Sonny Carson Specter Haunts Speaker QuinnNYC 21 Dec 2007 16:08 GMT
By Amadi Ajamu
Mayoral hopeful, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's attempts to curry favor among Blacks since her Sonny Carson Avenue debacle that split the City Council down racial lines, have proven catastrophic. Quinn keeps stumbling on Mr. Carson’s legacy.
Medgar Evers College is the site of the latest fiasco. Mr. Carson, one of the founders of the college, fought many years for the establishment of the historically Black College in Central Brooklyn in 1970. Sources familiar with the situation said “the Women’s Development Center is planning to have Christine Quinn to speak here. When confronted with the college history and Christine Quinn’s race tinged attack on Sonny Carson, the Center’s organizers said they asked her because they need her funding assistance.” A date for the event has not been set.
Community activists have vowed to organize a militant protest and disrupt the event. “We can not allow Christine Quinn to disrespect our community, our history and our heroes,” explained Omowale Clay of the Black Men’s Movement. “Why should Medgar’s Women’s Development Center lick Christine Quinn’s boots for city funds. We will protest this Sonny Carson style.”
The recent opening of the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan was another Quinn blunder. The occasion was supposed to be an opportunity for Ms. Quinn to garner support among blacks. As she sat on the dais with compatriot Mayor Bloomberg smiling, chatting, and posing for photo ops with carefully selected African American celebrities and dignitaries, the ancestors buried there must have wailed in indignation.
In 1991, Sonny Abubadika Carson led the battle cry to stop the construction of the federal building and the desecration of the African Burial Ground. Carson, Viola Plummer and the December 12th Movement, Lumumba Carson and X Clan, and others literally stood in front of the bull dozers to stop them. Thousands of grassroots black people held 24 hour vigils for months and demanded construction stopped in honor of our ancestors. Rallies and demonstrations calling for a monument continued for years. Not a word of this “peoples’ history” was uttered by any of the politicians or celebrities.
“Christine Quinn’s parochial attempts to gain entrée among black voters as she faces term limits, is insolent and reeks of racism. Black people are under attack by police terror, housing gentrification, inadequate heath care, failing education, unemployment – we will not tolerate the likes of Christine Quinn patronizing us,” said Viola Plummer.
Plummer, a veteran political activist, is currently suing Quinn in federal court for illegal termination and violation of her first amendment rights to freedom of speech. According to court papers filed by the plaintiff, Speaker Quinn had overstepped her authority on the NYC Council when she sought retaliation against Ms. Plummer for her outspokenness at the City Council hearing/vote on the Brooklyn street name change of Gates Aves to Sonny Abubadika Carson Avenue last summer.
Ms. Plummer is the Chief of Staff for Councilman Charles Barron and according to NYC Administrative Code and the Council Ethics and Standards Committee, Mr. Barron is the only one who can terminate Ms. Plummer. Councilman Barron has unflinchingly stood by his Chief of Staff from day one.
At a hearing on Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM, attorneys on both sides will argue summary judgment on a motion to dismiss by the defendant (Quinn). The proceeding will take place at the US Federal Court Bldg, 500 Pearl Street, Downtown, NYC.