"The City staff is racist."
Now, let that settle in just a moment.
County Commissioner Skip Alston didn't say, "Some people who work for the city are racist." Nor did he qualify the statement by adding, "might be" or "could be" or any other tempering of his words. No, he said flatly, "The City staff is racist" in trying to explain the downfall of St. James Homes II in yesterday's N&R article about the public housing fiasco.
Alston's fellow Commissioner Billy Yow rightfully got put through the ringer for his promotion of a T-shirt that portrayed a little boy taking a pee on the NAACP. Alston should be similarly reprimanded by his peers, both black and white, for making such an outlandish, hurtful, unfounded, all-encompassing, and asinine remark.
How in the world are we ever going to get past our problems with race relations here in Guilford County with one of our most prominent black leaders acting like he has absolutely no sense or sensitivity when it comes to race relations? (Never mind that a large percentage of "City staff" is black, they were painted with the same racist brush). Black leaders can't continually be allowed make unchallenged and unsubstantiated charges of racism when things don't go the way they wanted. Doing so only divides us further.
I sincerely hope our City Council takes this matter up during tomorrow night's meeting. They should demand an apology from Alston. The North Carolina NAACP, of which Alston is president, should also publicly censure their elected leader over this.
Someone needs to more securely affix Alston's racist-are-everywhere spewing cannon so that it fires only in a more constructive direction before he loses all credibility within this community.