Reader Appreciates Time
I just wanted to applaud Tanya Ishikawa for writing such an interesting and inspiring article on the Benjamin Banneker Clock Company in your November issue. Mr. Banneker was definitely a pioneer in the engineering field. It is refreshing to see the many successful executives in this company with the desire to give back to our nation’s youth.
I was blessed to work in corporate American for 37 years with a background in engineering. Most of those years were with Ford Motor Company. I received the most gratification by training and managing younger associates.
It seems ironic that I have always had a love for watches. I have several different styles myself and look forward to owning a Banneker watch. I even sold watches through my own mail order business several years ago. I tried my skills at designing watches using knowledge from architecture classes in college.
Your article mentioned the company’s future plans to build a manufacturing facility and community center in Denver. I believe this would be a tremendous opportunity for our local youth to learn the intricate skills of designing and making watches.
Also, the idea of “streets teams” and “affiliate sales programs” is an outstanding way to market these wonderful products. I would appreciate an opportunity to become involved with the Banneker Clock Company. Please forward my letter to the appropriate individual in their human resources department.
Thank you for your cooperation and accolades to Rosalind J. Harris for such a great publication.
Leroy R. Warren
America Needs To Pay Reparations
There were wonderful events that took place during the 31st annual City of Aurora Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration - a fitting tribute to a great Civil Rights leader. However, I feel it istime we as a people move beyond the quest to be absorbed by America. The focus in my view should be on economic justice not integration which was the primary objective of the Civil Rights. That movement, though well intentioned, has taken the descendants of slaves as far as it can take them. The chattel slave trade of Africans robbed them of things no one can put a price on. The suffering they endured on the march to the ships that transported them to the various destinations, what they endured on the ships and worst of all, what they endured at the slave auctions and on the plantations...no one can put a price on these horrors. That is why we is the progeny of those who suffered must demand unceasingly, that those who are descendent from those who profited from the selling of Africans - both American and European interest, bestow upon the heirs of these Africans a percentage of the wealth earned and the wealth yet to be earned at the expense of slaves – no matter where these heirs exist in the world, into perpetuity or as long as profit linked to the slave trade makes profit. These payments can be used to lift black communities out of the cycle of crime, violence and poverty; make the more self-sufficient and autonomous.
The problem with civil rights is there an inability to confer the right to economically based self-determination upon a people. If a people choose to integrate after a long economic parity then that is all well and good - as long as they retain their identity.
Civil rights without an economic base is folly! Integration is the wool pulled over your eyes. In a lot of ways Black people were better off under segregation. We were doing our own thing. In the era of civil rights and integration we are not doing much of anything but going in circles.
America! Pay up!