Thursday, November 16, 2006
Saul Anuzis A Racist? Get Real by Akindele Akinyemi
The charge of racism against Saul Anuzis, the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, is stupid and when I see people bring in unintelligent criticisms of race it reminds me how dumb we are as human beings.
I am disgusted with racial politics in this city and region as a whole. Now, some have charged Mr. Anuzis as a racist because of the incident in Grand Rapids between Robert Dean and Tim Doyle. Some has called him racist for supporting a block vote on Bert Johnson in Detroit because of Johnson's past.
If people think this is racist then they have no clue who Saul is.
Sometimes, I feel like I'm living in Mississippi or Alabama of the 1940s. Michigan will never be a world-class city or a 21st century reality if we keep on throwing race in the picture.
One thing I did like what Saul Anuzis said during the Michigan Republicans convention is that the Michigan Democrats have a Black Caucus, an Indian Caucus, an Arab/Chaldean Caucus, etc while the Republicans would put all the ethnic groups under one roof because we all have the same issues that affect our community. I thought what he said was intelligent. So why are people in Kent County claiming he is a racist? I have no clue on this, however, my experiences with Saul shows me he is no racist.
He is going to tell you the straight truth no matter what race, creed or sex you are. He has helped this network tremendously and with him running the show again he will continue to connect with minorities who are interested in the Michigan Republicans. Racism is a cancer in this society. While we are a party of opportunities we should also learn to confront our fears. Saul has confronted his fears and now have NO fear of connecting with Black men like myself who is young, educated and focused on the grand prize...opportunity.
To call Saul a racist is the same paranoia that is killing our community here in Detroit. If you want to play the race card then how come the City of Grand Rapids vote Democrat while the rest of the county is Republican? More importantly, I thought we were trying to connect one side of the state to the other. The One Detroit Network has already done this right after the night of the elections. We are connected from one side of the state to the other and growing. We did not allow petty differences get in the way and in fact, as the executive director, I allowed people to learn from their mistakes and move on.
Perhaps those who are trying to oust Saul from his position should follow our lead. To bring this subject home take a look at The Michigan Democratic Party. Here is a party that has used race to win elections, yet, our urban communities statewide look like the day after. They use race to place a wedge against Black people and use divide and conquer tactics.With all this infighting do we want the same thing? How are we going to come together if people are accusing others of racism?
With the Democrats running the State House and Granholm running the show for demonstrate her 5 year blown away garbage the top issue we MUST discuss is education. This includes educational options.It's time to flush racism and racial politics down the toilet. We bring in this garbage and false accusations we will never get back in power again.