Miami's black commissioners must go

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke — who is a candidate to replace more-boring-than-bread-pudding ex-Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez on May 24 — calls out Miami-Dade's African-American county commissioners and their consultants for selling out.

Miami-Dade's black county commissioners do nothing for the communities they represent. Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan, and Dennis Moss think they're like gods and can't be removed from office. You see them only when the television cameras are on. They denounce criminals killing people or police killing unarmed blacks, and then return to their offices downtown.

Edmonson, Jordan et al. can't even provide the most basic services for Overtown, Liberty City, Opa-locka, Richmond Heights, and the other predominantly African-American neighborhoods. The streets are dirty and plagued by never-ending violent crime and poverty. In some places, such as NW 15th Avenue, there are no sidewalks. And it has been like that since I was a kid growing up in Liberty City.

Instead, the African-American county commissioners are beholden to black political consultants/business entrepreneurs such as Dewey Knight III and others. Those strategists become involved in political campaigns to make connections so they can earn big cash lobbying for companies that want to do business with the county. They promise to deliver the black vote in exchange for a place at the table. They complain blacks aren't getting a fair share, but only to get their cut.

They win contracts for companies; then the commissioners don't have the decency to put black people to work on county projects. I will stop that shit. It is not just about giving an African-American 5 percent of the business. I'll require that African-Americans represent a large percentage of minority ventures' work forces. The first question I'll ask the black political consultants who double as minority partners is, "How many people are you going to put to work, chump?"

In the past 25 years, only one incumbent running for commission has been defeated. That was Dorrin Rolle, an African-American who had mismanaged millions of dollars for a nonprofit. Those other commissioners, though, win because of the huge amounts of money they raise and their corrupt consultants. After I'm elected mayor, I will campaign against those people. And voters should support the term limits that will be on the ballot May 24.

Then we can chase Audrey, Dennis, and Barbara from politics for good.

 
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Ladytas45
Ladytas45

Have you looked in the mirror lately. I love the idea that we have black conmissioners and MOST of all a BLACK President. I will be doing all I can to keep my Dennis Moss as the commissioner for Richmond Heights. He has done a great job, and the community has grown and it looks great! I grew up there and now I live in Cutler Bay. It is beautiful here and try to keep all of thugs out. So please stay where you are and you will not get my vote either. It's people like you that make a change very hard to maintain. We will keep climbing, for we plan to have a crystal star. Something you nothing about. Yes We Can and Dennis Moss will continue to do good for our community. You need to Stop! Stop! because you don;t Got it!, Got it!

RoCkSt*r
RoCkSt*r

Booooooo!! Dennis Moss has made great changes to the Richmond Heights thru Cutler Bay areas I dont know what rock you are living under but I work in these communities. Have you seen the new Auditorium in Cutler Bay?? Get da eff outta here. You are a joke & wont get my vote.

Strr55s
Strr55s

A man who won't take care of his own kids can't lead the community . Go and make peace with your kids and then learn how to speak a sentence properly and then we can talk .

Jorge Navarro
Jorge Navarro

You must be out of your mind if you honestly believe that Uncle Luke's music is the source of the problem in predominantly black neighborhoods. That's like blaming Marylin Manson for the Columbine massacre. It doesn't hold up. If that's the only reason you aren't voting for him then you must be ignorant. You will never find a politician who is perfect. I would, however, like to see someone who isn't as corrupt as Julio Robaina take office. My only fear are prejudice Cubans who don't consider Luke as a legitimate candidate because he's another "negrito".

Marc Cooper
Marc Cooper

i cant vote, but i would vote for you

Poste
Poste

Wwooowww I usually don't agree with you but ... Wwooww you got my vote, yes

Leroylee40
Leroylee40

I am an attorney, have been one for 14 years but i been a Miami Native for 40 years. Graduated from Northwestern in 1989 with honor, Holy Cross and University of lFlorida Law!!!!

Luke is Right! However the i raised the question a number of years ago in an open forum at the Caleb Center when Moss and Rolle were still Novice and Chief Parker was making his rounds and had not been appointed Chief. Carey Shuler was the Chair-woman and Teele had just started his tenure on the Miami Commission. Oh Yeah! HT Smith was the moderator.

Guess what? The issues were glazed over and the culture continued.

I came up on Luke his mother and my grandmother lived on the same block! He is a unique, talented, smart individual that just may make a change!

U got my vote and support good luck!

LL, Esq.

dcella
dcella

WOWWWW!!!!! Mr. Campbell, you never seem to surprise me, up until I read this article. This is probably the only time I have agreed with you, out of all the articles you have posted. These black Commissioners have all been part of the misappropriation and mismanagement of monies team, and on top of it all, the gross misuse of tax payers resources. Lets face it, most of all the Commissioners are. What adds insult to injury, is that they all benefit from those districts that pay more taxes. For example: they all voted to increase property taxes. WHY? Because most of the constituents in these districts pay very little Taxes compared to other districts. Then, one would be lead to believe that they would make the best out of the monies allocated to the infrastructure in their district. Instead they funnel it through other special interest and non profit organizations. You guessed it, its all a BIG SCAM. You would think that they would promote the infrastructure to a healthy capitalistic agenda, where private business would thrive. Were young and experience entrepreneurs would give themselves a chance to a healthy business opportunity. But instead these Commissioners PIMP their constituents with more and more hand outs, for the exchange of a never ending political campaign. Ex: Here is disability check give me your vote. Here is public housing, give me your vote. Here is a food stamp, give me your vote. Here is more government made up working positions, give me your vote. Thats right lets keep the blacks dependent on us the Afro American Commissioners, and our Government. Talk about oppression. WHY would people under these circumstances, wonder how a dictatorship begins? When they place themselves in it, neck deep. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Bonez1289
Bonez1289

Dear uncle luke, How the fuk do u make the front page of yahoo all the time when every article you write is a huge steaming pile of crap, maybe u should spend less time writing hypocritical, racist articles and more time taking care of ur kids. Just a thought.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

You want to talk about racist comments? Just read your own comment and tell me that wasn't racist what you just said. You are indeed a bigot.

Flaconumero1
Flaconumero1

Bonez1289,

I thought it took a lot of guts to say and admit the things He did. No other african-american has ever done so, at least that I can recall. Luke is absolutely right about everything He mentioned in his piece and I don't even like him!

fan
fan

How is Luther campbell prejudice, so he want's black politicians to be more accountable, as well as black owned business leaders who by the way make most of there income form mostly black customers. Luther is also right about Audrey, Dennis and Barbara they have been in county commision far to long........

Strr55s
Strr55s

Here is a guy that renounce his own kids , and is partly responsible for the moral decay of youth in this country and the degrading of women with his raunchy disrepectful raps . Can't speak a proper sentence and owes millions to rappers and business people that he did not pay .And he has the gall to criticize others, not only should he not be running for Mayor he should be running for the border ,and aman who does not take care of his kids mentally and financial is the scum of the earth .

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

No, you bigots are the scum of the earth. Keep the racist trash and your extremist views off of here.

Carlos
Carlos

Luke, you are starting to make a lot of sense. Lets hope you follow through on all these promises should you be elected.

Al W
Al W

How come the New Times don't give equal space to Audrey, Dennis, and Barbara so that they can also spew their political aspirations? It seems a little biased that Luke gets space while the others don't.

Flaconumero1
Flaconumero1

AI W,

Give these crooks time and space to say and write what?

Eyesneers
Eyesneers

Oh yeah, mr booty shaker himself. If you truly cared so much, where are your charitable donations and community service programs for these streets that have been the same way since you were a kid? That's right they don't exist because you were out getting your own piece of the pie same as those people you accuse ( im not defending them either) you just hatin cause they figured a longer lasting way to do it and you just wishing for your turn at the buffet. I don't see you doing a single thing for the community except TALK TALK TALK. Better figure out how you gonna payback those rappers funding your political campaign advertisements cause you're not getting elected.

Timnancy1993
Timnancy1993

Hey Luke you still owe a lot of people for your failed UMOJA event on Miami Beach a few years ago. You did not have the decency to pay your bills. Yet you think you have the decency to represent the people of Miami Dade. Miami Dade citizens have been scammed, ripped off, and lied to for long enough. You need to shut up, pay your bills and stop grandstanding. You have already had your 15 minutes of fame. You are a disgrace to the human race and to the honest taxpaying citizens of Miami Dade County.

xoxoxox
xoxoxox

you fault the commissioners for the run down projects you mention....are you kidding me......show my one predominate black neighborhood in america that isn't a ghetto and i'll give you a million dollars.....get real.....it's your race fault....period end of story....stop pointing the finger at others and make a change within your own race, stop depending on sports and rap to get you out of the ghetto and begin being role models for your kids...which means get a job and get off welfare, preach education, get off drugs and beer, stop robbing people....hmm, wow...there's a thought

Harold
Harold

Here's a thought for you! Maybe all the gettos should just move to the country where all the rednecks live. You don't talk much about that,because they can't play sports or rap to get out of their getto. They'll just grow up to be mass murders and have sex with each other before they vinture out looking for others to take advantage of. I don't defend ol Uncle Luke, but I want let shit heads like you putting everyone in the same box, hmm, wow....there's a thought for you.

Guest
Guest

Not all black neighbor hoods are ghettos but im pretty damn sure the black ghettos are worse then redneck ghettos....if they have those??? I'm white and i drink and smoke pot, my girlfriend is black and she's from redneck country and listens to shitty ass country music (hate it), both of ur stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. Stereotypes only fuel more hate.... hmm heres a thought...ur both racist. ppl who need help will always need help unless we decide to help someone besides ourselves for a change. How bout u both go volunteer at a soup kitchen or something and try to help someone less fortunate than you, regardless of race, just another human being helping another human being, there's a thought for u both. also uncle luke is a fuckin retard, just saying =/

Harroldjackson
Harroldjackson

You're just joint away from going to jail asshole. You think you're special because your girlfriend is a black redneck? Dumb ass, try taking her to parts of Alabama or Texas. You'll find out quick just how much a redneck she is and find out who the real racist are.

Theo Van Goh
Theo Van Goh

Puke, you want to get rid of your brothers? Are you really gonna do something for the people of Miami? Will you have a concert to raise money for the poor or will you just give some of your millions to the poor in Overtown?

Al W
Al W

Come on now.....I'm sure Uncle Luke owns a vacation home in Overtown.

Harroldjackson
Harroldjackson

What have you've done to better those communities Uncle Luke? Now you want to run for office and you have an opinon. You help bring all that shit into those communites with your glorifiing of sex and drugs, Screw you Uncle Luke!

denis
denis

This article sounds good but we don't need a racist like you as mayor.

Matador
Matador

Nice article uncle luke! I agree 1000%!

Roger Keith
Roger Keith

Now that's "Keepin it real" Luke.......................

old52flyer
old52flyer

WRONG. All politicians must go. Time to press the RESET button.

 
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