Memorial Day Weekend Needs Me

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Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke announces plans to reclaim Memorial Day Weekend on Miami Beach.

Six months ago, a young man died and seven people were injured, including three cops, in a police-involved shooting on Memorial Day on what has become known as Urban Beach Week in Miami Beach. So over the summer, I met with Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower about bringing some stability and organization to what has come to be known as Urban Beach Weekend.

She's been catching a lot of flack from political opponents in lead-up to the city's November elections. Her adversaries mistakenly believe Miami Beach can dictate who can visit Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue, and Lincoln Road during a holiday.

Pot loving candidate Steve Berke even wants to offer veterans discounted rates at hotels, restaurants, and shops to encourage more servicemen and women to visit our sunny shores, as well as putting on an air and sea show. He thinks this will discourage the crowd from returning to Miami Beach.

Berke doesn't realize that for some African Americans, using the word "urban" is just a nice way of calling someone the N-word. And his proposal sounds like a veiled attempt at selective segregation. No one on Miami Beach can figure out how to curtail the outrageous violence and the vandalism that mars every Memorial Day without discriminating against black people.

Berke's proposal certainly won't fly with businesses on Miami Beach that secretly enjoy the economic benefits from the predominantly African-American crowd during the slow summer months. Heck, there are some nightclubs and hotels that encourage a thug element in their establishments because they know thugs spend money recklessly, buying five tables, each one with limitless bottles of Rozay and Circoc.

Mayor Bower values my opinion. I consider Miami Beach a second home. I attended school and owned the first Black-owned nightclub in the city, Luke's. When I was making music videos, I introduced the world to our beautiful beaches. She recognizes my strong passion for Miami Beach. You have these other groups coming to her that don't care about Miami Beach. She doesn't want to work with people who are in it for the money.

When Bower and I spoke, she agreed to work with me to create a music festival like Umoja, which I created in 2002. Remember that was when residents first complained about the unruly tourists who came down for Memorial Day festivities. My goal is to present a showcase of hip-hop, R&B, and jazz that every American can be proud of. If some people on Miami Beach don't want it that way, then they are downright racist.

Maybe Berke wants to join us in staging an event that both honors veterans and celebrates Miami Beach's diversity. After all, who wouldn't support an all-inclusive classy weekend that goes smoothly?

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Justin
Justin

it's sad that people are letting the actions of a few distort their view of hundreds/thousands... why replace when you can *add*... who says that because there are a bunch of black people around we can't still honor our fallen soldiers... and actually the black community helped START the tradition to honor fallen soldiers fighting for the Union.. but if people hear hip hop, see dark faces, a different style of clothing and hear accents they're not used to, they want to automatically lump everyone together. I'm not gonna call "racism", but i'll def. call ignorance.. if a bunch of so-called "normal" people visited on a weekend and crimes went up, i doubt anyone would be blaming the influx of those "normal" folks... problem is that we've made "blackness" such a quick marker and want to associate any individual ills w/ a whole population. I'm sick of it. 

Marcel
Marcel

uncle luke, you are right! let's do dis up right son

Urban Beach Week
Urban Beach Week

Finally, someone making Plans, not just passing blame, and stereotyping. 

Wendy Frish
Wendy Frish

Luke is a has-been looser who is down on his luck and trying to revive his fledgling career with his outlandish statements and his outrageous acts - like running for Mayor of Miami but he's also hiding from his past crimes like sexually assaulting young women during his shows, as he has been arrested for in the past.  Luke IS a THUG himself and he has brought this Urban wrecking-crew to Miami and now we can't get them to leave.  LUKE IS TO BLAME FOR URBAN BEACH WEEK and all of the crime that goes along with it.

Mrche
Mrche

OHH Luke.. SOMETIMES i can agree with you but i have to say this time you are just blind wrong. I'm a Veteran myself and i'v been living in Miami Beach over 2 Years now and every Memorial weekend i was asking myself what this Urban thing has to do with Memorial weekend. if they want to do something with hip hop or rap well they can call it hiphop/rap weekend.. Around the country cities are doing something related to Memorial weekend. i Think Mr Berke's proposal sounds really appealing by having an Air show and different activities related with MEMORIAL weekend. Mr Berke has good Ideas but the problem i have is that i may dont want a Mayor that smokes pot and party like crazy.. I dont have anything against that but remember YOU are running for Mayor of Miami Beach you also need to be responsible.

Lets remember something Memorial weekend is to remember those who died defending this country from the civil war to todays war.

Revulu
Revulu

A clown VS a fool?  Miami Beach politics are a joke. We'll be asking the mimes on Lincoln Road for policy ideas next.

Thekingofsobe
Thekingofsobe

You can not help the thugs that come from broken homes and abusive parents (Or parent) from being thugs and criminals. Biggest problem is that since they are black, everyone has to tip toe around them to make sure they dont get offended. Well, I have a solution! Lets make the Urban Beach Animals that show up into responsible human beings.

If they break the law, they get arrested, whether they be black, white green or chartruese. This way they can be treated like the rest of us, break the law, go to jail! And we as a city need to step up and arrest as many people as we can that break the law. Not for the purpose of just arresting, but for the purpose of giving equality for animals that say they are human! If you want to not be racist, then dont choose who to arrest on the color of their skin, simply arrest ANY AND ALL LAW BREAKERS!!! Watch how quickly Urban Beach Week disappears!!!

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Oh gosh... He played the racist card!

Darlene Braden
Darlene Braden

Luke Campbell is friends with Matti Bower and a political supporter of hers - he donated to her campaign.  Matti Bower has just admitted to issuing permits for Urban Beach Week.  Why has she been lying about trying to stop the event?

Luke started Freaknik, which was the prelude to UBW.  He's one of the promoters.  Why is the New Times printing his dribble? He is completely compromised.  This is not a fair article - Its a hit job on Steve Berke who is the only one to have come up with an intelligent plan.  The Mayor and Commissioners are now scrambling to justify their positions on the matter - but they are ALL just incompetence, Lazy or STUPID.  Luke speaks for the Thug - not Miami Beach residents.  Go back to Atlanta Luke.  You are not wanted here.

Rob sena
Rob sena

Unfortunately, some people see Urban Beach week as racists because, the bulk of people attending are black.   Look at the stats there is tremendous spike in crime that weekend every year and the city looses money providing security.  I would like you to find the any business owners that secretly enjoy the crowd that attends. More than half the population in the armed forces are black, and the proposed plan welcomes them with open arms.   We are biased against the unruly crowds, that pollute, destroy, loiter and break the laws of our community.  Has nothing to do with their race. Calling it racist is plain ignorance. Steve's plan makes a lot of sense. 

Joe Woodrow
Joe Woodrow

Replacing Urban Beach Weekend with a Veterans Beach Weekend would have just as big of an economic impact for Miami Beach.  Berke's plan has the support of local and national Veterans groups from all around the country, and his plan calls for 200,000 U.S. Military Veterans to come to Miami Beach and pack the hotels and restaurants.  I'd rather replace the weekend with a weekend where we honor our military, then try to fix a weekend that has been broken for years.  It's called MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND for a reason!  We should be honoring the people who have fought for our country, NOT allowing thugs and criminals to disrespect our city!  STEVE BERKE FOR MAYOR!

Sanchez
Sanchez

Nobody needs you Luke, except for the New Times. Not the voters of Miami Dade and certainly not Miami Beach.

MLMFAO
MLMFAO

Justin I agree with you....It is sick...Steve Berke for Mayor...I'm really laughing about that one...a pot head, doesn't have any sort of background in politics, and personally I think he takes it as a joke.  

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Oh look, an unbiased opinion.

By the way, stereotypes always have some truth behind them.

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