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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Is Representative Bill Crawford a hypocrite and should he get "flushed" in 2008?

Former Black Panther and State Representative Bill Crawford has been front and center lately on the property tax front. He's been in the statehouse longer than even Pat Bauer. But what has he really done for us? Is he for repeal? Did he step up during the last session and do something "not safe" for the people to thwart the looming property tax crisis? Does his present and past behavior represent you and your beliefs in the 21st century?

We dug up this recent bit of news from Abdul's blog:

From Indiana Barrister blog by Abdul Hakim Shabazz morning host on WXNT AM1430
“My philosophy as a state legislator is based on something said by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Cowardice asks, “Is it safe?” Vanity asks, “Is it popular?” Expedience asks, “Is it politic?” But conscience asks, “Is it right?” ” There comes a time when a person must do something, not because it is safe or popular or politic: they must do it because it is right.’”
– State Rep. Bill Crawford

“I will say categorically, and your audience can do whatever they choose to do, That I defend Aaron’s right to call you Willie Lynch. I do not defend your right to use the “N-word” on your airwaves, or to defend anyone who uses the C word. And anyone that equates [those two], is a small minded person in my mind.”
– State Rep. Bill Crawford

You can hear it all for yourself right here.

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Andrew Horning said...

You know, most serious thinkers believe that the "Willie Lynch" letter/speech is a hoax. It certainly couldn't have been written before the early 1900s, long after the end of slavery.
Racism is generally dumb. But racism based on a hoax is dumber still.

Sean Shepard said...

Wikipedia explicitly says the letter is a hoax and notes a couple of the best examples why it is so.

Use of the word "refueling" in particular puts it easily no earlier than the 1890s.