Funny how that posting yesterday has brought out the anti-Caraways. I got one yesterday that I thought bordered on a racial stereotype so won’t post. As for the link to a 2001 story by ex-D writer/editor Glenna Whitley (now at the DO), I can’t really offer much backup, although I do have a few opinions I’ll save for now. My experience with Dwaine is that he’s deeply committed to the people in his community and district and certainly didn’t have any problems with this white boy or say anything remotely objectionable. If he mouthed off somehow in the past, maybe it’s worth noting that lots of people sometimes say things they didn’t think through. And I can’t remember the number of times black politicos (John Wiley Price comes to mind) in Dallas have been criticized for remarks or actions that strike white folks the wrong way, but don’t play that way at all in the black community. This goes deep.
So, no, I don’t see Caraway as white-hating, mixed-race reviling person, despite Glenna’s account. I do see a guy who can’t drive two blocks in his Oak Cliff district without being hailed by people seeking his help from everything to simple code compliance to drug infestation in a part of town North Dallas generally forgets. I’d add that Mike Davis of Dallas Progress, one of the finest political minds in the city right now, chooses to help Caraway’s campaign lends tremendous credibility. We’ll see how the people in District 4 feel on May 12.