1. Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. Martin Luther King Jr. 1967.

      1. Thank you Jennifer. When you are truly ignorant of the facts, the history and the relative importance of a subject field to life today, you are a prisoner of your current and often fondly held beliefs and opinions. Trapped in a sense of OK for me? Trapped in a framework of, so what, do I need to be bothered? Strapped into doing nothing, caring about little aside from self, and believing it is all good? Lifetime learning, for all? Time will tell.

    2. Ron,
      Republican state party rules require that all local town committee meetings be open to the public. You do not have to be a Republican to attend. Interestingly enough Chairman Garrett had that notice removed from the local party web-site.
      The monthly meetings are held at the Port Five in Black Rock. Maybe you should consider having all those that you can gather together who want to stand up against racist Republicans to attend the meetings and voice your concerns. Beware, I was ordered by Chairman Garrett to be removed by police at the recent caucus. He claimed I was out of order for speaking to members before the caucus started, it must be some kind of new rule.
      The local town committee is your conduit to the state central committee. I think this would be a good start.

      1. Joe, base on you have written makes my point, the Republican Party in Bridgeport is like a ghost. If you want to make change in a city that’s run by Democrats and where there 6 times as many members and more why waste time being a Republican. Become a Democrat and challenge them from the inside of the Democratic Party.

        1. Ron Mackey, be careful what you wish for. a one party system is the last thing we need. One simply shouldn’t paint all Democrats or Republicans with a stroke of a brush with one color. When ever a Political Party is conducting their activities, it is imperative that all members behave properly. It’s bad enough that sometimes there is disorder and conflicts at these types of gatherings among Republicans. I have seen it with y own eyes. I’ve been to both Republicans and Democratic party activities and I have always followed the rules of proper behavior. Mike /Garrett has always been a gentlemen and a scholar despite being members of a different party. Garrett has put in many years as a faithful Republican and is respected statewide and nationally.

          1. Joel what are the two political parties in Bridgeport? The DTC is really a mess and needs a big overhaul but the Republicans are a political party just in name only.

        2. Ron,
          From what you have written in the past it appears to me that you are not particularly happy with many Democrats either.
          I believe the population of Bridgeport is approximately 80% African American and Latino, so if you put your mind to it, you could organize and wipe out all of the angry white racist in the Bridgeport Republican Party and have an organization of likeminded individuals who are against racism and provide viable candidates to compete in local, state, and national politics. If you make the effort you could have a strong voice and presence, and work toward a permanent change.
          For the last few years I have tried my best to get the Bridgeport Republican Town Committee to change their ways. A white man telling other white men that they are racist doesn’t seem to matter much in the BRTC. Some approve of their racist behavior and others remain silent to avoid conflict, neither is acceptable.
          They are a failure because they refuse to abandon the practices of the past. By continuing on the course that they have chosen it insures future failure, lack of new interest and allows the certain few to continue to pick the carcass and maintain all the scraps for themselves.
          If you would like to get together and discuss the possibilities let me know, and if you would like to get together and discuss why I should be a democrat I would be willing to do that also.
          I will leave you with this. Until today when if ever did a white Republican say to you Ron your concerns are valid, let’s work together to change things. Maybe you should question Ed Gomes as to my character and sincerity, he has known me for forty years, and he can also tell you how to contact me if you choose to do so.

          Also Ron when I vote I vote for the best candidate not the party. A quality candidate who makes the effort can be elected regardless of party.

          1. Joe, the political mindset and the policies of the Republican Party on every level local, state and national is not inviting to blacks. I’ve challenge Republicans here in Bridgeport to reach out and expand their base to include more people of color. I don’t see Republicans with their policies including people of color and now you have a Republican in the White House who’s whole life has treated blacks like second class citizens but the sad part is where is the outrage from other Republicans, why are they allowing 45 to embarrass the entire Republican Party. The Democratic Party has taken blacks for granted but Republicans have done nothing at all to encourage and to make blacks want to join or vote for Republicans. When Obama was president there were many black leaders who challenge Obama on his policies but not his language. 45 has setback the Republican Party so far back that it is now and for years to come that will a southern white males party.

  1. I’ve tried to tone my OIB posts down a bit lately. However, on this issue the gloves come off.

    Of course Trump is a racist. Anyone who does not see this has not paid attention or worse, has tacitly supported the vile things this S.O.B. has done over the course of his miserable life.

    BTW – I’m not going to debate this self evident fact with any of you who disagree. It would be like debating whether or not the sky is blue. I’ll save the long list of his other despicable flaws and actions for another time.

    1. Right after saying, “No, I’m not a racist,” President Trump then goes on to state to the reporter: “I’m one of the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

      In other words, other racist person/s ever interviewed by the reporter, were more racist than Trump. What we have here is President Donald Trump denying that he is a racist and a few seconds later, he literally says that he is a racist, just not as racist, as other racists ever interviewed by the reporter/media.


  2. I posted the following in response to Ethan Book’s statement “Regarding  President Trump, I do not believe he is racist as some have painted him. I also believe that he has compassion…”

    This is excerpted from an article in Athens New Yorker:

    In a 1991 book about his experiences running Trump Plaza, in Atlantic City, “Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump—His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall,” John R. O’Donnell, a veteran casino executive, recalled a conversation that he had with his boss about an employee in the Plaza’s finance department who happened to be African-American. I cited the passage last fall, after Trump attacked Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a black soldier in the U.S. Special Forces who was killed in Niger, but it is worth reproducing it now. (The quote below begins with Trump speaking about the black employee. The “I” at the start of the second paragraph is O’Donnell.)

    “Yeah, I never liked the guy. I don’t think he knows what the fuck he’s doing. My accountants in New York are always complaining about him. He’s not responsive. And it isn’t funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else.”

    I couldn’t believe I was hearing this. But Donald went on, “Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is. I believe that. It’s not anything they can control. . . . Don’t you agree?” He looked at me straight in the eye and waited for my reply.

    “Donald, you really shouldn’t say things like that to me or anybody else,” I said. “That is not the kind of image you want to project. We shouldn’t even be having this conversation, even if it’s the way you feel.”

    “Yeah, you’re right,” he said. “If anybody ever heard me say that . . . holy shit . . . I’d be in a lot of trouble. But I have to tell you, that’s the way I feel.”

    1. The new yorker give me a break! Is there a tape of these remarks or are these recollections from this asshole. BTW how about Trump paying for Doctors to go to Haiti where they did over 200Eye operations. One of the doctors that went was Rand Paul senator from Kentucky. Does that sound like a racist. You people are really twisted. You are mad but dont know why. Learn the facts before you write something

  3. In addition to the traditional physical examination of any president of the U.S.A., should be a required psychological evaluation. Trump is the poster boy for those unfortunate individuals that experience mental health issues. He requires appropriate treatment; if he shows signs of recovery, then the treatment is working and he should be monitored by professionals in the field of mental illness as would anyone else with this pathology. In other words, he’s mentally unbalanced and should not be holding the office of president until he’s declared sane.

    1. I don’t think Trump is mentally unbalanced more than any other 71-year-old man that eats a cholesterol heavy diet of Big Macs, fries and KFC. He is ignorant, inarticulate, myopic and incredibly shallow. He’s also an old line bigot of the Archie Bunker school. Is racial in sensitivities are in line with his privileged upbringing. He came from a wealthy white neighborhood in Queens, New York.

      I’m not playing the devil’s advocate. Trump is an abhorent human being, wholly unsuited for public office. He is mean spirited, vindictive, spiteful and insensitive.

        1. Trump is a product of the unenloghtened environment into which he was born.

          Donald Trump was wont to bellow “Drain the swamp!” to the flag waving bubbas wearing “MAKE SMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” hats. They bought into it.

          He did not drain the swamp. He restocked it with his own alligators.

  4. Jennifer Buchanan, Happy New Year, the quote is so true. After the courts in the early 1980’s ruled that Bridgeport had hired blacks and Hispanics for discriminator practice in hiring and testing there was no effort to reeducate white police and firefighters after long bitter court cases. Tension was always there which force blacks and Hispanics to form their own fraternal organizations to look after their interest because the unions and the City were on the same side in those lawsuits.

    America was in two world wars against Germany but America was able to get pass that. Remember America dropped two atomic bombs on Japan and not Germany, America placed Japanese Americans in internment camps but not German Americans. Martin Luther King Jr had it right.

  5. CNN has reported the results of their investigation into suggestions that Donald Trump is a racist.

    They have announced that their research has revealed that President Trump is a slave owner!

    Oh. Hold on.

    CNN has issued a correction. It was President George Washington who was a slave owner.

    Now, here comes Ron Mackey’s afro-centric remark.


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