For whatever it's worth, today is the so-called big vote of whether or not Cincinnati city council will confirm or reject the mayor's choice for a new Cincinnati city manager.
There's been alot of hoopla of this man, Milton Dohoney Jr. over the last few weeks and today will will see whether or not the likes of council persons Leslie Ghiz, Jeff Berding, Chris Bortz, vice-mayor Jim Tarbell and Y. LaKeta Cole vote in favor of the mayor's choice or participate in undermining his strong-mayors authority.
Either way it doesn't matter to us here because we know racism and flat-out discrimination happens everyday within the various departments of the city of cincinnati government. It most certainly happens everyday on the streets of Cincinnati. And from the reports The Black Fist have received from our brothers and sisters in the the struggle (activism) in Lexington and Covington, Kentucky, this black man Milton Dohoney Jr. is no-good for blacks anyway. The blacks in Lexington and Covington found that out the hard way when black men were being killed by those two police organizations unjustifiably. We are told, Dohoney did nothing but side with the police, block for the city and fought against justice, fairness and prison for police who kill black men unjustifiably. (Which by the way, the latter happens to be the battle cry/motto of this organizaton)
It's typical Cincinnati where there can be so much whining and crying from white council members about this black man Dohoney being nominated by the black man Mark Mallory for a city managers position but absolute silence about this same black mayor appointed a white man, Tim Riordan, to what is now known as The Banks Working Group.
When it's M-O-N-E-Y we hear absolutely nothing from the Tarbells, the Bortzs, the Berdings, the Ghizs or the Coles. It's 100% A Ok with them that 5 white males sit on a panel that will control a $700 million project and the population of this city is 50% black. We hear not a peep.
So in the big scheme of things this is nothing more than a big scheme. Make big noise about the black man, Dohoney for city manager `ala the mayor, the black man Mark Mallory. Make NO noise about the final selection of the white man, Riordan to a multi-million dollar ecomonic development plan `ala the mayor, the black man, Mark Mallory. Do you see anything wrong with this picture folks?
We're told that on his weekly radio show former council person, Christopher Smitherman, proclaimed he "will meet Mayor Mark Mallory at the gate" when it pertains to the issues of fairness and justice particularly the issues of economic fairness.
Interesting. Maybe the black community, it is reported, Christopher Smitherman made this big booming "proclamation" to on the radio will finally get the opportunity to see and hear Mr. Smitherman live and in person speak those same firey words to the body of Cincinnati city council and the mayor himself. It is reported he replays city council audiotapes on his radio show every week then gives "expert commentary" on what council did or did not do in the best interest of black folks. We're told he replays one speaker from the speakers forum NOT televised on citicable for the public to see and that speaker of course is his hero, the late Kabaka Oba. Maybe this week it would better service the community if he replayed his own voice speaking out as The Black Fist & Oba did on behalf of the black community. Mr. Smitherman is a private citizen now. He's one of us.
I'm sure of all you await this highly anticipated moment with baited breath.
Cincinnati City Council's speakers forum begins at 1:30 pm sharp and last from 1:30-2pm. All speakers cards must be filled out and turned in by 1:20 pm if you wish to speak. Full session of Council begins at 2:00 pm sharp.
Cincinnati City Hall is 801 Plum St. - City Council Chambers is on the 3rd Floor.