A few days ago, I drew your attention to an op-ed written by D Magazine contributing editor Trey Garrison about President Barack Obama’s speech today to the kiddos. The upshot: Trey isn’t a fan of the notion. Over the weekend, Betty Culbreath, the former director of Dallas County Health and Human Services and a current DFW Airport board member, sent Trey a note and copied me on it. You can jump to read the entire note. It’s interesting for several reasons. But I’ll point you to one passage in particular, in which Culbreath writes:
You angry White men are so full of hate for this one Black man that all of you are losing your minds. I purchased a gun a few days ago because as much as you hate [Obama], with Perry putting fuel on the fire, you people will start killing Black folk like back in the Klan days and I want to be ready.
I don’t know what to say about that. It’s just so, er, bizarre. I should mention that I think Trey is insane — in a good way, mostly. But his op-ed was anti-government. It really had nothing to do with race. Nonetheless here’s what Culbreath wrote to Trey:
I understand what you are saying, even if in your heart you think you are not a racist. You are the kind that has kept racism alive. Your View Points column says, you don’t want a President presenting himself as the All Powerful Oz until your Kid has the wherewithal to look behind the curtain, translation you don’t want a Black man in a suite and tie talking with you kid because your kid may get a sense of comfort about Black people before he can see that Black people are not all like him.
You know the limited role of the President and its not his role to encourage Kids to stay in school and study, but its his roll to give out Federal money to be spent trying to make sure Kids to that very same thing.
Why is it important to listen to the President and other Elected officials, mayor and etc.
Well if its not important to listen we should not have them. When the Mayor ask you Kid to do his best to help the environment, you kid will respond, sorry my father said I do not need to listen to you. When Governor Perry ask you Kid not to litter the highway in an effort to keep them clean your kid will throwÂ the McDonald wrapper out the window becauseÂ my Dad said don’t listen to elected officials. When the County Sheriff is standing on the corner near your Kids school and ask you Kid to step back from the curb, your kid will may get hit because you Kid doesn’t listen to elected officials.
The material from the Education department that you and I know President Obama did not write, is just an exercise in listening comprehension. What job is he asking me to do? Be a good student, stay in school. Is he asking anything of anyone else? Pay attention to Teachers, Principal and Parent follow their lead. The American people? Be better parents and provide a stable learning environment for you kid.
President Obama has been in office nine months yet you want to put the troubles of this world on him. George Bush mortgaged your grandchildren but you just can not except the Truth. When Bill Clinton left the White House there was a budget surplus and you know that is the truth, yet eight years later weÂ had a trillion dollar deficit, hell Obama couldn’t have done that in nine months. You angry White men are so full of hate for this one Black man that all of you are losing your minds. I purchased a gun a few days ago because as much as you hate him, with Perry putting fuel on the fire, you people will start killing Black folk like back in the Klan days and I want to be ready. You have the nerve to say this did not start with Obama I know it didn’t. You Parents and Teachers should worry about the Kids, but from the drop out numbers, juvenile department population, teen pregnancy rate, abortions, smoking weed, driving drunk, shooting and etc. the Parents need help. I think President Obama is much better then Chief Kunkle, DEA, FBI and others.
Many of you claim to be Conservative, I am 68 years old and was a die heart Conservative with the likes of Jim Jackson, Tom Crouch and Erick Johnson, Lee Atwater, they were Conservative on issues not people, if you were Republican regardlessÂ of your color you wereÂ accepted. These new so called Conservatives or a bunch of haters under the banner of conservatism. In the old days they would have been thrown out of the party. Rush Limbaugh a convicted drug abuser, millionaire on the radio spreading hate under the influence of drugs and you take his vile drugged out smut as truth and he get paid to do it.
If it was real it would be free. God Bless America. Only in America can people like you and me live in the same State with different views andÂ elect Obama President of the United States of America or as you say President of the Republic of a federation of states by a majority of the electoral college votes. Only in America, God Bless America.