Chicago, IL – Blacks in America are never afraid to fight; all one has to do is to take a look at the many senseless shootings, and killings within the Black and Brown communities. Bang, bang you are dead – yet, no one really benefits in the end. Ed Gardner is the multimillionaire former owner of the Soft Sheen hair care empire; he is protesting the lack of African-American workers on taxpayer-funded road repair jobs as well as private construction projects in neighborhoods where blacks live and shop.
He was once one of America’s wealthiest businesses. He was the marketing force behind Harold Washington becoming the first African American Mayor in Chicago. He is known to put his money where his mouth is.
Gardner is protesting the lack of African-American workers on taxpayer-funded road repair jobs as well as private construction projects in neighborhoods where blacks live and shop. “They allow us to sell drugs and kill one another for the promise of drugs, yet they won’t employ us in the black community,” he said. Gardner agrees that Blacks across America need to be fighting; however, the fight should not be towards each other, but, for one another. The protest began last week when demonstrators pointed out the lack of African Americans on crews hired by private companies with city contracts to repair 95th Street. “I don’t see one black person employed here…not one,” said Gardner.
The black agenda has vanished. It’s a damn shame, Mr. Gardner has said, while at 87 and on a cane, he has taken his fury to the streets. On Friday, September 21st, he drew the line in the sand, as Chicago’s black community is constantly insulted with a lack of jobs and business. As he drove on 95th street and he looked at a construction site, in the heart of the black community, he saw no African American workers. None. Zero.
It was something about that day for Gardner it was the last straw. He got mad and he closed the site down; he stuck his cane in wet cement at Evergreen Park. This is it, Gardner has drawn the line in the sand, and all he need now is for the rest of the community to join force with him.
A Black man showing young Black youth how to fight, when to fight, and the importance of picking the correct fight: community supporters can come out in support on: Sunday, September 30, 2012 — 2:30 PM – Start out from the West corner of 95th Street & Western Ave, the group will walk in unison to 92nd and Western Ave; 3:00 PM – Rally
There is a time to fight, and a correct way to fight. Gardner has picked this time of high unemployment, an explosion of youth murders within the streets, drug deals going bad, and more guns than jobs; perhaps it’s time has come.