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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/09/2009

Council Unveils 'Revolutionary Mascot' for BBall Game

The trash talk is heating up for the big game today between the D.C. Council and media. After our post this morning about the media team, Michael Price and Charles Mason, aides to council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), write in to D.C. Wire to detail the latest ploy by the council squad:

Today, the DC Council unveiled a revolutionary basketball mascot who, in the spirit of defiance against tyranny, will inspire Councilmembers to raise their game against the likes of Mark Segraves, Jonathan O'Connell and other would-be ballers.

The Council's mascot, Crispus Attucks, is well known to American history. The Boston Massacre was a turning point where five people where killed by British soldiers on March 5, 1770, one of whom was Crispus Attucks. The event was the culmination of civilian-military tensions that had been growing since royal troops first appeared in Massachusetts to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend Acts.

The Townshend Acts were implemented by the British to indirectly tax the Colonies. The acts helped give rise to the rallying cry "taxation without representation."

Furthermore, the Boston Massacre was a foundation for the Boston Tea Party; which gave impetus to Paul Revere's midnight ride; which gave way to the American Revolution, all based on this issue of "taxation without representation."

Accordingly, history notes that Crispus Attucks, a sailor, rope maker, and escaped slave, whose father was said to be African and mother a Nantucket Indian, was the first man to fall in the American Revolution.

Here in the District of Columbia, we continue our struggle with the issue of "taxation without representation," some two-hundred and thirty-nine years later.

Therefore, At-Large Councilmember Kwame R. Brown encouraged a member of his staff, Charles Mason, to portray this American history icon at the Council vs. Press basketball game, to again bring attention to full voting representation.

Let the games begin...

By David A Nakamura  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/09/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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