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Add Councilmembers Greg Harris and Roxanne Qualls to the growing list of area politicians willing to repudiate the racist language of Jim Schifrin’s The Whistleblower—a list also including Rob Portman, Alex Triantafilou, Greg Hartman, Todd Portune, David Pepper, and Tim Burke. With such high profile local names, one must wonder why Joe Deters remains silent on the issue of whether he meets Schifrin for lunch dates, and whether the two of them have actually shared jokes about the potential assassination of President Obama, as reported in The ‘Blower.
We recently asked each member of City Council to comment on this emerging story, which recently grabbed the attention of the Ohio Democratic Party.
“I really can’t comment on their relationship. I know nothing about them or their personal lives. It’s not my place,” said Democrat Greg Harris, on the reported relationship between Jim Schifrin and Hamilton County’s prosecutor.
“The so-called jokes, however, are way out of bounds,” Harris continued. “The one against First Lady Michelle Obama has a racist undercurrent; the other, directed towards our president, hints at a violent outcome for him while making light of other fallen leaders.”
Charterite Roxanne Qualls echoed Harris’ sentiment. “It is wrong and unacceptable for any person or organization to use racist rhetoric,” said Qualls. “This type of behavior is at odds with the fundamental values of our society. Those publications that promote racist attitudes do not reflect the core values of our community.”
Qualls brings up an excellent point by juxtaposing Schifrin’s racism with the concept of “community values.” One must wonder where the “family values” crowd falls on this issue, and whether a politician like Chris Monzel (who has a close relationship with the local “family values” activists) will do the right thing and repudiate Schifrin.
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