Well well well, we knew it would all come out sooner than later. The real reason Cincinnati City council member, the black man, Cecil Thomas supported the mayor's appointment of a fifth and final selection to the Banks Working Group, the whiteman, Timothy Riordan is because Riordan did Thomas a personal favor.
When [Thomas] was the executive director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, then council woman and ego-maniac Alicia Reece was leading the charge to get Cecil's money stripped from him due to what she [Alicia] called "not having his papers in order". By the way, speaking of papers, Cecil is today sitting-in hosting on WDBZ "The Buzz" lite-weight implying the Cincinnati Empowerment Zone's paperwork may not be in order.....
But getting back to the Tim Riordan appointment by the black man, Mayor Mark Mallory. The mayor had a prime opportunity to appoint a black person to that panel of 4 white males [The Bannks Working Group] which will oversee (helluva word in this case isn't it?) a $ 700 million economic development project on the banks of the Ohio River down by the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center (Yes black folks, I didn't just make that up) and with council member and forever Cincinnati police officer Cecil Thomas leading the fight to support the mayor in appointing this white man, Blacks in the community couldn't understand why a black man would appoint a whiteman to a panel that had 4 white males currently sitting on it and was supported 100% by another black man in doing so leaving a black population made up of 50% black people in the City of Cincinnati high and dry and out in the dark...AGAIN?!?
Hope I didn't lose y'all somewhere along the line...?
Bottom line: A caller called into "The Buzz 1230 am radio station and asked Cecil point blank:
"Why did you [Cecil] support the mayor's appointment of this whiteman to this panel when you & the mayor knew the community, for the sake of diversity needed a black person?"
Cecil Thomas said (in a nutshell), "Tim Riordan came to me some years ago and gave me a heads-up when I was the executive director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and told me how to get my papers right [meaning save my ass] when some council member(s) [Alicia Reece]were coming after me messing with my funding."
The Buzz caller then said, "Oh so you mean you supported this whiteman because he did you a PERSONAL FAVOR! Not because it was what was best for the BLACK community as a whole!"
Cecil Thomas got to stuttering, stammering and trembling in the voice! He was caught! He outted himself live on the radio! And he knew it! It was just that simple!
But what's new about any of what I have written here today? Absolutely Nothing!!!
It happens everyday. Backdoor dealing. The black members of council trembling at the feet of their white council colleagues - PAST AND PRESENT COUNCILS. PERSONAL FAVORS EXCHANGED AT THE SAKE OF THE COMMUNITY/TAXPAYERS. Backroom economic racism/exclusion & secret handshakes constantly at play. THE BLACK NATION COMING IN LAST WHEN IT COMES TO THE MONEY AND FIRST WHEN IT COMES TO JUDICAL EXAMPLES!
Council member Cecil Thomas supported the appointment of Timothy Riordan by the Mayor of Cincinnati Mark Mallory as a personal favor to that whiteman Timothy Riordan. By his [Cecil's] own admission.
One hand washes the other in the halls of 801 Plum Street folks.
Even at the expense of fairness, righteousness and what some will call "DIVERSITY".
By someone General Nikki X calls a buck-dancing, knee-trembling, always ready to do the whiteman's bidding, supposely elected by ALL THE CITIZENS of Cincinnati colored man named.....
With Mayor Mark Mallory looking even MORE of an disappointment than ever imagined. He seems to be an agent of white corporate Cincinnati business forsaking the very BLACK people who campaigned, raised money and assisted in putting HIM into the seat he's currently in today!
"CAN ANYONE SAY, THE BLACK FIST ENDORSEMENT GIVEN TO MALLORY BY GENERAL NIKKI X OF THE BLACK FIST?"
And in the historic revolutionary words of the Great General, Major General Minister Abdul Muhammad Ali, "That is what is to be known as YOUR bottom line!"
BLACK FIST, BLACK POWER, BLACK NATION!!!