Battle of the PD Columnists: Scruggs takes on Regina Brett

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You may have noticed recently that Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett has retired her campaign against drunk drivers in favor of another singular cause: the plight of Cleveland’s black population. But not everyone is comfortable that Brett, the Whitest White Lady Since Shelly Long®, is taking up the black cause. Word is Afi-Odelia Scruggs, a former PD columnist who previously occupied Brett’s space on B-1, will pen a piece for the Free Times criticizing Brett’s new crusade. Scruggs’ taking on Brett is like Freddie Prinze Jr. taking on the cast of Scooby Doo 2. Yes, she is black. But she also wrote things like this: “Usually I avoid writing about politics because it confuses me. I'm fine on local issues, although I have to be reminded of the difference between a levy and a bond. But I've been a bewildered observer of the past few presidential elections.” I don’t want to speak for black people – after all, I make Shelly Long look like Queen Latifah – but my hunch is they don’t care who is calling attention to what’s going on in their communities, as long as someone is – and doing it well. – Joe P. Tone

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