"If I cared about my credibility, I would write articles (poorly), not tilt at windmills in their comments sections."
Got it, I appreciate your honesty.
"And how was Shelby destabilized? By State licensed real estate appraisers acting under State authority to reduce the value of properties based on arbitrary and unrelated factors (read: Intentionally devaluing the homes of blacks and homes near blacks)"
Two or more people acting in concert to intentionally devalue part of the citizenry's property, based on "arbitrary and unrelated" factors is a violation of a number of laws, manifestly in violation of the equal protection clause in the Constitution, and is by definition a conspiracy to break those laws. Need i point out that your constant harping on slavery ( which in contrast was legal at the time, no matter how morally wrong) is not helping your credibility?
If you are right that these appraisers are intentionally devaluing the homes of black people, that is criminal.
If they are all doing it, it is by definition a conspiracy, and we must find out high the conspiracy goes. maybe all the way to the top.
If it is also being done to hurt the Shelby County Democratic Party, that is nefarious and not in keeping with our values as a people.
Or maybe you were not really serious about this being the reason the Shelby County Democratic Party fell so quickly?
Could be you have uncovered a major conspiracy.
Seems to me intentionally (intentionally, mind you) reducing the value of homes for political gain is an outrage and probably criminal as well. Sounds like a RICO case to me.
I sure hope that you will not let this matter rest. Remember that doing nothing in the face of evil is becoming part of that evil.
Get Jackson Baker of this immediately. Such nefarious conduct on part of real estate appraisers, licensed by the State, no less, must not be allowed to continue to victimize black people and the Shelby County Democratic Party. And while you are at it, my property in Arlington was reduced in value , too. Can you help me with that?
My thought is that their constituents did not know at the time that their representatives were corrupt. As it turns out, those constituents were wrong in several cases and the rascals were thrown out, Durham and Todd coming to immediate mind.
But at election time, you have got to field good candidates, which the Shelby County Democratic party has not consistently done. In most cases, that is. Ms Johnson, Mr. Stanton and Mr. Wharton being glaring exceptions to my general comment. I personally like Mr. Harris a lot, although he has a bright future in state politics and I doubt we will see him again at the local level.
My 11:03AM post.
Again, my original post was giving my opinion as to why the Shelby County Democratic Party was losing elections.
Why you are bringing in gentrification, racism, Constitutional interpretation, or Bebee Arkansas into that topic is beyond my ken.
You are saying that the Shelby County Democratic Party cannot find enough attractive candidates because they are from disparaged communities and they are all stinky bait?
What communities are Cheyenne Johnson and Ed Stanton from?
They are multi-term Shelby County Government officeholders and they are Democrats. Democratic office holders who get significant support from Republicans.
I seem to recall Mr. Wharton was elected County Mayor twice, and he was also a Democrat who got significant support from Republican areas.
Could be you have the wrong touchstone as to why the Shelby County Democrats have taken such a beating the last two elections. I think so, anyway. It was not racism that caused your defeat, but instead your crappy candidates.
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