"Would you attack Jay Bailey?" These were the words spoken to me by a gentleman, I'll call him Mr. Public to protect his identity. I was at a Downtown event for Van Turner when Mr. Public approached me. He was livid about the lies being spread about Van - that he was a union buster, or a puppet for white people (a common tactic used by blacks to attack blacks). He had a crumbled piece of paper in his hand. He presented it to me as if it was the Holy Grail. On the paper, numbered 1-10, were things he felt I could attack Bailey on. I won't bore you by going down the list but it was nothing more than remarks that were complete hearsay, slander, and out-and-out lies. He said he decided to support Van after listening to the false attacks made against him. "We got to stop them," Mr. Public said. He finished with, "I've read your blog and if they are going to spread lies so should we." I thanked him and tried to explain that if you lower yourself to those who would spread such vile you are no better than they are, and that I could never publish something like this in good conscious. He just turned and walked away. I can only hope he understood what I was saying.
After the event I showed the list to Van Turner. He looked at me and said, "You're not going to put that on your blog, are you?" I told him of course not and he said, "Good." To be honest the reason I showed the list to Van was to confirm what I already knew, and it was that he is an honorable man.
There are some in this City that only know how to destroy. In their words, in their actions they seek to tear apart. If we want our City to become a place where each of us can be proud then we must speak up and say, "Enough!"