Full disclosure: I consider Lenny McAllister a friend in the fight against the normalization of out-of-wedlock births in the black community. Â When No Wedding No Womb debuted last September 22, Lenny graciously had me on his show, and I was MORE than willing to get up at 4 AM Pacific to chat with him and his listeners about our movement.
So when I got the email this morning alerting me that Lenny had been abruptly fired from his popular radio show because he rallied his listeners to boycott McDonald’s, I was fuming mad, because the reason had a lot more to do with ad dollars, and absolutley NOTHING to do with getting black people out of the cluster-cuss of our current situation.
To summarize, according to reports from The Root:
It was a no-brainer for 21-year-old Jentri Casaberry when he recently took time off from work at a McDonald’s on Chicago’s South Side to tend to the bedside of his prematurely born son, Nyeem.
He was glad he did. The child died at 9:15 p.m. CDT on July 13 at the University of Chicago Hospital, he toldÂ The Root. Just short of a week old, Nyeem struggled with kidney, heart and lung problems, the father said.Â
But the decision touched off a firestorm of controversy and ignited a chain of events fit only for a television drama. First, Casaberry was fired as a night manager at McDonald’s for not showing up for work, he said.
“I watched my son die in my hands,” he toldÂ The Root. “I was told it didn’t matter who died and that I was supposed to come to work anyway.”
Then Casaberry’s mentor, Lenny McAllister, a conservative talk-show host on WVON-1690-AM, was fired for calling on listeners to take a holiday from McDonald’s franchises owned by the operator who fired Casaberry, McAllister toldÂ The Root. (McAllister has been a contributor toÂ The Root.)Â Â
Keith Allen, a AFRICAN-AMERICAN, who own five McDonald’s fired the young man, who according to The Loop 21, “had a 2.8 GPA at Chicago State, had been named Outstanding Cadet in his ROTC unit, was night manager at a local McDonaldâ€™s and would be deployed to the Middle East later this year. And to top it off he was a father who was supporting his 20-year-old girlfriend and their 6-day-old son.”
Lenny, who is Jentri’s mentor, and was also the young single father of an out-of-wedlock child wanted McDonald’s to reinstate Jentri, and for that, he lost his job.
What kind of black, Ebenezer ScroogeÂ does that? Â And more importantly, what kind of black-identified radio station fires a host for doing what was 1000% the right thing to do?
I’ll tell you what kind of radio station does that. Â One that puts the value of advertising dollars from a franchise that is literally killing us over a man who truly cares about his people. Â Lenny said on the air:Â ”If this was a white business owner and a black college student, you’d all be marching down Martin Luther King Drive (in Chicago) singing, ‘We Shall Overcome.’ Well, this is a black business owner and a black college student willing to serve our country and care for his family. What are you going to do about it?”
Is that what got him sacked? Â I’m so sick of black people being penalized for telling the damn truth!
Jentri is an example of what No Wedding No Womb is all about: He remained committed to his child until the very end, and sacrificed his livlihood to do it.
Please spread the blog post around, and put some pressure onÂ BMOA (Black McDonaldâ€™s Operators of America) the organization RESPONSIBLE for Lenny’s firing.
To contact the wussies at WVON, see below:
1000 East 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60619-6397
Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5pm