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Sam and Christine Beatty #preScandal

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Time to lace ‘em up

By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen

The Detroit fire was intense in the National Action Network (NAN) Saturday morning rally as candidate after candidate lit up Historical King Solomon Baptist Church with brief but serious messages about the importance of voting and resisting the evil of democracy-destroying union busters such as the inept Negro proxy EM of the Koch brothers’ designated hitter, governor Nerd. Fifty years ago, Malcolm X delivered his still timely “Message to the Grassroots” in the same church. Yep.

Those of you bereft of a sense of self beyond Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins or Joel Clean-Cut should check out a NAN session sometime.

Detroit Raw news brief derived from that NAN rally sparked a mainstream media flurry: “Napoleon turned out the meeting with fiery inspirational remarks that drew a standing ovation when he shared with NAN he has asked attorney Krystal Crittendon to serve as Deputy Mayor of Detroit in a Napoleon administration.”

Unfortunately, Benny Napoleon’s 3 billion dollar substantive plan to administer CPR to the second Detroit — our neighborhoods — message was diluted in media coverage of the Crittendon for deputy mayor discussion.

Understand an endorsement in and of itself may bring along a few diehard supporters of the endorser but that will not be enough to win office. The significance of Napoleon reaching out and declaring that he needed the support of NAN members is significant in that women comprise a majority of those that stand NAN strong.

Black women are positioned to determine who the next mayor of Detroit will be.

Ironically, it is the single female head of households that have been targeted by Lansing legislative bullies as they wage an unrelenting war on the poor. Many of those Lansing jerks support D-U-G-G-A-N because to them race matters.

D-U-G-G-A-N, you may be a nice enough fella but if my enemy supports you; how in the hell can I support you? Just saying…

For Napoleon and an able candidate like Detroit City Clerk candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon, the odds are long. We are a people who are here in America because we survived and thrived against all odds. If we love ourselves enough we can prove that one of us is good enough for us. I, for one, find it difficult to sit on a non-existent fence. Against all odds it is time to lace ‘em up.

Mind Snack: The media, all too often, creates reality rather than reports on reality. An unarmed mother, child on board, is gunned down … why, in these stand-your-ground times, matters not.

The New York Times is really focusing on the D to the point where the dollars already spent by this broke city to be not be so broke is drawing some wicked looks. The nation is watching. At some point the pimping of Detroit and destruction of democracy for Detroit’s Black Americans will be a national shame before a world audience. Even a Nancy Kaffer, from Crain’s now with the union-busting Free Press, notes the Negro proxy still has Detroit in a mess. When the chickens come home to roost…

A  Raw Tweet: “Gladiators or Bitches” #Scandal Indeed. Real life NDetroit is a script where U get time 4living that life — Detroit makes TV, well, just TV.

Yet, another Mind Snack: The Detroit Zoo, Belle Isle, Cobo, now the water … everything worth anything has been taken away to be given away. Yep. And until we stand up and turn something upside down and inside out, it will not stop until our very souls are bankrupt because we are so damn expendable as a race with no perceived added value. That is why we must unlearn the self-hate and embrace self-love as we premium value ourselves and ours.

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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