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At-large Councilmember Sekou Biddle has kicked Marshall Brown, the father of D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown, out of his campaign.
The move comes after Marshall Brown was quoted in a Post story saying that new white voters prefer dogs to people, snowballs to civil rights, and cafes to hand dancing.
The firing seems like a no-brainer for Biddle, seeing as he’s trying to win a large swath of the Ward 3 white voters who were big fans of former School Chancellor Michelle Rhee in the special election April 26 that will determine whether he keeps his job.But it’ll also means another round of stories reminding folks of Biddle’s links to Kwame Brown and his damaged political brand; Brown, along with other councilmembers, has endorsed Biddle, who was appointed by the local Democratic Party to the seat in January.
Here is Biddle’s statement:
The District of Columbia is a better city because of our growing diversity. While change can be difficult and at times uncomfortable, these kinds of comments are hurtful. My wife and I choose to raise our children here because of the diversity the city has to offer. Marshall Brown does not speak for me or my campaign and his comments in Marc Fisher’s story do not help move our city forward. While he is a longtime family friend, I found his comments to be counterproductive at a time when I am working so hard to bring people in this city together and I have asked him to step down from any future involvement in my campaign.
And here is what Marshall Brown said in the Post:
The longtime white population, the people who got involved in statehood, civil rights and environmental causes, thought of this as a black city … But the new white voters aren’t involved like that. They want doggie parks and bike lanes. The result is a lot of tension. … The new people believe more in their dogs than they do in people. They go into their little cafes, go out and throw their snowballs. This is not the District I knew. There’s no relationship with the black community; they don’t connect at church, they don’t go to the same cafes, they don’t volunteer in the neighborhood school, and a lot of longtime black residents feel threatened.
Longtime District political watchers will recall that Brown’s no stranger to controversies over matters involving race.
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