Letters to the Editor: ‘Redneck’? Councilmembers’ racist remarks were a lot of things, but not that ridiculous
Barry A. Goldwater
My life would not have been different if I had been born in 1964, but I wasn’t. What would have been different is this: the people I’ve seen in years past would never have been elected to the City Council.
People with whom I’ve worked, lived and volunteered with have been members of our city government for decades, and they’ve done excellent things. Some have been as good as, if not better than, the people they’ve replaced.
I have no reason to believe that this group of unprofessional people would ever be on the council. There’s no reason for them to be. Any person of good character and a good heart could easily run for the council and win. The members of this group are not and never have been of that ilk.
Of course, since the members of this “group” don’t know anything about how public service works, they make no secret of their racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic views. They don’t hide them.
I don’t think this is the first time they’ve done something this reprehensible. They’ve been in the public eye, and they don’t hide their despicable statements about women and minorities, either.
In fact, there’s no one in this group whose opinions I’ve heard about. No one. They don’t pretend to be anything the public would see. No matter how many times these people are outed, how many times they do something despicable.
They’re going to stick to their guns until they are held accountable for their behavior.
Until they’re forced to confront the consequences for their outrageous actions, and they have to live with the consequences of being publicly known,