Money will always Talk—-even when a Black Life Matters – By Yvonne Sam

Money will always Talk—-even when a Black Life Matters

By Yvonne Sam

On July 27, Gemmel Moore a 26 -year –old Black gay sex worker was found dead in the Laurel Avenue, West Hollywood apartment of 63-year-old prominent Democratic political donor Ed Buck. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office immediately ruled his death as an accidental methamphetamine overdose.

The silence surrounding the demise was astounding, based solely on who was the other party. Ed Buck is as his name implies— has plenty of bucks to pass around. He is a white man known for his successful promotion of a ban on the sale of fur garments and accessories in West Hollywood, and who over the years has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic causes and candidates.

Displayed proudly on his Facebook page is dozens of pictures of him with everyone from the who’s who to the who’s what – presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, Governor Jerry Brown, to Los Angeles County Democratic Party and California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman and even Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.      

Nothing publicly was said about Gemmel’s death especially from Los Angeles’ Democratic and LGBT community–which are often one in same. – Of note is the fact that politicians who have received thousands of dollars from Buck over the years have been curiously silent. In fact, it has been stated that it can be counted on one hand the number of people from the political party of allies, coalition building and we’re stronger together who have made a public call for a thorough investigation into Gemmel Moore’s death in light of the numerous allegations that have been made.

In his online soliciting advertisements for young gay Black men, Ed Buck has referred to them as being a “6-foot” n-word. On his Facebook page, he joked with friends using the n-word.

It is at this juncture that irony meets harmony. There was no shortage of politicians vying to issue statements and be seen in the media condemning the events of Charlottesville and President Trump’s response to them– now locally they are seemingly looking the other way and conveniently ignoring the reality that one of their top donors might be a serial predator who gets his kicks by drugging vulnerable young Black gay men.

Now the Sheriff’s Department is taking a keener look after the personal journal of the deceased has been made public. In his journal, Gemmel Moore wrote, “I honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” a December entry reads. “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy.” His last entry, dated Dec. 3, 2016, reads: “If it didn’t hurt so bad, I’d kill myself, but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now. Multiple young Black gay men have since stepped forward making allegations against Buck recounting similar stories about a man whom they say has a Tuskegee Experiment like fetish which includes shooting drugs into young Black men that he picks up off the street or via dating hookup websites.

All the talk spouting from Democrats about being allies and at edge of each other’s battles goes out the door and loses all credibility when in 2017, a Black gay man can die under more than suspicious circumstances and instead of acknowledging his death–everyone looks the other way because they don’t want to alienate a consistent and top-giving political donor. Once again money walks and talks and even hushes.  Individuals like Ed Bucks win their bucks literally bring them luck, and silence an entire political party.

May Gemmel Moore rest in peace, but at the other end of the scale the Democrats may be in pieces when the facts become known, especially in 2018.  They must practice what they preach.

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  • S Beard  On September 1, 2017 at 2:13 am

    This is the first article I have read of Yvonne Sam that I can honestly say, she Ali’s right on the money. RIP young man. Where is the main stream media, oh, it’s the Democratic party. Where is Bradley Burston, come on man, he was a brother.

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