Clarksdale has long been cursed with bad government. For decades it has been a safe haven for corrupt, self-serving politicians and public officials who have drained our resources and blocked our ability to make progress.
This damage has been inflicted by individuals who are both Black and White.
It seems to me that some Black officials hold the opinion that since some White politicians in the past may have engaged in activities that damaged the welfare of this city, then -- in the interest of fairness -- they too should have the right to do the same. This idea makes no sense to me and I urge Black voters to strongly reject this notion.
We cannot afford to grant them that right because the survival of our city is at stake.
The vote taken by the board in June to give themselves an enormous pay raise was an abdication of fiduciary responsibility and, therefore, represents a breach of trust. It is very disturbing for me to know that the mayor, who is Black and two commissioners, who are Black, supported this raise in a poverty-stricken city with a population that is 81-percent Black and declining.
Our alleys are overgrown, streets are crumbling, police department is seriously degraded and our tax base is shrinking. We can now add to the list of woes the fact that we must pay our mayor more money than the governor of the state makes.
Who seriously believes that the duties and responsibilities of the mayor of a city of 15,000 people outweigh those of the governor of the entire state?
Also, our part-time commissioners are among the highest paid in the state.
Lastly, to the voters of Clarksdale and specifically the Black voters since we now make up the majority of the voting base, I say: Wake up and realize when you are being played.
Some Black politicians are the same as some White politicians. They use race to misdirect your attention away from what they are doing to harm you and to confuse you about their motives.
Remember, players come in all colors!