I don’t consider myself a leader,but I’m not, and nor will I ever be a politician.
I’ve been watching the series “Sense8” on Netflix. I found this piece of dialog from the character, Capheus Onyango, who operates his own bus service, very interesting. He’s being interviewed on TV after having defused a potentially dangerous situation in his community over water rights. The interviewer asks him if he thinks the problems are political. He answers: “Who am I to answer such a question? I drive a bus. If I didn’t take people where they have me to take them, I wouldn’t expect them to get back on my bus. We expect leaders to take us where we want to go. The problem seems to me when they don’t, and things don’t improve. And yet these leaders keep expecting us to get on their bus. I think this is when leaders become something else.”
I have not seen one statement or comment by any of the elected pols who presumably represent me — City Council Member Annabel Palma, State Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda, State Senator Jeffrey Klein, or Congress Member Joseph Crowley — speaking out against the Administration’s Muslim ban. Neither have I seen or heard anything from the three candidates who have announced their intentions to run for Palma’s open seat in Council District 18: Amanda Farias, Elvin Garcia or Michael Beltzer. I find this particularly unconscionable from pols whose districts are home to, not only a vibrant and growing Muslim community, but immigrants from Mexico; the Caribbean; and Asian, South Asian, African, and Central and South American countries. This section of the Bronx has never been as diverse as it is now. I find it encouraging, positive…and essential to keeping our community strong and stable. Continue reading