is important to have people in power who can help give your community
To young people, music helps us express ourselves and song lyrics say
what we feel in our hearts. Have you ever felt strongly about something
but couldn't find the words to express what you felt? Then you heard
a song that summed up everything you were feeling? Well, for every word
that you can't find, Sen. Patterson has found them and knows how to
make sure the song is heard. In fact, he feels that in order to secure
"social and economic justice" the community needs a strong
voice, or in music terms, a powerful song with strong lyrics.
Listen to some of his lyrics...
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face of Harlem, USA is changing rapidly and Sen.Patterson feels that
this could have both negative and positive effects. With the emergence
of businesses such as Starbucks and the Magic Johnson Multi-Cineplex,
property value will increase and so will the cost of living in the area.
This may provide problems for those who live here because of the high
standard of living. Rising costs may cause many minorities who have
lived in the area for years to move, and those of a higher class to
take their place. In other words, Harlem will experience gentrification.
On the other hand, it could prove to be positive by providing more jobs
and small business opportunities in Harlem. There a lot of factors for
people to take into consideration as big businesses move into Harlem.
While on the subject of Harlem, the Senator also had a lot to say about
the first Million Youth March. He believes that in America everyone
has a right to say what he or she wants as long as it is done peacefully.
This even includes Khalid Muhammad, the
man who led the march. Sen. Patterson understands the need for strong
voices, such as Khalid's, but also sarcastically says "how nice
of him to tell the youth to disconnect the metal barriers to beat the
police if they attack ". He went on to say "while the drama
broke out, Khalid was riding away in a limousine like a PUNK".
Sen. Patterson made it clear that he felt that Mayor Gulianni was looking
for trouble during the march and the outcome was, in part, on his behalf.
Having helicopters swoop down on a large crowed would naturally cause
people to become frantic. Fortunately, no one was hurt that day and
there was only a brief episode of violence that broke out after police
officers moved in to rush people home from the event. Many blame the
mayor for provoking this violence.
Sen. Patterson even had a lot to say about the recent Elian Gonzales
Incident. "The United States is looking for a fight," says
Sen. Patterson. On television, Elian has admitted to wanting to stay
in the United States but the Senator makes a strong point by saying,
"I would want to stay too if I was going to Disney Land every day."
Sen. Patterson feels that the United States constantly advocates for
families to stay together so why not give the kid back to his father.
"That's (Cuba) his home and that his father".
speaking for some time with the Senator, I began to see he is a person
who speaks the lyrics that we all feel in our hearts. People make decisions
everyday. Understanding politics and the world around you is a very
important for making good decision. It's clear that Sen. Patterson has
a wide perspective of the world and this helps him to make his decisions.
The youth of Harlem could learn a lot from him.