In case you missed our front page story about City-County Council President Monroe Gray, he has been quoted as saying, there is no use in "having the juice if you don't use it." Well, that is too good a visual not to use. I don't think Mr. Gray was talking about fruit juices, do you? Nah, he was talking power and that starts with "P" and rhymes with "T" and stands for "Taser." Metaphorically, mind you.
According to our continuing saga in the Star, a motion to launch an ethics probe into Mr. Gray's business dealings was scrubbed by procedural maneuvers. Shocking! I know.
You'll see that Varvel explains on his blog that it's a Taser and not a handgun which Gray is holding. Upon closer inspection, I notice the zigzagging motion of the electricity emanating from the Taser towards its intended victim. I don't think this will matter to some folks though, who will likely view it as a negative stereotyping of black men. What do you think?
And then there's the matter of Ron Gibson's arrest for shoving a police officer during Black Expo last year and yesterday's announcement that charges were being dropped because the special prosecutor didn't feel he had enough evidence to convict Gibson after two eyewitnesses offered testimony under oath which supported Gibson's version of events. Radio talk show host Abdul Hakim Shabazz was attempting to interview Monroe Gray, who just happened to have time off work yesterday to show up at a press conference during working hours to support Ron Gibson, when Gray's personal lawyer and the Council's legal counsel hurled a racially derogatory term at him. Aaron Haith is heard on audiotape calling Shabazz the grandson of Willie Lynch. If you're like me, it had to be explained to me who "Willie Lynch" was. He was a British slaveowner who was regarded as an authority on how to keep your slaves under control. Some attribute the term "lynching" to his namesake. Does anyone believe Shabazz will be receiving a public apology from Haith any time soon?