Editor: The Commercial;
I am writing this letter in response to the letter written by Barbara Blunt Muhammad that was published on January 10. It seems that Mrs. Muhammad already has an opinion about the new mayor before she even starts to work. That opinion is that she is “white.”
First, she attacks the mayor’s decision to terminate the police chief. Remember, Mayor Carl Redus Jr. and the city council voted to give the mayor total power to hire and fire the police and fire chiefs. Funny, I don’t remember seeing Mrs. Muhammad standing up for John Howell when he was fired by Mayor Redus. Surely not because he was white?
Also, you may not know that Arkansas is an “at will” state, meaning that a person can be terminated from employment without a reason given for termination.
Second, she attacks the ministers of our community for their public support of the new mayor. She goes so far as to question their spirituality and leadership ability on the grounds that they support a white mayor. How dare you!
Third, she attacks the mayor’s decision to appoint Mr. Jeff Hubanks as interim chief solely on the grounds that he is white. How can we attempt to unify our city for the greater good when all you do is stoke the fires of racism every chance you get?
Concerning Ivan Whitfield, I agree that he should have been given the opportunity to be the interim chief. Remember, the Word of God says in John 8:7: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Apparently you must be sinless because you have already thrown a bucketful.
Peace out — back at you.