So "Mitt Romney" claims that the complaints against the mayor are "coming in great majority from mainly white people". How does he know this? Is there some secret code in the Rochester City Newspaper blog that identifies the race of those who comment? Are they identified in the media by their race?
And another thing. I think that the Rochester City Newspaper should ban and delete comments from people using political and/or celebrity names. Continue to allow anonymity but don't allow people to hide behind names that attempt to either legitimize their comments or disparage the person whose name they are using.
Have any of our other mayors been stopped for speeding on the thruway? Mayors of other cities? Probably. Have those stops been reported by anonymous folks and reported on? If no one is researching that, then yes, this is all a Lovely Warren pile on. Whether you pile on for racism, sexism, or anger at the political upset in the city, it's still a pile on
Matt my question continue to be: If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people? No one on this comment section has attempted to answer this conclusive question. Why? Because your response will reveal and prove what I have been saying repeatedly in prior comments. They are people of caucasian descent that supports Lovely but I am talking about those who didn't and can't get over it; like you and the many others that continue to rant racial undertones guise in a fashion as if your are simply making honest observations. Get over it: Stop crying and ranting about insignificant crap like speeding tickets. Answer the question anyone: If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people?
Very well said, MAT.
Mitt Romney, you stated that the City of Rochester is 85% minority. That is incorrect and shows a very real misunderstanding of our city's racial and ethnic makeup. In fact, per easily found US Census data, the City of Rochester is 38% white non-Hispanic, and 16% Hispanic all races. Black non-Hispanics make up roughly 40% while Asians (by far the fastest growing segment of our city's population) make up 3%.
This is a diverse but segregated community. Lovely could not have won without support from the white community. To suggest that all white folks are Tea Party right wingers is just ridiculous. Honest criticism of elected officials is a fundamental component of a healthy democracy. No elected official in our community has faced as much criticism and scrutiny as Maggie Brooks due to the scandals, patronage, and hyper partisanship experienced under her leadership. She is white and her detractors are largely white as well. This is not about race, this is Democracy and sometimes it gets messy. Making this about race is cheap, childish, and insulting.
If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people?
As a resident of that neighborhood, my bigger concern is the proliferation of car-centric businesses (specifically more drive-thrus) in a pedestrian-dominated neighborhood, but the neighborhood association has other plans.
Sadly, this article doesn't mention that the Regents taskforce appointed by Tisch to make proposals re the Common Core testing and data privacy issues, and that includes Norwood, has been meeting in private -- in violation of the Open Meetings law. And the inaccessibility of most of the Regents to their constituents is well known, and has led to them following in lock step with the flawed and rigid priorities of the Commissioner and Tisch -- rather than allowing for more "flexibility," as Norwood claims above.
When Warren was campaigning, neighborhood revitalization and neighborhood-based economic development was a major theme. But now in this interview she says all that means is that she will plant a few trees, tear down a few houses and slap a coat of paint on some exteriors. This is already being done. Where is her grand plan for the neighborhoods? This is NOT what she campaigned on and it sounds now like she is thoroughly backtracking on the promises she made to the residents of our city. This promise to the neighborhoods was something I was actually hopeful to see proceed forward vigorously. Something is amiss here and I wish that City News had dug deeper.
I hope this doesn't sound overly racist, but I'm still waiting for the details on the security detail. The mayor's over-the-top limousine service somehow doesn't seem appropriate for Rochester when the mayor of Albany drives her own SUV and pays for the gas with her own money.
Such a shame. I thought he was much older.
If the attack on Lovely is not of racist origin then why all of the complaints are only coming in great majority from mainly white people.
Contrary to Warren's belief- she brought a lot of this on herself. Race and Gender have nothing to do with it. It's her decisions that have caused unnecessary angst and comes across as amateurish.
It looks like T. Andrew Brown has been cleared by a third party firm and I am good with that. Her husband's past history is a non discussion point although perhaps as a role model for others on turning yourself around.
I still, cautiously, believe in her. I would like to think that she'll learn from this and could still be an effective mayor. But, some of her ideas are out there. A water park next to the Strong museum? oh brother. Aim high. I agree with her in that a mainstream theater would not compete significantly with the Little. The Little has mostly independent movies.
Time will tell; hoping for the best.
Scott, I find absolutely nothing in any of your postings that remotely hints that you're a racist. I totally agree that if some other politician (let's say white and male for the sake of argument) had done the same actions (and lack of actions, such as being forthcoming about issues), the same amount of attention would have been paid to them.
I would like the community's opinion about my post and "Mitt Romney"'s response. I do not believe that my comments or similar ones are racist, since they would be aimed equally at any official whose behavior was as Ms. Warrens regardless of racial or other characteristics. However, "Mitt" is insistent that I am racist and blind to being so because I am a male Caucasian. What do others think? I do not really care for my own interests but I do care to know if the community is allowed to make critical observations about our leaders despite their respective characteristics.
At least I use my real name and image in my posts.
I don't really care about the speeding tickets (there were none) but if Reggie was traveling 97mph, I DO care about that. I also care about honesty and truthfulness and wish that Mayor Warren had simply been honest/forthcoming about the Thruway stops. When it became apparent that she withheld information (i.e. TWO stops and not ONE) an apology would have gone a very long way to build trust and credibility for the 'nay sayers'. Instead, she opted to "not talk about that" anymore and suggested that she really wasn't paying attention to the fact that she was stopped twice in one day on the NYS Thruway (i find that very hard to believe and, surely, by the time she was first interviewed on the topic she had time to remember being stopped twice!).
I also DO appreciate that the Mayor has not turned this into a race issue. I wish her well and hope she'll get through this and get on with moving the City ahead!
The editorializing in this piece is outrageous. Fien paints a picture of the press in the first few paragraphs as a bunch of marauding thugs. Really?
What's happened to Warren is not a result of a wayward press corp. She has made dubious decisions in her hiring and in her handling of events. She's still stonewalling on the speeding issue and slicing the legal niceties about Andrew Brown not to mention the Chief Sheppard departure. Is it any wonder that people are concerned and question whether she is up to the job when she seems to be handling a number of sensitive issues in an amateurish manner?
"White residents are still suffering from seeing a person of color rise to position of substantial political power"
Clearly Mitt has never been to Rochester. We had a Black mayor elected for three terms with lots of support from white residents.
If Tom Richards, Bob Duffy, Bill Johnson or Tom Ryan had hired his uncle, got caught speeding twice by said uncle and mayor - and then prevaricated about it when honestly asked - the media would be handing him his head. Every one of us knows this. Many of those of us who have championed Mayor Warren and want her to succeed are pretty disheartened right now. The fence-sitters cannot be impressed at this point. And the haters have more ammo than ever. I do hope things get better; it would be a win-win for all of us. But it won't get better by pretending accountability is for someone else. BTW, in this thread, the startling irony is the real Mitt Romney is far less bigoted than pretend "Mitt Romney."
To Scott Wagner and concerned resident: You guys always go to the "Just b/c I criticize a person of color doesn't mean I am a Racist." Then you smooth it off with blacks always pull the race card, "It's reverse Racism." It's not only what you say but also when you say it only when there's a person of color is in the position. In the era of reconstruction the black political leaders where scrutinize as politicians who didn't have the intelligence to run government but the white southerners to them was qualified despite more than 90 percent of the white southerners who took there place after being illegally thrown out of office were 90 percent illiterate. Obama wasn't qualified he was just a community organizer despite he was a constitutional lawyer and the first Black president of Harvard law school and many in America felt fine with a vice president like Sarah Palin who couldn't answer one debate question. Mayor Warren wasn't qualified despite she's an attorney and has serve on city council as a member and president for many years. mayor Richards was qualified but he was out of touch with the minority community the majority population in Rochester. In addition, they were no controversy or scandal when former mayor Richards went against state ethical laws by holding the job as corporate council and serve as Mayor or when Democratic head Joe Morelle use his position to put his son in office. They were no controversy or scandal when Maggie Brooks hired her husband at the airport and hired all her friends to run county LDC's they were no controversy or scandal. So, as I stated in the beginning "It's not what you say but also when you say it when there's a person of color is in the position."
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