highest mountains,


the deepest

seas, and/or

run and complete

the longest


Not only did their

trained abilities surpass their

wildest expectations, but

their leadership teams also

motivated them to greatness.

I've been watching,

for instance, this Chicago

Public School (CPS) fiasco

emerge over the last month,

starting with the RAT problem.

It was clearly handled

wrong from the beginning to

the end. It was missing leaders

who would stand up and

take charge of hundreds or

maybe even thousands of kids

being subjected to a RAT infestation

in schools likes Mollison Elementary.

After the crisis broke ground,

initially, it took several weeks before a

CPS figurehead showed her face, and

she was not the right face to be seen,

in my opinion.

Now, here we have another

CPS scandal taking place, and socalled

leaders are being removed and

others are being inserted into our lives.

This corruption with now former CPS

CEO Forrest Claypool resigning because

of his admitted assertion that he

influenced the alteration of certain

CPS awarded contract invoices, leads

me to believe that the buck should not


stop with just his floundered leadership.

But these so-called leaders stayed

silent, as they often do. And when the

Mayor of Chicago, for instance, did

speak, he praised Claypool as an honorable

man. How laughable was that


I will not make this a black or

white issue, but again, when it's a

black person (Barbara Byrd Bennett)

who violates the public's trust, she, for

instance, was ridiculed, embarrassed

and essentially sent to prison. But the

white male (knight in shining armor),

who has for some reason, been labeled

the savior of local systems like Chicago

Transit Authority (CTA), the Park

District and now CPS, has been caught

with his dirty hands in the cookie jar,

he's applauded. He gets a slap on the

wrist and a celebratory farewell press

conference and after party.

Let us forget about Forrest, the

mayor, and CPS' new CEO for a moment.

They're typical players in this

rigged chest game against the citizens

of Chicago.

What I'm saddened

by are

the black oldheads,



who remain

loyal to a system

that has

proven to be

flawed and discriminatory.

As I watched the stunt

conference announcing

Claypool's exit last Friday,

it was prominent Negroes

who stood like zombies

behind him, saluting

Forrest's record, all while

ignoring his immoral and

unethical actions. His alleged

robbery of resources

from black and brown

kids were similar propaganda

charges that Bennett

was overly-hyped to have


Let me make a merciful

plea to my old-head, so-called leaders

who continue to deliver 'fake news' to

(their) community about their untrustworthy

alliances. WHY? What happens

to old black men who somehow

have forgotten about the struggles of

black folks and the massive burden

that we've carried on our backs

fighting for progress, freedom, and liberation?

These men, for some reason,

still consider themselves to be COL-


I Write To Differ

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