So, I'm standing in the open entrance to New Beginning Church and a couple of Blue T-Shirt Bedecked-out Volunteers ask me, " You Corey Brooks?" Now, that was Spontaneous! I love spontaneity! Baby's laughter. A Great Smooch! Keeley Smith on WDCB!
Unamazzed though bemused, having listened to the Action Now "Volunteers" being warmed up for five minutes east of Martin Luther King Drive on 65th Place with chants themed to say that Pastor Corey Brooks betrayed Jesus, I replied, " No ladies, I am an aging white man. Corey Brools is a big, burly and handsome young Black man"
They smiled and moved back in line; herded by two young white people: a guy in a pink Cape Cod cap and a chain-smoking young woman with a clipboard. I have been off my Marlboro Reds for a couple of weeks and fought the temptation to bum a smoke from the young lady.
You see, I was at one of those community activist well-orchestrated SPONTANEOUS protests of some outrage.
The outrage du jour is Pastor Corey Brooks. Got that?
Pastor Brooks was on his way back from the hospital, where he had accompanied members of the family of a parishioner stricken with a heart attack and picking up tubs of iced down bottled water for the two dozen chanting volunteers following Action Now cheerleader with the bullhorn and herded by Comrade Cape Cod and Virginia Slim.
There was also an aging activist citizen journalist who looked like Popeye's Pappy, White Progressive Privilege. Love it. These three white folks acted like border collies for the two dozen "Volunteers."
I have the feeling that a community pantry, or shelter was the place to find activists. One lady in blue Action Now T-Shirt agreed with me.
You see, Corey Brooks is not liked by the artificial turfed Grassroots activistists allied with National, State, County and City Democrats. He supported Bruce Rauner for Governor over Pat "JRW!!!!" Quinn. Shortly after Pastor Brooks endorsed Rauner, his church was violated. Talk about action now! Now, Action Now demands that Pastor Brooks STEP DOWN! Or, so the chanters chanted. man, you'd think Pastor Brooks asked to defund Planned Parenthood, or shot Cecil the Lion. Brooks hate abortion, like a man; howver I do not believe that he has take up Big Game hunting. No, he has committed thought crime.
It was this public endorsement of Rauner that caused the Goldsteining of Pastor Brooks yesterday and I first caught the mighty wind of Action Now's protest on Beachwood Reporter. I like Pastor Brooks and called to give his church members a heads-up and stand in solidarity, as slogan goes, with a neighbor. I park at New Beginnings Church every morning of the school year, when I pick up Leo Students from Grand Crossing and have come to know Pastor Brooks.
Pastor Brooks, unlike too many priests, preachers and prophets in Englewood, Gresham, Grand Crossing and other desperate and blood soaked neighborhoods, is no race hustler, or grifter. He questions support of Democrats who like to play the role of plantation boss. He even endorsed a Republican and Rauner, like all politicians rewarded a solid with a solid. Pastor Brooks was appointed to the Illinois Tollway Commission, which is open to African Americans as well as DuPage County Dowagers. I believe the litmus test for such an honorific appointment is spelling Tollway. Nah, it's probably a little tougher.
Quite seriously, Action Now would demand that the African American Community deserves NO representation, because Rauner plans to destroy the African American Community. Thus the Goldsteining of Corey Brooks.
It takes mob Action Now to properly Goldstein a citizen. Slogans, chants and T-shirts targeting the target for the day is how so-called "Grassroots" Activists assassinate a person's character. Located at 820 West Jackson in the heart of Chicago's . . .Greektown. Two dozen activist volunteers made their way from Chicago's massive south side ( The Lake to Pulaski) Black communities, at their own expense, to board bus to bring them to a Church in the heart of the community they just spent precious Ventra Credits to get to the bus in Greektown. Or so Virginia Slim explained, they are all volunteers and came on their own.
But arrived on a bus? Together with Action Now Alinsky Border Collies, Comrade Cape Cod, Virginia Slim and Popeye's Dad? "One never knows, do one?" to quote Fats Waller.
I guess my tone betrays my sentiments. Pastor Coery Brooks was targeted by some Democrat, or a rival activist priest, pastor or prophet, or maybe he is all three rolled in one. Corey Brooks was targeted for political punishment.
Pastor Corey Brooks handed out water and Dunkin Donuts and Comrade Cape Cod and Virginia Slim immediately ginned up the hate.
Pastor Brooks smiled and forgave. They know not what they do.
Comrade Cape Cod, Virginia Slim and Popeye's Dad do.