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Gene Robertson

GENE ROBERTSON: Lack of involvement might be our undoing

Many African-American professionals are a part of the perpetration of injustices against low-income disenfranchised members of their own culture.

GENE ROBERTSON: We must demand accountability

Accountability is the responsibility of all parties involved, and should not be only considered at the end of the situation — it should be a process explained when an idea is conceived.

GENE ROBERTSON: Donald Sterling brought needed conversation about race to forefront

If it were not for Donald Sterling's behavior, the media would not have been energized by the issue you highlighted.

GENE ROBERTSON: Downtown mess should not be par for the course

The downtown core has to contain an adequate infrastructure. The infrastructure must support all of the activities occurring within it.

GENE ROBERTSON: Strong values play a crucial role in our lives

Educators and parents need to focus on the value of positive values early in a child's life to avoid many of the troubles that follow us around today.

GENE ROBERTSON: Beware of quick sales pitches and empty promises

Sales pitches can come from the mayor, city manager or the school superintendent.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Valuing diversity is an honest acknowledgement of equal opportunity

It has been said that doing nothing is worse than subjugating. Denying one's subjugation is worse than acquiescing to one's subjugation.

GENE ROBERTSON: It's a new year — let's make resolutions about helping others

Let’s commit ourselves to not just feeling bad about those less fortunate than us but doing something tangible for them.

GENE ROBERTSON: Nelson Mandela was hero, leader who cared about everyone

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, is a leadership model for all of us to emulate. He willingly connected himself to people who were oppressed.

GENE ROBERTSON: Police and people of color are all victims of stereotyping

We need to learn to understand individuals and our context before we can know what we can expect from each other.

GENE ROBERTSON: Columbia's violent crime resolution should be reconsidered

Columbia City Council resolution No. R 149-13 is too dense and will not allow for change in terms of limiting violent crime.

GENE ROBERTSON: Pope Francis offers leadership role model

We could all take some lessons from the pope. We are all leaders in some context i.e., family, among friends, at church and in our community. We can all put caring into action, establish positive relationships with everyone we encounter and speak out on our interest and the interest of others.

GENE ROBERTSON: Decisions regarding Syria should hinge on will of the people

It is now incumbent on the executive and the legislative bodies to follow the will of the people. Discussions and decisions on Syria ought to occur with that priority given the highest consideration.

GENE ROBERTSON: Fair rodeo incident should be cautionary tale

State Fair rodeo incident highlights importance of showing, teaching character.

 

GENE ROBERTSON: Knee-jerk solutions don't work

An anti-violence committee may be a far better early step than an arbitrary increase in police officers at the taxpayers expense.

GENE ROBERTSON: Gap between franchised and disenfranchised remains wide

Prejudice and discrimination profiteering is still occurring on the backs of the poor and other disenfranchised groups.

GENE ROBERTSON: African-Americans must take control of 'distorted' history

If African-Americans and other cultural groups want a true history based on their values, experiences and insights, they must supplement the media-controlled history with their own history.

GENE ROBERTSON: Columbia needs leaders to make smart decisions

Columbia's decision-makers and professionals need to seek a positive, qualitative difference in the lives of all of our residents — not just a few.

GENE ROBERTSON: Internet, social media generate need for better word choice, linguistics

The explosion of word usage through the Internet, email and tweets, has created a need to more clearly define the meaning of words.

 

 

GENE ROBERTSON: Let's get back to the real purpose of Black History Month

All celebrations — Christmas, Easter, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday  — are more economic vehicles than they are substantive celebrations of the intended occasion.

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