Houston Forward Times

14 August 2013 Written by  Jeffrey Boney


How does it make you feel when you find out that you have had the wool pulled over your eyes by someone?   

Doesn’t it make you feel stupid or like you’ve been played or duped? 

If not, you most likely have never found yourself on the receiving end of being “bamboozled” and “hoodwinked” by someone. 

I remember years ago when I was younger and more naive, I was at a gas station and a guy approached me and told me that he would sell me a laptop computer that he was trying to get rid of for only $50.  

Part of me was reluctant and felt uneasy, but then again, who doesn’t want a “hook up” right? 


He showed me a laptop that was working and I fell for it; hook, line and sinker. I thought I was getting the “hook up” on that laptop, when all of sudden….Bam!   

I got a laptop box, with a laptop computer shell and no internal hard drive.   

In other words, I got caught slippin’. 

I allowed my naïve desire to get the “hook up”, coupled with my belief that what he was selling me was something that would be good for me, to cause me to have egg on my face and lose $50. 

When it comes to the propaganda that is perpetuated on us in society from the mainstream media, the Internet and from select political leaders, it makes me “shake my head” at the continuous game being played on people, as they fall for the “okey-doke” time and time again. 

It makes me cringe when I see people begging others for things that they have a right to and are already entitled to receive. 

I mean, it’s already yours, so you must demand what is yours, not rely on other people to tell you something to make you feel like you are getting the “hook up” or that this is what’s best for you.  

Again, I say, you must demand it! 

Okay taxpayer. You pay taxes to a school district, a county, a MUD district (if applicable), a community college (if applicable) and a city.  Why should you have to beg them to keep your schools open or lower your taxes or fix your drainage problems?   

Why aren’t your streets and sidewalks fixed?  Why isn’t your neighborhood receiving the same resources and treatment as other neighborhoods? Why are your schools closing in your neighborhood due to “low enrollment?”   

When there are obvious and well-known disparities reported, why does a “study” have to be done, before the obvious problems are fixed?  Why is there such a disparity in minority contracting, when there are quality contractors to effectively compete for the work? 


I’ll tell you why.  It’s primarily because people rely too much on other people to deliver them the information they need to make things happen. 

It makes no sense to have elected officials that claim to represent the people, go in to their elected positions and do nothing to show that their time in office has caused their constituents to get better services or the communities they represent to look different than when they took office.  In many cases, the constituents and the communities are worse.   

But check this out though. Just like that guy got over on me for $50, many of these elected officials are getting over on their constituents for “crumbs from the table” also. 

You mean to tell me that you have been elected to office multiple times and for decades and your constituents have the same complaints?  You mean to tell me that you have been elected to office for years and the communities are in worse shape since you’ve been in office?   

It’s time out for being ignorant and naive about what’s going on. If you never acknowledge the problem, then you are a part of the problem. 

One of the best forms of deception is to have people support something that involves their money and resources, keep their money and resources away from them, call it a disparity, and then spend their money to perform a “disparity study”. 

You don’t have to “beg” for what’s already yours, nor do you need a study to highlight the obvious.  The African American community is being short-changed and sold out by many of its elected officials and it is up to us to tell the truth. 

My grandma used to tell me, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.”  Well, I am telling the truth and it’s time for constituent and community folks to open up their mouths and start telling the truth.    

It is time to turn our collective complaints into collective action.  I mean, that’s unless you enjoy being mistreated and at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to receiving what you rightfully deserve.  If you are okay with that, then you can just leave well enough alone. 

My people perish for the lack of knowledge. 

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance.  If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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