HAVE WE MADE PROGRESS?

Montee Lopez, Special to The New Tri-State Defender | 7/13/2017, 1:03 p.m.
“It’s ignorant to think that we can make change in one day, one week, one year, and with one group” ...
The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, co-spokesman for the Memphis Grassroots Organizations Coalition and the host pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, made the point that we can’t make change by ourselves. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

I can’t help but notice that as some activists pave the way, they’re also their own roadblocks. There’s several inconsistencies and lack of respect for each other.

Monday’s panel was productive in the sense of much-needed dialogue. The forum was the perfect setting to lay out all the problems on the table.

However, I underestimated the amount of problems there may have been.

I was annoyed and felt slighted by some of the leaders we look up to as catalysts for change in our city. There’s still a strong beef between activists; claims that one is not working as hard as others. Measuring each other’s works against another’s isn’t how this works.

During the meeting, activists were bickering with each other on Facebook about who said what about who on the panel. Like, what? (S.N: Deleting a Facebook post doesn’t delete a screenshot of the post.)

Same mission, different path. At least I thought that was going on.

They all have valid concerns, but they’re so focused on being “the savior” that they lose sight of the goal.

Just as Pastor Fisher, co-spokesman for the Memphis Grassroots Organizations Coalition, said, we can’t make change by ourselves. I hope the activists at the forefront of this constant fight can band together and hash out whatever issues need to be hashed out.

I look forward to another healthy conversation.