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The Significance of Struggle

James Clingman | 9/19/2012, 12:02 p.m.

Look at the struggling people of Haiti, recently having taken another blow from Hurricane Isaac. They have not yet received the funds that were donated to them after the earthquake of 2010. Hundreds of thousands are still living in tents and unsanitary conditions while politicians make no move to relieve them of their suffering.

What about the folks in New Orleans who have still not recovered from Hurricane Katrina, and have not been made whole after billions in relief funds were donated to them? Some are still living in temporary housing even though the storm took place in 2005. And let's not even talk about veterans; there is so much hypocrisy from politicians toward that group that it's not even funny.

I don't want to hear about struggle from politicians. They definitely are not struggling now with their health plans and benefits and other perks. Their struggle, if they insist on having one, should be to help those who are really struggling in today's economy. They should be struggling to fix the broken places, like Nehemiah did; they should be struggling to help their people, like Esther did; they should be struggling to feed the hungry and heal the sick, like Jesus did.

The significance of struggle is not in the words we speak; it's in the deeds we perform.

Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation's most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics.com.