Born and raised in Oak Cliff and the current president of the Urban League of Greater Dallas Young Professionals, I’m drawn to this race in particular because Mr. Offord appears to be taking a stance for what he believes in (something that I love to see in young African-American men).
Damarcus is a man who wants to make an impact in his community and make a name for himself. He has a goal, a mission, direction to do something positive in South Dallas which I believe helps the community to see that not all black men are negative contributors to society. This excites me because these are the precursors to a great leader, not just in his South Dallas community, but potentially on a much larger stage.
His energy and enthusiasm, however, is overshadowed by his naiveté. He is not ready for the type of responsibility that comes with serving as school board trustee.
He has not been prepared at public debates, he lacks knowledge in district matters (inside and out of District 9), and the ability to clearly articulate his ideas (an area where I feel WE failed him). It’s one thing to be the voice of an unheard population, but once you have the microphone, you need to be able to say something credible. It reminds us how important proper studying, preparation, review, and counsel from mentors are to someone like Damarcus.
I remember moments in high school and college when my parents would attend one of my performances or listen to me speak at a school function. My father (my greatest critic) would say, “Matt, you need more seasoning.” This would frustrate me until I realized what he meant years later. He didn’t criticize me or tell me to quit because I wasn't good; he just noticed I wasn’t at a point of proficiency, that I needed more work. He instructed me to increase my capacity for learning. I needed to study more, refine, and improve myself so that i could be the best I could be.
I’m willing to assist him with what he needs.