Anonymous writer offers this...
I was greatly relieved today when I picked up the DDT and read the headline, "Councilman Turner: Debate Not About Race". Charles Turner stated that the city council should support local businesses and that his vote against hiring IMS, the Jackson based, minority-owned engineering firm had nothing to do with race!
I for one believe Mr. Turner about his vote. The mayor and council members should have more respect for this three-term incumbent, than to wake him from his sound sleep just before the vote and expect him to be able to discriminate "black" from "white".
Mr. Turner's voting record has always proved that this is a man who clearly knows the difference between black and white. Given the uncharacteristic nature of his dissenting vote, the only fair thing for the council to have done would be to offer him black coffee and stimulants in an attempt to keep him conscious during a re-vote.
I am ashamed to be represented by a mayor and city council who would stoop to "waking a dozing councilman, just in time to vote... not knowing what he was voting for." I am sure that had Mr. Turner been awake during the discussion preceding the vote, that there would have been no reason for Mayor Hudson to have to break the tie. Councilman Turner would have upheld his long-standing tradition of voting right down racial lines.
A little "tongue-in-cheek", but it gets the point across. It appears that Mr. Turner was reported to have been "dozing" just prior to the IMS vote. The writer is correct about Mr. Turner's voting record following racial lines, and I think everyone, including black citizens, were a bit surprised by his vote.
At the end of the day, we should all learn a lesson from this. If we expect our civic leaders to be able to discriminate the subtle "hues and tones" of an issue, we must make every effort to keep them awake throughout the vote. Our cry should become unified as one... "Free Coffee for Councilmen!"