Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson Remarks:
Rev. Charles Williams II, and National Action Network Demand Meeting and Public Apology for Racist and Divisive Remarks to the New Yorker Magazine
National Action Network
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 @ 11:00AM
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DETROIT, MI- 1/21/14 as reported by the Detroit Free Newspaper: Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is the subject of a lengthy profile in the New Yorker this week. Patterson didn’t hold back in his remarks quoted by reporter Paige Williams, delivering lines like;
“Anytime I talk about Detroit, it’s not positive. Therefore, I’m a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough s—.
“I made a prediction a long time ago, and it’s come to pass. I said, ‘What we’re going to do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and corn.”
Activists are calling for a public apology from Mr. Patterson and a meeting in Detroit with L. Brooks Patterson, with the American Indian Community and local Detroiters.
Rev. Charles E. Williams II said “These remarks are repulsive and racist. Not just because the City of Detroit is over 80 percent African American, but because it is also a direct slight to the American Indian who occupied the land before Detroit was Detroit and Oakland County was Oakland County. As my grandmother would say, Mr. Brooks Patterson ‘you done run out’ ”
Rev. Charles Williams II represents the next generation of civil rights leadership, as the President of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network, and the proud pastor of the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church of Detroit. Rev. Williams appears frequently on Aljazeera America, CNN, MSNBC and is a Huffington Post Blog Contributor