Jordan has the Talking Points for White People requested for Deena Hayes.
Here's the rub: this is a math problem, not a racial issue.
Last time I checked, Randall Kaplan and George House were white. I'm a lot more interested in finding out how much cash they can pull out of this deal than I am in their skin tone.
Anybody who begrudges Alston and Hayes their economic interest in the hotel project on the basis of race is an asshole.
Objecting to Alston and Hayes playing the race card to obscure their economic interests in the project, and to Alston using his political muscle to advance a project for which he gets paid, is fair game.
Everyone understands that Quaintance and Weaver have an economic interest in this debate. Pointing that out is not racist, either, but it doesn't undermine their request for transparency.
As I've said before, I'd love to see a great new downtown hotel. Show me the numbers that justify this project, and I'm a cheerleader.
Black ownership? Great.
From my upcoming column: "[The issue of] economic justice for all people is very real, and one that became a major concern of Martin Luther King, Jr., as basic civil rights became law."
But: "Unfounded charges of racism are not just unfair, they give cover to racists and people who want to pretend for political reasons that race is no longer a factor in American life."