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The Lowndes County Supervisor board meeting, July 7, 2009, was the first supervisor board meeting I have ever watched. As a citizen of Lowndes county, I guess I need a "thorn" for not keeping up with current affairs. Never the less, I find myself in disagreement with many of the assessments of various commentators on this meeting and the state of affairs related to our supervisors. 

 


The Commercial Dispatch issued a "thorn" to Mr. Leroy Brooks for his "childish fit" in that meeting. If I gave Mr. Brooks a thorn, it would be for not having the willingness to speak to someone (Kenneth McFarland) even if we are in disagreement. And I would give a thorn to Mr. McFarland if he is unwilling to speak to Mr. Brooks. Does he seek a subordinate position to a person he refuses to speak to? I would not mind hearing a sermon from Mr. McFarland, who is a minister, on how the Lord would have us show respect to those who have authority over us. 

 


And I wonder why Mr. Harry Sanders, who spoke passionately for the Burns Bottom soccer field, did not say a word about what kind of relationship Mr. Brooks and Mr. McFarland would have? Why was Mr. Jeff Smith the only supervisor who saw a need to speak about this at the meeting? Is there a spirit of reconciliation on this board? 

 


If I were handing out roses, I would hand out a rose to Mr. Brooks for attempting to have racial harmony in hiring black and white. That is the right thing to do. And it should be done in all phases of our lives.  

 


It disturbs me "if" none of the other supervisors has appointed other races in their districts. (And I am not referring to doing this every "blue moon.") This leads me to believe that this issue is not as important to these supervisors as it should be. And maybe part of the reason why there is so much chaos in the board room is because there are attitudes about race that need to be fixed outside the board room. Please think on these things! 

 


 

 


Abraham Smith 

 


Lowndes County

 

 

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Article Comment observer3 commented at 7/20/2009 10:57:00 AM:

Well, I did some thinking on those things and concluded that you need to do some thinking. Fact is, when hiring and appointing new people ,there needs to be NO race cards involved at all. Only best qualified people should be selected, now don't you agree? It should be that way in elections too, but too many voters have a hang up about the race thing, right?

 

Article Comment Abraham commented at 7/20/2009 11:41:00 PM:

"Fact is, when hiring and appointing new people ,there needs to be NO race cards involved at all. Only best qualified people should be selected, now don't you agree?"

When qualifications are critical, I would agree with you. I have a radio program, Bible Answers. Should I select "the best qualified" for that program? Sometimes the word "qualification" is not the best standard to go by. Sometimes we need to consider who can contribute.

As far as race goes, I must confess my skepticism when year after year no one of another race is ever "qualified" to fill a position. Don't you think it good for one to examine one's self to see if one's personal bias (rather than qualifications) might be the reason for the denial of a position to a member of a certain race? Thanks in advance for your consideration of what I have said.

 

Article Comment Observer3 again commented at 7/21/2009 3:34:00 PM:

Sir, you seem to have a level head on your shoulders but I get the feeling you are hung up on the race issue. I think you need to look around the city and county if you are really curious about the make up of employees by race. Do some adding to and taking away.
"Don't you think it good for one to examine one's self to see if one's personal bias (rather than qualifications) might be the reason for the denial of a position to a member of a certain race?" In the above statement , are you referring to Mr. Brooks? I agree that he seems to want his own race in every position in the county and city. If you had the athority to hire and fire at will in the whole county and city , how would you place people? Would they be all white or black or mexican or what?
Don't you think we would be much better off if our county and city government had term limits? Say 8 years max? To include the Mayor?? If so , how can we get it into law?

 

Article Comment Abraham commented at 7/23/2009 3:04:00 AM:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

As for my statements, it might embrace Mr. Brooks who seems to be as qualified as any on the supervisor board (and has been their longer) but has never been president. But I was referring to Mr. Brooks assertion that, after all these years, none of the other supervisors has hired blacks in their districts. Are we to believe that none are qualified and none have ever been qualified?

If Mr. Brooks assertion is correct, then it is the other supervisors who seem "to want (their) own race in every position in the (county)" because they have demonstrated that they will not hire blacks.

You seem to worry that Mr. Brooks might be unfair if he had more power. Why not be equally concerned about the supervisors who have the power to hire blacks but won't?

As for term limits, you will have to enlighten me on what problem they would solve in this county and city. If Mr. Harry Sanders was forced out after 8 years, would his district be any better if another took his place who refused to hire blacks? If so, how would that be better?

 

Article Comment Observer3 commented at 7/23/2009 4:41:00 PM:

Sir, thanks for the comments. But you ignored one of the questions. Why did you avoid expressing how you would run the show? Your reference to race and blacks might reveal too much info about you. It's pretty obvious that you might have a little racism cooped up inside you. Maybe just as much as anyone on the Supervisor board. Now, we're probably both Christians and we know that racism is sin so let's pray about it, ok. The following is a prayer, you don't have to join in if you'd rather not. Father, Brother Abraham and I are your children and we admit we are mere weakly humans who don't really know how to pray as we ought. We believe though that giving thanks is good and pleasing to You, so we bow and give You thanks for salvation through Jesus our Lord and for the privelege to live in a country of freedoms. We confess too that we have specific sins which hinder our fellowship with You and each other. Please forgive us of all our sin as we forgive each other and help us to be better servants and make us color blind in all our human relations. Have mercy on our leaders in every part of every Government and make them do what's right and good in Your eyes. May we not sin by failing to pray for each other, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Article Comment Abraham commented at 7/26/2009 7:32:00 AM:

I am truly thankful to receive your comments. I am thankful for your attitude and I love a person who recognizes our need for God to help us examine and change ourselves. And I fully embrace the beautiful prayer you worded.

I did not intend to ignore your question. But I have already responded on how I would do all things using my radio program as an example. I would seek to be inclusive in my appointments as I am inclusive in having other races participate in my radio program. Those who participate on these Bible programs are better speakers than I. But even if they weren't, I would include them because they would be able to contribute to the radio program, thus to others.

As for racism in me, my question to you must be, "What is there that I have said in these discussions that makes it 'pretty obvious that (I) might have a little racism cooped up inside of (me)'?"If there is any racism in me (and I pray to God continually to help me examine my heart), I don't know what it would be. A man, whether me or you, is not a racist because he points out that supervisors who do not EVER hire those of other races might have some "racism cooped up inside of them." When you are able to point to examples in me where I exclude others like these supervisors, then you might have a point.

 

Article Comment Melody commented at 7/30/2009 11:34:00 AM:

Having read the above exchanges between Mr Abraham and Observer 3 I have a view also. Our city and county government continues to take a tail spin to a bottomless pit. Has anyone noticed that things are getting worse instead of better? I can see changes happening all over Lowndes County and in my life time, for the first time, am ashamed to tell anyone I am from our area. I grew up here where all people in all walks of life prospered and were happy. As I see it, things have gotten worse with each and every black official that has taken office. If everyone (black and white) would just stop thinking only about themselves and focus on the community as whole, stop bickering black and white and listen to the people that took time to put each of these officials into trusted positions, things would look brighter for all of our futures...black, white, orange or purple.

Observer 3. I totally agree with you about the racism...Funny how Abraham recognize it in whites and makes excuse for blacks..

 

Article Comment Page commented at 7/31/2009 10:29:00 AM:

Ms. Melody, I do agree with you that we should look at the community as a whole. I think Mr. Abraham is looking at the issues from an unbias perspective. Notice He gave two black men criticism: "If I gave Mr. Brooks a thorn, it would be for not having the willingness to speak to someone (Kenneth McFarland) even if we are in disagreement. And I would give a thorn to Mr. McFarland if he is unwilling to speak to Mr. Brooks. Does he seek a subordinate position to a person he refuses to speak to?"

Then Mr. Abraham asked a very important question:"Is there a spirit of reconciliation on this board?" That was deemed to blacks and white.

Then Mr.Abraham wrote the following: "And I wonder why Mr. Harry Sanders, who spoke passionately for the Burns Bottom soccer field, did not say a word about what kind of relationship Mr. Brooks and Mr. McFarland would have?"

See Ms. Melody, it appears to me that Mr. Abraham is dealing with the problem. How is Mr. Abraham making an excuse for blacks when he denounced Mr. Brooks attitude toward Mr. Mcfarland, which are two black men.?

The same "thorn" that he gave to two black men is the same "thorn" he posed to Mr. Harry sanders, a caucasian gentlemen.

People "bicker" about race because race continues to be a problem for blacks and whites. I can prove that race is still a problem today for whatever reason: Statistic shows that a qualified Latino American is far less likely to get a job that his/her other american counterparts due to stereotypes and bias. An African-American juvenile is given two-three times a harsher penalty for the same crime committed by his caucasian counterpart. How do you deal with this?

Mr. Abraham is dealing with possible injustices committed by blacks, i.e. Brooks and Mcfarland, and possible injustices done by a caucasian,Harry Sanders. Where is the racism?

God bless you Ms. Melody.

 

Article Comment Melody commented at 7/31/2009 1:58:00 PM:

In response: I made a general statement about racism that was not pointed at any one person. It will never change, never. When the word racism is mentioned, blacks point fingers at whites and only whites. Racism seems to have only one meaning to blacks...black racist does not exist??? The way I see it, it takes on and entirely different meaning...IT IS WHAT IT IS..and will never change..

 

Article Comment Page commented at 8/3/2009 10:47:00 AM:

Ms. Melody, You stated, " I made a [GENERAL] statement about racism that was not pointed at any [ONE PERSON]." Notice the last line of your post on 7/30/2009 @ 11:34 a.m.,"I totally agree with you about the racism...Funny how [ABRAHAM] recognize it in whites and makes excuse for blacks." I would like for you to explain a specific example of how Mr. Abraham makes excuse for blacks, when he criticized two black men for their possible wrong doing?

I believe that black racist exists ma'am. Mr. Abraham has criticized an egocentric viewpoint from both blacks and whites on his radio show. People such as Louis Farrakan, and many in the black panther party,etc. These individuals are under sin if they do not repent, because the Bible says in Romans 2:11 that God does not show partiality.

John 7:51 is a good passage to think on ma'am, "Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?"

It can change ma'am. We must recognize the power of the mighty Jehovah. He sits high and looketh low. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Change comes from the heart.

 

Article Comment Page commented at 8/3/2009 10:47:00 AM:

Ms. Melody, You stated, " I made a [GENERAL] statement about racism that was not pointed at any [ONE PERSON]." Notice the last line of your post on 7/30/2009 @ 11:34 a.m.,"I totally agree with you about the racism...Funny how [ABRAHAM] recognize it in whites and makes excuse for blacks." I would like for you to explain a specific example of how Mr. Abraham makes excuse for blacks, when he criticized two black men for their possible wrong doing?

I believe that black racist exists ma'am. Mr. Abraham has criticized an egocentric viewpoint from both blacks and whites on his radio show. People such as Louis Farrakan, and many in the black panther party,etc. These individuals are under sin if they do not repent, because the Bible says in Romans 2:11 that God does not show partiality.

John 7:51 is a good passage to think on ma'am, "Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?"

It can change ma'am. We must recognize the power of the mighty Jehovah. He sits high and looketh low. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Change comes from the heart.

 

Article Comment Melody commented at 8/6/2009 2:31:00 PM:

"People such as Louis Farrakan, and many in the black panther party,etc. These individuals are under sin if they do not repent, because the Bible says in Romans 2:11 that God does not show partiality."
It's easy to speak about those far away---would Mr. Smith dare point out racism in Leroy? Why not? Sounded like he only wants give Leroy roses and join sides with him. Could it be true that there is some partiality cooped up inside Mr. Smith, like Observer 3 mentioned?

 

Article Comment Abraham commented at 8/10/2009 6:23:00 AM:

"It's easy to speak about those far away---would Mr. Smith dare point out racism in Leroy? Why not? Sounded like he only wants give Leroy roses and join sides with him. Could it be true that there is some partiality cooped up inside Mr. Smith, like Observer 3 mentioned?"

For the record, whether it is you, Ms. Melody, Observer 3, Page, me, any supervisor, or anyone else, we all need to examine our hearts often to see if there is any racism "cooped up inside" us. Do you agree? What leads me to conclude that you need such examination? I have given criticism to Mr. Brooks and yet you imply I refused to criticize him. Would you clear this up? This makes me wonder if you are only looking for things in my post that supports your bias. Observer 3 gave a prayer, yet you said nothing about it. Do you only see the "negative" in these discussions?

You seem to imply that Mr. Brooks is a racist like Mr. Farrakan. What evidence would you offer to support that conclusion? If you give me some legitimate evidence to support that conclusion, I will be happy to "criticize" Mr. Brooks on that as well. Observer 3 said of Mr. Brooks, "I agree that he seems to want his own race in every position in the county and city." That statement is absolutely amazing given the fact that the other supervisors refuse to appoint blacks in their districts. Do they "seem to want only their race in every position in the county"? If so, is this evidence of their racism? It seems clear to me that ANY fair minded person in Mr. Brooks position, regardless of race, would try to balance this unfair situation by attempting to include those who are not included. To do such does not make him a racist.

 

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