Holy cow. Why would the Q deprive readers of the verbal pyrotechnics in advance of my trial tonight to be removed as Transportation Chair of CB9? One of the reasons I joined the Board in the first place was to share a (big) bird's eye view on the mechanism of local government. So here's Alicia's latest "poem," sent to hundreds of her minions and plenty of swiped emails, and then my response. Happy reading!
CB9’s Executive Board will be considering Tim Thomas removal off of the Transportation Committee
at 890 Nostrand Ave.
This man should not only be removed from the Transportation Committee
but from the Board.
And it should not just be because of a fabricated vote,
but his whole mannerism and lack of professionalism,
his aggression and lack of respect. His racist blog.
He has called the black community, Nutjobs, afraid, assoholics etc...
He called his members of his committee, “Fucking Clowns”
He referred to FOIL requests as “Bullshit”
He has an harassment charged filed against him
Petitions have been presented against him and given to CB9
and to Eric Adams,
He has disrespected his fellow board members by talking about
them in his blog post.
He has stood up time and time again yelling at the public
making personal attacks against members of the community.
So please come out and let CB9 Executive Board know
It is time for him to go!
Also please come and see if the Chairs of CB9 now consider
themselves apart of the Executive Board with voting power.
In violation of our Bylaws!
Wow! Ms. Boyd, even for you, this is over-the-top. Since you've stated many lies and allegations to the world, I believe I should respond. The folks you sent this email to include dozens of community members, many of whom I consider friends. You have also sent it to elected officials and members of the media. Shame on you.
First: I love my neighborhood. I love the black community, and I prize the black culture of my home borough. Many of the readers of my blog are black, and continue to appreciate my frank essays on race. Some disagree - white, black, other. But I am always respectful, clear, and pointed in my criticism of ongoing racism and injustice. I look at issues in the face. Sometimes I don't like what I see coming from white folks and I call them out on their bull. Sometimes the hypocrites are people of color. I am proud of every statement I've made and stand by it. I don't think you have read much of what I've written, or you would never call me out for racism. I will never know what it is to be a person of color in this society, and I don't pretend to. I speak from the heart. BUT none of that has anything to do with my work on the Community Board - I merely express myself as you do, under the full protection of the First Amendment. I will continue to exercise that right.
Second: You are indeed a menace to civil discourse and I will continue to call you out, and certain members of your group, for your hateful, disruptive and menacing behavior. I've seen you go off on me and other members of the Board. Were I the Chair, frankly I would have you barred from meetings for at least a year. There is precedence, and I will continue to advocate for your prompt removal from meetings you disrupt. That is my right, though clearly not all the Board is inclined to agree with me. Unlike you, I respect the majority opinion.
Third: What I said about the addition of Karen Fleming to my committee was not meant for anyone's ears but the person with whom I was speaking. And I apologized to the person who felt she was lumped in with her, and you. Karen Fleming had already logged numerous complaints about me before the Board, and it's my belief she should never have been added to a committee that I chair. She can join other committees as the Chair sees fit, but her addition actually broke the Chair's commitment to not add more Community members than Board members to a committee. I'll ask that she and others be removed. Again, it's the Chair's call.
Four: You should try running a meeting with openly hostile participants. It ain't easy! I've been fair, but I've been firm. I will listen, but I won't be bullied.
Five: I have never called the Black Community "nutjobs or ass-a-holics." I have called you and two other members of your scrum that. In honor of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., I have judged you on the content of your character. One of your pals likes to point a finger in my face and call me "KKK." Nice. You have a nasty habit of calling people who don't agree with you "Uncle Toms." Again, nice. You have no moral authority to call me out on anything.
Six: I did call your FOIL request "bullshit." Why? Because you need only have asked us the question. Your constant threats of legal action only underscore just how unable you are to play nicely, as a team.
Seven: I have never fabricated ANYTHING. I repeat, I have never fabricated ANYTHING. I have already been through this with the Board. The minutes from the meeting in question will be voted on at the next Transportation Committee meeting. There were occasional mistakes made, but never, I repeat NEVER have a lied about anything in public. EVER.
You speak a lot about "community" Alicia Boyd. It's high time you exercise the idea in your own life and in your activism. We are not your enemy - we are your neighbors.