"And there comes a times when one must take a position that is neither safe,
nor politic, nor popular: but one must take it because it is right."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
You are receiving this email because as a member of Portland's African American community and you are concerned about truth, justice and accountable of our community leaders. Also, I know you are aware of my selfless service for our people by working with many of you on creating opportunities in the areas of housing, education, contracting and public safety.
In fact, over the past 40 years many of you have commended me for my courage to "speak truth to power" whenever called upon, that includes at the state capitol, in city hall, within the police department, to the school board, in various executive board rooms and in the community. It has truly been a blessing to serve in positions that have enabled me to advance the causes that improve people's lives.
After retiring from the Mayor's office in October, 2013 I have had time to reflect on my career and community service. I have decided that there is still one stone left to be turned over. Someof you have asked me to not "go there" meaning exposing the treachery and wickedness of some house and or scared negroes sitting in high places. Your comments were expressions of concern for me but many others came in the form of warnings or even threats!
Obviously, some folks really do not the stock that I am made of! Therefore, inspite of that feedback, I plan to inform you the truth about those self-serving leaders and the self-appointed gatekeepers. Just to be clear! I speak for nobody other than myself. My comments and observations are from my personal experinence and my own investigative journalism over the past several months. I know you will be as shocked as I have been at the depth of wickness being perpetrated under the disguise of "what is best for the community". If you abhor "black on black crime" at the street level you should be just as repulsed by it at the executive levels too.
Lastly, I will not play the game of the local white media. They are primarily concerned about hits on their websites, so the more salacious the story the better for them. Many of the reporters that cover our issues are young white kids with no historical perspective and only trying to get promoted. They could not careless about the impacts and ramifications of their shallow and one-sided reporting. So I will not comply with requests for interveiws or answer thier questions. This about some housekeeping "within the family".
Again, my goal is to only "speak truth to power" about the lies and deceptions. It is about accountablity, honesty and integrity. This is the least I can do for those who shoulders we stand on and for our young people who have quickly recognized and questioned why this sharade has been allowed to persist.
Personally, I have nothing to gain by speaking out. But I could not live with myself if I did not speak up. Too many people have confided in me how they have been demonized as political retribution for not going along to get along. It has been easy to ignore the seedy actions of a few misguided house negroes until becoming a victim of their displeasure. More to come on the "Political drive-by shootings in Portlandia" and the names of the conspirators.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luthe King Jr.
Baruti Artharee, Portland