Doug McIntyre was brave enough to challenge a corrupt charter school in Los Angeles, that happened to be run by Latinos, and he might as well have put on a robe and hood. Left wing special interest groups (and that's what they are more about, left wing poverty pimp politics than really doing anything of substance for people of color) went apolectic and went on a campaign of terror against McIntyre and his then employer KABC radio. It went so far as to an act of near violence towards McIntyre's newsman, the gracious and gentle Sandy Wells, who was nearly run down by the vehicle of one of the school's supporters.
Doug, the product of a racially mixed working class New York neighborhood has hardly a racist bone in his body. For corn sake the guy voted for Obama! (We're trying to forget that Doug.)
The race baiters even eat their own when appropriate. We saw this when special interest groups, joined by The Home Depot, accused Sunland Tujunga activist Joe Barrett (Joe B. of Mayor Sam fame) of racism in his battle against the big box store. There is not a more committed liberal than Joe; making such claims absolutely ridiculous.
Even African Americans are not immune from this as the ever classy Betty Pleasant somehow thinks that Councilman Bernard Parks is part of some racist conspiracy with the LA Times.
But now that McIntyre has done the unthinkable and criticized the messiah of South Central, the "honorable" Mark Ridley-Thomas, for spending nearly a million dollars on rennovating his downtown office, watch out. Betty Pleasant will cracker smack Doug from here to his run-down San Fernando Valley office.
Amazingly, Ridley-Thomas said that he and his staff "deserved" the rennovations. Tell that to a nurse laid off from King-Drew who has to meet a mortgage. Mark Ridley-Thomas has no shame.
The bottom line is that elected officials - be they liberals who claim to champion the poor or right wing nuts who claim to be for the working family - are all about themselves and what they can get for "me." Ridley-Thomas is just another bad fruit in the bunch.