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by Chris Stevenson
Within every white American lies the heart of a militant or at least community organizer. I believe this to be true whether their cause is right or wrong, good or bad. Years of careful observation has taught me this.
You have to search for blacks who specifically bear one of both titles engendering militant or community organizer. Generally they can be found as members of a group that immediately indicates their involvement in activities favoring black interests or protection of blacks and their interests. Whites need no such official membership to any groups among themselves in order to carry these out although it’s possible to find some of them doing this. What’s normal for most whites is radical to most blacks. Your dumb black ass was laughing the last time a brother or sister was trying to tell you this.
Whites who join the police department immediately organize or join an unofficial all-white group already existing within that precinct (militancy), or call for meetings after hours at some location not including black officers. Black police officers simply and plainly do not have the mindset of the white man and therefore cannot smoothly survive an occupation where their feelings toward blacks are allowed to flourish unhindered.
I chose the police department because this occupation is the clearest and easiest one to detect natural-born white militancy (NBWM). By contrast black firemen and white firemen need only fight fires (although I heard stories about how white fire-fighters regard white-owned property compared to black-owned property- see MOVE Philadelphia). Black and white auto workers won’t distinguish U-joints by how dark one is or how light one is outside of it’s realm of efficiency. Once the auto or steel-worker becomes involved with the local labor unions however, a distinction can be noticed by the degree of involvement between black union members and white union members. Whites are a future-obsessed people; the amount of stories I hear of black cops with seniority having little access to their work record and retirement benefit information compared to white officers who have only been on the job a couple of years abound.
Part of the reason for NBWM is they are a future-oriented people, they want their just reward for their years of work, and will sacrifice themselves even for the security of their children. Blacks are mostly a here-and-now people on a secular level. The only future blacks give significant thought to is Heaven; an abstract version of afterlife future taught to them by white owners of their slave ancestors. The last I heard, pension checks aren’t being sent there. White people did not form labor unions while envisioning black members, therefore they sure as hell didn’t originally intend for blacks to collect a payment for work after retirement. It was the efforts of relatively-rare black organizers that made sure blacks benefited the same as whites have. By the same token blacks in the military have been monitored once they are suspected of trying to make a 20-years career out of it since retirement within the four major selective services became lucrative.
Allen West is a well-known black conservative known for his criticism of all things Obama and liberal. When West was an officer in the Marines while stationed in Afghanistan or Iraq he discovered a plot to ambush some American troops serving under him. West immediately became his own torture program and began pistol-whipping an al-Qaeda soldier until he confessed details. West got into some trouble for this and the first thing that came out of his superior’s mouths automatically was “pension.” He almost lost his, for saving the life of his platoon and probably himself. West doesn’t talk about this for some strange reason.
Blacks can find it hard to be in the military, but it’s not nearly as bad as the police dept. The Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines have a governing body they must answer to; The US Government. The US Government is was closed for business due to some white militants calling themselves congressmen. The police department is a local city government entity, completely different ballgame. They are answerable to their police unions, headed generally by some of the same pig-heads who spent their careers as drunken, racist, abusive cops. City government often chooses not to intervene.
It is now harder for a black man to be a police officer than it would be for him to be President of the United States. Don’t be fooled by the presence of ten of thousands of black cops. The accounts of numerous ones of them discussing how hard it is to organize among themselves is an ongoing sad story. Life for them would be so much easier if they did this. The one exception to this is a brother I met in Nashville a couple of years ago. He’s a former cop who told me about how he and several other black officers banded together to back each other or other black officers up when it came down to a dispute between one of them and some white officers. Their example is unusually bold. There is however no such animal as a black police officer who wants to shoot a white civilian at least 10 times after the white civilian tries to explain to him he was in a car wreck. Of course neither should there be, but among white officers, too many of them are racial-volcanos waiting for their chance to explode.
The nation’s police departments are not willing to listen to it’s black officers, the basic reason is black men absolutely positively do not think the same as white men. Neither do black women. Black police officers retire with a lot of indignity and/or humiliation on their conscience that is simply not shared by mostly amoral white police retirees. It all comes down to science and genetics really. Consider this what I call White Male inadequacy Syndrome. It’s as if intangible arrows in the white brain are pointed in the opposite direction of brain-arrows of other races.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video interviews and commentary on Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.
Language Structures Reality: Many White Veteran Officers get the Ball Rolling through the Repetition of Sweeping Statements.
by Chris Stevenson
A large number of white policemen fear that if they actually solved crimes they would be putting themselves or other white officers out of a job. One of the methods they use to keep the ball rolling so to speak, is through the art of turning white and many times non-black civilians against blacks. Being slow to pursue black criminals or solve urban crimes is the so-called proof they use to justify they’re anti-black propaganda. This is a highly popular method in large cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Newark, Boston, Buffalo, Atlanta, DC, Oakland, and of course Los Angeles. Whenever you hear about high rates of incidents of police shootings and brutality, you can bet a system of persistent mental-conditioning was implemented in the minds of the offending officers in question at some point during their time in the academy and especially from the start of their time patrolling the streets (they want you to think high numbers of urban-crime makes them do this). Understanding the history of the American police department and what institution inspired it’s existence in the first place; slavery.
A chief reason why white police get away with so much is it’s unofficial misinformation-machine; White America and the tireless efforts of police-protection propaganda from white-controlled mainstream media. Just as white police precincts have wished blacks into jails and prisons and made it happen from decades back, major media has either worked hand-in-hand with their local precincts, or volunteered their services of aid and comfort to abusive cops. This has traditionally made crooked cops feel normal and validated as a way of offsetting public suspicion and distrust of them by blacks and liberal whites at large. Nowadays it’s even worse. You see the prominent news personalities local and national conducting their own hunt for family of victims of police misconduct make public statements (after having been coerced by that same media personality beforehand off-camera in the first place) or apologies to… I don’t know, whomever for the actions of their son, daughter, boyfriend, and even claim what the cop did was not racist.
Nothing makes the Police Department more happy than validation from a family member of a black cop that turned on them. So it was with the mother of Dorner who disavowed her son’s actions. She and Dorner’s ex-girlfriend were highly sought after even during the his hunt for the specific officers who drove him to the breaking point, and their hunt for him. Nancy Dorner issued a public statement on behalf of the Dorner family: “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we express our deepest sympathies and condolences to anyone that suffered losses or injuries resulting from Christopher’s actions. We do not condone Christopher’s actions.”
Those words should have satisfied them, but of course it didn’t. Media evidently stalked Ms. Dorner as if she were Beyonce, following her to and from restaurants and her other normal day-to-day activities. Had Dorner been alive and caught them doing this I’d pity what would have happened to them. Never overlook or underestimate the persistence of whites or white police and their voluntary supporters working tirelessly behind the scenes making this happen. Many of those precincts are the synagogue of Satan. A 10/13 news report released her statement in the same story of one of the officers Dorner shot returning to work, and soon took it down. Deputy Alex Collins had just returned to work after months of being treated for injuries sustained. Collins of San Bernardino County went back to work in early October. The young officer was shot twice in the face and leg on 2/12/13.
With all due respect to her, she could have easily turned it around without sounding hostile just by asking: ‘Are you with the inter-departmental behavior that led Chris to that point? You seem to be seeking validation for police misconduct from me his mother. Kind of unrealistic isn’t it?’ White police want happy endings, they’re kind of happy endings. Manufactured and without a hint of impending reform.
Dorner accomplished something few blacks accomplish from a relative standpoint, especially from a black cop. He forced white cop families to have their own missing persons. A lot of people today don’t realize that much of the violence toward blacks is due to the impression that sweeping statements make upon younger and gullible officers. It’s not that American law enforcement communities have racist officers, the greatest damage they do is inspire prejudice, mistrust, and hate toward blacks within the white community outside their department. What am I saying? In instances where blacks and white are getting along in any given city, members of the police department, or the department itself will literally go out and create animosity toward blacks through the implementation of their racial sweeping statements to whites. This has actually occurred. It’s as if the police are afraid that whites don’t hate or fear blacks enough, so they have to remind them.
Decades earlier the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King used nonviolence chiefly as a media-tool to display to the world white violence without criminal provocation. The world at large saw stunning footage of white southerners and law enforcement banning together to beat, waterhose and essentially riot against blacks for nothing more than the right to vote, attend public schools and colleges, use public facilities, and shop and eat where they chose. American police departments since then have figured out a way to pretty much do the same using high black crime as a pretext. This bit of thinking has gained them some amount of major credibility, instead of the mass-vilification that southern whites experienced during the Civil Rights Movement, mostly-white big city police can be seen as rescuers of White America from the evil blacks. Other than the relatively few books and news reports, people around the world aren’t equally shown footage of white American police cutting deals with criminals to distribute drugs and guns into black society to inspire and facilitate the same crimes they profess to be fighting.
A recent Blogtalkradio interview (www.blogtalkradio/3600seconds) I had with former police officer and Commissioner Norm Stamper reveals the level and harm this does to a black community. Stamper is also the author of a very important book, “Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing.” Stamper confirms many police departments’ efforts to dictate race policy among civilians: “They try and enforce an ancient morality that is ugly and sinister… if you got a cop who’s got the racism chip in his or her personal software, they become a wedge institution. They form a wedge between police and community and community and community.” Stamper elaborated how this power of suggestion started during his early years as a Police Officer, “Thinking back to my early years as a cop, it was the police officers who in choosing the stories they told [they would say] ‘this is how they are, this is how their community really is’… Language structures reality.”
Still don’t believe me? Now break this down to the science of police interrogators, known for years to be able to make more than a few “confess” to a crime they didn’t commit. You mean to tell me none of them influence whites outside of their building, their neighbors, friends, relatives to not trust blacks. Hell, they’re considered “experts” of the blacks (even though most know extremely little about us in reality), why wouldn’t the white general population around them listen to them? After all, they deal with “those blacks” every day. As a result you’ll have misdirected policing, cops stopping, frisking, arresting and yes shooting black students and working-class taxpayers. Not criminals. Essentially amateur law enforcing.
Dorner’s main contention was how his confrontation with LAPD affected his family life: “They cost my naval career… I’ve lost my relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD.” Previously the LAPD wasted little time clearing themselves. On 6/5/13 an AP story said that LAPD ruled that racism in his case was unfounded and his firing was justified. Sadly Connie Rice (of course not to be confused with Condoleezza Rice) seems to have tossed up the white flag and is now in line with their official version of the investigation. “Civil Rights attorney Connie Rice said the lengthy examination found no basis for allegations of racism and bias that Dorner made in a manifesto vowing revenge on his former colleagues and their families.”
I expected a continuation of Dorner’s bad-jacketing against him even posthumously. Question- What’s a black cop with an attitude problem? Answer- An attitude problem? What’s a black cop with a valid departmental complaint? An Attitude problem. What’s a white cop with an attitude problem? One of the boys. Reportedly Dorner lodged ten complaints with the department, the LAPD report was 40-pages long, and based on 80 documents, and 900 pages of transcripts from his Board of Rights hearing. They claim he lied about his original complaint regarding the training officer kicking a mentally-ill man during an arrest. Personally I think this makes Teresa Evans just as mentally-ill and those who promoted her to Sargent outright brain-damaged, but that’s me. We are to believe this was a ‘false report” and that’s why Dorner got fired.
I have no problem with Rice quoting the findings of the investigation, but she later made a statement that race didn’t play a role in what happened to Dorner, but then reached the conclusion that there’s still racism in the LAPD. You can’t have it both ways Connie. What Stamper recently said of New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly can also be expanded to apply to those LAPD involved in the department investigation; they have come to believe they’re own lies.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, 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 and The Network for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.
by Chris Stevenson
“Stop and Frisk” is just an extension of what NYPD used to call “Giuliani Time,” an extremely stupid and insane idea that’s been normalized in peoples’ minds just through it’s inception and practice. It has nothing to do with the lowered crime rate that Ray Kelly is suggesting. Stop And Quit letting this man insult your intelligence. Increased police presence lowers the crime rate almost automatically. Picture me as a black cop stopping and frisking whites in Bensonhurst or Long Island even though whites are still leading the nation in drug-use and violent crime, and you’ll start to see the total illogic to it. Lowered crime rates also come primarily through the work of community groups and involved parents, but they don’t get nearly enough credit for it. Much of White America continues to fall for these sick ideas based on white fantasy and the police love it because they can just say they were following orders and it’s aimed at the blacks as a couple of black NYPD came forward recently and admitted. It fits in neatly with many of the sweeping statements that veteran white cops pass down to the newer ones that suggest and articulate they should just target blacks.
It would have been refreshing for once if Kelly were forced to admit the truth beyond his own power and disclose the true reason for this violation of constitutional rights, at least then I could respect him. A lot of blacks get upset at the here-and-now of racist policies without thinking that whites don’t do anything without looking at the long-range implications. Whites like Ray always think about the future, especially those working with the police department. Stop and Frisk accomplishes two things in the long range:
1-Get ‘em the the system (or what I call Preemptive Economic Disenfranchisement) : If you truly believe Stop and Frisk is really about a passionate concern to get marijuana off the streets, then you sir or madam are on drugs yourself. The NYPD and the New York judicial system is hoping to get as many young African Americans on record as having a drug charge before while in high school or college so they will have a record by the time they are ready to compete in the workforce so their opportunities will be limited. Especially if they aspire to government jobs or already work in government so they will be unable to advance or be promoted.
2-A convenient war against black men under yet another pretext of drug suspicion. Since marijuana is not really cited as being a major influence to violent crimes as crack-cocaine, heroin, and other illegal narcotics are, then the mere fact that white officials use Stop and Frisk as a direct result of a lowered crime rate as justification for it, is self-evident of the lie hiding it’s true purpose.
An article in “Colorlines” by Imara Jones cites “Despite their inherent unfairness, policies such as stop and frisk are hard to get rid of. That’s because they form a link in the profit-centered, school-to prison-pipeline that’s underwriting the growth of an entire sector of our economy: the multi-billion dollar prison industry.” Translated, even if 99% of the charges don’t stick, it’s worth it to Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg to ruin the record of the 1%, and feed America’s Prison Jones.
Sadly, the targeting of people of color by authorities for profit is not new. Since the nation’s founding, the policing of black physicality on the scale of stop and frisk has had an economic component.
During slavery, surveillance and violence directed against black people by plantation owners were designed to keep these wildly profitable economic machines humming along without interruption. In the 100 years after the Civil War, physical cruelty was employed to force African Americans into the economically unfair enterprise of sharecropping or working for wages lower than their white counterparts in northern factories.“
A report by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released back on June 4 shows the black arrest disparity to run along the same lines as their success in Stand Your Ground; almost four times higher even though marijuana use between blacks and whites are about same: “The ACLU’s analysis of federal crime data, released Tuesday, found marijuana arrest rates for black people were 3.73 times greater than those for white people nationally in 2010. In some counties, the arrest rate was 10 to 30 times greater for blacks. In two Alabama counties, 100 percent of those arrested for marijuana possession were black, the ACLU said.”
The lead author for the study blames this directly on profiling by officers looking to pad their arrest records with low-level suspects in targeted communities. At one time whites were arrested more, in 2010 460, 808 whites were arrested for marijuana possession compared to 286,117 arrests of blacks for the same. During the same year however, the black arrest rate was over 716 per 100,000 to 192 per 100,000 for whites. It seems that cops nationally began looking at NYPD and their “Stop and Frisk” and became inspired by that. A former judge however gives some revealing reasons as to why some of this is the fault of blacks when compared to whites. “It’s easier to catch people with marijuana in communities where there are ‘open-air’ drug markets, rather than looking in homes, basements or country clubs, said Burnett. He is the CEO of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition based in Washington.
Arthur Burnett Sr., said some black defendants, distrustful of authorities, may lash out, use profanities or be rebellious — behavior that makes it more likely that an officer will make an arrest. Burnett said his coalition supports forming a commission to look at scientific evidence on the effect of marijuana use and ‘over-criminalization’ of it.”
The most important advice this writer can give is to beware of the white right’s “War Ons’”; War on Drugs, War on Terror, War on AIDS. Most of these are intertwined with his real war on blacks. According to the NAACP, “5 times as many whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at ten times the rate of whites. Police aren’t stopping white potheads because they’re not looking for them. Judge Shira Scheindlin’s mid-August ruling let’s some steam out of Kelly’s Bull Connor-like law for now.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, 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 and The Network for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.
by Chris Stevenson
Since the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict whites in parts of the south have become fear-happy; manifesting some new-found fear of blacks that they never recognized before. None of us should be surprised since letting George go free would naturally send a signal to many that it’s okay to shoot blacks no matter how petty the disagreement. There is even an incident some consider a reverse Trayvon Martin shooting that can safely be considered backlash from the verdict and/or news of some previous post-verdict racial incidents. This latest shooting of what I call a white Trayvon Martin by comparison; i.e. someone shot while in the process of minding his own business, that you can lay part of the responsibility on the Zimmerman-6 jurors. Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old baseball prospect was shot and killed by 3 teens ages 15, 16, and 17, 2 black and one white Friday 8/23/13. Reportedly Lane of Melbourne Australia was out jogging in Duncan Oklahoma, and was shot in the back because as they already confessed, they were bored and wanted to have some fun.
Lane was in town visiting his girlfriend and was just about to start his senior year at East Central University in Ada, Ok where he played catcher. A report by Fox News says “Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, is charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court. Jones named Luna as the gunman.” The reason I mentioned the Zimmerman Jury is because of ongoing statements made by one of the gun-boys on social media. Edwards is on record with a Twitter page where he made statements like:
“90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.”
“Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:)”
‘With my n****s when it’s time to start taken life’s”
“Life’s?” Really? That 2nd statement seals the deal with me, a conservative court’s dream. Strangely enough District Attorney Jason Hicks is not going to try this as a hate crime. Duuuh… The balls in their court, perfect chance. What would possibly prevent a white conservative republican DA, member of the National Rifle Association and endorsed in his 2010 campaign by none other than local Hero J.C. Watts, to not make this a racially construed charge is beyond me. But even if someone as dimwitted as George’s brother Robert Jr., can figure out if this was a hate crime, then what’s Hick’s problem? “If you read between the lines there, that’s a black young person saying, that they are not happy with the verdict and they are directing violence, hostility towards people who are white very specifically.” Robert knows best.
What Robert doesn’t know (among tons of other things) is Hicks is going to need a snitch somewhere down the line, and who better than the white driver with the black-sounding name Michael Dewayne Jones, the oldest of them. He is the only one not getting charged with murder-1. His comparatively low charge only sees him doing a ridiculous 2 years-to life. National pundits are already putting words between his mouth, making assumptions he said y’know, stuff like “hey don’t shoot that guy” while he was behind the steering wheel and powerless to stop him LOL!!! There is a prevailing notion that hate crimes don’t happen to white people, so this is just one of several attacks on whites by blacks or Hispanics sans robbery that police do not classify as a hate crime. Hate crimes extend a sentence another 15 years or so, but perhaps they feel blacks-already serving bloated sentences mostly as non-violent drug offenders-would really create some outcry over what is essentially seen as a crime of thought. Strange but true. In this particular case another reason for the reluctance is as one of Edwards’ longtime friends Serenity Jackson said that Luna’s mother, Edward’s mother, and Jones are white. From a logical standpoint that should be true, but since when have racism and logic been partners? Adolph Hitler was neither German, nor had blond hair and blue eyes.
The logic in this situation is clearly stated in the FBI training manual: “the mere fact the offender is biased against the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, and/or gender identity does not mean that a hate crime was involved. Rather, the offender’s criminal act must have been motivated, in whole or in part, by his or her bias.” Part bias, part boredom will be enough to send them away until they are fully dead.
This writing goes over the heads of many whom are too busy waiting for a response from two men who truly bruised some white American egos during the Trayvon/George Zimmerman saga to make such a clear contrast between Chris Lane and Trayvon Martin; Al Sharpton, who is seen by them as having made the case national (the black press latched onto it first, Sharpton just followed in kind), and President Obama who made statements on 2 separate occasions likening Trayvon to himself or his son, if he had one.
Now that I have correctly identified a white Trayvon Martin v. Another Mixed-Race Monster (this one with 3 heads), lets see how the media, courts and public interpret this. Will Ok District 6 DA Hicks stray from his 2010 campaign claims? “What I’ve heard most is that people want to feel there’s a sense of fairness in the justice system. They don’t seem to feel that exists now in the DA’s office; there’s a public perception that one person gets sentenced a lot more harshly than another. Changing that [perception] can begin in the district attorney’s office,” said Hicks in the 10/20/10 Duncan Banner.
There are no activists ready to march for any of these 3 bums, nor will Obama acknowledge them or claim Christopher Lane reminds him of his son. You’ll also notice the police arrested the 3 immediately after their urgent investigation (not 44 days later, ahem). Many on the white right have been drawing false parallels, as if this case were a Godsend to them. The only difference to me is Trayvon had a shooter fancying himself some kind of neighborhood protector, and Christopher shooters were just riding around looking for a target.
Some whites are emotionally wound-up, and it’s not at all understandable, after all, their guy walked. That’s like blacks rioting after a black suspect was ruled not guilty of shooting a white Police Officer, but as it is the night of the Zimmerman verdict the first incident was perhaps the most absurd example. A member of a classic rock band from the ‘60’s was attacked during a performance at an outdoor concert by a young white FEMALE for nothing more than dedicating his next song (a rendition of The Impressions’ “People Get Ready”) to Trayvon Martin. This broad climbs up onstage and takes a swing at Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers. According to the San Jose Mercury News:
“HAYWARD — A woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly jumping on stage at a music festival and attacking a legendary musician after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin, according to police and eyewitnesses.
The woman, who police identified as 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter of Barstow, apparently yelled, ‘it’s all your fault’ before shoving 73-year-old Lester Chambers, his family said Sunday.
‘She had a crazed look in her eye,’ said Kurt Kangas, a friend of Chambers who ran to his aid. ‘I saw the devil there.’” Last I heard local police still haven’t decided whether or not to charge Potter with a hate crime either. My armchair Psychiatrist side tells me that in these complicated times there are people who have dwelled upon hate or intense issues for so long, that they actually make themselves go from stupid to insane or close to it. Obviously this is the case with Ms. Potter.
Those 6 mothers verdict caused untold ramifications down the line for blacks and Hispanics in the future. A murder totally absent of reciprocity, giving whites in these Stand Your Ground case license to shoot blacks as soon as look at them. Less than two weeks after that awful ruling another such incident, this time a full-blown shooting on the Gulf Coast took place when a man named Merritt Landry shot a 14-year-old boy in the head reportedly for standing next to his car. Would Landry have felt the nerve to try this had Zimmerman been declared guilty? Now at least Landry (33) was arrested and booked on attempted 2nd-degree murder (the young victim is still alive but in critical condition as of this writing), he’s a building inspector for the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission in New Orleans. According to the New York Daily News: “Homeowner Merritt Landry, 33, who lives in Marigny, allegedly shot Marshall Coulter after fearing for his safety, and told friends and family he thought the teen had a gun. Louisiana’s Castle statutes — which carry subtle differences from the now-notorious Stand Your Ground laws — allow the state’s residents to use force, ‘deadly or otherwise, to protect oneself on his or her property.’”
In Pennsylvania another shooting took place after reportedly a verbal altercation between a black youth and a white man, with the white shooter accused of literally mentioning Trayvon and Zimmerman in such a way as he honestly believes the verdict of “not guilty” gave him full rights to pull the trigger. According to “ABC WTAE” in Pittsburgh:
“Jamal Dixon was shot around 7 p.m. Thursday (8/15/13) outside his Elizabeth Street home in Mount Oliver after an argument that began when he noticed a scuff mark on his car, apparently caused by a basketball. Kaelin Bubonovich says her fiance asked a group of teenagers playing nearby if they were responsible for the mark, but they denied it.
‘Then the other gentleman came over and just completely cut off their conversation and said ‘He’s only 15, leave him alone,’ Bubonovich said.
The two argued for a short time, and the other man walked away. But he came back a short time later to see the mark for himself. Somehow, the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, which received nationwide attention after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida, came up and the argument turned heated.
Dixon is black; the shooter is said to be white but at the time police have not released his name.
‘He just basically said ‘F you, F Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman made this right,’ said Bubonovich. She said the other man pushed Dixon, who then took a step forward and was shot multiple times.
A friend of the shooter who didn’t want to be identified said the shooting was justified. ‘(Dixon) was yelling at him,’ the witness said. ‘He attacked him, my friend pulled out his gun because he was getting attacked, and he defended himself.’
The friend said the shooter is licensed to carry a gun. ‘He even said the reason he’s being so aggressive is to make sure it never happens again,’ the friend said.
‘He set the weapon down on the table, called the ambulance and told them someone is injured, we need an ambulance, and he said, ‘Tell the cops I’m going to come out peacefully.’
Allegheny County homicide detectives and Mount Oliver police have been investigating the shooting. Dixon’s family is angry that the shooter has not been arrested. They say Dixon never touched the man before being shot.”
If any of you believe Stand Your Ground was not meant to be a law of convenience for whites, then nothing will convince you (Need I mention the 8/1 shooting of Everett Gant by Walton Henry Butler in Port St. Joe Florida, after Gant knocked on his front door to confront him about calling young black children racial epithets. Butler allegedly opened the door and shot Gant between the eyes, called the police, finished cooking and when they arrived to arrest him he responded with “I only shot a n****r”). If police don’t arrest the shooter, that’s all the proof you need. As with the Merritt Landry/Marshall Coulter incident, this blood is more on the hands of the 6 Zimmerman jurors, the “not guilty” sent out a message of open season on any black for even the slightest infraction like a football bouncing off a car. Dixon’s girlfriend Kaelin Bubonovich says after the man shot Dixon the first time, Dixon tried to crawl under a car but the man went after him and shot him several more times. This appears to be another Zimmerman-like example of not announcing he had a weapon beforehand. After several days of withholding his identity the Mount Oliver Police figured out that just because they chose to keep the name secret doesn’t mean the world outside their precinct building would do the same. On 8/23 34-year-old Matthew Henkel was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the Aug. 15 shooting of Jamal Dixon. It’s not that Dixon was completely blameless, but Henkel sounds guilty of watching too much TV. He gave a multiple choice of reasons for his shooting; “self-defense,” “fearing for his life” and he was “sticking up for kids.” Whatever Dixon’s words and actions that day on his part were immediately erased from witnesses minds as soon as Henkel uttered the magic words Trayvon and Zimmerman.
Just imagine a man spending 7 free days trying to think up an alibi for his shooting an unarmed teenager, and the best he can come up with is “I’m sticking up for kids.” The police know his history, Henkel couldn’t even stick up for his own brother a decade ago. A news report showed him testifying against his own brother in a previous murder case a decade ago just so his worthless white behind can stay out in the world, free to watch Court TV and CNN and absorb the tough rulings of air-headed jurors.
That’s the climate the 6 jurors produced with their extremely flawed 7/13/13 ruling, some white Joe-Six-Packs literally think you can shoot a black if you say “less filling,” and he says “taste great.” This may sound funny, but we’re not far from the truth.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, 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 and The Network for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.
in fact I insist on it
by Chris Stevenson
In view of recent events involving NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots, I feel that some black and Hispanic pro-athletes not only need to stay away from people places and things, but make an honest effort to act like you are too good to associate with your old homies from the block, or old street gang you used to run with. I mean to purposely steer clear of this type of element and the behaviors associated with such people.
Hernandez is only 23, and just like that he threw his life away, doing a very dumb thing; pretend to be a “gangster.”
Drafted out of the then-national champion Florida Gators by New England, and playing double-tight end on some plays along with Buffalo’s own Rob Gronkowski, he was just signed to a contract extension paying him a $12.5 million bonus a year or two ago. He could have gone higher in the draft, but he tested positive for marijuana. This is part of the problem of a young man with amazing talent, and bad decision-making that would cost him millions over the years.
They say the turning point for Aaron was losing his dad when he was 16. After that he was said to lash out at authority while concurrently setting records as a high school player out of Bristol, Ct. As bad as this sounds, allowing him or others who know him to use this behavior as an excuse takes credit and hard work away from other boys who lost their parents and kept their heads on straight. The children and teens who stayed out of trouble after losing an immediate family member are the ones who really keep it real.
Aaron is the one thing that today’s youth culture refuses to admit; stupid. We are supposed to say ‘he’s baaaad.’ No, Hernandez is soft. Here’s a record of his soft behavior:
In 2007 he punched a bartender over a bill after 2 drinks.
In 2012 he is suspected of the double-murder of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Sanfiro Teixeira Furtado of Dorchester.
In 2013 he shot a “friend” Alexander Bradley while the two were riding in a car on 6/13.
On 6/18 of 2013, of course the case that finally busted him, the murder of Odin Lloyd a minor league pro football player.
These charges are nothing to play with, nothing to brag about or take pride in. Hernandez is essentially a boy assuming the role of single-mama’s boy even though he had a dad until he was 16. With apologies to the mentally ill, that’s retarded. Hernandez joins the tragically growing legion of fucking-stupid athletes. In his case the highly unnecessary tragedy is compounded by his loss of $19 million over the next 3 years. He was said to be a member of the Latin Kings and then Bristol Bloods. What street gang could pay Aaron that much? I’m waiting for answers.
Hernandez is part Hispanic and part Irish. If he was trying to prove he had a dark mysterious side, then it wasn’t worth it, I’m not impressed. Minority ballers seem to be more susceptible to foolish behavior just due to the regular pressure of your peers. Due to their instant celebrity status granted to them since Pop Warner and/or high school, if they go wrong they benefit from pretty-much the same immunity as most bad cops in a big city police union.
I bet much of his behavior is due to the false consciousness instilled in him by pop-culture. Today’s entertainment industry has African American and Hispanic males from 14-to-34 behind schedule in maturity and has been since around 1990. A false conscious can cost a real life, black and Hispanic boys have been trained by another faction of false gangsters-hard-core rappers-into underachieving behavior even if they posses vast potential.
In the immediate term Hernandez will be a jail celebrity, this influence unjustifiably has vast powers of suggestion. But in time it will wear off, and he’ll be forced to both defend his life and reflect on the life he could of had if only he kept his mouth shut and his ears open There is too many jealous weight-lifting and scheming prisoners for that to not happen. That’s when the question will really hit him while licking his wounds in a 9×10 cell, was his playing pretend gangster really worth it? How can his answer be anything other than no?
Most single mama’s boys that are locked up or dead, never really understood what being a gangster really is. If they understood how much work it takes, they would stop using the word. Gangsters built communities and large and small businesses from out of the street corners of the world’s earliest ghettos. Most of these were inhabited by Jews and Italians. The killing that was publicized and today glorified was just a byproduct of being a gangster, not the primary activity.
On the other hand street gangs like the ones Hernandez associated with and continues to try and prove he comes from are just that, a gang, a group of “niggahs.” Nothing more. After 30 or so years of selling crack, heroin, marijuana etc., their gangs are still on the street corner boasting territory still owned by whites, and attitudes inherited from their single mothers. Not sure if Hernandez fell victim to the wrong influence, or if he was the wrong influence. He’s done.
The City of Backdoor Deals pt.2: Parallels between Obstruction of Downtown Stadium & McCarley Gardens/Fruitbelt Residents
by Chris Stevenson
Rich kids get taught, poor kids get tested. White homeowners get paid to move, black homeowners get made to move. Once again Buffalo, NY is weathering another storm, not another blizzard (yet), but our year-round storm of racism.
The key to understanding what has held Buffalo back for decades, is understanding the decision makers behind it’s economic kidnapping. Long-held members of the biggest liars club in the country, and we got them here black and white. The Mayor of Buffalo may or may not have anything to do with it, the real shot-callers are the heads of corporations and boards. The key word with them is anonymous, that’s the advantage they have operating in a city barely anyone pays attention to unless there’s a storm or one of our teams is in the playoffs.
The primary issue in Buffalo has been the need for jobs. Everyone admits this, only a few decision makers are really trying to make it happen. The current proposal for a downtown multi-use, domed stadium and entertainment complex is a plan that could make a giant leap toward providing jobs for thousands within Buffalo from the time the Mayor’s shovel breaks the first chunk of dirt to kick off the construction, to the countless job openings available at it’s completion. In typical Buffalo fashion the key unspoken reason this idea isn’t widely accepted around the county is that many don’t like the originator of this idea; Patrick Freeman, a black man from the east side.
Powerful whites as well many blue collar and middle-class whites in and around Erie County get suspicious about ideas by leading black officials, they smell an underlying plot that that could lead to the benefit of inner city blacks. Can’t have that. The best way to historically counter that is for the white community to select most-if not all-black officials and leaders, and make them yes-men/women to their personal benefit, but to the detriment of most black residents. I’ve written before that Freeman bases his downtown stadium idea on other sports facilities he has seen firsthand in his travels as a sports announcer, and his conversations with their city officials and team owners and front office people. He has attracted some major backers that can and are ready to make it happen.
Currently the Buffalo status quo favors the existing plan of spending at least $200 million to renovate Orchard Park’s Ralph Wilson Stadium; a highly unfeasible project for so many reasons. The most prominent of which is because there is no significant revenue generated from that facility after the football season is over, especially during the winter being that it’s an open-air facility. The next reason is the wear-and-tear the Ralph has endured exceeds the need to do the expensive repairs that the local taxpayers will eventually foot, and the short-term 10-year-or-so lease that is being agreed upon. Yet in spite of this Buffalo leaders and officials are content to barrel-in on a continued voyage on the sinking Titanic known as The Ralph. Whom are the personalities behind this resistance to change that stands to implement jobs and create and expand the middle-class to both blacks and whites in our fair city?
The most visible face we know of is the County Executive Mark Poloncarz. From a distance he seemed determine to take the easy route and hammer out some agreement, any agreement with Wilson for continued usage of the Orchard Park stadium. Behind him are a tangled-web of people and firms that Poloncarz and other city officials must answer to. Freeman clearly hints this in his recent commentary. I did my own research and was blown away at the efforts of a small few to keep Buffalo in the economic jungle that it’s currently in, and how successful they are. The issues extend beyond just the prevention of the downtown waterfront stadium.
The part of land on the Outer Harbor is owned by the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority (NFTA). Freeman and the group he now is a vice-President of; the Greater Buffalo Sports Entertainment Complex, is looking hard at some portion of land on the Outer Harbor. The Chairman and Trustee of the NFTA is local businessman Howard Zemsky. Buffalo has more than it’s share of individuals who never seem to get bored of joining boards, unlike most of them Zemsky does it with a purpose. Prior to Zemsky’s tenure with the NFTA, it’s chairman was Robert D. Gioia (1990-97), of Gioia Macaroni Company. Since 2007 he has been appointed president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, best-known for their private charitable funding around Western New York.
One seemingly indirect issue is the people and organizations in connection regarding the proposed sale of McCarley Gardens. Many in and around Buffalo know that a few years ago the Rev. Michael Chapman of St. John The Baptist Church made a deal to sell the 15-acre property for $15 million. Suspiciously low even for a land that is not considered shovel-ready. By contrast First Niagara gave that land to the University of Buffalo (UB) for one dollar ($1.00), the land was valued at $2 million per acre. The Langston Hughes Center was sold to Ciminelli Construction for $1.9 million for land that amounted to less than an acre.
In 2009 Robert Gioia through the Oishei Foundation donated $20, 000 to Saint John The Baptist Church, $100,000 the the University of Buffalo Foundation (UB Foundation), $80,000 (in addition to another $20,000 Special Initiatives Grant) to the Buffalo branch of the Urban League, and $85,000 (in addition to $15,000 Grants in Regional Assets) to the Buffalo State College Foundation (BSCF) among other donations.
In 2010 Gioia/Oishei donated $20,000 to St. John, $68,205 to the UB Foundation Inc., $850,000 to the UB Foundation for development of computational biology, $100,000 to the UB Foundation (Action plan to accelerate region’s high-tech economy), another $36,000 to the UB Foundation (for the Paul Simon Project), $150,000 to the Buffalo Urban League Inc. (Under 3-year general operating support), $20,000 to St. John the Baptist Church, and $133,475 to HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal).
In 2011 Gioia/Oishei donated $20,000 to the Buffalo Urban League, and another $20,000 to one more known black community resource group; Community Action Organization (CAO), both for “basic human needs.” St. John’s got $22,500 earmarked to one of their non-profit wings known to be shut down by the late Rev. Bennett W. Smith for years; the Outreach Center (That 501c3 is dead). $13,350 to the UB Foundation (Summer school violence program), $10,000 UB Foundation (Support consultant, interim CEO), $15,000 UB Foundation (Diabetes Research), $10,000 UB Foundation (Support “Post Industrial Buffalo”).
In 2012 Gioia/Oishei donated $100,000 to Buffalo Urban League (Re-establishing their fundraising/financial dept.).
Oishei and M&T want control, they control most culturals in Buffalo, Buffalo Zoo, Kleinhans Music Hall, Albright Knox Art Gallery, money, meetings 2-3,000 dollars per ticket or table dinners. “You get honorary appointments in buffalo. That’s how boards work, family inheritance plays in also. That’s why you don’t see many blacks there, those rich whites don’t want to understand,” said one former black elected official
What I just gave you is a basic breakdown of how one man through his position in an organization can buy political influence through donations to various community groups, foundations and Churches. The beginnings of UB 2020 officially start at the office of former President John B. Simpson and then-provost (and now President) Satish K. Tripathi in 2004. Their goal was to search for funding to make it the premier research institution on the east coast. (Whatever happened to the simpler days of protesting in front of then-President Bill Greiner’s house over the low admission of black students?), the result was art, science and other “unlucky” programs, including those associated with “high-quality affordable education” were reduced or eliminated, while tuition, and private assets would increase. Satish is also a regional co-chair with Zemsky on Andrew Cuomo’s Western New York Regional Economical Development Council. At the time of Cuomo’s swearing-in Satish was a candidate for UB President. While there is no record of him contributing to Cuomo’s campaign, UB did spend $276,785 in lobbying in New York State in 2010. Zemsky however did contribute $12,500 in campaign contributions to Cuomo.
In 2012 Zemsky was already contributing to “Andrew Cuomo 2014.” Nothing wrong with this in itself, except he was already appointed in March of that year to his current post of head of the NFTA. His state confirmation of that was announced in the Governor’s office on the 15th, according to another site (new york true- John Kenny) four days later Zemsky contributed $15,000 to Andrew Cuomo 2014. Cuomo’s people refunded the money on May 8, eight days later his wife Leslie Zemsky reportedly contributed $40,000 to Andrew Cuomo 2014. The question asked then was, was the refund due to Zemsky’s appointment only days earlier? Sadly this isn’t his only conflict of interest. Historically Zemsky campaign contributions are all over the place (Last year he spent a personal high of over $43,000; generosity according to local major media, buying influence in reality) and he is the governors main man and calls almost all shots locally for the Governor and the city of Buffalo as far as community development. Zemsky doesn’t waste time buying influence, he began contributing to Byron for Buffalo back in April 28, 2009 under Leslie Zemsky ($1,000), 5/6/10 ($2,500), 8/22/12 ($1,500), 3/9/11 ($2,500), 4/17/13 ($5,000), and 4/18/12 ($2,500).
Gioia didn’t make any campaign contributions to Cuomo in 2010, but of course he is a former NFTA Commissioner and was named “Executive of The Year,” by the UB School of Management. Zemsky is the only member of this economic council who actually contributed to Cuomo’s campaign, with the exception of John R. Koelmel ($2,000), the President and CEO of First Niagara Financial Group and board member of Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP) and Kaleida Health, and Greg Edwards ($3,059.94), the Chautauqua County Executive and only elected official listed as a 2010 Cuomo campaign contributor. Others notables like BNP President Andrew J. Rudnick ($89,723), and Alfred University President Dr. Charles Edmondson ($64,541) didn’t contribute to Cuomo’s campaign personally, but directed their organizations in spending major lobbying dollars in New York State.
Of course Zemco industries is Zemsky’s, they own, they also had the largest meat recall of anyone in a while. Back in 8/24/10 the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that a Buffalo establishment “is recalling 380,000 pounds of deli meat products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. These products were distributed to delicatessens where they were further processed into sandwiches for Wal-Mart stores.” The law firm of Schmidt & Clark, LLP out of DC is who identifies Zemco as the producer of the foods in question, Schmidt & Clark Food Poisoning Litigation Group represents plaintiffs in that recall lawsuit. Most Buffalonians aren’t recognizing Zemsky as being involved with Zemco because they haven’t made the connection.
Zemsky quietly virtually owns buffalo, in an era where the US Supreme Court recently voted 5-4 turn back some voting rights, unless blacks can control campaign reform it doesn’t matter what the SC does. Are Cuomo’s appointments in violation of the public integrity law when it came to Zemsky? Cuomo appointed him to 3 boards, co-chair of Billions 2 Buffalo, NFTA, and MOD-PAC Industries. Zemsky is also on several other boards other than the aforementioned Western New York Regional Economical Development Council, Zemco and the NFTA; There’s the Buffalo State College Council-Chairman, Billion 2 Buffalo Fund-co-Chairman, Buffalo Place Inc., -Vice President, and New Stadium Working Group, and a very benign membership as Treasurer of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.
Thanks to this connection Buffalo is in worse shape than it was during the days when Courier Express columnist Phil Ranallo (“What’s New Harry?”) wrote about what prevented Buffalo from building a downtown stadium:
“THE SAD PART of all this is, it could have happened here in Buffalo long ago. Your newspaper the Courier Express thumped the tubs for a downtown stadium in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
And it definitely would have happened, had it not been for those certain people in certain quarters.
Our head-in-the-sand leaders, men with lack of foresight, acquiesced to the dictates of those selfish certain people!
They built Wilson his 80,000-seat football-only stadium in Orchard Park and thereby slammed the major-league baseball door on Buffalo —and for that baseball fans in Montreal and Toronto will be forever grateful.
Those Canadian cities landed big league baseball franchises, either of which could have been Buffalo’s — if we’d had the proper leadership.”
Well we can’t seem to shake Phil’s “certain people in certain quarters.” In fact today some of them have planted themselves in several quarters just to make sure their delusions are fulfilled, and are shooting down good ideas about downtown stadium proposals just so a limited few can walk along the lake or on a nice field overlooked by a grain elevator and maybe even a cotton gin. That’s right folks, like Three Dog Night said; Eli’s coming, Eli Whitney that is, Zemsky and his cronies aren’t just delusional, they’re not even good businessmen. Bad enough their fixation with old landmarks has gone from obsession to insanity (Many of you don’t understand, back in 1808 Buffalo was officially called the “Village of Buffalo”), they have little or no love or respect for the goods and services they produce right now. Concerning Zemsky’s ties with MOD-PAC they have been under a little-known major investigation. Zemsky is an independent director of their board which also includes Chairman Kevin Keane, President/CEO/Director Daniel Keane, Financial Officer David Lupp, Vice President of Finance Daniel Geary, Philip Rechin, William Gisel, Robert McKenna, and Deborah Pawlowski.
A 1/12/12 letter written by Nicholas Stracick of the GBSEC to Henry Sloma of the NFTA discloses their efforts to start some talks with them on a sports facility on a portion of their waterfront site: “We are working with a timetable, I am requesting a meeting at your earliest convenience at which time we can provide you with an overview of the conceptual and business model as well as our planning objectives… in addition we would like to discuss a revenue sharing formula that would ensure the NFTA a longterm revenue stream from this development.”
Along the same lines of Zemsky’s fiduciary troubles is his blatant-and some feel unlawful-disregard of the GBSEC and a 2nd letter written to him by John Hutchings and Mark Williams under their HKS letterhead wanting to meet with him. Shortly before Zemsky was officially named head of NFTA HKS’ 2nd letter to NFTA dated 4/18/12 was sent to him. Here is a portion of it: “We have delivered Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl and the Cowboys’ Stadium in Arlington Texas which hosted the 2011 Super Bowl. We have also been working with other cities on sports venue-led developments including the City of Oakland on their Oakland Coliseum site and the Minnesota Vikings regarding regarding their new proposed stadium in Minneapolis. In your role as Co-Chair of WNY Regional Council for Economic Development and the incoming Chairman of NFTA, we would like to meet with you at your earliest convenience so that we can present our vision for a sports stadium-led master plan which will act as an economic engine and development catalyst for downtown Buffalo.”
With all the questions regarding Zemsky’s business practices does his outright refusal to officially respond to any of the letters fall more under purposeful corruption or careless indifference as in his costly decision to expose his 503cp Zemsky Foundation to none other than Bernard Madoff? Under “Foundations with Possible Exposure to Madoff of 30% or More by Number of Board Members and Percent of Assets Possible Exposed,” number 48 (pp. 9/14) Zemsky Foundation c/o Taurus Partners NY; Total Assets $4,299,247, Madoff Possible Exposure $4,040,322, Percentage of Assets Possibly Exposed 93.98, Board Member Names- Howard Zemsky, Sam Zemsky, Shirley Zemsky. I am not inferring or linking the foundation in with Madoff’s corruption, especially since it seems Zemsky’s 501c3 group probably took a hit as well. But how much do the funders and/or recipients of this organization know of this?
The lesson here seems to be, that you can’t always present vision to people who have no vision. Buffalo’s elite are focused on the old landmarks, to a fault. The series of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux Cazenovia Park, Riverside Park, South Park, Delaware Park (formerly The Park), and of course Front Park (formerly The Front) continue to be heavily funded and given great regard as turn-of-the-century landmarks except for parks that existed during a population shift and are now in the center of the black community; Humbolt Parkway of course was a beautiful wide divider along the street of the same name until it became of casualty of highway 33, and the foot of old Humbolt Parkway (formerly The Parade) now known as Martin Luther King Park is often the subject of heated debates and comparatively miserly funding. The Underground Railroad predates anything here done by Olmsted, Zemsky and his ilk want nothing having to do with it. Why? It’s safe to assume it’s a project focusing too much on local black interests, never mind that blacks and whites from out of town need to be enlightened by this major part of American history.
On 5/10/13 a letter of proposal was sent to the NFTA by the GBSEC through their attorneys De Marie & Schoenborn to purchase 150 acres of land located at the Outer Harbor for $500,000. Of course this was already reported by the Buffalo News. This is the initial land option agreement with hopes of further more-specific agreements between the two parties. According to the News: ”But even with the Greater Buffalo Entertainment and Sports Complex firm putting money behind its offer, the NFTA is responding with a firm ‘no, thank you… We’re going to stay the course,’ NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel said weeks ago. ’We’re in the middle of negotiations with the City of Buffalo and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. with a goal of maintaining public access.’ Minkel also said the authority cannot enter into the negotiations proposed by the group without launching a competitive bidding process.” A “land option” according to GBSEC-Partner George Hasiotis in an interview I did with him back on 5/11/13, “It’s a very simple real estate instrument, before you are given full development rights or sale of a property, you can enter into an option agreement for a specified period of time. During which you do further research to determine the viability of your commercial budget. So what we’re asking from the NFTA for in the state of New York is give us an option from 9 to 12 months, during which time we’ll come back with an agreement from the NFL with parking, traffic and environmental studies to answer all your questions that will show you that this is a viable project. And that will be paid for by us so there’s really no risk at all to the NFTA, to the state or to the city.” I find it strange that Zemsky is now interested in entertaining bid proposals now, when this isn’t the case with MOD-PAC.
It’s not that that there isn’t any local support for a new state of the art downtown domed-stadium, there are people like Councilman Demone Smith, legislature Betty Jean Grant, who helped give voice to this early on. Both black Mayoral candidates Byron Brown and Bernard Tolbert expressed interest publicly, and letters of support from The Buffalo Black Chamber of Commerce, Bishop Michael Badger, Bishop L.H. Young, the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the National Action Network among others. This project needs all of these forces to push up on Zemsky and the NFTA and convince him not to waste public time or money with the waterfront park project which could cost millions in construction and yearly maintenance, but not give any meaningful return as far as jobs are concerned.
If you are like me you’re wondering in the case of Howard Zemsky between Zemco, the Zemsky Foundation and MOD-PAC how come the local media such as Buffalo News, Business First, or any of the local news on the big three networks hasn’t made any of this common knowledge, it’s probably because they drink too much of his Kool Aid, or they just outright refuse to. There was a 7/26 press conference during the time of the HKS presentation at Buffalo State that prevented the presentation from getting the audience and local major media exposure the way it should have. Zemsky of course is more of a major force in interlocking directives than Rev. Chapman, or even Robert Gioia, but few know that those three directives are playing a silent role in keeping the City of Buffalo from moving into the 2000s where we need to be. Stay tuned for part-3.
by Chris Stevenson
A certain big name university in Southern California is generally used to getting it’s name in the papers and TV broadcasts throughout the country, but most commonly for sports (109 NCAA Championships including this year’s CWS), particularly in basketball and sometimes football. Throughout the decades no one has questioned the role that black athletes have played in the success of their teams winning national or conference championships. At times some of us assume this same diversity happily carries over into that school’s academia and professional employment. Sadly in this instance not only isn’t it true, but a climate of racial hostility by a few so-called adults has been created that is so bad, that the attorney of a highly regarded black doctor called it “a racism bomb that explodes all over the community.”
Those were the words told to me by Lawrance Bohm just weeks ago. Such is the power of people who eat, sleep and breath race, and overtly practice racism and then quickly threaten to retaliate to cover themselves just in case you the victim plan to make it known… in post-racial America. Because of such treatment a black head and neck doctor with tenure at mighty UCLA, is still going through the same racist attacks and smear campaign that he did in 2006 when his head was superimposed (photo-shopped) over the body of a gorilla as part of a slide show during a roast. It turns out this is the tip of the iceberg that is crumbling due to the 800 lbs gorilla known as racism at the big school on the Left Coast that is now known as Christian Head MD., v. Regents of the University of California, Gerald Berke, MD., Marilene Wang, MD., Benjamin Crane, MD., Joseph Lee, MD., Jeffrey Suh, MD., and DOES 1-50, inclusive.
Some of you may remember this story from a year or so ago. Much of it takes place at UCLA and it really began long before last year. Regents as defined in the name of the case, operates UCLA Health Systems, more specifically the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (it’s bad enough that many blacks feel racism and Ronald Reagan are synonymous), and the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital.
After the initial news report of this by national media, information regarding it became conspicuously dead. Whenever you hear of stories about racism in governmental, corporate or private institutions, and then you stop hearing about it, never assume this is because the racism or racist actions have stopped. Rest assured all things in that regard are rolling normally. You stopped hearing it either due to deals made between the offending party and news reporters, or the news outlets being white-run themselves have been forced to look at themselves and no longer feel obligated to put powerful white institutions on the hot seat.
Dr. Head received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ohio State’s College of Medicine (’93), completed his internship in surgery at University of Maryland at Baltimore (’92-’93), and began his UCLA employment with a fellowship in Neuro-Otology Research at it’s School of Medicine. Space won’t permit me to list more credentials but you get the idea of where I’m coming from; The brother is the real deal. This seems to be clear to everyone except those working most closely with him, and it’s not because they know him better than anyone else professionally. Not with statements implying the reason they hired him is because “he’s an affirmative action hire,” and “an affirmative action project.” When they say that he is inferior because he is black and unqualified it can safely be assumed they are trying their best not to know him.
Amazingly enough the person accused of doing all of this affirmative action talk is neither white nor male, but she is the prime instigator of the plot against him; Marilene Wang. Among the white male doctors, Berke is the one who is cited as saying just prior to Head’s arrival to UCLA Geffen School of Medicine full time in 2003, “I guess we’ll have our first nigger now.” Wang’s position just prior to Head is that of his Supervisor, and as such she writes his evaluations. She is named in the 40-page complaint as stating to other doctors Joel Sercarz and Keith Blackwell “that she fully intended to interfere with Dr. Head’s professional advancement, in part by giving Dr. Head sub par evaluations and falsely attacking Dr. Head’s credentials and performance,” in 2003, in 6/04 Wang was ordered to stop submitting negative evaluations about Dr. Head by the UCLA Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. William Friedman. Though it says she promised not to, she continued to submit negative evaluations against him in direct violation to Friedman’s orders.
Naturally Dr. Head sought a change of position from Visiting Professor to :In Residence” Professor and he reported this above treatment to others and was warned by Rosina Becerra that it would not be a good idea to participate in an investigation against Dr. Wang. Head was getting outstanding evaluations by the medical students.
Wang may have been piling-on negative statements against Head in part as a distraction from her own shortcomings. She was under investigation by the Federal government for time card fraud for work at an affiliated hospital. Even though the results of the investigation found her guilty, Berke saved her from being fired. And yes Dr. Head testified against her.
Dr. Wang seems to bring nothing to the table but a bad attitude, incompetence, and divisiveness, She is said to have even turned residents of UCLA’s Head and Neck Department against him after openly discussing Head’s participation in the time card investigation. Soon after was the straw that broke the gorilla’s back; the 2006 slide show at the year-end ceremony and party for the Head and Neck Department. With 200 in attendance, a slide presentation by Dr. Crane-formerly of Rochester, NY-and Dr. Lee included a section devoted to Dr. Head. This is the incident that made this case national news. “One slide” according to details in the lawsuit, “depicted a hairy black gorilla with Dr. Head’s face imposed on the gorilla being sodomized by a white naked man with the head of Dr. Berke superimposed on the body (the “Gorilla Slide”). Other slides mocked Head’s medical, research, and teaching skills. The audience broke out in prolonged laughter.
Dr. Crane obtained a fellowship position soon after the presentation for his efforts from Berke and Wang, with Regents at two UCLA facilities. I mention Rochester because the gorilla image-though historically common-is racially-known especially in that northeast town. Years ago a local right-wing talk show host named Bob Lonsberry during an airing of a show on WHAM 1180-AM made gorilla sounds over the air in reference to Rochester’s then-Mayor Bill Johnson-an African American-because he was miffed over Johnson’s announcing his wanting to run for County Executive. Lonsberry was suspended and rightfully fired (he has since been rehired). This may be where Crane got the inspiration for his gorilla idea which delighted Berke and Wang to no end. It was sneaking, prankster-style racism from the cold northeast from a city outwardly claiming to be liberal, and proving to be racially-divided, just like Los Angeles. Though the Gorilla Slide was said to have vanished, on 6/27/11 Crane admits to his creating and presenting the Gorilla Slide according to the suit.
It gets more ridiculous with Wang. on 6/09 Dr. Head reportedly seen Drs. Berke and Wang caressing and French-kissing each other. Other staff also see similar actions by them or know of an affair between them. Wang also has several malpractice accusations lodged against her.
I talked to Dr. Head by phone just before this writing and he ‘s more distressed by blacks and others close to him making asinine statements like ‘you actually want me to put a stop to this wrong behavior?’ or ‘their whole system is against you.’ I’m no doctor or professor, but about a year ago when I saw the news about this on Youtube, I said that Dr. Head is a gorilla to them even if he can raise the dead. Why? Because this clearly has nothing to do with any question of competency regarding him otherwise he would have canceled himself out and they would be targeting Dr. Wang. This mirrors how many on the right view President Obama whether or not they like his accomplishments and is indicative of the childish reactions by many whites towards black professionals since the ’08 Presidential Election results. The racists are coming out in the open and risking their careers and names over these pranks and attacks. I assume this must be in their DNA because the urge is evidently too strong to make them think twice.
At any rate the message these UCLA doctors and their silent enablers is clear, they don’t mind rooting for black athletes in their sports programs, just don’t piss them off by becoming a doctor.
There is a petition drive with more info available. Dr. Christian Head is currently on leave due to stress related to his harassment. He clearly does not deserve this moronic alienation and is a doctor whom anyone should be proud to be associated with. Please act by signing this and spreading it throughout the social networks so he can receive the full justice and economic privileges his tenure and accomplishments deserve.
by Chris Stevenson
Strange days indeed. We began the day with news of a black everyman hero garnering nationwide praise for his split-second actions in the rescue of some young girls who were kidnapped, detained and tortured for well over a decade by an unassuming Hispanic school-bus driver, and close out the day with the report of a rare guilty verdict of a reasonably-attractive looking white female in a First Degree Murder case. Change you can’t depend on.
This is a day we can all learn from. Charles Ramsey proves that destiny chooses heroes, not popularity, not cosmetics, and-try as they may-not the police. Amanda and Jocelyn Berry, Georgina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, found it’s possible a black man can save them from pain and humiliation even though much of the country prefers to believe otherwise. And Jodi Arias found out she’s not Casey Anthony.
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HeadLine News’ (HLN) Dr. Drew wrote a column hinting that Jodi was not normal: “Arias never understood love or how to deal with the everyday give and take of a normal relationship,” given these facts what else is there but to kill your lover? At least this is now what she is on record as doing to Travis Alexander. Arias met Alexander in Sept. of ’06, they begin a relationship, two months later she joins his Mormon religion and moves to his state (AZ). They break up in June but their sexual relationship continues. Although calling herself a saleswoman and photographer she waits tables and cleans Alexander’s home for extra cash. In May of ’08 she moves back to California and in June 9th Alexander’s body was found in the shower by friends who said he had been shot in the head, slashed and stabbed almost 30 times. The pistol is evidently a stolen 25-caliber belonging to her grandparents.
Police found evidence linking Arias and some sex footage on his camera. She was actually on her way to Utah to to have a fling with another man she had just met, but she made a detour to Alexander’s home for the last time. An astute Grand Jury indicts her on First Degree Murder on her birthday 6/9/08. Her mannerisms after that would force even the most hardened pro-white juror to rule against her from that point. Most glaring is the changes of stories; initially she tells the media during jailhouse interviews that two masked intruders attacked her and Alexander, in August of 2010 she changes it to self-defense as a result of physical abuse. Now Alexander is supposed to be this evil woman-beater. What a dipstick. No overthinking or over-analyzation needed for this one folks. If I’m on that jury, I’m measuring her for the chair. The hero in the Arias drama is the jury, they had their problems, and lost a few, but they kept level-heads on a no-brainer case (no easy task nowadays) and voted unanimously.
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On the other hand, the actions of Ramsey the night before in Cleveland made a huge difference in saving 3 women and one child. In spite of his hearing and responding to Amanda’s screams for help, representatives of the Cleveland Police Department are on a program of gradual revisionist history and began broadcasting she was the only hero the next evening. Me personally I find it hard to ignore a guy who sees a girl trying to get out of the house, he walks up to a porch, kicks the door down with the help of a woman named Angel Cordero, and sets her free and calls 911. Yet another news source The Smoking Gun have dug into Ramsey’s history and found some domestic violence incidents, and jail times for the same offenses. Cleveland police have a lot of balls too for trying to omit Ramsey as a hero. The Smoking Gun needs to make themselves useful and find out how Cleveland police failed to effectively follow-up on several calls from neighbors who say they contacted police in connection with reports of seeing naked women crawling in the backyard of a home with dog leashes being led around by three men-most likely Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro-with the CPD arriving, but never having went inside. TSG also needs to look into why only Ariel is charged with a crime, and not his two brothers?
People on Facebook were upset by the CPD-snub of Ramsey, but I told them a lot of people still don’t understand how the nation’s police sets race policy for civilians. They literally tell you who to like and who not to like, who’s a hero and who’s not a hero. In cities or towns where there is some racial harmony between blacks and whites, police will step in and have dozens of ways to be racially divisive. They take much of this upon themselves. Racial harmony scares many of these urban cops more than crime does. Brother Ramsey said the “right thing” in public about giving the girls the reward money, but he still deserves a reward also. The Cleveland police refuse to wrap their minds around a hero who looks like most of the blacks they are trained to arrest.
by Chris Stevenson
Reality TV might be huge, but let the record show reality and TV rarely ever meet. In fact on a broader scale, whenever there is a sign of general acceptance towards blacks, here comes a network series with the purposeful intent to take your minds in the opposite direction, and set back the clock. Call it racist-savings-time, fall back, fall back.
I’ve explained this before in past columns, nothing powerful whites do is by accident or coincidence. After some civil rights victories were won, here comes a television show starring an outright open racist aimed at normalizing anti-black feelings just at the start of the ’70′s; Archie Bunker of “All in the Family.” White females and feminists who piggy-backed directly from the Civil Rights Movement got shows that greatly humanized the white female image; “Mary Tyler Moore,” “That Girl,” etc., and solid script-writers, (in spite of some of the true leaders of feminism being obnoxious dykes). The Reality show “I love New York” kicked-off a string of like series about battling, backbiting, catfighting females of whom set the women’s movement back a couple centuries. “The Shield” normalized police misconduct and corruption in the minds of the viewers and refocused profiling toward blacks in the immediate post-9/11 years, as was it’s original intent. Diahann Carroll’s “Julia,” was pitched as more of a black victory in terms of a network show had a great star but horrible script-writing that lacked direction. If Carroll’s character Julia Baker was doing the same things as Kerry Washington’s Olivia was doing, ’60′s blacks around the country would have burned Hollywood down. Burn baby Burn. The same would apply to Washington’s last predecessor Teresa Graves (“Get Cristie Love”). And I’m putting this mildly. Are we to consider the machinations of Olivia Pope a victory today? This is what seems to be the case.
A quick glance at America’s current reality, we have a black President, often seen as trying to bring the country together. This guy is highly accomplished under pressure and heavy criticism from the right and some on the left. In his personal life, scandal-free. In these times of waning white male self-esteem, who will come to their rescue? White America needs a scandalous black President, network TV producers say ‘we got this’, and they do, they bring you “Scandal.” Okay since Barack won’t play ball with them by engaging in some of the ridiculous behaviors that the President of “Scandal” does, they give you the best alternative; a white President having an adulterous affair with a black “fixer.” Mighty white of them I say. White man wins all the way around, he gets to sleep with his white wife and black mistress, white cherry and black berry.
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This cherry/berry Kool Aid is presented to you by 2 black females (creator and writer Shonda Rhimes and co-executive producer Judy Smith; a former Bush-era press aid who evidently did some things during those years that I am afraid to ask) and some smart white people, and black women around the country are gulping it down by the gallons full. Understand this, current reality has a beautiful black female sleeping in the Master Bedroom in the White House with her husband the President, and two black women put their heads together and damn near took us back to the plantation. Sally Hemings with a degree.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doubting Smith or Rhimes’ intelligence, Hollywood studios have chased intelligent black storytellers off their parking lots for decades. What made them accept this idea? These are two sisters that know what the powerful white man wants, and they have a record of delivering. What more clever way to make themselves not look racist than to be able to say to those pesky black activists and critics ‘Look you N-words, we got a story heah with a black script-writer AND a black woman in the leading role doing some very important, heavy-duty stuff. What’s all the fuss about. That’s what you colored folk wanted right (Hollywood still lives in the “colored people”-era in case you haven’t noticed)? Now get! Get! Shoo, shoo, gon’ nah, gon’ nah.’
Part of the problem is black men in many cases fail to look at interracial marraige and relationships… from the standpoint of the white man. I mean really really look. Yes we all know many of them don’t like seeing white females-especially some of their most beautiful looking women-in the arms of a black man, but it’s one area of disparity between the two races where white men are on the losing side. Black women by-and-large just aren’t attracted to white males, rich or poor. In fact not really on any level. Solution: create a show that attempts to cleverly put white men in vogue (I already told you many white men are suffering an image-beating). Have an attractive sister parading around the offices of high political command, and doing what most white bosses were hoping most of them would do when black females began getting hired in professional positions for during the early-’80′s, but most of them refused to do; fulfill the fantasy of the rich and powerful white man; cavort with them, smile at them, flirt with them, pursue them, sleep with them. Olivia adds an extra bonus on “Scandal;” she rejects the black man (a Senator) who pursues her, by literally accusing him of being-oddly enough-what black women in general have long accused the white man of being; boring. Now sisters, hear me out. I have listened to all your complaints over the decades about us. We are trifling, troublesome, unfaithful, abusive, and game-players. Rarely do we ever get boring. That’s a scandal in itself.
Olivia in one highly-famous episode told this brother she doesn’t want happily-ever-after, “don’t you want painful, difficult, devastating?” Are you f*****g kidding me? This is brainwashing 101 because it makes low-expectations in black relationships official, without Olivia acting loud, argumentative and vulgar like the typical black reality show sister. White producers knew what they were doing with this line. No, she is not required to marry this guy if she doesn’t want to, but great care was taken to make sure her reasons for not wanting him were flawed. Get it? Difficult, Devastating and painful are oftentimes byproducts of an abusive relationship whether it was physical, or psychological. Much of this abuse started when the woman was a little girl, and was abused by her dad, stepdad, uncle, Preacher, Pastor, or sometimes mother. If the girl/woman is blessed enough to get away, many of them are still not free. A pattern behavior is established in her brainwaves where she will seek out another candidate who will see her coming and open her heart to more “difficult, painful, devastating,” and she won’t see it until it’s too late. While outwardly verbalizing she wants a sensitive man, her sadomasochistic-heart will be on auto-pilot . What Olivia does used to be virtually impossible a decade or two ago, before drama became something that was expected from black girls, before it became a means to an end influenced first by R&B drama songs; she can achieve the painful results within herself, without an abusive man, just by being a black woman I guess. It’s the epitome of putting the cart before the horse. The current trend in “reality TV” shows is already training black women the most to be “difficult,” obtuse in their behavior, contrary, unreasonable through a constant demonstration of show and tell. Now along comes Olivia. Like that song by the Whispers “Lost and Turned Out.” Who remembers “Olivia the slave got distracted on her way, to Grandmother’s house?” The brothers back then urged “Olivia break the chains, stop using your body, use you brain.” Olivia Pope says ‘I can do both.’ At least she wants all of her roughly 7.25 million viewers to think she can.
Yes you can view “Scandal,” but do not assume Kerry Washington’s character is a “strong black woman.” Olivia is a strong white image of a black woman. She’s not NeNe, she’s Condi, if President Grant appoints her to a national security or defense position in his cabinet, she’d have no problem blowing up a country and later display a curt half-smile when questioned about it. Her job description is dirty enough but believable. Lack of racial identity and obnoxiousness is not strength. That goes for Olivia just as much as the black women in these ’Real Housewives of Wherever,’ “Love and Hip-Hop,” “Bad Girls Club,” or any other of these modern shows whose underlining mission is to further destabilize the black family. Just because she doesn’t act as ghetto doesn’t make her less responsible.
It’s no coincidence that “Scandal” succeeds while another ABC show starring an African American in a leading role is dead in the water; “Last Resort” starring the veteran actor Andre Braugher as Olivia’s polar-opposite Captain Marcus Chaplin, commander of the ballistic-missile submarine USS Colorado. “Last Resort” made it’s debut a few months after “Scandal” and is already about to be deep-sixed, and why not? What is the appeal to a black naval sub captain who disobeys an order to nuke a country full of people of color because the order came from a restricted radio frequency? Wanda, Brenda, Keesha, and Shaniqua, ain’t gettin’ with that. LOL! Actually Last Resort is on life support due to sunk ratings brought on in my opinion by several holiday preemptings by Charlie Brown shows. Good grief. Even though the shows aired a day apart, in terms of Nielsen Ratings devious Olivia has kicked uppity Captain Chaplin all over the seven seas. After 13 shows Last Resort averaged a 1.4, and 6.26 million viewers per episode. Scandal ratings almost doubled with a 2.4 and 7.25 million viewers in their 2nd season. Thus far the Colorado has been blown up, while Chaplin was inside of it, but there is a petition to do a 2nd season. I’m not trying to be funny, but it’s a true testament to American society that a show starring a black man in a rare authority position who defies his government by standing on principle alone has to beg for more airtime, while the show starring the black female authority figure who heads her own agency devoted to cleaning up the appearance of politically-corrupt officials and virtually begs for white lovers is flying high. Kerry (“sniff”) you sunk my battleship. Please sign the Last Resort Petition and I await your response.
by Chris Stevenson
Buffalo NY is currently undergoing a gentrification litmus-test that will have pivotal ramifications of the overall racial makeup of it’s population if allowed to be successful. On the surface the Rev. Michael Chapman of St. John the Baptist Church has an awesome idea; a $500 million program that will create 15,000 jobs over the next ten years. This is a program the public at-large got to know about back in 2010 which promises to move 150 residents of the Burnie C. McCarley Gardens into new townhouses that will be built on one of Buffalo’s oldest black communities; the Fruit Belt-a series of streets mostly named after a fruit-If you are old school like me you might be telling yourself that it seems like yesterday when McCarley was built (1978), and here Chapman is selling the property to the University of Buffalo (UB) Foundation for $15 million.
Truth be told the powerful white man in Buffalo has has been wanting that precious land bordering St. John’s and the Fruit Belt for decades. Quietly as it’s been kept, Buffalo is a longtime Chocolate City that has survived all kinds of schemes to decentralize blacks politically, urban-renewal, redistricting, political legislative reduction, Regionalism (did I cover everything?) LOL! One mad-scientist-scheme after another has been fired at blacks here, some of those kooky ideas worked and some rightfully didn’t. This latest one is part of a larger program called UB 2020. It’s not really a new idea. Been in the works since the late-’60′s, in 1967 Buffalo General Hospital announced the UB 2020 plan involving Roswell Park cancer research center directly across the street from High Street. To understand the ties between these three entities that make up what is the medical corridor, one must understand the history of the institutions. Roswell was literally founded by a UB Professor of Surgery Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, Buffalo General Hospital was founded earlier in 1855 and is a major affiliate of the UB School of Medicine.
I really can’t complain, given the dysfunction of the black branch of Buffalo’s interlocking directives, blacks in Buffalo could easily be living on reservations next to the Indians. Many of them are masters of talking-black while giving us the blues. We historically have some of the most separate-thinking group of black leaders in the country, I can only credit God for any victories, perhaps all that dancing and hollering in Church has paid off after all in retrospect.
On the other side is a group of McCarley Garden/Fruitbelt current residents who say Chapman’s plan is just another in the long line of urban-renewal-lemons being pitched to blacks to the ultimate benefit of whites. The residents have history on their side. Veronica Hemphill-Nichols and her neighbors are living in a deteriorating conditions. Nichols of Grape St., is a longtime local activist, since 2001 she has been a member of Restorative Justice, and has worked with the Community Action Organization (CAO) as their coordinator/trainer in restorative justice philosophy.
Nichols has written letters on behalf of her Fruit Belt Housing Task Force Unit & McCarley Gardens Tenant Council to Francis Letro , the chairman of UB Foundations Inc., regarding the appointments of a panel, to be later called an Economic Opportunity Panel or EOP. As it turns out, this panel only consists of members of the UB Foundation, St. Johns, and Letro. None of the members listed on the panel live or play in the Fruitbelt. They requested an answer to her first letter by 1/3 and didn’t get it.
Most plans regarding Buffalo are discussed outside of Buffalo and approved by whatever key black leader(s) go along with it at the moment. Whites plan way ahead of time in their best interest, and any black taxpayers getting hip to their agenda can throw them off momentarily, or force a change in plans. While Previous Reverends Burnie McCarley and Bennett Walker Smith Sr., helped local blacks through Civil Rights, we are now subject to the gamesmanship of what former attorney-now-columnist Alton Maddox calls silver rights leaders. Chapman seems to be making choices over the years that have been only about the money. Rumors are flying he is planning to retire and move south before long and is just trying to cash-in. To me the Fruit Belt/McCarley Gardens controversy is a trial-run that if successful will end in the outright ownership of inner city Buffalo through the direct ouster of most of it’s African American population by the UB 2020 program. My fear is also that just as in the past, only a few McCarley residents will be able to be successfully moved as a result of Chapman’s training program. Claiming to train these young black kids in the field of construction and the building trades to have at least 150 new homes ready by 2017-2020 is no small feat, a miracle to say the least. I only see a handful getting moved and the rest of the money claimed to be allocated for them going into somebodies pocket.
If you are black and live in Buffalo now, are you ready to live in the suburbs without equal compensation of the home you were forced to leave? Are you ready to be subject to more racial profiling than ever by the all-white Cheektowaga, and Tonawanda police departments who operate out of the same towns you stand to be kicked into? Rev. Chapman has agreed to terms that have yet to be federally approved, I’m really cutting a long story short (some editors and readers complain that my articles are too long, pfffgggghhhh), representatives of the medical corridor are very unwilling to speak with Nichols or her group, issues such as imminent domain, land banking, and of course gentrification also come into play. I don’t begrudge a good retirement, I love to see blacks doing well, but not at the dangerous costs we potentially face. A petition with more information is being circulated.