The one person "Committee for Responsible Dog Ownership" (aka Orrin) is an off-leash rejectionist, still licking his wounds from the historic Off-leash Hours legal, health, and parks policy decisions in 2006-2007. Thwarted and frustrated at every turn, our 'hero' is left with plotting a disingenuous racist ploy in an attempt to cower the city agencies and courts that handed him and his micro-ilk (the good folks who labored to destroy the Off-leash Hours policy in NYC parks) a solid defeat.
Orrin thinks to himself: "Now that the NYS Supreme Court has said that Off-leash Hours policy is and always has been legal, and now that the 13-member NYC Board of Health unanimously supported codification of Off-leash Hours policy, and now that the Parks Department held hearings, received an avalanche of public support for the 20+ year successful policy, and amended its regulations to specifically codify the policy...rejectionists can no longer rationally claim that the policy is illegal, or bad for public health, or not Parks policy" (even though our hero still tries to regurgitate all the old failed 'arguments' against Off-leash Hours policy during the attempts to kill the policy and which, to his chagrin, only made it stronger).
Much like the Grinch, in his cave, seething against all these hundreds of park patrons who come out to Prospect Park before 9am, and the thousands in the 87 other NYC parks 7/365, and having had his "arguments" heard and then rejected by every possible authority, Orrin stews.
So what's a Off-leash Hours Policy rejectionist to do?
But wait!!!! Eureka! He'll plot a bogus cynical racial angle!
Yes!!!, thinks our deluded hero, "I know that the various City departments are very squeamish towards anything that can be construed as racial discrimination. THAT's how I'll get them, my pretties! And their little dogs too! Yes, it's bogus, yes, it's cynical, but it just might work!"
So we have Orrin posting such hardcore racist choice nuggets as these from his vile blog:
(1) "the DOPR has reserved immense chunks of parkland, 365 days a year, until 9 A.M. just for a bunch of white people to socialize."
(2) "black people seem to be uncomfortable around dogs—we’ve posted a video documenting this"
Yes, folks, this is Brooklyn in 2008, in case after stumbling upon Orrin's racist screeds you thought it's Mississippi in 1956.
Our hero is so desperate, he's walking around Prospect Park using his expert eye trying to identify and quantify who is "Black", who is "Mexican" and who is "Caucasian."
Our hero discredits himself with each new blog post.
However, Orrin's racism is inexcusible. All should be aware of his cynical bogus racist ploy and his attempts to gain attention now that every other argument the rejectionists have used against off-leash hour policy have been shut down by the vast majority of public opinion, and every legal, public health and Parks authority. Orrin tries to fight the same battle over and over, but even our irrational racist schemer realizes that he needs SOMETHING new to get attention. And he's settled on the racial angle.
One of his vile blog posts has our hero casting doubt that the numerous people of color he sees on an Off-Leash Hours Website could actually be dog owners! In Orrin's World, African American people just don't like dogs, and he's got a video to prove it! (You can't make this stuff up.)
Yes, Orrin, African American folks have dogs, and many of your fellow citizens of color use and enjoy the Off-leash Hours. If you'd bother to come out and meet your neighbors whom you despise so much, enjoying the park responsibly every day of the week, you'd see that folks who enjoy Off-leash Hours policy in Prospect and in the 87 other parks from around the City, transcend race, gender, national origin, economic circumstance, age, and ability/disability. Perhaps you'd even learn that several members of your local off-leash group boards of directors just happen to be African American. Imagine that!
But don't let any inconvenient truths get in the way or your bogus cynical racist diatribes, Orrin.
Shame on you, if you have any shame.