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Politician Stands Ground — Refuses to Kiss Criminal’s “Black Ass”

polensek-winston.JPGPeople often complain that their elected representatives, once they take office, often forget about their citizenry. That they’re too busy accepting bribes, kickbacks, or free trips from lobbyists to really listen to the concerns of the people who elected the representative.

Not true in Cleveland’s 11th Ward, where Councilman Michael D. Polensek actually takes time out of his busy day, on occasion, to send letters of a personal nature out to his constituents. Just this last week, an 18-year-old man, Arsenio Winston, got in a spot of legal trouble selling drugs in front of a convenience store, and Polensek took a few minutes to compose what I thought was a very thoughtful letter to Winston. In it, he wrote:

Mr. Winston, you have to be “dumber than mud.” Don’t you know that one of your so-called friends from the ‘8th- Avenue” gang ratted your stupid “ass” out that you were dealing drugs from the parking lot? They cut a deal. So much for your wonderful pals, you idiot. I am so glad that you are now 18 years of age, because now you are an adult and can no longer hide behind the juvenile court system, Mr. Quarterback, loser. Remember when you told me to “kiss your black ass” at R.J. Taylor Playground and that you were going to be an NFL Quarterback? Well, the NFL, despite perceptions, is “not for losers!” …
You are a “thug” and you know what? There are only two places you will end up at the rate you are going — that is, prison or the nearest funeral home. Quite frankly, I don’t care which one you get to first as long as your dumb stupid ass is out of my neighborhood.

For reasons that I don’t quite understand, Winston’s mother, Tonya Lewis, is actually considering legal action. She claims that the letter constituted a death threat, and that calling her son “dumber than mud” was a racist statement because “mud is black and dirty.”

No appreciation whatsoever. Ingrates.

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Are you sure this guy doesn't comment here? Because he certainly sounds like it.

And the mother actually seems to be the racist, considering that she is the one comparing black people to mud. The guy didn't say your son was mud, lady, he said he was dumber than mud. That would be like saying someone has an IQ lower than mayonnaise, then claiming that it was a slur against white people.

Maybe she's trying to draw a connection to the term "mud people," which is a racial slur, unlike "mayonnaise people," which is merely a generalization on the eating habits of Americans.

My favorite part about this is that the alleged drug dealer is question was born at the peak of "The Arsenio Hall Show" popularity and thus is likely named after the talk show host. Awesome.