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The usual players of the race card are out in force trying to shame the Boston City Council into allowing Chuck Turner to keep his job. Last month Turner was convicted in federal court of accepting a $1000 bribe in exchange for helping a Boston business man secure a liquor license. As the City Council considers his fate he is playing the race card.
“Why would they go after a 67-year-old man except to shut my mouth?” Turner said yesterday. “This is all about the U.S. government trying to silence a black man who stood up for 44 years and spoke truth to power. And now the council is being asked to go along with the plot to silence me.”
Petitions to “keep Chuck Turner on Boston City Council and out of jail” have been posted on the leftist Web site RevLeft.com as well as the International Action Center, a New York-based social justice organization. Several city councilors have been bombarded with hundreds of e-mails from across the country.
“We think this is a huge political attack by the FBI,” said Edward Childs, a spokesman for the International Action Center’s Boston chapter. “This is a political attack on the civil rights movement in this country — no different than they did with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and many others.”
Welcome to the post-racial world Obama’s election ushered in.
UPDATE: Turner has been expelled from the Boston City Council by a 11-1 vote. And it’s all because of the Irish.
The ethnically mixed council, which includes five members with Irish surnames, voted 11-to-1 on a motion by President Michael Ross to expel Turner, marking the first time the board has booted a member.
“Those Irish men and women forgot their history,” Turner bellowed outside City Hall last night, referring to the council. “James Michael Curley is ashamed of his descendants.”
Former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn took umbrage with Turner’s tirade, saying, “I’m a very proud Irish Catholic politician, and I am very disturbed with such a comparison. It’s completely unacceptable, and I’m sad that Mr. Turner . . . would make that statement. Nobody should use his name in their own defense because Jim Curley’s record stands out more so than anybody. Councilor Turner was misguided.”
State Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty, a Charlestown Democrat, said he didn’t take “personal offense” to Turner’s harangue but felt it was out of bounds.
“What I don’t understand is how anything about it could be directed at any one racial or ethnic group. That’s completely uncalled for,” O’Flaherty said.
Tell, me Superfly: What Irish man or woman was holding a gun to your head when you accepted $1000 from an FBI informant?