Great quote from Eugene Rivers, Boston community leader and Penetecostal minister, about Senator Elect Scott Brown. Yesterday, Scott Brown met with Black and Hispanic clergy and community members, as reported in the Boston Globe:
“ 'It was important, I felt, to come and reach out to the leaders of this community and tell them about who I am and not be defined by anybody else, but let them look in my eye and ask honest and frank questions,' Brown said, flanked by leaders of the Black Ministerial Alliance and the Boston TenPoint Coalition at a press conference in Roxbury, a community that voted overwhelmingly for his opponent. 'While we may not agree on everything, I think we’re going to find more common ground than not.' ’’
"There was a very natural quality about the interaction. There was no defensiveness. There was none of the characteristic uptight liberal 'let me say the politically correct thing' ."
When NECN reporter asked Rivers what he attributed Brown's "natural quality" to, Rivers replied that Brown had "an organic connection to the Black community through a Black sport: basketball." Rivers noted that Brown played high school and college basketball and had interacted with many Black basketball players for years.
Love the smiles in the photo, love the quote! (Globe photo/Pat Greenhouse) Direct speech beats PC every time. The Globe characterized yesterday's meeting as Brown venturing into the "urban Democratic heart of Massachusetts." Mix it up, Scott!