Not our fault
Just when I thought Catherine Meeks could not be more of a racist, she proves me wrong. In her Jan. 7 column, she shows herself to be the complete racist that she is, all the while accusing whites of the same. Meeks never fails to bring up the institution of slavery that died 150 years ago as proof that whites are racist. Plus she always fails to mention that during our country’s slavery era, blacks also owned slaves and that hundreds of thousands of whites gave their lives to free those slaves. Also, in the year 2015 more blacks in Africa own black slaves than whites ever owned during the height of U.S. slavery.
But none of that matters to Meeks or to other like-minded blacks. That’s because they need to find racism among whites in order to justify the complete and utter failure of black society in America. You see, as long as Meeks has a boogie man in the form of a white racist, she never has to admit or confront why blacks, as a whole, underperform and underachieve in America. She insists that whites are racist and blacks are victims and that is why black society has fallen to the current depths of despair in which it resides.
Meeks simply cannot fathom that just about every white person in America desperately wants blacks to succeed in our society. We do not want blacks to be uneducated or to be incarcerated or to dwell in poverty or to kill each other. White society wants and needs the black society to be successful. To that end, blacks are given every opportunity to achieve. Proof of that are the trillions of dollars spent in the black inner cities over the decades. However, the dollars spent appear to be for naught as black society has regressed in the past 50 years. And that has nothing to do with white racism.
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What it has to do with is constantly playing the victim, because as a victim you do not have to be responsible for your actions. Well, for the rest of society, that dog won’t hunt anymore. This is the greatest country on Earth so take advantage of the fact that you were born here. You’re not victims. Pull up you pants, get an education, stop committing crimes, stay out of jail and stop having children out of wedlock and you’ll be amazed at how successful you can be whether whites are racist or not.
-- Sloan Oliver
No to fuel center
I oppose construction of the Baconsfield Kroger fuel center. Positioned on the corner of Nottingham Drive and North Avenue, the proposed fuel center would destroy two historic neighborhoods and turn the five-point intersection of Nottingham, North Avenue and Gray Highway into a traffic hazard. Not only would the fuel center be an obnoxious eyesore in an otherwise beautiful area, but its prominence in the historic neighborhood violates the city’s vision of organized growth.
According to the Macon-Bibb County Comprehensive Plan 2030 conducted by the Planning and Zoning Committee, neighborhoods must retain their character to enhance the overall quality of the city. Residential areas must be protected from “the blighting effects of the traffic, noise, odors, and dust generated by commercial and industrial activity” (Section 2.1, Macon-Bibb County Land Development Resolution). Another busy gas station near Gray Highway will turn our neighborhood into more urban sprawl. With the increased volume of traffic and added fuel trucks, the delay would back up traffic all the way to the Interstate 16 intersection. The gridlock from heavy traffic clogging the left hand lane is sure to lead to more traffic accidents.
Kroger professionals should adhere to the city’s fundamental practice stated in the city’s plan: re-purpose vacant buildings such as the empty buildings behind the Kroger store and preserve the peaceful quality of the surrounding neighborhoods.
-- Karmen Lenz
All the talk about the trouble that the Bibb Board of Education is having trying to find a new school superintendent makes me wonder how they’re coming along finding the old school superintendent.
-- Dennis Evans
What does the fact that Tamir Rice was killed within two seconds of the officer’s arrival have to do with anything? Do the editors in their infinite wisdom think that they were supposed to wait until they were actually shot at? Were they supposed to stop and ask if the weapon was real? Do you not think that a 12-year-old can kill an officer just as dead as a grown person? Once again, for the millionth time, where were this child’s parents? The fact is, just as in the Michael Brown shooting, the blame here lies with the parents 100 percent. When people have children and allow them to run wild with absolutely no supervision and they take absolutely no responsibility for their upbringing, this sort of thing will continue to happen ad nauseam. I can assure you that if someone approaches me with a weapon (real or fake) in a threatening manner it will take me less than two seconds to neutralize the threat.
-- Randal D. Duckworth
The police account said they told the 12-year-old boy to drop his toy weapon three times. Video proved that account to be incorrect.
Love it or leave it
The current mantra that “black lives matter” is no different than that for white lives, brown lives, lives of any color, religion and ethnicity as long as those lives are responsible, respectful and law abiding. Otherwise, those lives will be subject to society’s judgment, whatever that may be. One should not expect to be supported or embraced when they disrupt, riot, loot or burn as a means of defiance. Actions speak louder than words or emotions, and the actions that have occurred lately will not achieve anything positive. They are criminal acts. If the ways of this country are so unacceptable, leave it and it won’t take long to find out just how good it is here.
-- Rodger Woltjer
Who got the better?
I am always amazed that public figures such as Dr. Romain Dallemand and Presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton et al., had such demanding jobs in the public glare. Yet they had the time and inclinations for active, illicit sex lives.
I hold a special admiration for Dallemand because he obviously had a lot of fun despite having a stressful job and escaped Arthur Brook and the local lynch mob. Unlike Jesse James, Dallemand got a $350,000 golden handshake and legal expenses forever. Guess who won this farcical tale? Hint, it wasn’t Brook.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
Why we have racism
Why do we have racism after all these years? It is not skin color. We have racism because of the actions of so many blacks (certainly not all). When you look in the paper and see the mug shots of people arrested, what percent are black? When you see young able bodied young men walking around during the work day with their pants hanging down below their behinds, what percent are black? When you are sitting at the red light and a car beside you has music so loud your windows shake, what percent are black? When you ride by the welfare office and see people milling around outside, what percent are black? When you read a description of the person who robbed the store, or hear about a drive by shooting, what percent are black? When you read about gangs in Macon, what percent are black? And when you read about dives that have “wild west” shooting, what percent are black? When you hear the expression, my “baby daddy,” what percent are black? When you see the numbers of high school dropouts, what percent are black? When you see neighborhoods that have gone down the tube, what percent of those neighborhoods are black?
I could go on, but I have used up my words.
-- Betty Morris
After reading Bob Hubbard’s letter to the editor on Dec. 26, 2014, I’m assuming the 17-year-old black youth who shot and killed the 13-month old baby in its stroller was not indicted and is now free.
-- John Smith
De’Marquise Elkins, 18, was convicted of murder and was sentenced in 2013 to life without parole.