As a resident of East St. Louis, I was faced with two choices. I could actively get involved in my community, or move to a more prosperous community. Now that I decided to get involved in the community, people try to define who I am by calling me a politician. Since this word is offensive to me, I decided to look up its definition.
A politician is a person who is professionally involved in politics. A person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement. A seeker or holder of public office who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles. Politics is derived from the words poly, meaning many, and tics, meaning blood-sucking parasites.
With this being said, I wish to be called by my name and leave that title to our elected officials. I would like to be known for being a concerned citizen who made a decision to become involved in my community rather than move out of it.
I remain prayerful that citizens who refuse to move out of the city come forward and take an active role in the community because we are stronger in numbers. The blight of East St. Louis could be the result of politicians and we, as citizens, are paying a hefty price for our decision to remain living in the city.
East St. Louis