I am all for fair criticism of public officials however to the new “loyal opposition” I might caution you to temper your criticism with common sense. The latest attacksShabazz, who Amos Brown has often referred to in the past as a "black hating black", fails to mention that he was all over the issue on his radio talk show at the time the ministers' demand was made, and IndyUndercover weighed in with an edgy take on the issue as well, alleging CCC President Monroe Gray had used the "N" word in describing the ministers' action. Of course, Shabazz has conveniently deleted the entire blog entry at IndyUndercover so you can no longer read the truth for yourself. In the interest of full disclosure to your listeners, Mr. Shabazz, do you care to share with us exactly what work you perform for the Marion Co. GOP Chairman Tom John's law firm for that "Of Counsel" title you hold there?
on Williams could easily be construed as racist, as Amos Brown of AM 1310 pointed out on his radio program Friday. Anyone who knows Amos and me, knows we don’t agree on much, but we both think the only things that were missing in the attacks on Williams were white sheets and burning crosses.
UPDATE: An avid Advance Indiana reader found this tame version of the $25 million dispute with the black ministers which Abdul wrote about some time ago at Indiana Barrister. Of course, the edgy version over at IndyUndercover has disappeared. Notice the talk of the $5 million over 5 years and the fact that Peterson's tax increase supposedly set aside $5 million for faith-based initiatives. This begs the question, will it be Olgen Williams job to make sure that money gets doled out and is that a wise use of our tax dollars? Check out what Abdul wrote then and take note of his little dig at people who blog anonymously:
Normally I don’t write pieces that are too speculative in nature unless I have some facts to back them up. I’ve been following some items for a couple months now and have been able to piece a few items together. It makes for an interesting read, although I’ll be the first to admit it sounds like something that would show up in an anonymous blog. Luckily, anything I write, I put my name on it because my ego is just that big.
There is quite the internal struggle going behind the scenes involving the Mayor, Council President, the Sheriff’s Department and the Black Pastors. Here’s the deal. The Mayor and Black pastors have been at odds for a while concerning funding for programs. The Pastors wanted the mayor to help raise $25 million over five years for programs they would administer. The meeting went south faster than K-Fed’s career. So now the Council President, Monroe Gray, is negotiating with the Pastors to find them their money. Quite a reversal for a man who reportedly dropped the n-word regarding them a while back. By stepping in, Monroe builds a bridge between the Mayor and Pastors.
Why is this important? There is talk that the newly merged Metropolitan Police Department could go back under Bart Peterson. To accomplish that, the Democrats would have to vote for it. Gray and his chief lieutenant and fellow councilor Vernon Brown are already upset because their “juice” doesn’t fly with the new department. They’ve been told to back off several times by Frank Anderson’s right-hand men. In part, they complain Anderson has appointed no Blacks to his upper echelon. There have been quite a few private conflicts between the two parties.
So here’s the connection, by making peace with the Pastors, the councilors increase their pull, which has come under fire lately for a number of missteps. Secondly, the Mayor gets the Police department back. Gray and Brown stick it to Anderson and his staff. And if Gray can find the money, he’s a hero to the clergy and gets them off the Mayor’s back. I’m still confused about all this, but this is what’s been going on behind the scenes. Now you’re just as confused as I am.
Another Advance Indiana reader managed to find these archived posts from IndyUndercover on the subject of the black ministers' demands. I suspect someone wishes they no longer existed. Here's what they offered on the subject:
Indyu laughed this morning when it read the Indianapolis Star. Not for the usual reasons, but because the 25th floor is now officially, and evangelically, screwed! Indyu told you the preachers were already mad at the County Democrats, now they want $25 million from the city for programs to help stop violence (which makes our lives easier by the way). The city doesn't have the money so the pastors won't see a thing. They get pissed and tell their flock to stay home, or vote for someone else. The political Apocalypse ensues. Famine, death, pestilence and plague run wild! Indyu is ready for the rapture! How about you?!
Then there is this gem from Nov 8, 2006 at 12:06pm entitled Does Sweet Pea kiss his mother with that mouth?:
Sweet pea, Sweet Pea, Sweet pea. You should be ashamed of yourself. When those pastors stopped by the Mayor's office a few weeks ago Indyu thought you would have been a little nicer to them. Indyu had no idea your response would be "Who let those n----- in here?!" Don't deny it! You know you said it! You should be ashamed of yourself! You're already going to hell, do you really want to speed up the trip?
Then there was the post from November 20, 2006 at 9:16pm entitled Peterson takes on God:
Fresh off major victories in Marion County (except for the one race with Meliar that mattered) Bart has decided to go after God, or at least his agents here on earth. Peterson has decided to go after the local Black preachers who gave him an earfull during their meeting a few weeks ago. You remember the one where Sweet Pea called them a word that rhymes with "triggers." Peterson is going to use code enforcement and other city ordinances to discredit the Pastors. Indyu may not agree with them asking for money, but even Indyu isn't brave enough to screw with God. Next thing you know we'll be beset with a plague of locusts.