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This "character assassination" ploy against Marcel is only happening because Marcel is in the way of outside people wanting IN into West Oakland (lower bottoms).
Whether some like it or not, he seems to be playing by the same rules that are often--silently and uncontested--used against Black leaders.
History lacks a voice when it comes to what really happened to Malcom X, Dr. King, Huey Newton, etc...
All I'm saying is that Altstadt is playing a game that historically--with the exception of OJ Simpson's murder case--works for White people.
I'm sure there's a broke-bankrupt white bicycle messenger somewhere who could more comfortably and successfully walk in a bank and get a loan or a grant in a West Oakland Community meeting.
I see Marcel as a Black balance to the massive influx of White pittbull owning residents of West Oakland. Someone else said it best, "We ain't going nowhere."
So if media, Allstadt, or readers alike DIDN'T hate Marcel, then he'd being doing something wrong. But that's not the case here. He obviously has something(s) that someone(s) else wants.
But hey, with POWER there comes RESPONSIBILITY, and with more MONEY there comes more Problems.
Personally I think there are more real issues concerning Oakland's communities that we could be reading about...
I put this article up there with the overflowed sewer drain in SF that Jade Hernadez covered for 2 hours during KTVU's morning news....WTF?
I'm saying: doing you really care, or are you more concerned with "hating" the "Mayor of West Oakland."
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