After experiencing the many tales of New York during a number of years, being a professional athlete and member of the New York Knicks, also helping to bring the first NBA championship to the city, this relationship has proven to to be a reaffirmation, that New York, remains the most innovative and creative global city in the world.
This precursory narrative foreshadows my observations as I attended, in uncomfortably cold weather, the inaugural of the new Mayor, Bill de Blasio at City Hall. A enthusiastic crowd greeted the presentations, the elected Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, was impressive as he articulated his progressive vision for the future.
Emphasizing fiduciary responsibility for the city and investments that coincided with the de Blasio philosophy, making investments and staying aware that addressing the tale of two cities in New York would be sustained as part of his protocol and leadership of the cities economic agenda.
As the first woman of color to be elected on a city wide basis, Letitia James, wrapped her election in the cloak of self identificationwith the struggling, the less affluence,
children that were seeking to achieve the American dream, in a city commanded by Wall Street Investment Banks, the well healed in ascending luxury condos, apprentices of the haves versus the have nots. The visual construct of Public Advocate Ms. James dissertation, and the promise embodied by the young lady that joined her, promulgated that her reign as Public Advocate would be dedicated to the amelioration of the social, political, and economic deprivations inherent in the tale of two cities.
Bill de Blasio, the new mayor, and the progenitor and ambassador of the message of economic inequality that’s perversive in New York City, introduced and taking the oath of office from former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, reemphasized his mantra for equal treatment and equality engendering options, opportunities,and possibilities, Representing a diversified changing demography, advocating that the wealthy should pay a little more, supporting a minmum wage increase, stop and frisk should be readjusted, and the progressive arteries of immigration should be hasten to bring the undocumented from the unprotected quagmire of the shadows.
As impressive and invigorating as the inaugural was, as President of SportScope, the Center for the Study and Research of Athletes and Sport in American Society, this tale of two cities further clarified that sports is not only fun and games to different people in the American matrix, but, the inspiration, an abiding hope, a dream that ambitions, and goals can eventuate, specifically, if the power brokers, influence, and financial resources of franchises in the NFL, MLBB, NBA, and NHL can be activated and called upon to join the de Blasio adminstration, particularly, in education, to challenge cognitive possibilities, impact social behavior, turn education into an adventure that will improve students life chances. That was my thinking as I sat in the cold at City Hall.
No Dream left Behind,
Dr. Dick Barnett