PSA EVERYBODY: UNCLE LUKE'S HAS A PLATFORM!
EURWEB spoke with Uncle Luke about running for Mayor of Miami and here is what he had to say...
For former rap star turned community activist Luther Campbell, change was inevitable. He’s running for mayor of one of America’s major metropolitan areas, Miami. And that has some people laughing, and some people shook. He tells our Lee Bailey that his political pedigree began to strengthen as soon as he began to care for the less fortunate.
“People who know me from the music industry know that I’m a champion of free speech,” he explained. “I fought with the Supreme Court and won. Along the way it becomes political. You’re forced to be political as far as free speech is concerned. People who know me know that I have always been a community servant. I’ve fought the program and I’m still around after 25 years as well as worked with African American politicians who have worked with us in the community as well as in Miami.”
Though it might not be fair we can’t help but be a little surprised, as is most of the rest of the world. You mean the dude with the girls and the gold chains and that gap in his teeth? That Luke is running for mayor of what?
“It’s no surprise to people the people of Miami,” he explained. “It’s a surprise to the people outside of South Florida because they don’t know the things that I do. I’m not a person who, like a lot of artists, who do things for publicity. I do things because I do it from my heart.”
Things such as?
“I went over to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of the Haitians that were displaced in the war and set out in the ocean. I did that without asking for any publicity. I fought for African Americans to be equal on South Beach I did it without asking for any publicity. I just wanted equal treatment and we worked with the justice department to get them that equal treatment. These are the different things that I have been doing in my community. I’ve worked with Congressman Meeks, school board members, senators. I’ve been doing this for years and it’s no surprise to the people of South Florida.”
Ok then Uncle Luke! The aforementioned actions are nothing to sneeze at and, at least to us, are a clear measure of Campbell’s demonstrated commitment to the people of Miami-Dade County. Here’s what Luke told EURweb.com when asked what specifically motivated him to run.
“I have to say when you have 8 innocent people get killed by the Miami police department (within months of one another) that says to me enough is enough. When you have affordable housing department get taken over by the federal government that says enough is enough. When you look at a transit department and $180 million is missing and it gets taken over by the federal government that says to me enough is enough. I love my city to death and I’ve been working so hard for fair treatment for the people of Miami.”