THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
The New Normal?
While the nation tries to shake itself free from a natural crisis which has claimed in excess of 100,000 lives, we will have to come to grips with the realization that until we have a vaccine for Covid-19; we are going to have to learn how to live in a new “Normal”. That means people of color, because of our socio-economic situation, will have to be especially careful if we want not to fall ill to this virus. So now,in addition to Covid-19, we are still grappling with that same old, four hundred year old problem of racism. “We” know its ALWAYS been there. Its been cleaned-up, polished-up, and "lurking"in the “Down Low”; but we knew! When other folk talk about having “That Talk” with their son’s; “That Talk” takes on a whole new dimension with "Our Folk”. True, video has, indeed, been somewhat of a “Game Changer”. But even with video, equal treatment is still not a “Slam Dunk” for us. I absolutely hate the “rioting", "burning", and destruction of other people’s property that went on. It pained me to see a Black business owner, with tears running down his cheeks, watch is life savings go up in flames! That ,by the way, could be said for ANY business owner! While we may live in the Villages or comparable nearby communities, we know that we are not that far removed from those neighborhoods. Most of us were raised in those neighborhoods! The great separator for everyone is education; and here again access is unequal.Education is the key to a truly "New Normal".
THIS IS WHY WE PAY IT FORWARD WITH OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM...
We Care- AL Jenkins-President
THE GENTS ORGANIZED A TREMENDOUS ANTI-RACISM VIGIL HELD JUNE 12TH AT LAKE SUMTER LANDING!
A DIVERSE representation of residents from the community alone with members from:The Sophisticated Gents,The African American Club,The Spanish American Club and the Villages Rotary Clubs held a vigil at Sumter Landing within the Villages. Approximately 400 were in attendance. blacklivesmatter.com
CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS REFLECTING A BROAD RACIAL AND ETHNIC SPECTRUM EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR OUR ANTI -RACISM VIGIL...
GENTS IN MOTION
Men Of Distinction Awards! (2020)
Reggie Hayes "Gent" Photographer