My ex-lover Anthony Miller e-mailed me to inform me that Harlem United: Community AIDS Center is opening a new facility in Harlem and he has been invited to the christening. He writes…
“Harlem United (or whatever it’s called now) is naming a new building after Willis Green, Jr. and having an event around the christening. Patrick McGovern has invited me. I'm sure your invitation is ‘in the mail’.”
I never hear from Anthony unless he is writing to rub something in my face. He tries to prove, after all these years, that I’m basically a very mean person who nobody likes. His e-mail served as a reminder that I should have stayed with him because nobody likes me…
I worked for Harlem United when the non-profit AIDS organization operated out of a church basement with no air conditioning, back when Patrick J. McGovern, the former Catholic priest, was still the Deputy Executive Director.
I was Willis Green, Jr.’s “Special Assistant”--- a glorified name for a secretary. Willis and Patrick got into a terrible power struggle at Harlem United. Patrick left Harlem United for a position at Housing Works, another AIDS charity.
Willis’ last words to Patrick were—“Get your white ass out of here. You are a user and how dare you go behind my back and try to take over the charity I built."
I was caught in the middle of their fued. Poor Patrick. Nobody would talk to him at work after he made the announcement that he was leaving Harlem United… ”My time is done here…”
Patrick asked me to walk around the block with him after he and Willis got into a screaming match. I knew it wasn’t the smartest thing to do…Willis of course would be angry with me and think that perhaps I was siding with the white man-- Patrick.
When we returned to the office, Willis was standing outside of my office. He wanted to know where we were and if we were talking about him. Patrick said to me…” They could really use someone with your skills at Housing Works.”
To make Willis, my Black boss feel at ease I replied to Patrick, “I could never work for a white man.”
Willis thought it was hysterical. So did I. But Patrick didn’t.
Patrick left Harlem United for a new job at Housing Works. Willis died about two years later. Patrick came running back to Harlem United like a bald Sue-Ellen to take control of the Ewing Oil of AIDS non-profit corporations.
Patrick never forgave me for what I said in regards to working for a white man…nor will he forgive me for writing this, but it sure feels good!
Anyway, I find it strange that Patrick is naming the new Harlem United building after Willis Green, Jr. What’s even more strange is the fact that Patrick McGovern and Anthony Miller are “friends” now. When Anthony and I were a couple and Patrick, my co-worker at the time, came to our house for dinner, Anthony could not stand him. Anthony said he couldn't be trusted and was fake. I should have listened to my lover.
Does Patrick really believe that by naming a building after a dead man who he stabbed in the back, that the Blacks of Harlem will for forgive him for being such a piece of white trash 100 years from now after they find a cure for AIDS?
I hope Anthony has a good time at the Harlem United house warming. I e-mailed him back and told him to spit in Patrick's face for me.
Neither Willis Green, Jr. nor Charles George Taylor will be at the Harlem United ground breaking celebration, in body or spirit. We hope the fucking place burns down with you in it, Patrick McGovern!
When I googled Patrick J. McGovern of Harlem United, I was shocked to find that he and Harlem United has contributed thousdands of dollars to the Hillary Clinton Presidental Campaign.
What a fake!
And to think I walked Patrick around the block in Harlem like bitch!
What comes around, goes around.