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Sam RiddleRedemption — Not Just for Taubman

Pres. Bill Clinton with Al Taubman

Pres. Bill Clinton with Al Taubman

By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen

While mind snacking on the ever-growing list of erstwhiles that have managed to do a stint in federal prison, the names of Martha Stewart and Michigan’s own billionaire philanthropist Al Taubman got their jit on during mind snack time.

I have steadfastly refused to comment much more than an elder’s grunt when asked about another federal pen luminary Monica Conyers, who was recently released from custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Monica Conyers. There, I said her name.

I usually manage to say absolutely nothing when Madame Conyers’ name is brought up by media types or even Detroit Raw readers. I mean come on, what is there to say? Well … LOL. There is only one Monica, and she is a great mother and could help a lot of young sisters trying to raise children in Detroit as single parents.

One thing that is galling is the media handling of a Taubman versus the way these not really holier than thou media types handle a Conyers. Redemption is not just for Martha Stewart and billionaire Al Taubman. OK, mega airtime and the ability of a zillionaire to give away millions at a pop help re-brand both of them. I am sure that universities don’t ask you to check the convicted felon box when you’re a zillionaire giving millions for medical research or whatever — they put your name on the damn building, not your mug shot.

Those of us that do not have redemptive millions to give away can give of ourselves to make our communities better places for all, even as we serve as living examples to those that would lead of what can happen when wrong trumps right in choice making.

Truth is that I do believe that we all were redeemed when our Lord and Savior gave his all that we might enjoy the Grace of the Almighty — thank you, Jesus. Now, that won’t get many buildings named after you by august universities with their hands out, but it’s a powerful reference when the real roll call is taken.

Detroit Raw wishes the best for Monica Conyers and her family.

Gorgeous weather has seen a long line of literally thousands of our cars slowly encircling Belle Isle as living testimony that Detroiters love their Belle Isle, even as the Penske Chevrolet-produced Grand Prix squeezes the people of Detroit into a corner, then finally off Belle Isle as those flaunting white privilege are only missing the mint juleps.

It was an honor on May 19 to say, “Happy birthday, Malcolm X!” Thank you, my brother, for waking us up. Even today, they try to silence you. But I still hear you — even named a son after you — because we, the people, love you. Still can’t completely forgive those that allowed themselves to be used to kill you.

Three years ago at Beniteau and Mack streets, Je’rean Blake was gunned down in another senseless killing. A memorial for Je’rean was held at that intersection as Blake’s mother, Ms. Cargill, still grieving as any mother would, continued to speak out against violence. I enjoyed the company of Cargill and all that love Je’rean deep on the east side.

I really believe that a little love can stop a lot of killing.

The Koch brothers show no love for Detroit as they continue to dump poisonous Canadian oil coke sludge on the banks of the Detroit River with the consent of Gov. Nerd whose proxy emergency manager looks the other way. Local media only reported on this environmental injustice after The New York Times exposed the Koch brothers.

Raw kudos for fast food workers fighting for decent pay. Be clear, fast food guys studied the precedent of slavery. Free forced labor built the American economy with no payback or reparations. So Mickey D says, “Hey that works!” Big profits can pay humane wages. The greedy must share.

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 currently serves as political director for the Michigan National Action Network. He can be reached at www.facebook.com/sam.riddle  or www.twitter.com/samriddle

 

 

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