Hatemail of the Day: Joyce (Joy) BeLynda Russaw of Selmore Foundation Accuses Me of “Being of African Descent Passing as Anglo”
There are usually between 10-20 crazy emails that hit our in-box every day, from attention-seekers and lunatics out there who try to get a rise out of me. This is going to increase exponentially now that Dancing With the Stars is back on the air with Bristol Palin doing the tango or the cha-cha or whatever, since I adore Miss Bristol and am going to do all I can to see her win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy this year. For some reason, lunatics just LOVE sending me hatemail over supporting Bristol…so the next few weeks will be fun.
Today, however, I received an email from a nut named Joy BeLynda Russaw who accused me of being a black person who tries to pass as white. I laughed and laughed for a good 20 minutes at this. Of all the bizarre things people have ascribed to me or accused me of in the four and a half years I’ve been a political writer, Joy BeLynda wins the prize for the strangest conspiracy yet.
What’s funny is that she claims to be black herself, but accuses me of being “of African descent” like that would be a bad thing. I’m not black, but I’d be proud to be if I was. I’m just a white gay guy from Cleveland who grew up in a part of that town that I affectionately refer to as “Thunderdome”. If I read “of African descent” to people like Joy BeLynda it’s probably because I’ve always lived in cities and my tone is urban. Apart from some time I spent in the field while living in Iceland on a study abroad, I’ve always resided in an urban environment. Perhaps that’s what Joy Belynda is feeling.
Here’s the article that she’s upset about…it was the report I did recently after lunching with prominent members of the black community who don’t support Barack Obama here in Chicago. These people refer to themselves as “The Think Squad” and have been an ongoing club since 2008 when many of them fought for Hillary in the primaries because they knew Obama personally and saw that he never did a damn bit of good in any office he ever held. The Think Squad is, in a word, AWESOME…and they’ve been a great source of on-the-ground intel for me for many years. I like to think of myself as an honorary Think Squad member and always look forward to our regular lunches, breakfasts, or cook-outs. Every big city should have a Think Squad, but Chicago’s would always be the very best.
Here’s Joy Belynda’s email to me this morning:
from: Joy BeLynda Russaw email@example.com reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org to: HillBuzz@gmail.com date: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM subject: Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community Confirm: those closest to Obama know there is no second term coming
I read your article and found it to be vicious, vindictive and wreaked with jealousy.
While I respect your opinion, I think that you have disrespected the entire African American population when you speak for them as a group.
You say that you are gay, how dare you use slurs when referring to someone else.
I look at your picture and I immediately see an agenda, I don’t know if you are Anglo. or of African descent passing for Anglo. But either way
you should show more professionalism in addressing the President, and as for what he has done for Blacks, I am Black and I expect no more from him
than I do any other President. He is the President of the United States and not the President of a specific group.
When we as a people stop looking for hand outs and help ourselves, just as I did and so many others who chose not to sit on the corner, who chose to go to school and learn, who chose to use English, who oppose tattoo’s and other slang that will not get you a job, we had no trouble getting high paying jobs.
I do know that there are people in need, but did you use such language against Bush, Reagan Clinton or Bush. Under the last administration you were so afraid to speak up that
you had your rights and liberties taken from you. And now you get mad……..
Now on a personal level, I don’t think any of your think tank, sitting in Chicago coffee shops people know what is going on with the Obama’s. You don’t even know what is going on with Jesse Jackson jr. and he lives there. I work for the Obama Team and have done so since 2007. The President can only do what Congress legislates and vote on. Before people criticize the President, take a Civics class and learn how the government works. If anything you should be writing an article on voting the deadbeat Congress out of office, and criticize the Supreme Court, Koch Brothers, or Norquist and Rove for allowing foreign entities to buy our elections…. …..do some good and stop the crab mentality.
Joy BeLynda Russaw
Well, Joy BeLynda, you are entitled to your opinion. But you are all kinds of ignorant. I’m not really sure what the Selmore Foundation actually does or how busy you are there as CEO, but it’s bizarre you have the time to write to people accusing them of being “of African descent”. I think you are the one with the oddball agenda, Joy BeLynda. Oh, and you’re also a self-styled “Black woman” who dyes her hair blonde (amongst other colors). So, what are you trying to pass as, sister (besides a low-rent cousin to RuPaul)?
And for your information, the Think Squad knows a lot more about Jesse Jackson than you do. You’re delusional if you think you know more about the man than the people who live around him and even work for him (in some case) here in Chicago. Heck, I’ve seen Jesse parading around naked at Kings’ Spa out in Niles, Illinois (where he goes regularly) so that alone means I’ve seen more of him than you ever have since you live in Atlanta and have most likely never encountered him nude. Trust me on this: it’s a sight once seen that can never be unseen and remains the strangest thing I ever had to do (thus far) in search of intel for a story (and you wouldn’t believe the stuff that guy openly talks about in the steam room when he’s letting it all hang out for the world to see). Living and working in Chicago affords me a front row seat to the ongoing antics of all members of the Jackson family…and myriad people who knew Obama back in the days when he was still just a state senator and “Bathhouse Barry”.
I doubt Joy BeLynda, who lives in Atlanta, knows more about the Jacksons or Obamas than the Think Squad on the ground here (or the many people who see Jesse walking around nude in Niles all the time).
I also don’t think Joy BeLynda is really familiar with my work because I’ve never been afraid to speak up about anyone. I don’t fear the President of the United States having me murdered for telling the world what I know about him. I do not fear anything the Left will try to do to silence me. I certainly never feared “Bush, Reagan, Clinton, or Bush” (which is a strange order to place them in). Obama’s the first Alinsky president we’ve ever had, and if I don’t fear him in the slightest then I certainly don’t fear his predecessors who never employed Alinsky Methods and general thuggery against those who challenged them.
The timing of Joy BeLynda’s email is funny to me, because I happen to be working on another story about the Think Squad and how they’re helping me pull together evidence that Barack Obama could actually lose Illinois in November because of his failure to payout street money to the black community in Chicago. It’s a big story. The Think Squad is helping me crack it. I should have it up tomorrow.
No doubt Joy BeLynda will have some problem with that, too.
Hope she writes in again after she reads the site tomorrow!
Our new pen pal Joyce (Joy) BeLynda Russaw writes in again…and this time with veiled threats!
No wonder this woman is an Obama supporter. She behaves just like those two thugs.
Joyce Belynda Russaw 4:00 PM (5 minutes ago)
to meIs this how you threaten and intimidate people. I saw the pictures on your web site…..that is less manly than I expected.
Joyce Belynda Russaw
U.S. Secret Service
I think I need to start doing a CC: of my own…as in, CC-ing every member of a Selmore Foundation Board of Directors and all her major funding sources so that they know what the CEO of the Selmore Foundation does with her time all day. I’m also going to take the time to copy the owner of “Swinging Richards” in Atlanta too. That’s a male strip club with nude dancers. They are ALWAYS looking for drag queens to MC their revue. By looking at her, our new pen pal Joyce could make some great extra money working some shifts there. “BeLynda” is such an awesome drag name, so this Obama operative was ready-born for this line of work.
UPDATE: Here’s more threats from Joyce BeLynda Russaw. She’s starting to remind me a lot of Helen Jones Kelly. Remember her from 2008? She was the black Obama operative in Ohio who accessed Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher’s private information illegally using government computers and then released it to the Obama campaign. Now we have “BeLynda” (which I have to say is actually a cool name) making weird threats against a gay man in Chicago who opposes Obama. Check it out:
Joyce Belynda Russaw 4:55 PM (7 minutes ago)
You have violated the privacy act of Linked In, you have violated the copyrights of my website,
so we have two choices here….you can post my letter and stop being vindictive by posting my business and
my city and my pictures….or we can take this as far as it needs to go.
Joyce Belynda Russaw
I wrote her back and let her know how ignorant she is, because anything you post online is subject to screen grabbing. She put her photos online at various sites and “Linked In” is publicly accessible. So there’s no copyrights involved. Someone who claims to be the CEO of something should know that. FYI — screen grabs are fair use for educational and informative purposes.
Checkout her “we can take this as far as it needs to go” threat.
That makes me really curious to know if the Selmore Foundation receives any funding from taxpayers.
I now have record of the CEO of the Selmore Foundation making weird racial accusations against strangers and then engaging in a series of threats against someone while representing herself as a prominent member of the Obama “team” in Atlanta.
Before BeLynda “takes this as far as it needs to go” maybe she should call up Helen Jones Kelly and see how well that worked out for her back in 2008.
The sad thing is — as I told BeLynda in an email — is that I think she actually looks like a cool and fun person. Before the Obamas hit the political stage and doused the country with toxic race-mongering and nonstop playing of race-cards BeLynda is actually the kind of woman I would have probably been great friends with. She wears outrageous wigs, applies heavy makeup with garden tools, dresses in ostentatious “outfits”…she seems as fun as my drag queen friends and I bet we would have had a blast out in the gay clubs in Atlanta the next time I’m there.
But Barack Obama has really divided people…by encouraging operatives like Helen Jones Kelly and Joyce BeLynda Russaw to “take this as far as it needs to go”. For some reason they think that after four years of this “get in their faces” behavior that Americans are the least bit afraid of these people.
I say bring it, BeLynda. The Obamas lose all their power in just six weeks. So whatever you want to do, you best do it fast, sister mister!
UPDATE: Calls to the number given for the “Selmore Foundation” are actually answered by BeLynda herself. There’s no receptionist. And a loud tee-vee is playing in the background. It’s not an office, but what appears to be just a home. So much for being the CEO of something.
Good luck with trying to sic Eric Holder on me. He, too, will lose all his power in about 6 weeks.
Maybe he can find work as BeLynda’s receptionist then. That’s about the only thing that man would be good for.
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