Election ’07: A different perspective on Larry, and everybody else

10.5.2007 by André Natta · → 6 Comments

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Kyle Whitmire over at Birmingham Weekly has written an extensive article about Larry Langford in this week’s edition. The piece takes a look primarily at his political career, with extensive focus on VisionLand (now Alabama Adventure) and recent personal problems.

It’s definitely an interesting time to run this piece, especially considering that the next Weekly will not hit the streets until after we’ve either determined a clear winner or at least know who’s got two more weeks of campaigning ahead of them in this year’s race to the mayor’s office.

This is of course not including the outrage over a political cartoon published in The Birmingham News Tuesday that has been viewed as an attack on both Langford and Kincaid, the last minute entries into the mayoral commercial campaign by Kincaid and Bell, the pronouncement about race being a major issue in the election or the interesting response given by Cooper about Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin endorsing the incumbent and holding a fundraiser for him on Wednesday morning.

Business is definitely about to pick up…

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JP
JP

I agree NICOLJA, I'm tired of Frank Matthews and his racist comments. I'm a black male that is outraged that Frank Matthews continues to spew racist comments about Cooper. I like that Cooper has support from blacks and whites that shows progress. People like Matthews is holding this community down. I guess the local news want say anything about him and Langford continues to say nothing. I hope Birmingham want vote Langford in, I know I'm voting against him. Matthews is the Bull Connor of 2007.

JP
JP

I agree NICOLJA, I'm tired of Frank Matthews and his racist comments. I'm a black male that is outraged that Frank Matthews continues to spew racist comments about Cooper. I like that Cooper has support from blacks and whites that shows progress. People like Matthews is holding this community down. I guess the local news want say anything about him and Langford continues to say nothing. I hope Birmingham want vote Langford in, I know I'm voting against him. Matthews is the Bull Connor of 2007.

Michael
Michael

Curious myself why the SCLC ignores that Frank Matthews has a radio program where a large portion of time is dedicated to racist attacks. Frank regularly talks about Cooper having married a white woman. Last week, I think it was on Fridays show a caller said "Cooper probably answers to 'honkey'" Matthews responded by saying "I'm not going to let you all into this show and spek THE TRUTH like that" The caller said he was somewhat joking to which Matthews responded "no, it's the truth" (calling Cooper a honkey or at least saying Cooper answers to it).

Michael
Michael

Curious myself why the SCLC ignores that Frank Matthews has a radio program where a large portion of time is dedicated to racist attacks. Frank regularly talks about Cooper having married a white woman. Last week, I think it was on Fridays show a caller said "Cooper probably answers to 'honkey'" Matthews responded by saying "I'm not going to let you all into this show and spek THE TRUTH like that" The caller said he was somewhat joking to which Matthews responded "no, it's the truth" (calling Cooper a honkey or at least saying Cooper answers to it).

nicolja
nicolja

Where is the outrage from the SCLC over Frank Matthews and his racist diatribe? Where is the outrage over Donald Watkins and his race-baiting? Scott's cartoon pointed out what has been campain tactics from some of the mayoral candidates. It's no secret that race has been used to appeal to certain votoers. The fact that whites and blacks support Cooper should be looked upon as progress in this city. Lest we forget that Cooper is an African-American democrat who has managed to cross racial/political barriers and managed to unite a good part of the city.

nicolja
nicolja

Where is the outrage from the SCLC over Frank Matthews and his racist diatribe? Where is the outrage over Donald Watkins and his race-baiting? Scott's cartoon pointed out what has been campain tactics from some of the mayoral candidates. It's no secret that race has been used to appeal to certain votoers. The fact that whites and blacks support Cooper should be looked upon as progress in this city. Lest we forget that Cooper is an African-American democrat who has managed to cross racial/political barriers and managed to unite a good part of the city.