Skip to comments."The brothers and sisters are running this city. Running it!"
Posted on 04/17/2002 6:58:56 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
Philadelphia Mayor John Street Again Apologizes
By Cynthia Burton
Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Street stirred up debate with comments to the NAACP on Saturday.
A subdued Mayor Street apologized again today for his remark that "the brothers and sisters are running this city" but stuck to his pride about having helped African Americans attain important city jobs.
Speaking at the much-awaited swearing in of Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson at the Convention Center, Street softened his rhetoric, saying, "I am proud that the leadership of our administration represents the diversity of our great city."
That statement was delivered in a monotone, compared with his rousing, bring-the-crowd-to-its feet declaration Saturday at an NAACP convention here.
At that training conference before 700 people from up and down the East Coast, he had declared:
"The brothers and sisters are running the city. Oh, yes. The brothers and sisters are running this city. Running it! Don't let nobody fool you, we are in charge of the City of Brotherly Love . . . We have lifted the glass ceiling . . . It never ceased to amaze me that there seemed not to be the opportunity in certain strategic places for people of color. You can't say that anymore."
But today, after two days in which many criticized those remarks as racially divisive, Street appeared somewhat chastened.
Asked if he thought his comments Saturday were a mistake, he said, "I don't know whether I made a mistake. All I know is if people are offended, I regret anybody being offended and I don't intentionally offend people."
He added that "anytime you say anything about race in this city, people's attention is gathered and sometimes in an unprecedented kind of way."
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Will they still be running the city when the heat comes down for mis-management, corruption, etc?
This kind of mentality is what destroys good will amongst all people. It's not as thugh Philly is the FIRST black run city, in this nation. What is he SO proud of ? What milestone / glass ceiling was breached ?
People and statements , such as this, turn nonracists into racists.
Funny, being from the West Coast I use to think of Philadelphia as a place of much history and where our great founders walked and worked. Now when I think of Philadelphia, I think of riots and racist black Mayors.
We don't have to many riots .. but there was that time they burned down a whole block of homes
What do I think .. lol
As I have mentioned on another thread .. these comments come to noooo surprise to me
Do a little history check on Mayor Street and it will explain it all ..
Yes, I remember when Al Haig said he was in charge,
"Yo, Bro Al-You're the MAN"
Ummm...didn't Mayor Goode do that :)
Every time I see Street on the local news, I wonder, Does this man not have anyone to help him "spruce himself up" a bit ?...he always looks like he spent the night on a park bench
Go Flyers !!
On the bright side, they can now officially be called racists, because they now have power. All those years that we have been told that blacks can't be racist because they have no power are over.
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