THE REV. REVEREND DAVID MURRAY TALKS TO THE RADIO OR IF YOU AREN’T OUTRAGED THEN YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTIONBy
“Democracy is the worship of jackals by jackasses.” – H.L. Mencken
Yes we’re doing this again. We’d love to tell you about the Kwame Kilpatrick shenanigans in court (PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN! Your name Kilpatrick? You call yourself a salesman you son of a bitch?) or the coming indictments against Art Blackwell or that Lansing still doesn’t have a fucking clue about the budget. But we can’t. We can’t do a normal State of the State because WDET’s interview with the Rev. Reverend David Murray was so awful that it merits our full attention. Holy cow, this man is dumb.
Give WDET a hearty round of applause for launching this interview series. Perhaps if more media attention was given to second-tier races then fewer oatmeal-brained incompetents like the Rev. Reverend David Murray would run the state’s largest school district. As this interview series continues, we’ll continue to transcribe key passages as a public service. Follow the links to hear the entire interviews.
Highlights from the Rev. Reverend David Murray:
“Right now the board’s responsibility is to look after the academic matters of the board.”
“Since Mr. Bobb don’t feel it necessary to consult with the board we don’t have much, ugh, room to establishing the type of curriculum the children need with respect to the budget.”
“The people elected me to serve the best interest of the children’s education.”
“What’s better about it is that we’ve got a system in place for African center education and with that model, we are slowly but surely bring the children to a point of civility in the district. Though there have been violence outside the school district, away from the school grounds [ED: Such as the Cody HS shooting], but for the most part the children are slowly getting it together. And that coupled with the fact that we have our own law enforcement agency that supports the vision of the district. Ummm… And in terms of the financial condition that the district is in, the Governor, Governor Engler created this problem in consultation with then Attorney General Granholm.”
“Addressing the lack of money doesn’t put money in the pot. The state is responsible for the deficit therefore the state should replace the money since number one they decided to take the money from the district, allowed greedy people to come and take the money from the district.”
“You have to look at these big contractors, Barton Malow for instance, and all the other big companies. I can’t name them all but they need to be looked at. Leave the baby thieves alone for a minute.”
“I believe that me and the entire board did its due diligence in ugh the way we handled the contracts. See everybody want to get utopia ugh through the board however then they tell the board we are micromanaging the superintendent. So we try to walk as the scripture say: ‘Do all things decently and in order.’ For instance when Dr. Calloway came in she brought her people in from the state she came from and some them, quite a few of them, didn’t know what they were doing because they really didn’t know the history of the school district.”
“I think that number one we need to allow our teachers to do their job.”
“It seems like Robert Bobb has come in and fired the very best minds.”
“The whole situation with regard to that matter [ED: losing custody of his children] was all a farce. It was something that was ugh it was something that was politically driven. And ugh my children, though I let my children go where they wanted to go but I we still have a loving relationship. But the situation had to do with those who created the I guess the complaint, the false complaint, and then in conjunction with those who try to besmirch my name politically. But it didn’t do any good because everybody in Detroit know that I am an advocate for children.”
“If ahh children, particularly children you did not birth, if they become inadequate in terms of their own behavior and ability to have structure or accept structure then the best thing to do is to let them go.”
“If it was my birth children I may have put up a bigger fight.”
On legally changing his first name to Reverend: “I did that because I felt, because the scripture tells us that a good name is greater to be chosen than great riches…I changed my name when I was still in high school…I believe it was 1972 or 1973.”
Remember, this is literally what he said. Literally. We couldn’t make up something this spectacular if we tried. (WDET)
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