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