Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Crucifixion of Our Candidates by Akindele Akinyemi

The Crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:17-18)

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

If anyone was at the Community Coalition's candidate forum last night it was a straight crucifixion. I am surprised that NONE of what happened at TULC on Grand River last night was in the Bible. If this was a coordinated attack on some of the candidates they succeeded last night.

It was a mix between the Gong Show and Showtime at the Apollo. If you were a candidate last night and stood before the Grassroots Grand Jury (that would be Maureen Taylor of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Agnes Hitchcock of Call em Out Coalition and Marie Thornton of the Detroit School Board) you were walking on a thin line.

When I saw Fred Durhal get booed I prepared to call Swanson Funeral Home immediately. Maureen Taylor did not even let the man finish before going on the offense about the situation in Highland Park with the housing and water situation.

When I saw Ajene Evans stand up before the Grand Jury and told them that he was Rep. Marsha Cheeks son I prayed for him to leave. God answered my prayers because he got up out of there. How can you run up out of the place where you are trying to be the state representative in the district where the place is located?

What about poor Dale Foster who is running for state representative in District 3 against Bettie Cook Scott and Carol Banks. He did not stand a chance when he told the audience that he worked for Councilman Ken Cockrel Jr.

Speaking of Carol Banks, they booed her also when she told them she was with Councilwoman Alberta Tinsley-Talabi.

Gary Pollard, who is running for state representative in District 11, was also booed for his connection to Fred Durhal.

This was a no hold barred event. If the Community Coalition had charged $50 at the door they would have sold out. All was missing from the event was the actual gong itself.

However, once again, Denise Monroe Hearn stole the show. Just like she did in Southwest Detroit a week ago at a candidate forum where she performed brain and open heart surgery on her opponents by speaking the actual facts she reminded the audience that while she works both sides of the aisle as well as have multiple degrees she is still our sister in the struggle. Her stance on the environmental issues and reminding people that SW Detroit is the forgotten part of the city moved the crowd. Even Mildred Gaddis of WCHB 1200 AM (who was in attendance) interviewed Denise this morning because she was so impressed. It is important for Denise, at some point, to run for Congress.

I'm glad the Grand Jury did not come down on Che Peterson, Reggie Fluker or Earl Smith.

Why did those people get booed? That what happens when the people are fed up with politics as usual in the City of Detroit. We cannot have business as usual. At least they cheered Monique Baker McCormick for Wayne County Commissioner. Now I hope these same people who cheered her on will come out and walk with her in the district.

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