Okay, I freely admit this will probably be the most bizarre thing you guys have ever read me post. But trust me, it will be the most fun.
I was on the phone with a city hall source the other day and I asked them about the recent crackdowns on illegal gambling in Indianapolis this week. I asked why the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police department went after the poker club on the east side and the pea-shake house/car wash at 38th and Capitol. My source told me the city is simply tired of this illegal activity and is cracking down. They also told me that as much as I complain about crime, I should be happy. I was also told to expect more raids because the powers that be were tired of foolishness and nonsense.
I didn’t connect the dots at first, but one thing that has kept the city from cracking down on the pea shake houses has been being afraid of being called racist, because the pea shakes are in predominately low-income, black neighborhoods. Also, it’s no big secret the pea shakes have been rumored for years to have ties to a number of Black elected officials in Marion County. Everyone knows the Monroe Gray, Tony Duncan story. If not you can find it here. No white politician could attack a pea shake house without getting white sheets thrown at him.
However it’s much easier to go after pea shake houses as part of a greater crackdown on gambling, thus the raid over at the poker club on the eat side. Now think about this and let’s connect some more dots. Who stands to benefit the most with pea shakes shut down? Of course the neighborhood residents, but go a step further. Marion County is, for now, a one’party county with Democrats in charge, so if there is any political competition it’s different factions inside the party fighting for control, like Hamilton County.
So if pea shakes are notoriously rumored to have close ties to one faction of the current political party in charge in Marion County, it stands to reason another faction in Marion County would want to get rid of them. Cut off the pea shakes and you cut off the funding. Cut off the funding, you get rid of people in your party who embarrass you. And who has been the most embarrassed by the actions of some members of their own party? Who has the authority to order the actual raids? Who’s said recently the council hasn’t origniated a new idea in forever? Who has no real competition in the upcoming municipal election so they can turn their attention to cleaning up their own house? It’s a conspiracy my friends. A c-o-n-spiracy!
I told you this was going to be a bizarre entry.