Category Archives: Civil Rights

Organizers in Prescott considering a recall drive to oust David Stringer

LD 1 Republican State Representative David Stringer

The outcry against Legislative District One Republican Representative David Stringer has grown since the publication of his racist remarks. This condemnation includes a group of local activists in LD 1 who will meet this weekend to discuss launching a recall drive of Mr. Stringer if he does not immediately resign from his elected office.

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Face It: Republican Leaders do not believe in Democracy

It should be apparent to most political observers that the Party of Lincoln is dead at the local. state, and federal levels. It has been replaced by a Party (called Trumpist) that rejects everything democracy and republics profess to be about.

This did not start with Donald Trump. This evolution has been proceeding since 1965 when ex Dixiecrats in the Democratic Party forged ties in corporate interests in the Republican and foreign policy hawks that produced the Reagan Presidency, the Gingrich House, and the George W. Bush Administration.

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It is time for Racist State Rep. David Stringer to go

LD 1 Republican State Representative David Stringer

The People in Legislative District One (most of the area surrounding and including Prescott) are examples of the old adage “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me for letting you get away with it the first time.”

What did the people do when one of their state representatives, David Stringer, commented in June at the Yavapai Men’s Forum that “there were not enough white kids to go around” in our public schools?

Did they tell him it was time to go and resign from public life?

No, they reelected him on November 6 with a 35,000 vote margin over his Democratic opponent.

At the time Governor Ducey called on him to resign in June, saying “I don’t think there is any place for that kind of commentary in the public square. He has basically disqualified himself from leading at the state level.”

How did Representative Stringer reward the trust of the people in LD 1? By saying, at a forum with students at Arizona State University, African Americans, in contrast to immigrants from Europe, “don’t blend in.”

Newly elected state Senator Victoria Steele called for Stringer’s immediate resignation. “Diversity is what makes us strong and beautiful. How could you look at someone and say, ‘this person is less than me or less deserving’? This type of behavior should ever be tolerated by our leaders. Rep. Stringer’s behavior and his vulgar comments have brought dishonor to the to the entire Arizona Legislature. I do not want to serve with him when I start next month. He should be removed from his position as a lawmaker. I am calling for his immediate resignation. Should he refuse or hesitate to resign he should be publicly removed from office,” Steele said.

Steele is host of the Steele Report on KVOI radio 1030 AM, broadcast on Saturday mornings at 9 am.

Part of being a public servant is having the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people that are being served. With these two comments over a span of five months, Stringer has shown he lacks the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people in LD 1.

One can hope (actually expect) that the people in LD 1, most of whom do not share Stringer’s hostility to non white people, will heed the calls of other public figures like incoming Democratic State Senator Victoria Steele, Democratic State Representative Cesar Chavez, Minority House Leader Reginald Bolding, and Republican Governor Doug Ducey and tell Mr. Stringer it is time to go. It would be shameful if they did not.

UPDATE ON DECEMBER 4, 2018: The Prescott City Council in a 6 to 1 vote called for Representative Stringer to resign. Let us see if the other towns in his district call for the same action and if Mr. Stringer heeds their call.




One More Senate Race: Mississippi Goddam (Updated)

There is one senate race yet to be decided this Tuesday, in a run-off election in Mississippi.

As singer Nina Simone sang, Mississippi Goddam.

Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant in March to fill retiring GOP Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat, is a virtual cartoon character villain of the “Old South” rather than the New South image that Old Dixie would like to portray to the rest of the world.

On Nov. 11, a video appeared on social media showing Hyde-Smith saying that if she were invited by one of her supporters to a “public hanging,” she would be in “the front row” (just like the girl above).

Perhaps Senator Hyde-Smith should visit the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama to get a better moral sense of the racial terrorism of hangings and lynchings of 4400 African-American men, women, and children who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950.

On Nov. 15, another video emerged of Hyde-Smith telling a group of people that “there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. So, I think that’s a great idea.”

What she means, of course, is African-Americans who overwhelmingly vote Democratic — when they are allowed to vote and their vote is not suppressed by white politicians like Senator Hyde-Smith.

On November 20, a Facebook post surfaced in which Hyde-Smith is seen posing for a photo wearing a Confederate soldier’s hat and holding a rifle.  She wrote in her Facebook post, “I enjoyed my tour of Beauvoir. The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library located in Biloxi. This is a must see. Currently on display are artifacts connected to the daily life of the Confederate Soldier including weapons. Mississippi history at its best!”

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Reactionaries Attack the Progressive Propensity of Doctor Who

New Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker and her new team of companions (from left to right) Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole

Since human beings could learn to write, satirists, playwrights, and writers (especially those in science fiction and fantasy) have written about the human condition, often in fictional works that depict moral parables and themes. Examples such as Gulliver’s Travels, Les Miserable, Moby Dick, The Count of Monte Cristo, Pinocchio, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the Harry Potter series illustrate how writers express their views on humanity through the camouflage of fictional storytelling.

As technology made it possible, noted movie and television creative influences like Rod Serling, Fritz Lang, Genes Roddenberry and Coon, Steven Spielberg, and a host of others used the new visual art medium to convey what is good and bad about the human condition. Indeed people who have watched the best episodes of the Twilight Zone, Star Trek (all the series,) and The Outer Limits were drawn to the episodes that made them think and reflect on what humanity is like and its potential for both good and bad. Likewise, the silver screen with classics like Metropolis, The Bride of Frankenstein, Planet of the Apes (the original), ET, and The Twelve Monkey’s have had a lasting impact on the moral lessons they have taught since their theatrical release.

One noted science fiction and fantasy television show that, like the ones mentioned above, has historically tackled social issues since its creation in 1963 has come under renewed scrutiny by reactionaries who take issue with the show’s progressive direction in casting and story selection. That show is the BBC sensation Doctor Who.

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