First Black Female Mayor Causes Unusual Retaliation
Just to clarify, the year is 2015 and we are living in a very progressive time in which the digital world dominates with “smart” devices that interconnect us all. This means the world is shrinking as I could be sitting at my desk in Dallas, Texas, for example, and connect with someone in Argentina via the Internet. Yet, discrimination based on gender and color still exist. Hmmm, I thought that all ended in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act; I mean as a society, we’ve had over 50 years to comply.
In the Missouri town of Parma, population 713, two full-time and three part-time police officers, the city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor all resigned without notice, only citing “safety concerns” after voters elected the town’s first black female mayor, Tyus Byrd. After defeating previous mayor Randall Ramsey, who had been mayor of Parma for 37 years, Byrd won by 38 votes, 122-84, and was sworn into office.
In one day, Parma’s police force shrunk to only one police officer, but despite the recent rash of break-ins, residents told media that they hardly ever saw police officers patrolling the streets. Barry Aycock, an alderman, confirmed this, saying that he, too, rarely saw any police on patrol.
While I understand that citizen safety is a top priority, I think the whole point is being missed. Isn’t it a bit shallow that eight city officials, some in pretty high rank, gave up completely on their careers just because a black female was elected as mayor? Not only that, what “safety concerns” were the officers and officials referring to? According to Aycock, Parma has a very low crime rate.
I think this is just another case of pure discrimination based on skin color and gender. What do you think?
Do you think the officers and officials did the right thing?
Do you think Ramsey was upset that he lost the election after being in office for 37 years?
Do you think Ramsey had something to do with all the resignations or do you think the ones who resigned made the decision themselves?
As always, I look forward to your reactions, thoughts and opinions!
Posted by Ginger Hill on Apr 20, 2015