Welcome! This free speech community journal was created so the Maple Heights African American community could share videos, photos, events, articles, posts, ideas, thoughts, and information.  We're now exclusively on Facebook, so don't forget to also check out our Facebook page.  Have a fantastic day!


This freedom of speech public blog was created by a group of people (who are not seasoned journalists or politicians -past/present/aspiring/or otherwise) to give the Maple Heights African American community a voice that many feel has been ignored, and/or stifled, or their race disrespected or their rights trampled on

On this blog, there is an ongoing celebration of the achievements of African Americans and a celebration of (*1)their history and culture(*2)  

The blog was also created to elicit discussion, and to motivate the Maple Heights African American community to ask hard questions regarding the running of their government, and if so inclined, to research.

Different points of view are welcome and encouraged on the gazette, as are the sharing of articles, events, etc. [see blog heading].

Most of us want an "open government":
You have every right to criticize public policy, laws, and even a politician/public official if that's how you feel. It's called FREE SPEECH.  

For too long, too many African Americans in Maple Heights have been made to feel like second class citizens [that their concerns, rights, and problems don't matter], even though the city of Maple Heights is predominantly African American.  This may be because the leadership (and positions of real economic power) in Maple Heights does not  reflect (in any significant way though we've made good strides) the racial demographics of the city. 

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."   Frederick Douglass   [The blow as we see it, is to use one's political power, and legal redress]

see also: New York Times Article Here

Recently we've made an adjustment to posting more on our Facebook page than this blog.  Do join us.

The African American community in Maple Heights needs to become empowered economically and politically. [1]

No person who posts, or complains, or criticizes another public employee, or comments, or shares an opinion on the Maple Heights African American Gazette, should feel threatened or intimidated by a politician/public official for speaking out in this forum; and any public official or other public employee who tries to intimidate (to silence them) or threaten the person who comments, complains, criticizes, or shares a post, or shares their opinion, will be scrutinized.

CLICK HERE: For a few other sides of the opinion coin regarding African Americans in Maple Heights.  In addition, the "Nigger" comment on the May 21, 2012 post, and HERE.  That opposite side (of the opinion coin) convinced us to create and maintain this blog.

Remember this?: Maple Heights City Council (majority Democrats from other districts) took away (majority African American) district 5's right to vote for their council representative in 2012.  That decision was supported by the mayor (a former Republican) and law director (a non resident).  The African American community let them get away with it.  Shame on You!!! Never let anyone take away your right to vote no matter what specious reason they give you for doing it.


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