Letter: Who are “we”?

To the Editor:

Dr. Clarence Hightower’s March 3, column “The Power of Place” well represents his always interesting perspectives. I refer to a concluding paragraph.

Why should the residents of north Minneapolis and other urban communities have to consider sending their children to suburban schools, or moving to the suburbs altogether, in an effort to achieve some semblance of economic security?  What if “we” adequately invested in employment, education, housing, healthcare, childcare, and other vital resources in our cities?

The definition of “we” is crucial. One is reminded of an old adage … a story about people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

• There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.

• Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

• Everybody thought that Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody would not do it.

• It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Until “we” (the strategic, public and private sector leaders) are named and are collectively committed to investing the resources required to realize “some semblance of economic security” … everybody will blame somebody, when nobody did what anybody could have done.

Dr. Hightower would provide a valuable service to dependent stakeholders were he to identify those who embody “we.”

Gene Delaune
New Brighton