Leroy Jones: emas­cu­lated black Demo­crat

The Covington News - - OPINION - MY­CHAL MASSIE COLUM­NIST My­chal S. Massie is the for­mer Na­tional Chair­man of the con­ser­va­tive black think tank, Project 21The Na­tional Lead­er­ship Net­work of Black Con­ser­va­tives; and a mem­ber of its par­ent think tank, the Na­tional Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­icy

I won­der how Leroy Jones, the black Chair­man of the Es­sex County Demo­crat Com­mit­tee, looks at him­self in the mir­ror. I won­der how he looks at his fam­ily and the mem­bers of his com­mu­nity. I won­der how he feels as he sits in the pews of the black church he at­tends, and how he feels while sit­ting in the black bar­ber­shop. More specif­i­cally, I won­der how the people of Es­sex County, New Jersey as a whole, feel about Jones.

In his ca­pac­ity as Chair­man of the Es­sex County Demo­crat Com­mit­tee, Jones has pro­vided aid and com­fort to one of the most un­de­ni­ably tran­spic­u­ous racists in all of New Jersey. I’m talk­ing about Klu Klux Klan and Aryan Brother­hood type racism, and the per­son who is the face of same is Marie Stru­molo Burke, Belleville’s First Ward Coun­cil­woman.

Burke was pub­licly ex­posed as the racist she is, when a voice­mail left on Demo­crat Councilman Kevin Kennedy’s an­swer­ing ma­chine sur­faced of her scream­ing that chang­ing the town’s tax rates would turn the town into an “F*****g n***** town.” As I noted in sev­eral ar­ti­cles I have writ­ten about Burke, she was Belleville, New Jersey’s may­oral can­di­date when her racist ep­i­thets sur­faced. In fact, Burke was named Racist of the Month for April on my blog http://my­chal-massie. com/pre­mium. As of­fen­sive and damn­ing as Burke’s tirade was, and in the face of in­con­tro­vert­ible ev­i­dence that it was her voice on the record­ing, Burke not only de­nied it was her voice, she also re­fused to end her may­oral cam­paign. But even more telling is the fact that she lost the race to the even­tual win­ner, Demo­crat Ray­mond Kim­ble, by a slim mar­gin of 2,277 to 1,900, a mere 377 vote dif­fer­ence. A rea­son­able per­son could con­clude that her nar­row de­feat speaks vol­umes about Belleville, New Jersey and Es­sex County.

There is no sce­nario known to man by which a Repub­li­can, much less a Con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can or a Tea Party mem­ber could make such a vul­gar state­ment and not have the na­tional news go into an apoplec­tic frenzy. In the case of Burke, even the New Jersey Star Ledger news­pa­per has stopped cov­er­ing it.

Burke de­fi­antly re­mains on the Belleville, New Jersey Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil and she re­mains an of­fi­cer on the Es­sex County Demo- crat Com­mit­tee. To be fair, the Belleville, NJ Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil on April 22, 2014, by ma­jor­ity vote of those in at­ten­dance, re­solved to cen­sure Burke: “...for her racist re­marks di­rected to­wards the African-Amer­i­can Com­mu­nity, which re­marks were pub­licly ex­posed dur­ing the Town­ship of Belleville Coun­cil Meet­ing which was held on April 8, 2014, and re­move her from her po­si­tion as Demo­crat Chair in the Town­ship of Belleville.” The res­o­lu­tion fell on deaf ears.

On May 27, 2014, the Belleville Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil unan­i­mously passed Res­o­lu­tion No. 14-92, re­quest­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Burke from the coun­cil. Burke re­fused to re­sign from the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil.

The Na­tional Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee, the State Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee and the Es­sex County Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee have stead­fastly re­fused to take any rea­son­able ac­tion against Burke. In­stead Burke re­ceived what amounts to a slap on the wrist as she was de­moted from Chair­man of Es­sex County Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee to Vice Chair­man of the Com­mit­tee.

Mean­while Jones, who now Chairs the Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee, is qui­eter than a church mouse. Does Leroy Jones, the black man who sup­pos­edly leads the Demo­crat Party in Es­sex County have any sense of pride or dig­nity? He has ducked my re­peated at­tempts to have him com­ment on the record. But what does he tell his black con­stituents? What will it take for him to be­have like a man? Or has the Demo­crat Party com­pletely emas­cu­lated him?

Belleville, New Jersey has a 41 per­cent mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tion. What a de­plorable show of con­tempt be­ing shown them by the Demo­crat Party they blindly sup­port. Leroy Jones should be ashamed of him­self, as should the me­dia and ev­ery race monger. The Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil has taken steps to re­move the stench of in­y­our-face racism by Burke, but ob­vi­ously, the Demo­crat Party could care less about do­ing the right thing and de­mand­ing that Burke re­sign.

As for Leroy Jones, I’ve just said the only pos­i­tive things I can say about him. I could say more truth­ful neg­a­tive things about him but there is no need for me to do so at this time, be­cause I would like to think he sees in the mir­ror ev­ery­thing I could pos­si­bly say.

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