Black Priest Calls Kevin Merida and Dean Baquet "Slaves to Money"
By EVAN GAHR
Father Lawrence Lucas, a controversial black priest, says that Kevin Merida, the first black managing editor of the Washington Post, is a "house boy" for the power structure and "slave to money" because he refuses to report that his own paper is being sued for race discrimination by a longtime black advertisement department employee who was fired by his white boss just days after she shrieked at him for no apparent reason.
The lawsuit was first reported by Washington Gadfly Evan Gahr.
In an interview, Lucas, longtime pastor of a Harlem church, made the same comments about New York Times managing editor Dean Baquet, the second black man to hold that post at the no longer paper of record. Baquet has known about the story for almost three weeks.
"I’ll be damned. It’s awful," Lucas says. "Not every black face have the black community at heart rather than where the money’s are coming from. They’re slaves to the money and they don’t want to get the money baggers upset. These guys are not going to stick their not out. They are only thinking a bout their necks. It’s like expecting one cop to tell the truth about the other one."
Lucas said that the "money baggers" are advertisers who might be offended if the paper does the story.
Evan Gahr, a former press critic and editorial writer for the late New York Post Editorial Page Editor Eric Breindel, has written for almost every major conservative publication, plus the Washington Post. His reporting has been picked up by Page Six, the Reliable Source, the New York Times, the Huffington Post and the Forward. Lloyd Grove, who did multiple items on Gahr as a gossip columnist for the Washington Post and New York Daily News, dubbed Gahr a "Washington gadfly."