Let me begin by stating clearly to everyone, including Mayor Kip Holden and his entourage, that this topic has nothing to do with race, unless you subscribe to, or support the preachings of the proclaimed leader of Islam, Louis Farrakhan.
If you want to understand the recent controversy between Mayor Kip Holden and Mayoral Candidate Mike Walker, you need to do a little fact checking.
- Farrakhan’s Security Detail: Louis Farrakhan travels with his own private security detail. Anyone, including myself, who has personally heard Farrakhan speak through the years — or has witnessed any video clips of him speaking for that matter, would plainly see that he travels with a full entourage of security. ( In fact, in about 2010, you may recall incidents between Farrakhan’s security detail and the Secret Service detail on the White House lawn.) He never travels without them.
- Who is Louis Farrakhan? The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Louis Farrakhan as the head of the Nation of Islam, with a fundamentally anti-white theology, an anti-semite that blames Jews for plantation slavery and for dominating and controlling the U. S. Government, and calls the state of Israel wicked.
- What does this have to do with the EBRP Mayor’s Race? It seems that Farrakhan was ‘shepherded’ from the New Orleans Airport to Southern University with law enforcement from the Baton Rouge Police Department and Louisiana State Police. This fact upset Mayoral Candidate Mike Walker, who in turn created a commercial saying that Mayor Kip Holden needed to spend money fighting crime in EBRP vs. sending officers to provide security for Farrakhan.
- What was the reaction of Kip Holden? He called a political press conference to charge Mike Walker with sowing seeds of racism.
HOLD THAT THOUGHT. Back up a minute. Let’s think about this a second! Stop Kip’s Tipsy Taxi! Did I hear that correctly?
Mayor Kip Holden finally found a way to play the race card, in his usual fashion, which is to counterattack those attacking him. That’s a desperate political strategy there Kipster!
Unfortunately, that dog won’t hunt. The only racist in the triangle is Louis Farrakhan.
Now, ask me how I know? Simply put, his own words out of his own mouth through decades of preaching racism. Many years ago, I even sat in an audience at Southern to hear him speak. Curious as a young person to hear what this self-proclaimed leader had to say. It was disappointing and frightening.
Now, back at the ranch, the head of our BR Police Department, Chief White, proclaimed that this ‘shepherding’ (i.e. escorting Farrakhan) to and from the airport was similar to arrangements to protect presidential candidates such as Romney, Gingrich and Clinton in the past.
Whoa! Stop the presses! When did Louis Farrakhan rank among the same ranks as presidential candidates?
C’mon folks; let’s stop the madness! This was definitely a waste of taxpayer money. This time Mayoral Candidate Mike Walker definitely got it right.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican