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 wages war against the nonblack elites.
If you are an African-American civic leader in Miami, you're better off keeping your mouth shut and doing as you are told. If you don't, the secret society of elitist rich Anglos and Hispanics who run this county will try to destroy you. It's been going on since the '70s, when the late Miami Herald publisher Alvah Chapman created the Non-Group, a cabal of mostly white male CEOs who set the agenda for Miami-Dade County.
This good-old-boys club was so secretive that Chapman barred reporters from attending the Non-Group's monthly dinner meetings. He kept it secret for 14 years. Imagine that: the man in charge of the community's only major daily newspaper censoring the fourth estate from his backroom deals.
The Non-Group doesn't officially exist anymore, but it's clear that a select group of elitists — the developers and businessmen who get together for Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheons and rounds of golf at the Biltmore Hotel — still dictates the course of county politics. If African-American politicians don't say, "Yes, massah," the secret society assassinates their character. For example, on June 18, Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm concocted a hit piece highlighting my arrest record and my raunchy music career. Fuck Fred.
When Arthur Teele spoke out against this group's stealing millions of taxpayer dollars meant to help Overtown get on its feet, they attacked him until he shot himself in the head in the Herald's lobby. When his successor, Michelle Spence-Jones, got wise to their game, she too was targeted for elimination. They got her indicted on two separate public corruption cases. She's already been acquitted in one trial, and rumors are swirling the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office will drop the other. The secret society controls what gets reported.
When the secret society backed Carlos Gimenez for county mayor, its media partners ignored some shady aspects of his campaign. No reporter has followed up on my recent column that stated Gimenez supporter and Homestead Councilman Jimmy Williams offered me a $40,000 appearance fee when the former county commissioner wanted my endorsement.
If Gimenez were a true man of integrity, he would have explained to the news media that all of this talk about me orchestrating a backroom deal with his opponent, Julio Robaina, is bullshit. But just like his secret-society masters, he's a liar. They should all be ashamed of themselves.