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Another Case Against Blackface

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Last week (or the week before) I heard about a rash of bank robberies that was going on in the tri-state which is odd because I never watch the  local news.  They showed a the picture of the alleged robber who was dark skinned with a wide nose and wearing a hoodie.  I looked close just in case I knew the guy and could drop a dime on him (hell, Crime Stoppers pay, y’all,  and a sistah needs some new shoes). 

smile for the camera

But, alas, he didn’t look familiar.

Well they caught him.  And here’s his picture:

Conrad Zdzierak

In case you didn’t catch it, this is the guy who robbed five banks in one day.  Check it side by side:

See the resemblance?

So for a week the police has been looking for a black offender when the whole time it was just a white guy wearing an elaborate mask/blackface.

Acting on a tip, officers from several departments served a search warrant at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 320 Glensprings Drive in Springdale Wednesday afternoon where they arrested Zdzierak.

Officers discovered a red dye pack from a bank had exploded inside a vehicle that belongs to Zdzierak.

Police then tried to enter Zdzierak’s room, but were encountered by a dog that bit one of the officers, prompting one of them to fire their gun.

Once inside, officers discovered evidence, including a Hollywood-style mask linking Zdzierak to six robberies.

“The suspect seen in the surveillance photographs and that we were looking for, we believed to be an African American male. The suspect was actually a male, white, who was wearing an elaborate disguise,” said Lieutenant Michael Mathis with the Springdale Police Department.

WCPO News April 14, 2009

This is 10 times worse than the pimp/ghetto parties where ill-informed young whites dress up in blackface to ridicule African Americans.  He’s framing African American males, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry style.  And it makes me wonder how many times he’s done it and if anyone has ever taken the fall because of him.

Hopefully it will give people pause whenever they watch the news and try to equivocate crime with the black community.  Who knows what the real story is of the face that flashes on the screen.


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18 April, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Groovin to…

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Brighter Days by The Beau Alquizola Band.

The Beau Alquizola Band

 I really love this song.  Unfortunately,  it’s not one of the free songs you can download from his Facebook site.  But it is on his upcoming CD, “Wedding’s in Louisville”  which will be available this Saturday.

This is the band’s 3rd studio album and they are back with a more alternative rock/folk drive (think Gin Blossoms mixed with Ani DiFranco tinged with Simon and Garfunkel  ).  His previous two albums were more acoustic and, in his words, more personal.

“A lot of the songs on the first couple albums only I would understand something about,” Alquizola said.  “On this one everyone can relate to them.  There’s other stories to be told; songs on this album are my observations.”

Like the story of a young woman who has an affair with her college professor (Teacher) or a band that’s on the wedding circuit (Wedding’s in Louisville). 

Well, maybe that last one hits a little bit close to home.

In the interest of full disclosure Beau and keyboardist Sharon Udoh are two friends of mine.  Rounding out the group are J. Matt Retherford (drums), Ben Schummer (guitar/background vocals), Noah Diamond (bass) and Joan Schneder (background vocalist).

If you liked the pressed then check them out this Saturday 24 Apr at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Covington, KY to see why they are known as  Cincinnati’s Best live band.

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18 April, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Chris 1864 and the Hate Above

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I hate listening to pop radio because if you listen long enough they’ll play Hey Ya.  I’m like, damn, white folks think it’s still 2003.

But you know, I love this song again.  Go head Chris Rock.  (If you don’t like radical thought, a little crass talk or crackers of any sort then don’t click the link.)

White men? What’s cooler than being white men?  Nothing!

Shake ’em, shake ’em, shake ’em like they called you a nigga! 

Come on teabaggers, you know you wanna sing along.

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2 April, 2010 at 4:51 pm