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I am equal parts thrilled and relieved that Matthew Miller won his reelection bid yesterday for Greenwood City Council Ward 5. Of the three council positions that were up for election this year, Ward 5 was the only one that drew challengers – and Matthew received three of them!
What was most concerning was that soon after it was determined that a runoff would be necessary, the McCravy-Garrett machine set their sights directly on Matthew and began to engage in the same nastiness that helped take down Floyd Nicholson.
I don’t know Urban Mitchell. From all accounts, he’s a very nice guy with a career of exemplary service to the nation and to Greenwood. I read his post on his FB page and it was respectful and made his case:
Now contrast that with text message blasts that went out to constituents on Monday & Tuesday of this of Runoff Election week. We see the EXACT same language as was used by McCravy & Garrett, including the head-scratching “MAKE IT GREAT” take-off on the Trumpian battle cry. It attacked Matthew in a hyper-partisan way for a non-partisan position. It’s one thing for Republicans to endorse Urban (we endorsed Matthew after all). But it’s another to use partisan trigger-phrases to paint an incorrect portrait of an opponent.
This write-up has been making the rounds of social media. The attributable source hasn’t been verifiable, but the content is still worth reading and discussing:
From someone who teaches AP US History:
If you are confused as to why so many Americans are defending the confederate flag, monuments, and statues right now, I put together a quick Q&A, with questions from a hypothetical person with misconceptions and answers from my perspective as an AP U.S. History Teacher.
Q: What did the Confederacy stand for?
A: Rather than interpreting, let’s go directly to the words of the Confederacy’s Vice President, Alexander Stephens. In his “Cornerstone Speech” on March 21, 1861, he stated “The Constitution… rested upon the equality of races. This was an error. Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”
Q: But people keep saying heritage, not hate! They think the purpose of the flags and monuments are to honor confederate soldiers, right?
A: The vast majority of confederate flags flying over government buildings in the south were first put up in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement. So for the first hundred years after the Civil War ended, while relatives of those who fought in it were still alive, the confederate flag wasn’t much of a symbol at all. But when Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis were marching on Washington to get the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965) passed, leaders in the south felt compelled to fly confederate flags and put up monuments to honor people who had no living family members and had fought in a war that ended a century ago. Their purpose in doing this was to exhibit their displeasure with black people fighting for basic human rights that were guaranteed to them in the 14th and 15th Amendments but being withheld by racist policies and practices.
Dear friends, I am so proud of our campaign! While we didn’t win the most votes in our race, we won in our efforts to educate, to inspire people to reach out, to become involved, and to communicate with one another! I called John McCravy yesterday to offer my congratulations on his win.
Through this campaign, I have met so many fantastic people and have become familiar with great neighborhoods and businesses. Truly, the good work going on across Greenwood County is inspiring! Thank you for all you’re doing!
I am so to grateful to and proud of each and every one of you who supported our campaign! Thank you for helping put out door hangers, giving out postcards, making donations, and getting others to the polls! We knew this was going to be an uphill battle. While we didn’t get the result we wanted, we have come that much closer to sending leaders to Columbia who will represent all communities in our district and help us move forward rather than trying hang on a romanticized past. We may have lost this election, but we are far from losing the fight.
This election saw a new level of engagement, resulting in a record breaking turn out! Now we must maintain that energy and keep pushing forward!
The challenges we face as a state and country are some of the greatest that we’ve seen in our lifetime. While the election may be over, we cannot afford to stop our work in our communities. I know that Waldrep workers will keep working toward that end! As John Lewis told us, we have to be pilot lights, not firecrackers!Continue reading