PERKINS GIVES HIMSELF AWAY IN RACE-LACED SPEECH


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 … 3:45 P.M.

Mayor Adrian Perkins delivered his “State of Black Shreveport” speech at Southern University last Saturday. Although race-baiting may have been his plan, he instead demonstrated how little he knows and cares about us.

Any attempt to stir-up a racist outcry failed. No speech such as the mayor’s should be delivered devoid of passion, but that is precisely what occurred … Perkins dispassionately read the speech.

What the speech mainly did was present evidence that Mayor Perkins does not grasp – or perhaps does not care – what … who … Shreveport is.

Perkins left here in 2004, and did not return for a dozen years, time during which city leadership by blacks took hold. When Perkins was born, Shreveport had yet to elect its first black mayor, much less its first majority black City Council. By the time he returned, blacks had served as mayor for a decade.

Regardless such crucial facts, his speech alleged that white Shreveporters are working to …

… “strip power away from black elected officials across the board.”

How can our mayor speak such words when “his” City Council is majority black, as he is? Restated, of our city’s top-eight elected officials, only THREE are white.

Then there was this intended Perkins gut punch:

“Shreveport is a minority-majority city where ALL (emphasis mine) the wealth and resources are south of I-20 and east of I-49. We have to change that. We need a equitable distribution of resources. That is what I’m focused on, but to accomplish that I need your help. Dr. King famously said ‘freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor … it must be demanded by the oppressed. If we want to move Shreveport forward we will have to fight for it.”

Perkins’ clumsy attempt to claim some tiny part of Dr. King’s legacy completely failed as he demonstrated his embarrassing lack of knowledge about Shreveport.

Perkins actually said ALL the wealth and resources of Shreveport are “south of I-20 and east of I-49!” Does Perkins even know who lives in the area he carved out to make his point?

Note to Mayor: Residents of Highland, Stoner Hill, Anderson Island, and Broadmoor are certainly NOT residents whose wealth and resources require “equitable distribution” to others!

As for we who live in Southeast Shreveport – also targeted by Perkins for redistribution of resources – would someone please explain to him that if we pick up and leave, how does Shreveport replace the tax and services money we take with us?

Is Perkins actually in favor of the so-called de-annexation of Southeast Shreveport? If so, it can only be because he knows he will not be here.

I was in no way surprised by Perkins’ speech. From the jump I have warned that not knowing why he was actually here was a terrible risk.

I remembered something black activist Booker T. Washington wrote a bit more than a century ago:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Whatever his plan, our mayor is not down for Shreveport’s struggle.

© 2020 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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