Sunday, January 28, 2007

Who is James Meeks?

This article in the Chicago Reader is an eye opening treatment of the reverend:
  • "They are a force to be reckoned with," says Delmarie Cobb, a political consultant who's worked with Beale, Jackson, and other Illinois pols. "That's why you see so many politicians come to the church. [Its members] believe they're holding people accountable."
  • But few politicians are willing to criticize Meeks publicly - they want him and his congregation on their side, or at least not working against them. And so they keep making the pilgrimage to the House of Hope.
The article doesn't mention if Meeks ever held a job besides that of preacher. It follows him through the Salem Church founding, it's rapid expansion and it's delving into local politics. It devotes barely a mention of the recent "racial profiling" allegations he made against a Sergeant on the south side, indicating to us that even the Reader can spot a pile of political manure if it stinks enough.

His embracing of disgraced State Rep Mel Reynolds and singer R. Kelly point to his need to be in the spotlight constantly. But his business dealings with recently indicted businessman Tony Rezko (who might bring down a governor) are revealed along with his roles in the Shaw-Jackson feuds of recent years. And his recent battles with bad publicity (using the term "house nigger" to describe black supporters of Daley and Blago), his aborted run for governor based on blackmailing Blago for increased educational funding, his charges that the mayor runs an "apartheid" school system and his church recently buying a $3,000,000 dollar jet in honor of Meeks 50th birthday hint at an implosion just over the horizon.

To us here at SCC, Meeks is nothing more than a street corner preacher, race baiter, and hustling opportunist who will stoop as low as he needs to go in order to hold onto his status as a big time political player, including victimizing his own people.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am no fan of the Reader. It is an ultra liberal rag. But it is the only media outlet in town that has come close to the truth about the Ryan Harris case, and the power hungry charlatan that is James Meeks. Kind of ironic isn't it?

1/28/2007 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

took the words right out of my mouth

1/28/2007 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Coldtype said...

"To us here at SCC, Meeks nothing..."

Ahhh to say so much yet know so little. No doubt the TLCR still applies so there's little point in getting into this can of worms. Go Bears!

1/28/2007 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meeks is no diferent than many pols or clergy in this country. What job did Daley I or II ever have, and please not let's even talk about their "affiliations" nor the associations of connectioned people in this city, on this job and God only knows wherever else in the City of Big Shoulders. Meeks is generations down the road of the same old smile and wink bullshit. Keep the covert racial bullshit undertones out. If you don't know the history of this city, and department, let's get down to the brass tacks of the things that are so much more detrimental to our day to day job function.

1/28/2007 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never worked a day in his life. Where are those BS REV credentials from the matchbook we all saw as kids? Church of monday night football?
Any of these so called Reverends, where are there credentials from????
West Side Church of malt liqour and rock cocain?

1/28/2007 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC: I don't like Meek or his politics. His misuse and abuse of people for personal gain is not some phenomenon within the religious communities, throughout this country there are so call men of the clothes, who have made this and their families legacies of wealth and with iron clad trust funds, that will perpetuate wealth and a life of leisure and pleasure for their siblings and their sibling offsprings. We have the Pat Roberson's, Rev Crouch, T D Jakes, Joyce Meyer's Ministries, Rev Creflo Dollar!!!!, Paula and Randy White, John Hagee, Robert H. Browne and so many more of these mult million dollars "REVs" who has ascended financially off the backs of their congregations. Comparatively MEEK'S a tadpole in a very large pool. As far as victimization goes, it appears that Meeks isn't the only one sticking it to his/her own people

1/28/2007 04:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 3:15:06AM
You couldn't have said it any better my Brother!! Fuck em all and Stay Safe out there people!

1/28/2007 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous a secret admirer said...

Stop dissing "a man of the cloth". - J. Clifford

1/28/2007 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think Meeks is bad, how about the arm twisting whiny Father Phleger. He's about as religious as Meeks and the rest of the power hungry store front preachers. Phleger is a shit starting whiny ass who thinks he is above his position and can preach to the Cardinal what ever he wants. Look when they wanted to move Phleger from St. Sabinas, that went away quick went Phleger started spouting. Phleger is about as holy and devout to his religion as an atheist is. Phleger is a self serving pompous ass. All he wants to do is start crap wherever he can. Then once he has started his shit storm he runs the other way to start a new shit storm. Self serving pompous ass.

1/28/2007 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meeks is a piece of trash who forces his will down the whole Roseland community. He acts like he runs Roseland. He tries to order the Police around, and if you don't want to listen to him, he threatens you.

I have on tape his rant about "house niggers" and how no one should be offended by the word "nigger" unless the word applies to that individual. It was all a sickening display of racial divisiveness.

The saddest part is that this man is allegedly a man of the cloth. He preaches against the "white man" instead of preaching for unity. I feel that a Christian preacher should preach Christian ideals, not thinly veiled hatred.

A final thought, did you notice that the most racist black leaders are all preachers? Meeks, Jessee, Sharpton, and Farra-clown. I know the tradition of black churches being pulpits for politics, but in this century, with all the progress made, maybe they should become more progressive and have a separation of church and state.

1/28/2007 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev MEEKS is the guy who wants to raise the state income rate from 3% to 5% - a 66.67% increase - to pay for the failing school system. HB750 and calling it real estate tax reduction.

1/28/2007 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

daley bends over for him so as not to upset the coward (Who was going to run for governor but backed out), nothing but a racist POS! Daley is scared because he has media (LiberalS) under his thumb and he could protest with all his out of work link card infected flock!

1/28/2007 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meeks is nothing more than a gang banger in Rev. clothing. When are these followers of the likes of Meeks and Pfleger going to wake up and realize that these clowns are taking them for a ride!

1/28/2007 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What in the world does a local rev. need a jet for? And who the hell paid for it? The citizens of his so-called church r being fooled! He's no different than any other con. He's despicable!

1/28/2007 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see "Fast Tony" Rezco bring down...
1. Blago
2. Obama
3. Guiterrez
4. Meeks

Then who will be the Dems heroes?

1/28/2007 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meekd pourchased a new lear jet, was going to hijack the city to put in his own landing strip behind his church. Jessie jr and clan fly free with airmeeks. Ha-ha

1/28/2007 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he was a true "man of the cloth", he would've refused that $3,000,000.00 jet and placed the money into the community where it could do some good. How about a new park? Clean up existing parks? Meeks, you are a joke. Join the Race Baiters club, with Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrikan (sp), etc.

1/28/2007 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The onliest true holy reverend in Chicago is the Holy Hoodoo, hisownself, the alledgedly reverend Jesse Jackson !

signed rev. J. jackson (No relation)

1/28/2007 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he in Jesse "king of beers " Jacksons camp?

1/28/2007 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about sticking to something you know about, which would be police work (maybe). None of the comments made, espcially the one about the jet is true. Talk about bullshit! Give a rest. Don't forget, when you talk about people with political connections, white folks have been doing it for ages.Go Bears!

1/28/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i personally find meeks' allegations of profiling and racism ridiculously unfounded. i mean, just look at scc for instance. referring to black people as 'savages' over and over again, complaints that officers can't use the word 'nigger' anymore like the good old days, poems about wiping ghettos out with nuclear weapons. and all this with absolutely NO ONE stepping up to the plate and calling people on their shit. which is really remarkable if the amount of people who read this site is to be believed.

either way, yeah, that anybody in the chicago police department is racist or bigoted or would profile certain minority groups is just preposterous, as this blog demonstrates.

1/28/2007 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Reverend" Meeks and his Salem MB (make believe)Babtist church. If his followers want him to become a millionare and buy a jet on their backs, and they're stupid enough to allow it then ha ha. His enitre political platform is the the white devil the white devil. Ebonics and politics, only in Chicago.

1/28/2007 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell yeah, Meeks has clout!

Alexi Giannoulis was on New Salem today. This is how it's done: they all do for each other in this state!

1/28/2007 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

How about sticking to something you know about, which would be police work (maybe). None of the comments made, espcially the one about the jet is true. Talk about bullshit!

Um, dumbass? Did you read the article? Here's a quote DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTICLE:

Summer and then fall came and went without any more rallies or marches, and Meeks’s sermons returned to more spiritual themes. In August, in honor of his 50th birthday, Salem agreed to buy a $3 million jet, which Meeks says will be “part of our wealth building.” In November, after running unopposed, he was reelected to the senate.

All of the facts in our opinion piece come DIRECTLY from the Reader. But then, you probably knew that and still chose to display your ignorance here. How brave.

1/28/2007 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 3:28 Shut up you hater!

1/28/2007 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous SOS and proud said...

Lots of stealing of time going on in TRU, speaking of Meeks. Hey IAD check out those sheets and find out why half of TRU are at school on company time. Why because they do impounds? Screw em im in SOS and they call me a thief? Get some time on your dorks then we will talk. Instead of IAD have inspectors go to their checkoffs, what only half the cars are there hmmmmmmmmmm

1/28/2007 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
i personally find meeks' allegations of profiling and racism ridiculously unfounded. i mean, just look at scc for instance. referring to black people as 'savages' over and over again, complaints that officers can't use the word 'nigger' anymore like the good old days, poems about wiping ghettos out with nuclear weapons. and all this with absolutely NO ONE stepping up to the plate and calling people on their shit. which is really remarkable if the amount of people who read this site is to be believed.

either way, yeah, that anybody in the chicago police department is racist or bigoted or would profile certain minority groups is just preposterous, as this blog demonstrates."

1/28/2007 03:28:35 PM

You've obviously never been to the west or south sides. Try spending a little time there, also go to the schools there when they let out and then let me know what adjectives pop into your mind. Things are what they are and we call it that way, so stay in your nice neighborhood shielding your self from this element, all the while passing judgement on those who have to deal with it every day. KMA.

1/28/2007 05:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his church recently buying a $3,000,000 dollar jet in honor of Meeks 50th birthday hint at an implosion just over the horizon.


1/28/2007 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Rev MEEKS is the guy who wants to raise the state income rate from 3% to 5% - a 66.67% increase - to pay for the failing school system. HB750 and calling it real estate tax reduction.

1/28/2007 11:03:51 AM

Good money following bad money...

1/28/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Murphy40pct said...

Until cowards like Coldtype and Malcolm make a stand for the black community, Meeks and his fellow racist black "leaders" will continue to thrive off keeping there own poor, incarcerated, uneducated and hopeless. White liberals will continue appeasing and not addressing the problems, and the working police will continue to blamed for and a victim of every ill that affects blacks in Chicago.

1/28/2007 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous The View said...

SCC, the words you've used in describing Meeks could also have been used in decribing....our beloved MAYOR.

1/28/2007 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it a problem if Meeks gets a Jet or not? Rev. Crouch has a $13 Million canadair jet, J. Meyers has a 10 Million dollar Cl-600 challenger, Pat robertson has a jet,Creflo Dollar has a private jet, how many of these righteous REVS put their ill gotten gains back into their communities, they all appear to prey on the old and weak minded and its almost unbelievable how many of these guy exsist in this country. I guess Meeks being Black makes him a bigger thief, a bigger liar

1/28/2007 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BY the end of this year, Pfleger WILL be removed from his current position and transferred to a new church. ALL pastors are being transferred this year because of Pfleger's whining that he was being singled out by the Catholic Church. Pfleger will probably be sent to an all white church in the suburbs where his rantings will fall on deaf ears. The suburbanites will not want to hear his bullshit preachings every Sunday.

Pfleger being transferred is a guarantee!

1/28/2007 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he carries a pistol. plus, get close to him and his clothes smells like bud. he be laughing all the way to the bank, taking all those poor peoples money that be donating to da church. tax exempt #FOOL1234..

1/29/2007 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...that anybody in the chicago police department is racist or bigoted or would profile certain minority groups...
Once again: profiling is NOT illegal! It's a valid law enforcement tool. It's only politically correct left leaning know-nothings who think that if they keep repeating that it should be illegal, it will be made so. Asshat!

1/29/2007 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about that little incident he had with the 011th dist coppers and thought one of them was black and turned out he was pouerto rican. wanted to jam the coppers till a great witness came along. cant mind his business, two face hypocrit

1/29/2007 02:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very sad, where a man will use the word of God, for profit. To be given a Jet, give me a break. Sell it, take the money and help the community. Stop using the Word for profit, start being a man of God, and properly lead your congregation. Its all about Jesus, its not about you.

1/29/2007 02:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Coldtype said...

"Until cowards like Coldtype and Lefty make a stand for the black community..."
- Murphy40pct

You've lost me again Murph. Tell me something, why is it necessary for myself or anyone else to "make a stand" for the black community?America has long come to grips with its "shameful" treatment of African-Americans in the (not-so-distant) past, so concepts such as institutional racism are silly myths. This is a completely color-blind society.

Those studies that show evidence of persistent discrimination against African-Americans across the board--from housing to education to health care--within American society are mere figments of the feverish imaginations of the liberal intelligentsia.

Everybody knows that it's a liberal slander that Reconstruction was abandoned in the South. Blacks with their incessant demands for equality bore full responsibility for the onset of the Jim Crow Laws and the rise of the Klan following the Civil War. Those virtuous, white-clad patriots were maintaining law and order. If it weren't for Big Government sticking its nose where it didn't belong things would have worked out in the end. Kennedy and his damn troops!

Institutional racism? What's that anyway? Blacks weren't excluded from colleges and universities across this country for the better part of 100 years because they were black, they just didn't want to attend these schools. Those that did fill out applications were coerced into it by the Radical Left.

What was that? Why did it take another 100 years after the Civil War for the country the pass a Civil Rights Act (1964)? Just a formality that's all. So was Brown v. Board of Ed.

Look Murph, you don't have to convince me that for most of this country's history the races have enjoyed perfect equality, segregated equality, but equality none the less. Only liberal agitators would argue otherwise.

We are the world, loving one another.

PS: That Emmett Till kid was just asking for it.

1/29/2007 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous southsideirishcatholicdemocratsoxfan said...

A repeat from Chicago History site
1872 1st black PO
1885 1st woman PO
1940 1st black captain also 1st in U.S.
Now man up and stop crying affirmative action and reparations

1/29/2007 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we should start a church! Millions in it! Government is intimidated by it! We still have that illegal girl living in a fake church using her 8 year old to try to keep her here! hey daley what about this can we maybe tow her car? deport here after all you are the law n order mayor except when your stealing!

1/29/2007 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Murphy40pct said...

Wow Coldtype, I didn't know you had a sense of humor. The answer to your question is this: It is easier to use the chains of the past to justify your shortcomings today than to rise up for a better tomorrow. You can point out all the ways blacks have been victimized as an excuse for the sad state for blacks in poor neighborhoods in this city...then blame the police for the ills in the communities-instead of talking about why the crime rate is so hi, why there are so many drop outs, and why the family structure has been lost. You take the path of a coward-continue the excuses. Guess what coward- you are not helping black people-you are hurting them. Guess that makes you a racist coward. Keep supporting the victimization crowd (Meeks), keep talking about the civil war, and keep the black community down...except for your friends who profit from it (Meeks Jesse et al)!

1/29/2007 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scc, keep up the good work.

to all the people that bitch and moan about scc holding back or deleting certain posts. oh well. it's their blog. get over it. if you don't like it. go fly a kite and dont visit again.

in fact, go create your own blog. its free dummy.

to all the idiots out their. not everybody writing posts and visiting this blog are the police, duh..

a savage is a savage. it doesnt have to necessarily mean the person is refurring to a person of color. it's how you perceive it.

here we go again. i see the jealous idiot that got dumped from tru is yapping his gums again making up lies about the tru unit. yada yada yada. your not from sos as you stated in your paragraph of lies. you're that male white officer that we all know by name. should I go on? should I describe you, should I tell everybody what district you went back to? should I tell them your real name? get over it. get on with your life you miserable fuck.

1/29/2007 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my only time meeting Mr. Meeks. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit, many stranded citizens of many races were brought to the Chicagoland area off a large numbers of buses. The large group was brought to the southside and then filtered to other communities in the midwest. I think( don't know for sure) that Salem was the first location in the Chicagoland area that took the refugees. Anyway, guess what? Meeks needed police to assist his church. Many CPD and I.S.P. officers and supervisors on hand to assist. As the bosses were standing around getting their orders barked out from Meeks, myself and other sergeants and a couple of lieutenants approached Meeks for our "duties". He shook everyones hand except mine. I was the only person standing in the group(about 10 people) that was white!! He didn't even acknowledge me!! Man of of the of the community. Yeah, f* him, he's just a typical hater with a personal objective and a goal to get rich off "his people"... who's the "house nigger"?? The police! He needed the police that day to assist him! He is a typical religious con man who is out for himself. And no, I didn't stop him for traffic related reasons prior to this meeting.

1/29/2007 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When's Father Phlegm getting his jet?

1/29/2007 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, Amen, Amen Brother !!!!!! I could not have said it better myself. Thank you and the blog for having the STONES to call this PIMP!!!! out.

1/29/2007 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meeks! So many of my fellow oficers, of a fair persuasion are Catholic. Meeks is small fry compared to the history of those money grubbing, land grabbing, boy snatching SOBS. Long history of leaving Jews and other religous minorities hanging, literally out to dry. I'll bet the recent lawsuits for child f***king has exceeded any amount of money Meeks, Jackson could even dream of having. Name me two religous organizations in this country who A. Don't have blood on their hands B. Don't use the pulpit for economical and political gain. Did they wake you clowns up in history class? By the way I am very critical of the Right Rev. State Sen. Don't hate, he's runnning the master's established playbook.

1/29/2007 08:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Coldtype said...

"It's easier to use the chains of the past..."
- Murphy40pct

The chains of the past. I have to admit I like that one Murph, nice use of imagery. It seems your writing has improved since last we tussled. Unfortunately Murph what hasn't improved is your grasp of history.

The "chains of the past" only extend back a few decades Murph. Do you have any memory of the Civil Rights movement? If, as you imply, our country was/is such an egalitarian, color-blind society, why was such a movement necessary--or even conceivable--100 years after the Civil War? Was that cotton candy they were tossing at Martin Luther King Jr in Marquette Park? Is segregation something that blacks have just imagined all this time? Is their defacto second class citizenship--a defining feature of this nation since its founding--something that has had no effect on their prospects? Do you really believe that?

Let's look at this logically and objectively Murph. Slavery would spand three centuries. No chance for African-American advancement there, agreed? Following the brief flowering of Reconstruction (abruptly cancelled in the 1870's) the South placed blacks under the iron laws (however informal) of Jim Crow which lasted an ADDITIONAL 100 years. All the while a parallel system of segregation and discrimination was prevalent in the North. This brings us roughly to the mid 1960's--within the living memory of many reading these words. 40 years. How does a society overcome 400 years of policy and custom in 40 years? It doesn't Murph.

I know I've asked you a lot of questions Murph but please permit me one more. Where can you point out anywhere on this blog where I have ever taken the position that the police are the cause of all that ails black people?

Stay safe.

1/29/2007 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meeks victimizes his own peoples alright. He is alleged to have senior citizens quit claim their homes and take 2nd morgages out to "donate" to the church. He's a fucking crook.

1/29/2007 09:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least he ain't ANONYMOUS like the rest of you Biotches!

1/29/2007 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all are a bunch of chumps...keep posting on this site and see who the real sell-out is. SCC will run the visitors up and dump this site for a premium. Please link my site www.secondcitychumps !

1/29/2007 09:49:00 PM  
Blogger Murphy40pct said...

Coldtype, terrible injustices were brought upon blacks in this country, and I admire those people who sacrificed to bring about change. You, however, sound like a broken record. This is not the 60's. Answer this: Do you think blacks in Chicago will benefit from continually being told they need whites in their school for them to learn...or they need handouts because they aren't able to be productive citizens because of the past...or not to expect to grow up with a dad because the community won't hold their men responsible to being men, or their mothers to having only kids they can provide for...or that they are not smart enough to apply on a level field to college and jobs because they are black...or that the reason so many young black men are in jail is because the white police put a case on them? No, I never heard you mention that police are at fault-but defending Meeks is defending his policies. What is the right thing to do Coldtype-after years of social services have merely encouraged a culture of victimization and failure, do you think a huge payout from the Feds for reparations would help or hurt? The past sucked for blacks in the USA, no doubt about it. The door to success is wide open now, and the more people encourage the poor to embrace that path-as opposed to embrace being a victim -the more hope there will be. Meeks, Jesse, Sharpton et al found wealth and success at the expense-not the benefit of their communities. They have left the ideals of MLK behind for a press conference and a pay check. There is another way. Just ask Powell, Rice, Obama etc etc. You stay safe too.

1/30/2007 12:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/30/2007 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot Farrakan, the biggest hater of all. Hidden behind behind his "religon", it obvious that he wants world domination for his people, no exceptions.

2/01/2007 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 01/3007 @0146 pm.
You're great! I just found out my new computer has Smellavision. The racism and stupidity has got my nose hurting. Dude, Martin Luther was a 16th century German Monk. I swear, look it up. Dr. Martin Luther King, "Sexual Superman" was just a man, a great man, but no different than the JFK, another so called man between the sheets. However, he was much differnt than the FBI Director, listening in on all his shit. Hoover would be walking along Belmont/Halsted today. The point of all this is that as men, few of us come close to perfection. You guys really need to chill on the obvious racist bullshit. I've been on this job a long time. Police are some of the biggest whores walking. Blah, Blah, Blah! I work four jobs. The crap you tell your old ladies is not reality.

2/01/2007 07:07:00 PM  

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