August 26, 2002


Slap-happy comment can't be taken seriously (MARY MITCHELL, August 22, 2002, Chicago Sun-Times)
For a moment, Charles Barron must have forgotten where he was. The city councilman from the East New York/Brownsville Section of Brooklyn was one of several speakers at last weekend's Millions for Reparations March in Washington, D.C.

Barron, who shared the stage with polished orators including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Conrad Worrill, leader of the National Black United Front, and U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who has kept the reparations issue alive for more than a decade, made comments that stirred up indignation among whites.

Most white people can't possibly follow where Barron was coming from when he told the protesters: "I want to go up to the closest white person and say, 'You can't understand this, it's a black thing' and then slap him, just for my mental health."

I'm sure just about every black person within hearing distance, including those watching the march on TV, cracked up.

As long as we're laughing about such things, perhaps it's appropriate to mention how much he deserves to have someone "go upside his nappy head", as we used to say in the 'hood. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 26, 2002 5:04 PM
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