Editor: Lowry’s letter contradicts itself

Mr. Lowry, your letter misrepresents The Citizen’s reporting of the plain facts and seems to contradict itself:

1. “The lawsuit brought by plaintiffs and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was not about getting African Americans elected to office. It was about getting people elected to office, regardless of their race or ethnicity, who will represent the interests of the people who live in District 5.”

Then you seem to refute that by saying:

2. “The over 190 years of at-large voting, which deprived African Americans of the access to equal and fair representation in the political structure of Fayette County, are at last over.”

The lawsuit hinged on your argument that African American candidates could not get elected under the previous at-large voting districts. Your suit could not have even received a court hearing under the Voting Rights Act had not the basis been the alleged racial discrimination that your lawsuit itself said was prevalent.

In addition, your lawsuit asked the judge to forbid any incumbents from running for posts in the new districts. All incumbents were white. For some reason, the lawsuit’s stance has now changed. No black candidate is on the ballot for the District 5 school board race, only a white Democrat and a white Republican. A black candidate withdrew at the last minute. Any thoughts on that?

It seems that the very words of your lawsuit don’t match what you now claim your lawsuit victory accomplished.

If the lawsuit wasn’t racially motivated, why was it necessary to gerrymander and contort the voting districts to assure one majority-minority district? If the motive was to simply have district rather than at-large voting, why not rather divide the county into five geographically compact, equally populated districts?

Or was your true purpose, shucked down, to raise the odds of a Democrat getting elected, rather than a minority candidate, and you (mis)used a federal lawsuit alleging black voter suppression to achieve that political purpose?

Why else use a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and then argue that it wasn’t about race? Because there is no federal judge in the U.S.A. who would have entertained a lawsuit that essentially said, “Our political party keeps getting beat. That’s unfair. Change the lines so that a Democrat can win.” The Voting Rights Act is about racial discrimination, NOT political party choices.

Mr. Lowry, your lawsuit is unambiguous about its basis: alleged racial discrimination employed by two local governments for the purpose of suppressing black voters. You are being disingenuous to try to spin it otherwise after the fact.

If any member of the local NAACP or other plaintiff wishes to be questioned about what the lawsuit says or what the redrawing of a district really means, I am available to pose questions to them. My email is editor@thecitizen.com. Please pass along my invitation to the other plaintiffs.

Last week I sent several such questions to a spokesperson seeking to have them answered by an NAACP official, but I have heard nothing since.

Cal Beverly, editor
The Citizen

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Mr Editor hits nail on the head.

You have hit the nail on the head Mr Editor. So may I ask your opinion? Do we have a chance at appeal? You see I have mixed emotions about appeal. If we were to win and my property tax went up $25- $30 a year I'd pay with a smile on my face, because I believe that you must stand up for what you believe in. And I do think that district voting will be bad for our schools. But if we have no chance, then it's another matter.

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Cal should have protected Mr. Lowry from himself

just like that dingbat girl at McIntosh where Cal withheld her name, no doubt to the vast relief of her parents, he should do the same for Mr. Lowry. Both suffer from terminal stupidity and it does not help Brian Wismer and Matt Forshee and Emily Poole with their business recruitment to admit that these type of people live in the county. Think about it - how can a high power CEO say to himself "Fayette County seems like a nice place and I'm sure we can find some talented people to hire" after reading either one of those letters. And we certainly don't want any hint that Democrats are gaining power in Fayette County - that (and the unions) are what relocating companies are fleeing up north.

Sure enough there are first amendment rights to say stupid things, but the rest of us have a right to live in a county that has some chance at economic growth - so I say ban those people like Lowry and the gum chewer at McIntosh. Don't give them any publicity, maybe they will move away.

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Thank You Cal

Amen Mr Beverly, Amen!!!!!

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Cal Beverly, thank you

for your thoughts and your offer. The silence is deafening, so far.

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Mr. Beverly
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your lawsuit is unambiguous about its basis: alleged racial discrimination employed by two local governments for the purpose of suppressing black voters

What seems to be in contention here is : suppression of the black vote in Fayette County - and the assumption that the blacks in Fayette County, District 5, would support anyone 'black'. If Mr. Presberg was a Republican - I doubt if anyone would 'vote' against him. He has represented all students in FC. The complaint from some living in the District is that they never 'saw' a Districtwide elected candidate in their community. (This was reported in your paper) As to the NAACP's use of the law - a 190 year old tradition that appears to prevent the representation of a minority voice has been changed. .

I spent some time reading about the Horgan fiasco (2009) I hope all residents of Fayette County research the candidates who will represent us - so that we are reasonably assured of ethical representation. Thank you for making this information available.

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So beyond

weak.

Oh, please, saw a candidate? What, no cars, no internet, no news, no US mail, totally left out of touch with the political world. How many phone calls, requests to meet, requests to speak, letters written were there from the DISTRICT voters? Booo hoooo.

Never will be a candidate elected in the DISTRICT now who smokes dope in the privacy of his vehicle or home and lies to the cops when confronted about it, now that the DISTRICT is "reasonably assured of ethical representation". Funny, explain how that works, exactly.

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moelarrycurly

Politicians make it a point to visit their constituents in their 'districts'. Cars, internet, media, US mail has very little to do with the strategy of those who hope to be re-elected by being present in the District they represent.. Doesn't really have much to do with skin color or religion does it? The perception is not 'weak' to those who feel they are not being 'courted' or in other words, being 'ignored' by their so-called representatives. What would you do if you felt your opinion was being ignored by your elected representative? So beyond weak? Now - lets deal with the reality of the NEW SOUTH as demonstrated in today's FC. All 20% of the minorities in FC do not live in District 5. As stated before, many live in integrated areas, attend integrated churches, enjoy the convenience of integrated shopping areas. . .their children attend integrated schools. Diversity exists in FC. Having a diversified representation on the governing boards will not change Fayette County. The residents here all have a common purpose of living in a safe environment, children attending safe schools, neighbors respecting one another in safe neighborhoods. Is this 'weak' moe?

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The attempt to segregate Fayette county

The hate-filled racists of the NAACP that attempted to segragate Fayette county by race have failed. Their intent was obvious. They wanted a fiefdom of their own run by a black person because they don't like the color of other people's skin. The NAACP and anyone that is a member of this now illegitimate organization is nothing but a hate-filled neanderthal.

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Mr. Garven, the loving role model

If only the NAACP could adopt your loving multicultural perspective on life. You sound like a good Christian. Please pray for them Fred.

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How about Cal 's rebuttal?

Back on point...is Cal right or wrong?

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Cal's Rebuttal

Of course, Cal's rebuttal is appropriate. The NAACP suit specifically alleged racial discrimination and asked for district voting to remedy their perceived tort. The judge found in their favor and gerrymandered a district to suit their racial quota. Mr. Lowry's letter was not honest, but did not seem to be "hate-filled." Mr. Garvin's post did seem to be very hostile. Thus my tongue-in-cheek post.

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Fair enough

I have never taken Garvin's posts serious.....

I would like to see Lowry's take on Cal 's rebuttal. Although something tells me that Lowry would be in over his head on this. .

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May the savior rise up and save the world

again. How on this earth has ANY candidate EVER been elected to office without VISITING every person who voted for them? Since when has Fayette County, the WHOLE county, not been a DISTRICT? How have the voters of this democracy had the intelligence, the wisdom, and the hutzpah to ever make that check mark, fill in that circle, pull that lever, write that name down or touch that screen to exercise their right to vote without every single candidate up for election visiting them in their "district"? The horror, the travesty. Spend your time finding a bigger excuse to NOT VOTE and then cry foul. And yes, like I just said, beyond weak, not just weak.

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Moe

The word constituents does not mean a representative has face to face contact withl 'every single voter' in a District. Some voiced that a candidate had not been to the District area. But you're right honey. How weak to want your vote not taken for granted or ignored. A sincere and wise member of the FC Republican Party should have gone for High School Districts. Oh well - with the arrival of Pinewood and the new college - change will come, and if we have a group of leaders who truly use wisdom, we may be able to fix more of the potholes in our county instead of paying lawyers to fight a losing battle.

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