"I can't imagine being dumb enough to want to tag my name to those thoughts for all to see.."
A sound policy, Grove, but lots of people out there think otherwise, apparently.
Thanks jeeps. Reported that on our news blog a while ago!
I'm not all that fond of paying people to live in other jurisdictions, especially the repugnant ones.
Luttell, he has to go go go
Chris, CA reporting at 128 that he has resigned.
I is already here, and I believe y'all signed for his, he's yours now.
I agree with B on this one. Dude should not still have a job. Hell, he should high-tail it out of Memphis entirely after this. A friend of mine's dad always used to do this little hocus pocus incantation whenever he heard about this kind of crap when we were growing up. He'd wave his arms and holler:
"Evil Spirits! Go Back To Mississippi!!!"
Amanda, the racist in question is an employee of Shelby County, NOT the City of Memphis.
Here is a link to the Budget for the Shelby County Department of Corrections. You can see where Mr. Barber is in the hierarchy and how the County Commission could easily wreck havoc on his departments of responsibility.
Of course, if he resigns, then the Commissioners don't need to do anything.
Shelby County Commission: "Mayor Luttrell, that's a nice little department you have there at the Shelby County Department of Corrections. It would be sad to see it not get any funding to employ folks to do the job it is tasked with."
How you take care of that issue.
This is why it's so important that people who serve our area also live in our area. If you don't live amongst the people you serve, you're not going to be able to relate to them culturally in the ways that you need to.
Lesson: Don't take the Short Duck Dong troll bait. (although it is one of his better names)
It's just all ridiculous. Why are we even entertaining it. Blah!
I don't think that's new by any means.
Racists exist everywhere, and it's not just an American thing by any means. I've always said you can kill people, but you can't kill an idea. (I make the same argument with radical Islam, but I digress.) You'll never kill racism, because humans are tribal by nature, and race is always going to be one of those defining characteristics that people use in forming their "tribes," even if we want to consider racial diversity as a desirable quality. Look at our churches if you need an example.
Churches can draw whoever, from wherever. There are no barriers to entry for anyone (well except maybe homosexuals depending on the denomination), but at least no racial barriers exist. Yet, churches are usually the least racially diverse gathering of people you'll find. That's by choice. Churches usually have a wide variety of socio-economic diversity, even a good bit of political diversity usually, but racial diversity? That's rare.
What this guy is saying is sad, but I don't think it's a completely abnormal opinion. The only thing that can be done is to make it socially unacceptable for people like this to express these opinions. It won't make the opinions go away, but it at least pushes them to the shadows, and hopefully over time those opinions become less prevalent in society.
I think people like him feel comfortable expressing this opinion partially because of this election cycle, but it also has a lot to do with the BLM movement, the gay rights push, and other social pushes. Those who don't like the direction we've gone have put their foot down, and it brings out this kind of ugliness.
On another note, it still amazes me what people will put on social media under their own name. I will barely even mention politics on social media, much less spew anger or hatred toward any group. Part of that is because I'm politically moderate and generally don't waste my energy or emotions on negative feelings, but even if I did, I can't imagine being dumb enough to want to tag my name to those thoughts for all to see.
Is Wright employed by Shelby County? Does he live in Shelby County? So why is he brought up here? The concern is what appears to be the state of affairs in which racists have infiltrated various levels of law enforcement.
It's good to see the true colors of the people running our city. It's scary that this man is director of corrections.
And it's relevant to this because...
I don't know what may or may not be described as vintage, but there are several videos of Jeremiah Wright's sermons floating around.
Whether a viewer of those videos considers them hate speech is, I guess, a matter of individual perspective. But it is certainly not nonsense they can be considered such.
An then there's this lovely Trump supporter showing how local politics rolls in West Virginia
Dang. All that and Jeremy Wright too. Dong's busting out the vintage nonsense!
I'm best friends with logical fallacies!
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