Mayor Fulop is Anti-MLK
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Those are the immortal words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 20, 2014, America will once again honor his legacy. Parades, marches, moments of silence, trips to museums, and other activities will be just a few ways Americans celebrate one of our most revered figures.
Politicians will also be out giving speeches and releasing statements on how their working to honor Dr. King’s record. Sadly, the majority of politicians aren’t living up to Dr. King’s dream, and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is a prime example of that.
It recently came to my attention that Mayor Fulop attempted to mislead a Pakistani Muslim imam when asked about his ethnic origin. Not only did he judge the imam based on the way he appeared, but he lied about his faith in order to avoid possibly losing political support. To me, that speaks volumes about the content of his character.
“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality”
While often forgotten, those were also the words of MLK, Jr. during the “I have a dream speech.”
Sadly, they still ring true today, which is why I truly feel Mayor Fulop betrayed Jersey City. He lied when he said he opposed NYC’s racist stop-and-frisk policing program at the Lincoln High School mayoral debate.
If Mayor Fulop didn’t support stop-and-frisk he wouldn’t have hired former NYPD Deputy Chief James Shea as public safety director, the developer of the stop-and-frisk training program. He also appointed a powerful right-wing leader that aggressively promotes stop-and-frisk to his public safety transition committee.
What upsets me the most is not his actions, it’s actually his silence. As Dr. King once said:
It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.”
When state Sen. Sandra Cunningham was pushing bills in Trenton to fight the appallingracial imbalance of nonviolent offenders in New Jersey prisons, then-Councilman Fulop never said a word.
For example, he abstained from voting on a resolution supporting a bill Sen. Cunningham sponsored dealing with the racial injustice caused by drug-free school zones. That’s what Dr. King was talking about when he said appalling silence.
He stood for nothing then, and stands for nothing now. I’m asking for everyone in Jersey City to wake up and realize he’s just another politician using our city to advance his political career.