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Black Power or “Nigger” Power:

Which is a “Takeover” and Which is an Oxymoron?

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by Chris Stevenson

Thought I’d write a few notes while sitting in the back of the bus on the way to the plantation (I left my freedom papers at Haul-Ass Moving Service & Storage again). Regarding Mayor Byron Brown, Councilman/Bishop Darius Pridgen, Dr. Catherine Collins, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Dawn Sanders-Garrett, executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, and Leonard Williams (the businessman both the men in the truck worked for). While I don’t always agree with some of them on a given issue or two, but in this N-word debacle they are completely innocent. Most of you don’t know of my involvement in this mess, but I was there during the damage control. I talked to the man this recorded vitriol came from, a man I previously thought would be less likely to say such things, even given a behind-closed-doors (or closed truck in this case) conversation. But it just goes to show how no whites are immune to this outbreak of Black-Crazy behavior.

Not long after questioning Carl Paladino at his own “Pro-Carl” rally about his racist treatment of former Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela Brown, than I am hit with news about some heated statements made regarding some Buffalo political officials and leaders across the board, referring to them as “niggers.”

The man accused of this is concurrently a head of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and running for Fillmore District Council; Joe Mascia. Accompanied by his then-campaign manager Katrinna Martin Bordeaux, and the editor-in-chief of The Buffalo Chronicle Matt Ricchiazzi. We meet with a Mascia eager to apologize and we embark on a tour of the major TV stations where he is interviewed by four Buffalo TV news anchors. All of which yours truly has recorded along with some behind-the-scenes dialogue.

 

 

The sheer irony was I first received the news of this while at the end of a rally of another well-known white Buffalo figure ¬†known to make racist statements in public; Carl Paladino. The quote “once they get in power, forget about it, forget it. They want it all” implies black politicians and leaders are going to look out for black voters not just at the same rate that white/ethnic leaders do for their voters, but even greater. It is these “they want it all”N-words that Buffalo has been sorely lacking. This is part of my problem with Mascia, when did Byron bring about all this wanting it all for black people? I’m miffed. Especially given some of the admitted fear of Dylann Roof, I been trying to figure out when exactly did we take over as evidently more than a few whites feel? People, more warm bodies does not equate to “take over.” If living in Buffalo hasn’t taught you that then you’ll never learn. Many of you black and white, nigger and cracker are unaware of how much Byron Brown believes in black powerlessness. In fact he virtually openly advocates it. Just ask Cariol Horne. It takes a disturbed mind for any Mayor to call her into his office for a special private meeting, just to tell her what she already knows; she’s still not going to receive her pension. And then request to her that she tell the media awaiting her outside that she not repeat what he told her, but tell them instead that they had ‘a productive meeting.’ This is the “they want it all” black leader that Mascia has been gnashing his teeth over? Wooooooo….

While Christopher denies being used to put this out on his lifelong friend Mascia, he implies he did it because it was the right thing to do, no political or agenda involved at all. And I was born yesterday. I have met more than my share of trickster white guys in my day whose lifeblood is framing people’s image. What I said about Katrinna is true, she has taken a lot of social media heat from Councilman Pridgen and his Darius-hova-Witnesses. Will Ya’ll Get A Grip! Truth be told she was just as caught off guard by this whole mess as you all were. She deserves credit for doing something few of you N-words could or would do… discontinue as his campaign manager. She contacted me the next morning and told me she was outro. I really felt for her, first Eddie Egru and now this. Can a sista get a break. What should stick out in the minds of everyone hearing this is when blacks complain about white conspiracies against them and their leaders, it’s not a theory. Don’t get me wrong, while I think what Mascia said was despicable and repulsive-and he knows that because I told him he needs to extend his apology for weeks, months, without the slightest hint of denial, or justification-I know he is sorry and remorseful for what he said in more ways than one. On one hand rest assured he isn’t the only white official who says or thinks these things about black leaders or blacks in general, on the other-hand whom of us can throw the first stone in our sweeping statements about races, groups, and nationalities?

Since this dialogue has come to light it would behoove all of Buffalo’s leaders to reassess our relationship with not only Mascia, as Katrinna has done, but with Paladino as well (or do millionaire developers get a pass), and others more behind the scenes with their racism and sneaky-denial of services to Buffalo African Americans, and therefore Much More Dangerous. This is part of the reason issues like Outer-Harbor Stadium is lagging along at such a snail’s pace, these decision-makers want as many blacks pushed out of Buffalo before the NFL pressures Buffalo with a deadline to get a new stadium built downtown. This goes for the black leaders in bed with those behind the black residents of the Fruit Belt and McCarley Gardens whom are having trouble even maintaining a parking space in front of their homes, while wondering where they are going to live in 5 years.

Chris Stevenson is a columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the comment link below or email pointblankdta@yahoo.com.

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