The former clown mayor of Toledo writes a column for The Sojourner's Truth. In his May 24, 2007 column, Ford continues to show his inability to look past skin color. Why some people are so stuck on skin color is truly amazing in an ignorant way.
Ford vomited :
Okay, that opening sentence should tell you that his column is going to be senseless. It's not an original piece of humor. Who hasn't heard of the mosquito at the nudist colony joke?
More from Ford:
Disturbing. What do race and gender have to do with the qualifications of being on the public school board? And what do political party affiliations have to do with being on a public school board? I don't understand political party endorsements for school board candidates. It should not be political.
Vote by moving
It's this kind of whacked mentality that makes it so I can't wait until we have moved out of Toledo and Lucas County, so our tax dollars don't support TPS and other failed entities like Toledo and Lucas County government, which are ruled by the likes of Ford.
Problem is, it's not a seller's market in Toledo. We live three blocks off Douglas. In those three blocks, 10 houses are currently for sale. Some have been for sale for well over a year. It had been eight houses, but two more went up for sale this week. I've never seen so many houses for sale on our street in the five-and-a-half years that I've lived here.
For kicks, we drove around downtown Perrysburg a few weeks ago. Within a several block radius of downtown P-burg, it was hard to find a total of 10 houses for sale. Yet 10 houses are for sale on a two hundred yard stretch of one street in West Toledo. Buyer's market in Toledo, a seller's market in P-burg.
Burbs are whiter
When we do move out of Lucas County, probably next year, Ford would say it's because our new community is white. In the summer of 2006 in one of his columns, Ford gave reasons why Toledoans flee for the burbs:
I'd say escaping the homeland of small-minded public leaders like Ford is one big reason for leaving Toledo. City and county government are infested with similar lame-brained pests. Their actions are proof. Just follow what Toledo and Lucas County public officials say and do. It's a comedy of errors, along with being a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Bow down to Malcolm
Here are some excerpts from a March 2005 Toledo Journal story:
He said some white business people smile and say they also embrace diversity, but really are upset that they’re not raking in as much government money as they used to.
[Ford] said that no matter which part of town he’s in, he always reminds groups that minorities strongly support public works and other levies, and that they should have a fair chance to compete for contracts.
[Ford said,] "Some of the school levies would never pass if it wasn’t for the black and Latino vote. I point that out all over town. Folks nod their heads in the majority community but I have the sense sometimes when I walk out the door that they say ‘Yeah, that’s true, but we want it all.’ Affirmative action really has no teeth to it anymore. So the only teeth you can put into it is what the mayor and the council say that they want to see happen."The mayor also got laughs when he talked about some white businessmen’s reactions to artwork in his office on the 22nd floor of Government Center. One is a picture of Muhammad Ali. The other is of Malcolm X, the more militant Civil Rights Movement peer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "That’s so when folks come in there, I want them to see instantly what time of day it is. Literally, business guys have come in there and their legs buckle. They come in and say ‘Oh my gosh, the mayor’s got Malcolm X on his wall.’ That means we’re going to do the right thing; that’s why that picture’s up there," Mayor Ford said.
Candidate for school board
Jul 10, 2007 Toledo Journal story (that will disappear from its site in a week or two for some idiotic technical reasons associated with the Journal's lame content management system. Irresponsible journalism, so get the story while it's alive.)
Mr. Ford, reacting to an off-the-cuff comment from Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, said Monday, July 9, said he is seriously considering running for the school board seat he was apppointed to June 5.
Also of concern, [Ford] said, is a very real prospect that the TPS board might not have an African American member after the November election in a school district that is composed mostly of black students and other minorities.Meanwhile, Mr. Ford said he has not been impressed with the campaigns of two declared African American candidates, Richard Brown and Harold Mosley. Both should be making policy announcements, taking their campaigns into the white community and generally trying to create interest in their campaigns, he said. “If I have a sense that I would have the best chance of winning and they don’t have a chance, that might be a positive for me to run,” Mr. Ford said.
Toledo needs more white folk
Jul 12, 2007 Sojourner's Truth Jack Ford column
Right. That's because Jack gets a pass on the types of statements he makes.
The report cards for the school districts are released in August. Here's the report card for the 2005-2006 school year:
Number of academic standards met out of 25:
- Toledo - 6
- Washington Local Schools - 18
From an irrelevant curiosity standpoint, I'd like to know why two school districts exist in Toledo. But a more intelligent question to ask, assuming the issue is education, is why does Washington Local consistently do so much better than TPS on these tests? Has anyone in TPS, including new board member Ford, looked into why Washington Local does pretty good and TPS fails?
Carty Finkbeiner said in September 2005:
Maybe Carty can counsel Ford on the issue of two school systems in Toledo. Carty asked the proper questions almost two years ago, but Ford has not done that yet. Would be a good question for Ford now that he plans to run for school board seat.
More from Ford's July 12 column about Toledo's population decline:
Years ago, my Toledo area friends moved to Columbus not because my friends were Somalians but because Columbus offered a lot more jobs in the computer field. Population-wise, Columbus is more than twice the size of Toledo. But the number of IT jobs is not twice as many in Columbus compared to Toledo. Columbus has several times the number of IT opportunities compared to Toledo.
More from Ford:
Now, here's something from Jack's Jul 12, 2007 column that I agree with. Occasionally, Ford does say something that makes sense.
Ford was involved with the 2005 arena study and workshops.