Black Positive People : George Wilson: His passion is getting involved

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  1. Zulile

    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

    South Africa
    Jun 24, 2007
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    Reacting isn't solving issues

    Wilson grew up in Birmingham, Ala., in the 1960s, a place and time of great racial turmoil. His current view of the world -- and of recent violence attributed to young black men from Durham -- is influenced by his upbringing and his academic training. He sees imbalance in the attention given to the killing of UNC-Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson -- a pretty, blonde, white woman -- and thinks killings of blacks are often glossed over. He preaches prevention and sees little point in ratcheting up punishment -- such as tougher anti-gang laws, for example -- if resources aren't also poured into intervention.

    "Poverty does not create crime; being black does not create crime," Wilson says in an interview in his cluttered NCCU office. "You get doctors from the same neighborhoods from where you get thugs."

    But don't complain, he says, if you don't get involved.


    Wilson's father was at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham one September day in 1963 when members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed it, killing four young black women preparing to sing in the choir. Wilson, a teen at the time, knew those four girls. He saw his city on the brink of riot; he developed a distaste for white people at the same time as he listened intently to Martin Luther King Jr. preach against violence.

    read more to see how this man has gotten involved in our Black communities: