Sunday, February 01, 2009
"Don't Go There?"...
Last week City Commissioner Errol Jones stopped by one of our artist's displays set up on the edge of the downtown district. While parked in a "No Parking" zone for over an hour he presumably wanted to debate free speech with the artist. When the artist said that our group will not be sent "to the back of the bus". This was Jones' reply
"Whoa! DO NOT GO THERE". replied Commissioner Jones who is African American.
Like it or not Commissioner, this banishment of artists from the city is a civil Rights issue. No abstraction should be required. As an African American of a certain age in a southern town we have no doubt that you have experienced deep prejudices and have seen them overcome and hopefully more progress will come. Let's be clear here.CIVIL RIGHTS covers more than black and white issues and you do not own the mantle of St. Augustine's "Civil Rights guy".
Your understanding of Artist's Rights go no further than what the city attorneys tell you. You have consistently voted against our efforts to exert our rights. It is to our dismay that your circle of understanding of our civil rights issues is so limited.
Posted by Karl at 5:46 PM