January 22, 2003

ronn taylor, 'honorary white man'

As promised, I attended a book discussion and signing for former Manhattan ADA Linda Fairstein. I don't have much to say right now. I was very disappointed and intend to listen to as much of the City Council hearings on NYPD misconduct and abuse when they start next week (?).

Sadly, most of the African Americans in attendance at last night's appearance were kicked out. Because I wasn't, NY Amsterdam News reporter Yusef Salaam (no relation to the Central Park 5's Yusuf Salaam) referred to me as "the honorary white man" as he was being escorted from the premises by security and the police.

Sharonne Salaam demonstrated lots of restraint after the store manager defamed her and she was forced to leave the event. At no time did she interrupt, harass or confront Fairstein or her supporters. The manager claimed she had standing death threats against Fairstein and the discussion and signing would not continue with her in attendance.

More to come.

Posted by ronn at January 22, 2003 04:32 PM


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Tracked on January 22, 2003 10:07 PM

Interesting Ronn. Thanks for reporting on this. Why were the other African Americans kicked out? Was there a protest of some sort? Posted by: Ray on January 22, 2003 08:52 PM
So, what comes along with this status? A badge? A secret handshake? re you required to act out of self-interest without thought to the larger community? Does your butt get smaller? What? ;-) Posted by: Cecily on January 26, 2003 11:55 AM
Ray: I've updated my experiences there. I should have said most of the Black attendees left after being asked to leave. Cecily: I'm still waiting on my badge. A smaller butt may be nice if it comes in time for the spring. However, will that require a smaller... nevermind. :) Posted by: ronn on January 27, 2003 06:54 AM