Monthly Archives: May 2013

Rob Ford Is Not The Issue: City Hall is the Issue

I promised myself that I would not write a blog about the latest Rob Ford drug allegation issues but it seems like everyday the media keeps bombarding us with more information and accusations while a majority of city hall just shakes their head to the city of Toronto  with the “I told you so” attitude.

Yes I will admit that Rob Ford has been a centre of a lot of jokes, to the point where clips and pictures of him have been featured on Jimmy Kimmel and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and across globally. Yes he is been caught driving with a cell phone, yes he gave someone the finger, and yes he was almost kicked out of city hall as mayor (again because over half of city hall does not like him.)

And now we have these latest accusations of Rob Ford using “crack cocaine” which images of him and a young black youth who died apparently this year from gun violence and another man posing up in a picture.  And of course there is this “video” of him actually using a crack pipe that only a couple of Toronto Star writers have seen.


As a Torontonian many of you are asking “My gosh you should be embarrassed by what your mayor has done right?”

Actually, “No.”

It’s not Rob Ford that I am so much embarrassed about.  It’s city hall and the councilors that I am embarrassed about and here is why:

For those of you who follow Toronto politics, there has been a love hate war with Rob Ford since he was elected as mayor.  There have been many councilors who have voiced their opinions on how incompetent Rob Ford is as a mayor and quite frankly want him out (keep in my mind it was the city who voted him NOT city councilors.) Part of the problem why a number of city councilors dislike Rob Ford is because of all the cutbacks and savings he has attempted which a number of them opposed.  Now this might sound like your typical political mambo jumbo but city hall has gone so far fetch to not only make Rob Ford look like a fool (which they have successfully done) but also to try to throw allegations to get him out of office which almost worked this year (I will not bore you with the details but you can Google all the information for yourself.)

Now here is my issue, city hall and their councilors have spent so much energy defaming Rob Ford, digging up all these accusations to try to get him out of power.  City hall should stop WASTING OUR TIME TRYING TO GET RID OF ROB FORD AND FOCUS ON REAL ISSUES.  You’re concerned about drug issues? Well instead of focusing on Rob Ford and his supposed drug issues, why not focused on the neighborhoods that are infected by drugs and violence and help build resources to control that?  Focused on his supposed illegal activities?  Why not focus on the illegal activities that affect communities across Toronto.  City Hall, your job is to help Torontonians and help run our city, not waste tax payers dollars and time making a mockery of the mayor because you do not like them.  What is this? Degrassi High the political generation?  The citizens of Toronto voted for Rob Ford, not you.    Our tax paying dollars should be used to help reconstruct the city and help to tackle the real issues that affect our citizens in the city.

Now do I believe Rob Ford actually smoked the crack pipe?  Well I have not seen the video so I cannot comment (however I really can’t see a 275lb chubby white guy “chilling” with a supposed “Somalian Gangster Crew”) but so what if Rob Ford smoked a crack pipe?? What he does in his private life (which obviously was suppose to be private) is his business.  Everyone at some degree has some skeletons in their closet and I am sure many in city hall have probably worse skeletons.




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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Charles Ramsey, Sweet Brown, Antoine Dodson: The new puppets of social media

It seems lately that there has been a trend of news clips on the internet of news reporters interviewing black “ghetto” individuals and making it a source of entertainment for everyone.

Antoine Dodson was upset that an unknown man came into his sister’s room and tried to rape her. When being interviewed he vocally expressed how felt but in an instant his infamous “hide your wife, hide your kids……we gonna find you” became a YouTube viral vid.

Sweet Brown was surprised to see there was a fire in her complex so she got scared and left her house.  After stating that “ain’t nobody got time for dat”  again she became an instant internet “star” with memes and YouTube vids being remixed of her quote.

And now we have Charles Ramsey who really should be praised for saving Amanda Berry and the other women who were held captivity in a Cleveland home.  Again right after being interviewed, a YouTube video remix was made when he said the lines “when I saw a pretty white girl run into the arms of a black man…..DEAD GIVEAWAY.”


Charles Ramsey video grab 660 music

(Charles Ramsey)



(Antoine Dodson)



(Sweet Brown)

      Now many of you probably think that this is just for fun and we all should lighten up. Yes it is funny, but it also in a way mocks black individuals and creates nothing but further stereotypes that black people are ghetto and have ghetto attitudes.  Furthermore it seems like the news media are cashing on this and using these individuals to gain more viewership and audience which in other cases would not have been shown or just simply edited.  Take example the now latest viral vid of Melinda Brown Duncan of Detroit.  Interviewed by a Fox news reporter (that alone says it all) Melinda goes off on a justified tyrant on how the local Detroit government simply do not care about citizens and only care for themselves and their income.  For a minute, Melinda goes off in her “ghetto way” and swears a number of times expressing her anger and even says at the end that local government can go kiss her black ass (which is also censored.)  Any other news station would have either a) used only a 10 second clip of this interview or perhaps b) not even showed it all, but in this case Fox decided to air the entire interview simply on the fact that Melinda’s “ghetto” attitude and persona  was a source entertainment and ratings.   Another example was Michelle Clarke, a black woman who was interviewed months ago regarding a hail storm to which she described the sounds hitting against the glass window as “KAPOOYA!”  Again normally a TV station would have only shown a 10 second clip but this interview was a minute and half long again showing the mockery of this woman (many who thought she was trying to be a next “Sweet Brown” but failed at it. )  Again within days a YouTube autotune remix was done on her.

Some have argued that these individuals are to blame because they act ghetto and have no education.   No, these individuals are not to blame at all, it is simply the social media. Antoine, Sweet nor Charles did not expect to receive any internet fame after being interviewed for something that tragically happened to him.  Charles Ramsey should be praised as a hero but instead he is being mocked.  Antoine should have been praised as a  hero for saving his sister but instead was being mocked.   These individuals are products of the society and what the government has done to affect them.  They are simply normally individuals who live normal lives the way they know it but because a minute of their life or how they express themselves is posted on the internet, this immediately becomes the stereotype and the assumption of how blacks might live.   To some this might be a far fetch assumption but unfortunately this is true.   Asking the social media to put an end to this would be quite useless and impossible.  The only thing one can hope is that people would soon realize these stereotypes are false and that not everyone black person acts this way….but again that might be far from impossible.




Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


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