How Quickly We Forget, Is It Time We Take A Long Look at The Track Record of Eddie Bernice Johnson Before We Cast Our Votes
From 2002 until 2006 I worked as a High School Counselor for the Dallas Independent School District. The High School I worked at was called South Oak Cliff High School (SOC), located in the heart of Oak Cliff, in sunny South Dallas.
Although I had a variety of duties from counseling the students of the school, to helping my students prepare for life on the other side of high school.
My greatest joy as a counselor was that of a scholarship coordinator, and along with the position came the job of hustling, and finding scholarships for our under-privilege students.
At the height of my success as a scholarship coordinator, I had built up such a rapport with many of the representatives from the various colleges, and universities to where I could simply make a call and get a student a scholarship providing the student met the criteria for the scholarship, and was willing to leave Oak Cliff, or the state of Texas.
Each year we would receive the Eddie Bernice Johnson Scholarship package, and we were pressured into making sure the students filled out the Scholarship package in an effort to ensure our school, and many of the other Predominantly African American schools in the area had a chance of being awarded the Eddie Bernice Johnson Scholarship.
So why I am telling this story about a portion in my life that happened some five years ago with regards to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.
On my show “The Watchful-eye,” a couple of months ago, I interviewed a young man by the name of Taj Clayton who announced he was running for Congress against Eddie Bernice Johnson. After my interview with Taj Clayton I decided that I would support his candidacy for Congress, and not out of disrespect for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, but out of the simple fact that I believe that Taj Clayton represents the much needed youth movement that is missing from our society today.
After watching, and reading reports on how Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson steered scholarships meant for students such as the students of South Oak Cliff High School to her own family members and friends, I have come to realize that many of our African American leaders have become bigger then those they claim to represent.
After listening to her interview with Anderson Cooper’s show “Cooper 360,” and judging by her responses such as all records of scholarship applications filled out by her relatives were missing, and she had paid back all the money, therefore all should be forgiven.
Ms Johnson failed to understand that steering scholarship money towards members of her family, and friends meant for poor students had a lasting effect on the lives of those she claimed to champion for.
I entitled this story as, “How Quickly We Forget,” in an effort to draw attention to the fact that maybe its time we start holding our leaders to the same standards as the rest of us and even if it means casting our votes for someone else as a lesson to all of our leaders.
I attached small video of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for whom I have voted for every since my arrival in the state of Texas, but this year when it is time for me to cast my vote for Congress, I will be a Christian Elephant, I will forgive, but I will not forget.