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Watching "Street Fight"

POV asked three commentators to share their personal reflections on Street Fight and some of the issues and questions it raised concerning black politics today.

Ellis Cose

Ellis Cose, Writer
"And as Curry makes clear, the 2002 Newark mayoral race was nothing if not a descent into racial madness. For long stretches, it was not so much a substantive political campaign as a battle over blackness and who best embodied it. This is not to say it wasn't good politics."
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Debra Dickerson

Debra Dickerson, Writer
"I have always suspected that blacks would be as fascist, greedy, violent, criminal, and racist as whites if given the opportunity to be so and Sharpe James proves me right, sadly. We fought, march and died for our civil rights and all we want to do with them is become everything we fought, marched and died opposing."
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Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, Minister
"In most instances, by the time an African-American was elected mayor of a chocolate city there was a rapid decline in the both the fiscal and physical infrastructure. Yet, Black mayors have local mystics that emphasize the past in light of a tepid present and uncertain future. "
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