“Hands up, don’t shoot”: that is the catch slogan in the black community. But this is the one we should be using: Black lives matter, but only when we as black people make our lives matter.
Where were the protesters(Aug. 8) when there was a killing in Oakwood? We turn a blind eye to our own violence against one another. If a white cop shoots and kills a black man, we go on a war path.
Churches, leaders, local groups and just common folk stand on the sidelines with our hands crossed. Now I will tell you the real reason there is an outcry when a white person kills a black person ... the smell of money and trying to get paid. That’s right, I said it ... money! There is no money to be gained for black-on-black murder. The possibility of a lawsuit is the driving force for the riots. So does black-on-black murder matter? No! Not until we make it matter.
Abe Lee Barham
The Salvation Army will be taking Christmas applications on Oct. 19, Oct. 21, Oct. 26, and Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a picture ID for parent or guardian, proof of income, proof of residency, and Social Security cards for each member of the household. All members in the household must be verified, which may be done with medical cards or birth certificates. You must have all of this information with you in order to fill out an application. There will be no callbacks or faxing of information. All applications must be filled out in person. You cannot apply for another person. You must meet the income guidelines in order to qualify for assistance. Food and toy applications are being taken for families with children 12 years old and younger and food-only applications for households with children older than 12.
At select stores in our community, you will soon notice the Salvation Army Angel Trees. To donate, grab a tag from our Angel Tree and drop the toy off at the Salvation Army, 525 Alby St. in Alton. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.; call for other arrangements. If you are interested in adopting a specific child or children, please call Holly about our Adopt-A-Family program at (618) 465-7764.
We would like to thank you in advance for all of your support during the Christmas season.