by Willie Bradford
It really bothers me when someone plays the race card just to play the race card. An example would be Calvin Grigsby’s racial claim against the Shreveport City Council. From my point of view racism is not a factor in this dispute.
Racism is hating someone because of his/her race. Or denying someone a job, a position or other opportunities because his/her race. I believe he word “racist” is used too often as a cop-out or unmerited reasons without any regard to whether something bigoted was actually said or done.
In Calvin Grigsby’s case, he was hired by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Which meant that Grigsby had the opportunity bb to do his job and prove his worth and show the City Council what an outstanding financial adviser he was.
But for reasons initiated by Grigsby, the City Council by a 6-1 vote felt that it was necessary to negate their relationship with Grigsby. This was a business decision not racism.
I find it very odd that Grigsby would play the race card in a public body where the mayor is black and three out of the seven City Council members are black! I just find this so disingenuous..
I repeat, racism does exist at city hall and throughout Shreveport. I hate false cries of racism because when someone cry racism when it’s not racism only hurts and undermines those who bring real and legitimate cases of racism to light.
NOTE: Published with express permission of Willie Bradford. Also found in the Shreveport Times.