a few of the usual suspects at last Sunday night’s Key West (the bordello) Poetry Guild reading at Blue Heaven restaurant in Bahama Village
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Ginger of Jupiter, Florida replied to yesterday’s word on the street is mutants are backing Sloan for Mayor of Key West of Weird, and normals are pondering that road less traveled by vs. the familiar road, plus pesky thoughts on the new Perry Court development, greed, telling the truth, poetry, compassion, normalcy and mutantcy post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:
If Mutants back the Mayor, does he also have the Zombie vote? And what about the drunken Vampires?
A local Zombie came to me in a dream last night, giving me hell, perhaps because I had not included her in the “mutant” congregation in yesterday’s post. I suppose drunken Vampires have the same legitimate beef with me. I also didn’t specifically name homeless Vagrants. I think I maybe left out ETs, too. The list of oversights probably stretches over the horizon line. Me culpa. Will try to do better.
From my oldest Bashinsky first cousin yesterday:
Bash-Thought I’d send you a campaign slogan/tee shirt idea.
Sloan Sloan, He’s our man
If he can’t do it
Someone else can
Probably not as well though
Ha!, a redneck haiku? – sort of
From Leo today:
A vote for Sloan is a vote change.
He’ll give you his two sense worth
and a lot more to boot.
This message has been brought to you
by the Sloan Campaign for better Government
Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, wrote yesterday:
tampering with fantasy fest is like playing with a
disastrous bomb because of what !!?? Jerry
Hi, Jerry –
Jimmy Weekley and Harry Bethel
Weekley, third from right, Bethel, second from left
have had a “religious” conversion? That’s all I can come up with, given they’ve been around a long time, they were elected officials a long time, and Fantasy Fest has been what it is for a long time, and only recently have Jimmy and Harry had their panties in a wad about Fantasy Fest nudity. It ain’t like they, or other people in Key West who don’t like painted bodies, have their arms twisted to be on Duval Street during Fantasy Fest.
I heard some complaints after the last Fantasy Fest of Fantasy Fest participants walking through Old Town neighborhoods to Duval Street, and that grossed some neighbors out. I imagine that was not new either; I imagine for years lots of Key West residents who participated in Fantasy Fest walked from their homes to Duval Street. About the only way they could get there, other than on bicycle, given how few parking places could be found near Duval Street.
Reminds me of yet another religious crusade mounted by people who just naturally have plenty of personal warts they ought to be trying to do something about; maybe those warts have sexual overtones; stands to reason, applying standard projection analysis; but instead of dealing with their own warts, just naturally they take out after what reflects their own warts.
Maybe if Jimmy and Harry and their camp smoked marijuana regularly, they would feel a lot better about themselves and not worry about other people having the good time Jimmy, Harry and camp cannot allow themselves to have.
Hell, I wish I could get revved up about Fantasy Fest, but it never did much for me ;-).
Not my place, though, to tell other people they can’t enjoy it. They aren’t hurting me; they aren’t hurting Jimmy or Harry or their camp.
There are plenty of Puritans on the mainland. Maybe Jimmy and Harry and camp should migrate there.
Hi Sloan: nudity never injured anyone —but head splitting
motorcycle screaming decibel reving can be injurious –decidedly
unhealthy –out of the factory they are a purring
docile melodous.. Tree cutting , carcinogenic fumes,
massive smelly garbage,bicycles at night without lights,
all problems that are begging to be worked on,
I haven’t been to fantasy fest but it is obvious people
come here for inhibition amelioration–options include
arresting them if they are disobeying the law –good for tourism.??
they will be more people who love flaunting the law –like prohibition..,
enhanced nudity. it will be fun watching them wrestle with this non-issue.
this all could be hilarious–an exercise in obsequious
hypocrisy; this is all too much——–Jerry
Letter to the editor in yesterday’s Key West Citizen - www.keysnews.com:
Arbitrary ‘marine zoning’ scheme must be stopped
The Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce asks for your support for a moratorium on new fishing regulations in the Florida Keys unless absolutely necessary to protect the breeding population of a specific fish stock. The chamber is concerned about the explosion of fishing regulations in Monroe County, and the catastrophic impact it is having on our recreational and commercial fishing industry. Recreational fishing drives a tremendous amount of our tourism.
In 1976, Congress passed the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act to create fishery management councils, which conserve and manage the federal fishery resources found within a 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) beyond state boundaries.
Our local fishermen respect the federal regulation development process, which was designed to maintain optimum yields from federal fishing stocks. Our fishermen know that this program will continue to benefit them. Our local problem is that large areas of our local fishing grounds have been made “off limits” to all fishing (recreational and commercial), and presently the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Administration is planning to add vast areas that will be closed.
The process now being followed by the marine sanctuary administration has resulted in unpredictable increases in “off limit” designations and bans of all fishing for all species, which is resulting in damage to our local fishermen. These new closures are being proposed by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which Congress never intended to function in the field of fishery management.
Gulf and Atlantic fishery management/regulation under federal law is reserved to the Gulf and Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, not the national marine sanctuary.
Our two regional fishery management councils prepare, monitor and revise fishery management plans for individual fishery resources, and are required by law to ensure that regulations are based upon the best scientific information available. In contrast, the sanctuary has no legislative authority, much less requirement, and seeks to regulate/prohibit fishing for all fish in large areas around the Keys.
The sanctuary’s arbitrary and deceptive “marine zoning” scheme must be stopped if we want to protect our recreational and commercial fishermen and our tourism.
Dr. Robin Lockwood
Key West Chamber of Commerce
As the Chamber’s spokesperson at its own channel-dredging/bigger cruise ships forum last year, Lockwood said the dirtiest, worst possible cruise ships are calling on Key West. That got reported in the Citizen the next morning. At the next forum, Lockwood denied saying it.
Backing up, according to Jolly Benson,
who spoke for the other side during that debate, the next day after Lockwood said that, it went up in a video of the forum on the Chamber’s website. Then, the video came down after a little while. The Chamber refused to give Benson a copy of the video, because it was the Chamber’s proprietary property.
If Lockwood and the Chamber truly were concerned about the recreational and commercial fisherman and our tourism and the ocean and the reef, they would be leading the charge to get the dirtiest, worst possible cruise ships stopped from calling on Key West. They would have been leading that charge for a very long time. Since even before cruise ships started calling on Key West, which tragic event I imagine the Chamber backed all the way and rolled out the red carpet.
I also wonder if the Chamber still has its head stuck in the sand over Tallahassee approving the diversion of Big Sugar and other south Florida chemical runoff back into the Everglades, from whence it will make its way into the Bay of Florida and cause the red tide again, and from there the chemical runoff will drift down to the Florida Keys and kill what’s left of the reef and the underwater coral nurseries which sprang up after most of the reef died quite a while ago.
When I spoke about that to the Marine Sanctuary Steering Committee in the Marathon Government Center about three weeks ago, I got the sense they thought I was nuts, and Dr. Brian La Pointe, too, from whom I told the Steering Committee I had gotten that information and urged them to speak with Brian. As Brian told it to me, it was his view of what killed most of the reef that finally led to Tallahassee and the Feds stopping the dumping of Big Sugar and other farm chemicals into the Everglades. If the Marine Sanctuary won’t protect the Everglades, the Bay of Florida and the Florida Keys from chemical runoff, what’s the point of the Marine Sanctuary sticking its nose into fishing?
I have not studied up on the fish protection issue, but I used to fish a lot in the Keys, around Islamorada and in the backcountry over toward Flamingo, and I saw even back then that the fish populations were decreasing, and I heard from flats guides that chemicals were part of the reason, and fishing pressure were part of the reason. I remember when conchs were all over the flats around Islamorada, and local conch and green turtle were served in every restaurant where I ate. I remember when stone crab and lobster were plentiful. The fish catch photos in the Key West Citizen we see today are paltry compared to the fish catch photos the Citizen once featured.
I don’t know what the solution is, or even if their is a solution. Commercial and recreational fishing both are big business in the Florida Keys.
A bullying forward from John Donnelly on Key Largo:
Miami Herald-Letters Section
Bullying goes beyond sports
Re the Feb. 26 story Miami Dolphins help introduce anti-bullying bill in state Legislature: Unfortunately, the proposal is primarily restricted to the incivility of individuals involved in athletics.
Bullying is not confined to sports or young people, and while it’s commendable that the Dolphins are trying to rectify the situation, it also appears that the organization wants to neutralize the bad publicity it’s had.
Furthermore, the attempt to legislate morality through the Safe Athletics Education and Training Act is an exercise in futility. The better — and more difficult — thing would be to attempt a change in the moral fiber of our nation’s parents, educators and others.
If your school’s all-state quarterback refuses to sign an anti-bullying pledge, do you think the coach will not let him play in the state final? You know the answer.
Dick Schuler, Plantation
Hi, John – Next time you see Ron Martin, ask him about the big kid at Coral Shores High School stuffing a little kid in an locker and keeping him in there for about an hour while the big kid drew other students’ attention to it and they all had a big a laugh about it. The principal dealt with it by calling the big kid and the little kid into his office and having them shake hands. I told that story at a candidate forum at Boondocks and said the little shit (the big kid) should have been put in the county jail. Ron and the rest of the school board all knew about the incident, and did the usual head where the sun doesn’t shine.
They did far more excellent head up the ass, though, after that Key West High School kid, Matthew Gilleran, I think might have been his name, left school one Friday afternoon and went home and sent out goodbyes to all his Facebook friends, then shot himself in the head with his father’s pistol. Word had it that the boy was gay and was catching lots of flack at school about it. He was an introvert, kept stuff inside of himself. Robin Smith-Martin [Key West's School Board member] blamed that on his father having a gun in the home. Mark Porter [Superintendent of Schools] and the Key West High principal said there was no evidence of bullying, but the principal said there might have been some teasing (on US 1 Radio, I heard it). The first kind of bullying in the school anti-bullying policy is teasing.
You don’t need to go to the mainland, John, to find bullying stories. I wrote a number of times about bullying in the school district, and the district’s head up the ass response.
My first piece was about another Key West High student who was being serially hazed and harassed about being gay, and his mother went to the school and got nowhere but runaround and hearing her son being blamed for whatever was going on that he and his mother, who was a Conch, a lawyer and former US Military, didn’t like. The mother told the school honchos that something terrible was going to happen if they didn’t get serious about bullying. After the Gilleran boy killed himself, the mother got a letter to the editor in the Citizen published telling the school and the school district that she had warned them something like that was going to happen.
Have you given any thought, John, to running for the school board up there this year? Ron Martin’s term is up, isn’t it?
John writes lots of letters to the editor on various topics of concern to him, and he writes articles for Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper. Not long ago, he wrote an article for the blue paper basically slamming people who protest teasing, bullying and hazing children. John’s premsise was, he was taught by his father that “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never harm you.” His recommendation was, this is what school children should be taught in school, and they should not be protected from other kids saying mean things about them, because such protection only makes them weaker. John got some amens from other blue paper readers. I offered him a different perspective. Perhaps what John sent to me re the Miami Dolphins was John taking another look at the problem. Perhaps he might have more influence by getting on the ground and rolling up his sleeves and trying to bring about constructive changes in the community where he lives – the Florida Keys. Running for public office is a way to do that, if you are willing to speak without worrying about how many votes it might cost you. If you are worried about losing votes because of what you say, you are of no use to your community.
Last night, at the Studios of Key West, I heard a quite interesting presentation from former CIA employee Brian Latell:
“The Castro Brothers and Cuba: What next?”
According to the lecture’s flyer, “Latell is a long time Cuba analyst and the author of two books on the Castro regime. He also teachers, lectures, consults and has frequently advised the U.S. and foreign policy-making organizations.”
I am not going to even begin to attempt to report what all Latell said in 45 packed with information minutes to a mostly Anglo packed house, but there were a few people of Spanish descent present, mostly of Cuban descent. And, I saw a friend of mine from India, with his American wife.
What I will do instead is say I ended up feeling Latell knows more than he told and has written about Cuba, and he did not tell and write more because he did not have CIA permission. He was critical of the CIA for not giving the Warren Commission crucial CIA information on the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. He said clearly Fidel Castro and his intelligence agencies knew Lee Harvey Oswald was going to try to kill Kennedy. Lattel said he could not say Fidel was in on the assassination, only he knew of the plan ahead of time. I was left thinking, well, that sure looks like a smoking gun to me.
Latell described two US attempts to assassinate Fidel.
The first attempt was part of the Bay of Pigs invasion. It was to be done by a Mafia hit man, using poison. It was calculated, if Fidel was dead, the invasion would be easy. Someone asked why the planned US airstrikes mostly did not happen. Latell did not answer the question, I didn’t think. After the meeting, I asked him why? He said Kennedy and his people believed Castro was dead, so there was no point in destroying the Cuban Air Force with air strikes.
The second attempt to kill Castro came later. It was arranged in Paris. Another CIA poison attempt. But, the Cuban who was going to do it was a double agent, unknown to the CIA, and Fidel knew all about it.
Latell was highly complimentary of Fidel’s intelligence agencies.
Latell said he felt the biggest stumbling block to normalization of American-Cuban relations at this time is Alan Gross, a Jewish doctor who went to Cuba to help Jews living there. He took them satellite cell phones. He worked for an American relief organization. He was arrested as a CIA spy and is still being held in a Cuban prison as such.
I wondered right away if the American relief agency was a CIA front? I asked Lattel what was his personal opinon of Gross. Latell said he thought Gross was innocent, he was just trying to help Cuban Jews. I said, “He was not CIA?” Lattell said, no, if he was CIA, he would not have gotten caught.
That didn’t fly with me, after hearing Latell praise Fidel’s intelligence agencies. If Fidel knew Kennedy was going to be assassinated, if Fidel knew he was going to be assassinated, he could not learn Gross was CIA? I don’t know Gross was CIA. I just thought Lattel’s comment didn’t fly, given how much he had praised Fidel’s intelligence agencies.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alan Phillip Gross (born May 2, 1949) is a U.S. international development professional. In December 2009 he was arrested while in Cuba working as a U.S. government subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of a program funded under the 1996 Helms-Burton Act. He was prosecuted in 2011 after being accused of crimes against the Cuban state for bringing satellite phones and computer equipment (to members of Cuba’s Jewish community) without the permit required under Cuban law. After being accused of working for American intelligence services in January 2010, he was ultimately convicted for “acts against the independence or the territorial integrity of the state” in March 2011, and is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba.
Latell talked a lot about Fidel’s brother, Raoul, being more concerned about what’s going on in Cuba, its struggle economically mostly, than Fidel had been. Cuba has very little foreign exchange. A great deal of it’s hard currency and aid comes from Venezuela, which could stop if Venezuela has another government upheaval. Cuba has military and intelligence forces in Venezuela, advising and assisting the government.
Latell said the Cuban economy is failing. Most of the old hard-line anti-Fidel/Castro Cuban ex-pats in the US had died, and the younger ex-pat Cuban generations just want to move forward, forget the past. Lattel said maybe in 15 years, it all might work out.
After Latell finished taking questions, he received an enthusiastic applause, in which I heartily joined in. He gave a terrific presentation, he is really knowledgeable, and he has earned the confidence of quite a few former Cuban intelligence agents, who later defected.
I bought a paperback copy of his book, CASTRO’S SECRETS: CUBAN INTELLIGENCE, THE CIA AND THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY. The print font is smaller than I like, it will press me to read it all, but I’m going to try.
Also yesterday, from a homeless man I met and got to know somewhat and wrote about a few times, whom I am about half inclined to believe worked for the CIA in Muslim countries, where he said he taught English, before he left that part of his life behind and returned to the States to start drifting around and ended up in Key West:
Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King
Are you able to offer some input in writing?
In 1788 The US Constitution came into play. 169 years before that slaves were brought to Jamestown. 1641 Massachusetts passes the slavery into legislation. In 1662 Virginia enacts hereditary slave laws. 1694 Rice agricultural production creates huge slave importation to the Carolinas. 1705 Virginia code declares all non-christian servants as slaves defined as real estate. 1731 saw the Spanish reverse a 1730 decision and declares slaves fleeing to Florida from Carolina to be sold or returned. 1781 slaves petition for freedom in Adam’s state of Massachusetts. In addition to the various laws passed in various states there are riots taking place and rebellions.
Each state had it’s own slave codes. Alabama did not allow the slave to leave the premise without written consent of the owner. In Virginia a slave could not drink within one mile of his masters home. In Ohio an emancipated slave was forbidden to return to the state where he/she was a slave. Washington, D.C. defined a slave as “a human being, who is by law deprived of his or her liberty for life, and is the property of another.” Slavery was well ingrained into society in all parts of the land well before the Constitution and all over the country and it’s expanding territories prior to the Civil War. As each new territory became a state it was almost systematically dividing the county on the issue. One new state for slavery, the next new state against and so for.
The framers of the constitution were slave owners or pro slavery themselves. They had written provisions of slavery issues into the Constitution that allowed for the continuation of slavery and did not address ending it at all. The 3/5th clause used slavery to favor southern states in the electoral college for instance. Slaves were not offered a chance to vote, to own property and thus to enjoy the fruits of liberties that whites did. The Constitution is a great document, but it did not protect all of the people.
It took 16 Presidents till there was one that voiced out against slavery. Only 4 of the 15 Presidents prior to Lincoln did not own slaves themselves. Two Presidents owned slaves after Lincoln, including the former General of the Union Army, Grant. The issue of slavery led to the southern states seceding from the union and to the Civil War. After the end of the war, Reconstruction Amendments were added to the Constitution that ended slavery under the Supreme law of the land. It would be another 100 years later that Civil Rights legislation would be written into law. Over 200 years since the creation of our country and we still have issues of race in our society.
Dred Scott Decision in 1957 argued if a slave taken to a free territory was then free or not. The US Supreme court did not rule in favor of freedom. It further stated that since African Americans were not citizens of the US, they had no legal right or basis to sue the federal government. It rules for the second time in history an Act of Congress, the Missouri Compromise which prohibited slavery north of parallel 36 30′, to be unconstitutional.
Other countries had ended slavery earlier than America. Canada for instance ended slavery in 1833, yet still prevented Soloman Northrup to speak against it in Ontario. Soloman Northup, as you may know if the character in the book that has recently been made into a movie, 12 years a salve. The was an almost opposite story than that in the Dred Scott story, where a free man from New York was kidnapped to D.C. and then shipped and sold to Louisiana as a slave. When Mr. Northup was finally rescued he tried to sue his captors but was not successful, as under the constitution at that time, he was not constitutionally a citizen.
Supreme Court cases for fraternities.
12 years a slave
I do not know of all that you wrote, but none of it surprises me, if it is true. I see no overt relevance to Key West, or to my running for mayor; but there is relevance.
I start my reply to yours by saying slavery of African peoples in America was a terrible thing and was a great hypocrisy in the face of the wording of the Declaration of Independence. America’s slavery karma is still unfolding, as is America’s karma for genocide against the real Americans, whose tribes had many names.
As a child and into college, I was prejudiced against black people, even though one of them was like my own mother and raised and loved me as her own. I eventually grew out of my prejudice. Her story is briefly told in a little book which fell out of me with oceans of tears in the fall of 2004.
Here is a link:
Her story is the second portrait: “She Works Behind the Scenes”.
An article in the current edition of Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – has been weighing on me. I feel that article reflects from way downstream what happened to Africans during the white colonization of North America and thereafter. Here’s a link to the blue paper article:
I regretted the Bahama Conch Community Land Trust (BCCLT) effort failed. I don’t see anything or anyone in Bahama Village moving forward to take BCCLT’s place, and I see in elected city officials and hired ones an apparent determination to prevent Bahama Village from using the 6.2 acres.
My best solution, still, is Truman Waterfront be made into a city-run RV/tent camping park like the one at Bahia Honda State Park, and Bahama Village receive its pro rata share of the profits.
The other day, I heard some historical lore on white/black relations in Key West, which my source said never deplored slavery despite some arguments made to the contrary. Blacks were required to be out of white Key West, back in Bahama Village, by a certain time each afternoon. Whites stood on sidewalks hooting “Run, nigger, run!” at blacks hurrying to get out of white town before the curfew.
Reminded me of a sign in Culman, Alabama, about 50 miles north of Birmingham, my home town, which said, “Nigger don’t let the sun set on your head in this town.”
One of my black Key West friends, who was born and grew up in Key West, once told me that white Conchs did not view black Conchs as Conchs, and that was why two Mason Lodges sprung up in Key West, one for whites, one for blacks.
I don’t think that racial division applies across the board today, but I see white prejudice toward blacks in Key West, and I have seen black prejudice toward whites here, too.
A few years ago, my white friend Tom Milone, out for a walk in his Old Town neighborhood one evening, was viciously attacked on a sidewalk by several back Key West High School students, and was nearly beaten to death. Tom was airlifted to a Miami hospital where he began a slow and painful road back. He will never come all the way back. He is a small man, a gentle man. He was minding his own business. The attack was for sport. It, and the ensuing prosecution of the attackers, made the local newspaper headlines quite a few times.
In the fall of 2005, I walked into a race riot at Coffee Plantation when it was on Whitehead Street, and somehow managed to talk maybe a dozen enraged black Key West High School students, most were female, into getting off the veranda and leaving the property. I saw the fracas brewing as I walked across the street and up on the veranda, where the black teens were milling and refusing the white owners’ request that they leave.
One of the teens hit the man white owner, knocked his glasses off. I grabbed him and pulled him inside, as his wife went into the mele and took a swing at one of the black teens and got slugged and nearly knocked down. I grabbed her and pulled her inside. Then, I went back onto the veranda and started saying to the teens on the veranda, mostly women, “You don’t want to be doing this, please stand down.” Over and over I said that, and eventually they left the veranda and walked across the street where a lot more teens had by then gone to wait on the school bus to arrive. The police arrived shortly thereafter.
City Commissioner Clayton Lopez, who is of Cuban-African descent,
arrived later, after news of it had gotten out. He told me that he did not necessarily believe it was a race riot. I told him I was there, I saw the rage in the black kids’ eyes, I saw their faces and body movements; I saw them provoke the riot. I had wondered if they would attack me? I had wondered if I would be killed? Clayton didn’t seem to believe me.
I later was told by my black Rastafarian Jamaican friend Mustapha, a Bahama Village resident, that the reason for the attack was the name of the coffee shop, “plantation”, offended black people; and the white owners would not hire blacks. Mustapha complained that he had applied for maintenance work there, and he had not been hired.
I told Mustapha that the owners were friends of mine and hired no one, did all the work themselves. I said the man owner was from Holland and the woman owner was from California, and as far as I knew they were not prejudiced against blacks. I said I had seen the man owner several times decide not to call KW police after they had trouble with young black boys sneaking onto the premises and using the online computers in a side room when nobody was watching.
Back then (and today), Mustapha sang for tips nightly on Mallory Pier about those bad times of old and the end of slavery, including the song “Amazing Grace”, and how its author had been a slaver and then had seen the light and had become an anti-slaver and had led the charge for England outlawing slavery.
I asked Mustapha if he felt Jesus would condone such violence against whites, as I had witnessed at Coffee Plantation? Mustapha paused, said, yes. And, no, he would not, as I had asked, go and talk with black elders in Bahama Village about what had happened and how it might be prevented from happening again. He was enraged. Then, he looked like he came unhinged. He walked unsteadily back to his bicycle pedaled off, weaving back and forth across Petronia Street. The next time he saw me, he seemed sheepish; sort of tried to make amends.
Last year I learned from Tim Gratz that Mustapha was in Mississippi with the Freedom Riders during the bad times. Before I woke up.
In college, I belonged to the Kappa Alpha Order, a fraternity who reveled in the Civil War and times before in the Confederacy. Yet, our secret initiation was nothing like that; it was a Grail Knight initiation. The fraternity creed was Dieu and les dames – God and the women.
As I said, I grew out of the good old times are not forgotten phase. However, it was years later that Grail initiation grabbed me, with help from Jesus, Archangel Michael, Magdalene-Melchizedek, and no doubt the black woman who had raised me as one of her own – she, too, was of Melchizedek.
Next time I saw Mustapha after hearing of him being in Mississippi during the bad times, I told him what Tim Gratz had told me about his being there for that. Mustapha said yes, he was there for that, it was a glorious time. What was I doing about it back then? I said I had not waked up yet, that came later.
As I wrote to start, African slavery in America was a terrible thing, and it’s karma is still unfolding.
I truly hope city officials, elected and hired, do not do something on Truman Waterfront to give Bahama Village and other city black residents cause to believe white prejudice against blacks is still alive and well in Key West.
And, I truly hope city blacks, especially in Bahama Village, will accept responsibility for how it went with BCCLT, and I hope they will be open to a different way of sharing in the Navy’s gift of Truman Waterfront to Key West.
I imagine that’s what the black woman who raised me as her own would want, and I imagine it is what Abraham Lincoln, Frederick A. Douglass and Martin Luther King would want, too.
Thanks for giving me an opportunity to speak to this topic, which was weighing on me for some time before I read the blue paper article.
P.S. In dreams last night I was reminded of being given the Trayvon Martin shooting and the prosecution of George Zimmerman to cover. I probably wrote over three dozen articles about that terrible affair, which were published at www.goodmorningbirmingham.com.
During the final stages of Zimmerman’s trial, I became convinced Martin attacked Zimmerman because Zimmerman went for his gun. The angels running me concurred. Martin acted in self defense, he stood his ground against a NRArite wannabe cop who ignored the police dispatcher’s request that he break off following Martin, who Zimmerman fans made the real defendant during Zimmerman’s prosecution and trial, and thereafter. The only heroes emerged toward the end of the trial; they were Martin’s parents, who called for non-violence regardless of how the jury verdict went. It was very bad that, in the beginning, the family and the national press only showed photos of a much younger Trayvon Martin,
which looked to me to be calculated to paint him differently. He was hardly a saint, but he did not deserve what happened to him.
Just the other day, my friend Mike Tolbert, co-owner of Daddy Bones BBQ in Key West, told me about blacks on the mainland making it a sport to jump whites and try to knock them out with one punch and then take off. Mike gleefully told a story of a white turning it around and beating a black attacker up. I said, “You know what’s behind that, don’t you?” Mike rattled on as if I had said nothing. I said, “The death of Travyon Martin is behind that.” Mike rattled on as if I had said nothing. I said, “Did you hear what I said?” Mike said, “Yes, and Martin got what was coming to him.” I said, “I am going to say something you are not going to like,” but Mike kept talking and I didn’t get there. I left. That evening, Mike messaged me on Facebook that he had heard me.
I also told Mike that night that we found out what kind of person George Zimmerman was, when he drew a gun on his wife and her father, and later he drew a gun on a girlfriend, after he and his wife had parted ways. Mike didn’t want to hear that, either. But the fact is, George Zimmerman is a dangerous man, a human time bomb, who should be in prison, and is not because he killed the only person who could have put him there. Even so, Zimmerman is in prison, and he will live out a life sentence in that prison. And he will not care for his roll call in the afterlife, where he will get to relive that trial and be required to testify and tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help him God.
There is no Fifth Amendment in God’s Court. There are no defense lawyers, nor any prosecutors. In God’s Court, we stand alone, naked; we are your own judge and jury. It ain’t nothing like religions say it’s like. We answer for everything we did, said and thought when we lived on this world – the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly. Everything. And Jesus does not save us from it. Nothing saves us from it. It is the Law.
Yesterday, I wrote this to put in my candidate bio with the Supervisor of Elections:
1711 Seminary St
Key West, Fl 33040
Born: 1942, Birmingham, Alabama. No political party affiliation. Former Alabama practicing attorney. Published author, novelist, poet, artist, columnist, citizen watchdog, environmental activist, mystic, minister. Three prior runs for mayor of Key West. See www.goodmorningkeywest.com for daily commentaries. If you want a different approach, full transparency, a mayor who owes no favors and is impervious to outside pressure, a mayor who has been active in Key West issues for quite a while, I’m your man.
paid political advertisement by Sloan Bashinsky, candidate for Mayor of Key West
to give credit where due