2000-03-25 / Columnists

From The G-Man...by Gary Toms

From The G-Man

George W…A Snake in the "Bushes"

Hey people! One of the great things about writing this column is the fact that I am able to relay information to the readers that they may not be aware of.

The information I receive comes from many different sources, and I received two very informative emails regarding Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush, jr. I think you will find them quite interesting.

The first statement reads, "It has already been prophesied that George Bush, jr. will be our next president. A man that refused to sell his home to Blacks and is about to shut down 11 Black colleges in Texas.

George W. Bush recently sent shockwaves through the Black community following a discovery that a Dallas house he sold in 1995 carries a racial covenant, which restricts the sale of the house to white people only. Bush and his wife, Laura, bought the house in 1988. How is this legal? It isn’t. The Fair Housing Act prevents the enforcement of racial covenants. However, many houses still carry them as a remnant of the Jim Crow era, when it was common practice to exclude Blacks from buying houses and living in white neighborhoods.

The Bush campaign responded with an online statement saying that the racial covenant was void and that Bush was unaware of it when he sold the house. Yeah right! It’s extremely irresponsible for a public figure to accidentally overlook such a stipulation. Did Bush really know but just didn't care to do anything about it? The real estate agent who prepared the papers for the sale said that she notified Bush of the racial covenant, but they signed the papers anyway."

Can you believe this folks? Oh, but it gets better! The second statement reads, "I don’t know how many of you are stationed in Europe, but in February 15’s edition of Stars and Stripes it talks about George W. Bush’s reaction to the dragging death of James Byrd, jr. This man’s family was pushing for a hate crime law in Texas, and Bush made it clear that this bill was not to reach his desk. Even though he was the state governor at the time, he didn’t even have the decency to acknowledge such a horrific act committed in his very own state. Some very high profile individuals attended the funeral, and it was inappropriate for the state governor to ignore this, and not attend.

When the victim’s daughter, four months pregnant, bleeding, and on the verge of a miscarriage, flew from Hawaii to Texas for a long sought after meeting, he kept the meeting to 10 minutes! He never shook her hand, offered her a tissue, a glass of water, or even sympathized with the family for what they’ve gone through. She asked him about the hate crimes bill, and he admitted, "He hadn’t had time to review it". So she pulled a copy out and laid it on his desk. He didn’t even pick it up!"

I was really pissed off after reading these allegations, and I decided to follow up to see if they were valid. I contacted Mr. Tom Jacobs: vice president of News and Media Relations for NUE-TV in Washington, D.C. He confirmed the story about the real estate transaction, and he stated that it was released last fall. He further stated that he had heard reports about how The Byrd’s were given the cold shoulder by Governor Bush, and the Black community was up in arms over the governor's reaction.

Now I don’t know about you, but I never heard any of these reports in the mainstream or electronic media. In the matter of James Byrd, jr., when I think back, I don’t recall seeing Bush’s prune-like mug anywhere on the screen or in the papers. Mr. Jacobs stated these stories got very little coverage in any form of media, and he felt this was most unfortunate. Yeah, so do I! What is up with that? I can understand why the white media wouldn’t cover it, to a point, but the Black media should have been all over these stories. They obviously were not, and this is just plain stupid!

I know people are going to say that Al Gore has done his "dirt" to the Black community too, but he’s not the issue at the moment. Al’s day will come soon enough. I’m focusing on "The Bushmon" because people have a right to know about these things. If the mainstream media is too damn coward to bring these situations to the forefront, at least for debate, then I’m willing to let you know what’s going on. Receiving this information and keeping it to myself helps no one, especially if it concerns a man who wants to lead this country.

I’m sure I will get emails and letters from Bush supporters regarding this column. Since the G-man is not easily intimidated, I say bring it on. I stand behind the belief that people have a right to know the truth, and if that means shooting down "your boy", well…you’d better break out the tissues! People can vote any way they choose, but if you plan to vote for this guy, Black or white, you may want to think twice about a man who seems to treat Blacks like second-class citizens.

Feel free to reach me at

GeeMan1025@aol.com, and I’ll see you next week!


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