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We know Brooks

By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Whew! The media monkey is on someone else’s back! Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry should go to an L. Brooks Patterson fundraiser. I don’t believe they should ride in the same car, but who knows, Brooks may have the card. Nah — bad idea.

Brooks Patterson has always been Brooks Patterson. Why are you shocked at the New Yorker article? I have been quoted extensively in a New Yorker article (July 2, 2000 cover story “Two Mothers”). The New Yorker conducts an exhaustive fact checking process after the writer submits an article just before publication. The fact checkers’ role is to verify what the writer wrote is, in fact, true including the quotes. It is a tad disingenuous for L. Brooks to claim he was the subject of a “hatchet job.”

Ol’ Brooks said what he said. I know who L. Brooks Patterson is. He’s not a doting old man speaking off the cuff.

Brooks has been Brooks since school buses burned in Oakland County over 40 years ago to keep Black children from sitting next to white children in classrooms.  Patterson rode those burning buses to Oakland County political stardom preaching non-violent protest while representing Irene McCabe’s racist National Action Group that preached no busing by any means necessary. Brooks has never lost his racist tinge. That racist tinge keeps getting him re-elected in one of the nation’s richest and most racist counties.

How many times have you heard Black family discussions mention that ancestor who was an “Indian?” Quite a few I’d bet. But very few can document what we know to be true via the oral tradition. I happen to have an Oklahoma birth certificate that is “birther” proof. My mother’s race is listed as “Negro” and my father’s race is “Indian.” Yep. The Department of Interior even issued me a card verifying the degree of my Creek Indian lineage as one quarter. I never could figure out how the feds do math. So for very personal reasons I really did not appreciate Brooks’ Detroit as an “Indian reservation” message. Some blankets given to Native Americans by white soldiers were laced with small pox to kill in genocidal numbers.

It is when the virulent racism manifests into institutional behavior that the Brooks Pattersons deface America with institutionally racist graffiti that seeks to justify the destruction of democracy in America’s Blackest and poorest city. Even the Negro proxy of Governor Nerd made denigrating remarks about the people of Detroit that mirrored Brooks’ dehumanizing comments when he told The Wall Street Journal, “For a long time, the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich.” KMA. We know Brooks and his Negro EM clone.

I do wonder where the Detroit police chief stands on Brooks’ sage advice to the people of Oakland County: “Before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here (Oakland). You don’t, do not, under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That’s just a call for a carjacking.”

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. He can be reached on Facebook at or Twitter at

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