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Joe Utash                                            COURTESY PHOTO


Blowing Utash cash 

By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen

An unemployed guy gives police a report he had $1,500 on him and says he was robbed at a strip club by (gulp) strippers.

Problem is the guy is Joe Utash, the son of the driver of the pickup truck that hit a kid on Detroit’s east side. Joe’s father consequently suffered a near-fatal viral beat down. According to a Fox 2 report, Joe was blowing off a little steam after a fundraiser for his father.

The streets believe this Utash family member was blowing fundraising cash at the strip club. KMA.

Yes, I am only one published in Detroit media that has questioned the stark difference between how you give white victims better treatment than Black victims of crime. I have questioned openly why no toxicology reports have been released on Steven Utash whose truck hit a Black child. Enough already.

A Tweet: “U R upset @ Sugah Daddy Sterling’s racism N don’t make connection 2 racist USA climate Sup Ct affirm action decis & imposition of Detroit EM.”

A tweet translation is in order.

Clearly a psychoanalyst could have a field day on the owner of the NBA Clippers. But we know there is no fool like a racist old fool being played by a young thang photo-bombed by Magic Johnson.

There is a direct connection between the climate of racist retribution toward descendants of slaves whose free labor built the economy of America and the descendants of white supremacists working profit-driven legal and media conglomerates to sweep the inhumane travesty under a revisionist history rug.

For centuries race has mattered when decisions were made that resulted in our enslavement; being forbidden from learning to read; being subjected to Jim Crow and too many indignities to list including schools that are still separate and unequal. Now race is not to be a factor for admission to colleges. KMA.

As a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan Law School, I know affirmative action is the result of direct action not the benevolence of apologists for white privilege wearing black robes.

We should not “get over” racism. We must confront and eradicate racism. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s action that bans the Clippers’ owner shows an approach to address racism that the U.S. Supreme Court could learn from.

If Malcolm and Martin are coming out in Magic, maybe as part of the questionable sweetheart deal he got for the land on Eight Mile and Woodward, Magic could speak out against the racist disenfranchisement of Black American citizens in the nation’s poorest and Blackest city — Detroit — as the result of imposition of an emergency manager. Just saying, work the magic my brother.

We must never let haters cause us to lose hope or dislike ourselves and never let haters make you weak in your faith. Keep the faith. Stay on the battlefield.

Sam Riddle is political director of Michigan National Action Network. Follow him on Facebook at or Twitter at

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