A high-level Democratic political power broker in Florida ripped his own party to shreds for, among other things, inviting a speaker with anti-Semitic views to speak at a local Democrat event.
Andre Fladell highlighted biases by media allies of the Democratic Party and a host of other problems that he pointed to as reflective of the problems Democrats face locally and nationally.
Speaking at a meeting of the United South County Democrats earlier this month, the powerful Delray Beach-based political figure, who was crowned the “Prince of Palm Beach County” by county commissioners for his influence in local politics, zeroed in on one of the “problems” with the party.
Referring to handouts he had passed to the meeting attendees, Fladell read a quote from actor Damon Dash that was shared on the Facebook page of Reginald Cox, an architect and former member of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency board.
“A Jewish businessman told me, ‘We call you (black people) liquid money. The same way that water falls out of a man’s hands, money typically seeps out of a black person’s hands the same way. Your community gets money and immediately gives it all away to people who aren’t black. We see that as a huge business opportunity,’ ” Fladell read the quote which he said sounded like “hate speech.”
In fact, Delray Beach Vice Mayor Adam Frankel had slammed the post shared by Cox last year, declaring it was offensive to himself and his constituents. Cox countered, however, and defended the post, along with another that included a video prefaced with the comment, “If you’re black and contemplating visiting Israel, think again.”
Fladell pointed to another post by Cox in which his direct comments on Facebook allegedly addressed the killing of millions of Jews by Hitler in Germany in light of the “100 million Black People exterminated by American Plantation Owners in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.”
“Jew-ish people call us the ‘N’ word yet we are forced to mourn for them over our OWN ancestors? We have been bamboozled, hoodwinked, led astray, run amuck…” (sic) Cox wrote.
Fladell then presented the “kicker” in the presentation.
Cox is scheduled as the guest speaker for a local Democratic event set for Feb. 14.
“The person that posted what you just read is the guest speaker at the Delray Democratic Club next week, being honored, speaking about Black History Month,” Fladell emphasized.
“This is the new Democratic Party,” Fladell noted, explaining that the event was still set and Cox would still be honored, despite complaints from the city’s council members and vice mayor.
“Doesn’t it just make you feel wonderful? Doesn’t it give you a good solid feeling?” Fladell, who earlier referred to himself as a “proud Democrat,” asked sarcastically.
“If Terrie Rizzo, the chairman of our party allows this to happen, she’s sending you a message,” he added. “If you don’t react to this, show it to your children. See if they’re proud that this is happening in your city.”
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