Here’s an interesting post from Cleveland Magazine Politics. It notes, for the first time I’ve read, that the predominately African-American precincts also favored Issue 6, so the criticism of Turner over her support is not likely to translate to problems with her getting support from African-American communities. After the break, Plain Dealer columnist Phillip Morris notes an interesting precedent that makes Call & Post‘s treatment of Turner hypocritical.
Meanwhile, the Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland City Councilmen Eugene Miller and Kevin Conwell gave unqualified criticism of Call & Post‘s racist editorial cartoon:
Despicable,” said Miller, a young Democrat who joined the council in May. “How do I explain this to my 18-year-old?”
Conwell, recently elected to his third term, said he was “very disturbed” by the cartoon. He said that it not only was a slap to blacks, but also to women.
Councilman Kevin Conwell “I didn’t like it at all,” he said. “How do we expect our sons to respect women when the media’s not even doing it?”
Today, the Plain Dealer condemned NAACP President Forbes’ use of Call & Post in attacking Turner in such backwards, racist thinking.
Additionally, Phillip Morris had a column in today’s Plain Dealer regarding the Turner cartoon. Morris confirms my take that this attack is not only backfiring, but it’s about a generational struggle for power in Cuyahoga County’s African-American power base.
“I think this represented a gender and racial attack,” Turner told me Monday. “But my question is this: How can we so casually use the symbols that we fought so hard to eradicate? It’s time that we come to grips with – and do away with – this appalling double standard.”
Morris notes that the United Pastors in Mission, an African-American pastor group that opposed Issue 6 plans on issuing a statement later today strongly supporting Turner, and Brian Hall, an African-American business leader has called on black churches to pull its advertising in Call & Post and called for Forbes to resign as President of the NAACP.
“Any kind of racist caricature of any African American is completely uncalled for and unnecessary,” Pastor C.J. Matthews, leader of United Pastors, told me.
“Nina Turner is not a sell-out or a turncoat. She is a strong-willed woman with her own points of view. Whoever orchestrated this attack clearly didn’t think through what the proper community response would be.”
“We (pastors) didn’t support issue six, but we support her right not to be unfairly attacked.”
Morris notes that when Don Imus referred to the NCAA Rutgers women’s basketball champions as “nappy headed hos” the Post opined:
The fact that Imus felt comfortable using the most vicious and derogatory slurs to demean a whole race of women reflects a rising comfort level for anti-black speech.
As Morris said, “Pot, meet kettle.”