Saturday, July 16, 2005

Cory Booker and Sharpe James Fight

The Newark community should stand up against this corrupt mayor and whatever politics he plays that has enabled him to drive a rolls royce on a city salary. However, there is ignorance that prevents this from happening. Go to "Afro-Netizen" and you will understand the type of propaganda that prevents a real progressive from entering Newark politics.

Newark Mayor Sharpe James and his main challenger, political activist Cory Booker, came close to throwing fists yesterday at a youth Basketball fundraiser in Newark. The Mayor had been invited by the group's organizer and was admiring the games when Booker, who lost the mayoral race in 2002, appeared and made a comment to James which sparked a crowd of 20 or so guards and supporters surrounding the two men. People started shoving as the politicians shouted at eachother.

Many objective observers of Newark politics assume that James, an alleged crook, initiated the fight. However, many who understand the implications of Booker's loss in 2002 would speculate that Booker used this as an opportunity to show his "street cred", something that was severely lacking in his last campaign. Although Booker has spent the last several years as an activist on some of the most dangerous streets in the country, he grew up in the suburbs, attended Stanford and Oxford, and was subject to absurd accusations from the mayor that included being Jewish, being a Republican, and accepting donations from the Ku Klux Klan.

2 Comments:

At 11:34 PM, Blogger wfoley said...

good post. wondering about the "known crook" line, though. If he hasn't been convicted, he's innocent.

 
At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love that a serious mayoral candidate in newark damned better well have street cred.

======Julian

 

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