Editorial: If you disagree with a minority are you racist?


When it comes to adopting school board districts, it is embarrassing to listen to county commissioners making veiled ultimatums; like Commissioner Bryan and Morris, who were nowhere near St. Johns County before our public schools were integrated, or Chairman Miner who was not even born yet.

Neither Judith Seraphin nor Ed Slavin, who are doing nothing more than conjuring up ugly, dramatic images of fifty-year-old history, with no first-hand experience of how things actually were in St. Augustine in the 1960’s, have any standing to accuse our current school board members of being “racist”.

They do so, threatening lawsuits and Department of Justice investigations, simply because they did not pressure the school board into going along with a select, self-serving, minority view of how they wanted the districts to look.

You cannot muddy-up the water and then complain that the water is muddy.

It seems that every time certain black people do not get their way, they immediately scream “racism”. Fortunately, for everyone else, the black people who do are the true minority.

I believe that in a representative form of government, our elected officials should be doing what is right for the majority of the citizens — regardless of any immutable condition such as race or sex. That seems fair; considering it was the majority of the voters who elected them.

Out of 119,084 registered St. Johns County voters, each voter, regardless of race, gets one ballot — an equal voice per voter. Of those 119,084 ballots, 107,648 are given to white voters. Is the Supervisor of Elections supposed to start counting ballots cast by Indian, Asian, Black and Hispanic voters as “10-votes-each”, so that the minority and majority will have an equal vote?



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