Matti Bower Needs To Do More For African-American Tourists

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once 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 says African-Americans may find a new vacation spot unless attitudes change on Miami Beach.

Note to African-American tourists who showed up in Miami for Memorial Day weekend: Next year, book your four-day vacation in Myrtle Beach, Nassau, or Cancun, where your tourism dollars will be appreciated. Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and the city commissioners have certainly made it clear that they don't you back. In response to last year's police shooting of an unarmed man and several innocent bystanders, the politicians turned Miami Beach into a three-day police state.

Of course, the enormous police presence was just a show to make the residents feel safer. But it created even more racial tension in a city with a history of excluding people of color.

Miami Beach doesn't roll out the red carpet for African-American visitors as it does for those who attend the boat show, Art Basel, and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Instead, black people are greeted by thousands of cops, paddy wagons, police watchtowers, DUI checkpoints, cameras scanning their license plates, and a healthy dose of racial profiling.

It's no wonder some African-Americans stayed away from Miami Beach this time around. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau projected Miami Beach hotels were only 76, 77, and 72 percent full Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, compared with 82, 90, and 85 percent during the same three-day period last year.

Earlier this year, I met with Bower and told her the city needed to take ownership of Memorial Day weekend with an organized event -- maybe something like the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, which offers a mix of hip-hop, R&B, and jazz. She ignored my advice and locked down the city.

Now I understand that residents leave town and some businesses don't make money when the crowds descend on the city for Memorial Day, but the city is pitting people against each other by creating all this tension. I certainly don't want residents to feel they have to leave their homes. I want us to work together to put on an event that we all can be proud of.

It's time for Bower to bring blacks and Miami Beach residents together with a host committee that will work on making Memorial Day weekend special for everybody.

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basquiat333
basquiat333

Matti...Jew or Cuban or whatever. I have seen this problem in Virginia beach with these wanna be,forgetful mayors. Remember your problems in history while you and the likes of you cause misery right now for people like me?  Matti is another version of Mira Obendorf in Virginia Beach. 

 

"For the People" if you say so. 

 

 Really. I don't know what's worse, the white europeans or the cubans  or  the Brazilians (etc.)who believe themselves to be white. No matter what, color always seems to float its way back into the politics of America. Good to know i am paranoid, and that racism died out when Martin Luther gave his life away.

 

This is surely a Matrix going on down here. I hope a dust storm comes and covers all of this human foolishness. At least then, in the midst of tragedy, we are truly all closer to equal.

 

 

PoppoRevenge
PoppoRevenge

Liberty City, Opa Locka ,Overtown, Little Haiti are all ideal locations for Urban Music Fest imagine all the brotherly love .We could have Jessie Jackson ,Al Sharpton, Trayvon's parents ,Miami Zombie's parents and Rodney King .Inflatable swimming pools ,Cough Syrup , Fried Chicken and Watermelon eating competition just imagine 2013 Memorial Day Weekend Luther Campbell could have his wife (me so horny me love you long time) stripping .Rick Ross chef for BBQ .Dj Khaled could be in charge of sanitation portable pottys. I had a dream.. C'mon miami lets makes this happen !!

Trayvonstolemyskittles
Trayvonstolemyskittles

Liberty City, Opa Locka ,Overtown, Little Haiti are all ideal locations for Urban Music Fest imagine all the brotherly love .We could have Jessie Jackson ,Al Sharpton, Trayvon's parents ,Miami Zombie's parents and Rodney King .Inflatable swimming pools ,Cough Syrup , Fried Chicken and Watermelon eating competition just imagine 2013 Memorial Day Weekend Luther Campbell could have his wife (me so horny me love you long time) stripping .Rick Ross chef for BBQ .Dj Khaled could be in charge of sanitation portable pottys. I had a dream.. C'mon miami lets makes this happen !!

Ghettostylebeats
Ghettostylebeats

I feel that they are being racist when ultra weekend is in Miami there are 100,000 white people on drugs at that festival but the don't have DUI check point or 600 cops patting people down making them uncomfortable instead they embrace it I'm not black I'm hispanic I have friends of all races but looking how they promote for a month on the news that they will have so many police cameras and no tollorace basically telling people stay away everywhere across the county it's more racist Miami is one of the only citys that you barely feel racial tension but this past weekend made it obvious that racism hasn't disappeared

Ihadadream2013
Ihadadream2013

Liberty City, Opa Locka ,Overtown, Little Haiti are all ideal locations for Urban Music Fest  imagine all the brotherly love .We could have Jessie Jackson ,Al Sharpton,  Trayvon's parents ,Miami Zombie's parents and Rodney King .Inflatable swimming pools ,Cough Syrup , Fried Chicken   and Watermelon eating competition just imagine 2013 Memorial Day Weekend Luther Campbell could have his wife (me so horny me love you long time)  stripping .Rick Ross chef for BBQ .Dj Khaled could be in charge of sanitation portable pottys. I had a dream.. C'mon miami lets makes this happen !!

flamengo1265
flamengo1265

Hold this thing in Liberty City next year.....oh yeah, the folks in Liberty City don't want a bunch of hiphop hoodlums running around in their hood and the out-of-towners wouldn't feel safe in Liberty City.  Ironic, don't you think.

Jc
Jc

Mattie bower needs to do what it takes to end black beach weekend, thousands of legitimate tourists white, black, brown and otherwise are scared away by this hoodlum mess.

Southbeachresident
Southbeachresident

Luke why don't you provide shelter for the black visitors , you won't because As a black man you know they would steal from you they would ruin your house they would try to rape your (me so horny me love u long time) wife and daughters . That's how south beach residents feel because we know black people we know niggers

Racepimps
Racepimps

Hey Luther why don't you do something for the black ghetto kids? Why don't you do something for the Miami homeless ? Why don't you do something for the Children's hospital? your just another black pimp of your own race you want to stir something up to get attention .luther Campbell why don't, you pick up all the black visitors at the airport and have them stay at your house? You know why because you hate that your black and you hate other black people

Rump
Rump

This country is made of immigrants, races, and religions that escaped persecution in their own homelands.  To see the descendants of oppressed people favoring racism and oppression is really sad.  We're all niggers, fags, euro-trash, spics, kikes, chinks, refs, whatever you want to call us.  Let's stop the bigotry and profiling when we all know that its economic class distinction that separates us in the end.  You're poor or rich in America - the rest is a fostered illusion created to control the masses.

99.9% oppose ghetto thugs
99.9% oppose ghetto thugs

99.9% of white residents are opposed to being overrun by black ghetto invaders. By thevway, they pay taxes.

Zimmerman Special Forces
Zimmerman Special Forces

Luther Campbell like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson is just another monkey trying to create racial tension for monetary and political gain. When have you seen Luther donote money to the black youth of miami NEVER will happen .Rappers are the worst they teach the black youth to sell drugs and act like gangsters and when they end up with bullets in their heads they try to put the blame on the police and the government. urban fest or MONKEYFEST  is just another excuse so monkeys can roam freely and create havoc .

No to the invasion
No to the invasion

Mattie Bower has an obligation to the residents and taxpayers of Miami Beach. I bet 92% are aggressively opposed to seeing blacks and their baggy pants wearing lowlife blunts smoking face eating friends invade South Beach four days a year. You want to see some dude's butt crack? Is Luke into that sort of thing?

BeSerious
BeSerious

I didn't even take time to read this. Matti Bower needs to do something about her Miami Beach RESIDENTS first and foremost, Luke. 

kirkslade
kirkslade

If Atlanta didn't want you, and Miami doesn't want you, maybe the whole idea of Urban Beach Weekend should take the hint and disband. Do you really think that after one year in another city that they would want you? I almost forgot my tag line: Luke Die! I don't want you dead because you are, whatever you are. I want you dead because you stir up racism and hold yourself completely unaccountable!

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

"Miami Beach doesn't roll out the red carpet for African-American visitors as it does for those who attend the boat show, Art Basel, and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival."....COMPLETELY different crowd and well behaved! Luke, YOU are an idiot!!!!!!!!

thelast1standing
thelast1standing

You must be seriously joking! This is about the security of the people that actually attend the events and not really of those living on the beach. Why would one assume that the red carpet should only be rolled out during this weekend for people of African American descent? It's a music festival and last time i checked (including myself) hip hop it's not necessarily a genre that belongs to a specific race. What it boils down Luke to is very simple. Let's not compare events between Art basel, Food and Wine festival and WMC. As mentioned before, this is to protect the people who arrive to Miami Beach. Being a witness to it all, from last year to this year. Where last year i was a witness to more than 10 fights on Ocean Drive to only one this year, that is a vast improvement to the security of those that work here in the beach and those that attend the events. The city of Miami Beach actually does organize events like the African American film festival without any visible police presence during the month of February and where businesses are also welcoming to its guests. During the month of March there was another event (unorganized by the city of Miami Beach) that was catered to the African American colleges during springbreak, it was a clone from Atlanta with hardly any police presence. So what do i gather from this piece is: you need to be more informed  and two, you need to place emotion aside before writing an op-ed piece. One needs to be objective not suggestive. Also, please fire the editor, there was a word missing: "they don't you back". It should have been "they don't WANT you back". 

hip hop
hip hop

the hotel occupancy is down because of the goons that come to south beach and scare away the good folks! if hip hop weekend was moved to say fairbanks alaska, then regular people would book the rooms on miami beach and the hotels would be at 100% occupancy! I think the message has been sent and with in a few years hip hop weekend will be a foot note in history!

Ihadadream2013
Ihadadream2013

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation's population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it's 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation's homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It's a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.

Zimmerman Special Forces
Zimmerman Special Forces

Nobody wants Urban Beach Weekend  ..Just like nobody wants to live close to any street named after MLK.   Martin luther King was the greatest black man in regards to a legitimate fight for racial equality  and every street in this great nation that is named after him is a dirty black ghetto with crackheads and monkeys driving around in 24 in rims supported by foodstamps .Anything that represents blacks is just a disgrace.

real world
real world

You're unable to make your point without wishing DEATH on the writer?? Seriously pathetic, dude.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

He's worse than a regular idiot. He's an idiot with a keyboard and public outlet to spread his nonsense.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Don't try to reason with him. He'll just call you a racist and write an article about it.

Kirkslade
Kirkslade

No, in addition to making my very realistic points, I feel the world would be better if Luke died. Him being dead would be my last point.

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