Thoughts on Milton Street

I was listening to the radio this morning on my way in to work, and they just happened to have upcoming mayoral candidate Milton Street on in an interview. And I have to tell you that at first I was very impressed. He seemed to be making a lot of sense and I was thinking maybe…just maybe he’s actually for real.

Then he started going on about the black community and how most murders are committed by blacks and how most taxes are paid by whites. He then went on to say that black people need to stop blaming white people for the problems they are having in their communities and they need to realize that the whites are the only ones paying to improve their communities. I don’t have any sort of a statistic to back up what he’s saying. I do think he uses too many phrases involving the words “most” or “all.”

I’m not calling him a racist because I sort of see what he was trying to get at, but I’m concerned that if Milton Street is elected mayor we will only see a broadening of any racial divide that is in the city. Call me naive, but I’m not making the distinction when I walk down the street, and I really don’t think most people I run into downtown do either.

I’m very sick of everything coming down to race. I don’t think that we need to ignore race but I don’t think that everything in life has to come down to race. And – until I think everyone can learn to make that distinction – I don’t see any of these problems going away.

2 Comments so far

  1. Meghan (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

    Good old Milton Street. Keepin’ it real and representin’ all of Philadelphia. SCARY!

  2. Marisa (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    Brady, thanks for writing this. I haven’t really heard Milton Street speak at all, and haven’t really been considering him to be a viable candidate. From what you say, he sounds a bit scary. The last thing we need is a deepening of the racial chasm that already exists in this city.

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