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BoE makes case for district appeal

County Commission poised to join in

One local government has made the decision to appeal the recent district voting decision ordered by a federal court judge, and another is expected to join that attempt.

The Fayette County Board of Education in executive session at a March 14 called meeting voted 3-1 to appeal the mid-February decision by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten that set aside Fayette’s long-standing at-large voting format.

The other defendant in the NAACP Voting Rights Act lawsuit is the Fayette County Commission, which has made no public announcement about its plans to appeal.

However, an email exchange between Commission Chairman Steve Brown and one of the winning plaintiffs in the lawsuit suggests that the county plans further legal action.

The school board’s vote was 3-1, with Democrat Leonard Presberg opposed and Republicans Bob Todd, Marion Key and Barry Marchman in favor of the motion to appeal.

The Fayette County Commission, a co-defendant in the case, will also pursue an appeal of the district voting ruling. A recent comment from Commission Chairman Steve Brown indicates why such an appeal is likely to occur.

The remark was contained in an email from Brown to one of the lawsuit plaintiffs, Dan Lowry.

“Racial gerrymandering is unacceptable and we do not want our recent ruling to become the new precedent for discrimination based on race,” Brown wrote. “We do not believe that you should discriminate based on race for any reason, going in either direction.”

As for the school board’s decision to appeal, Presberg prior to the vote said, “I couldn’t disagree more strenuously. I think this is a waste of money.”

Presberg said the lawsuit was one that “we lost every step of the way.

“There are people in this county who feel like their vote is not counted and (with the federal ruling) they celebrated a long-fought victory to have their vote count,” Presberg said.

Speaking prior to the vote, Marchman said several candidates for the school board and Fayette County Commission during their campaigns said they would push back on the disenfranchisement of the voters if district voting was implemented.

“This is a promise kept, and I want to remind voters that their voice was heard,” Marchman said.

In an email exchange with plaintiff Lowry, Marchman wrote, “I firmly believe we are making the right decision in this case for our county and for our children. We do not want to turn our county into five fiefdoms that are constantly at odds with each other. We do not want to go back to the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine and we do not want to teach our children that people who God made are primarily defined by the pigment in their skin. This is an evil that is worth fighting and I believe that we have the support of the vast majority of this county.”

Key on Monday said her vote to appeal was based on two considerations.

“I disagree with the district boundary lines recently drawn by the federal judge,” Key said. “And I don’t think district voting will be good for the entire school system.”

Key noted that when the school system’s initial district voting map was approved by the school board on Jan. 9, 2012, that approval came on a 3-2 vote, with Key and Todd opposed.

“I felt that the true opinions of the board hadn’t been represented,” Todd said Monday, noting that members of the school board and county commission were elected to be equally responsible for all parts of the county. “With district voting the focus is now on what I have in my district and what I can negotiate with someone else for their district.”

Under district voting, Fayette residents will no longer be able to vote for all five posts on both the board of education and the county commission. Instead, voters will be restricted to casting ballots for just one post on each group: the one corresponding with the geographic district the voter lives in.

The new map and the majority-minority 5th District are the result of a voting rights lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and several individual county residents. The suit claimed at-large voting prevented black residents from electing the candidate of their choice.

The lawsuit specifically noted that no black candidate had ever been elected to the school board or the county commission.

The new district map and district voting process ordered by the court is being used for this year’s school board and county commission elections.

— Additional reporting by John Munford

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We all feel we were wronged and we don't like it. Of course the attorneys going to say, we got the short end, but we can win this time, lol.

Before you start spending our money, you owe the citizens the logic, odds of success, and the amount of money you're willing to spend on this challenge. If our great lawyers lost every battle to date, what makes anyone think they can win this time? How much of the kids money are you willing to spend and how long are you willing to fight this?

[quote]Before you start spending our money, you owe the citizens the logic, odds of success, and the amount of money you're willing to spend on this challenge.[/quote]

I too would like to know a little more about our chances. But that may be hard to gauge. In todays world it seems that the court can come to any decision and find a way to justify it. For example the supreme court could not pass Obamacare because the fees being charged were not a tax. So they just rename the fees to taxes and pass it after our liar in chief promised us that it was not a tax. I have mixed emotions about this decision myself. On one hand I agree that it's not wise to throw good money after bad. But on the other if we don't fight for our children and their futures what group will see us as easy pickins and come after us in the future? Using the logic that we won't fight as we're afraid and won't spend money to defend what we believe. If we overturn this racist ruling I'll gladly pay another $25-$30 a year in property taxes. But I would like to know that we have a fighting chance.

I think the whole situation stinks and the community is better off as it was. However, we lost every step of the way. Maybe we need better lawyers, but at what cost and odds. I don't begrudge our elected for wanting to fight this. All I ask, I that they provide the logic, the odds of success, and the amount of money and time they are willing to go.

Just saying, they are doing this because that's what the majority wants, for a 10% chance this will be overturned doesn't make fiscal sense when we have other problems like clean water, and no raises for staff.

suggarfoot's picture

If we lay down, we will never know. That is how the NAACP has won so many battles. We may loose, but let's give the hell. I want to go down as an admirable foe (if I go down)

mudcat's picture

The publicity might be a good thing and may catch the notice of some business owners in the north who have seen their neighborhoods beaten down by the racist NAACP machine and they may want to move here since we didn't roll over and play dead. Well, we did at first, but never mind that - this is a do-over!

And of course since this whole thing is entirely racist and driven by skin color, the NAACP will get some ridicule and bad publicity out of it plus they will be spending money on lawyers as well.

We really can't win since their brand of racism and intolerance is embraced at the highest levels, but if we showcase that it may help turn some people around after all. I'll bet David's Mom is rethinking her position already.

The NAACP went to court to establish voting rights for an identified minority group in a county in Georgia. The NAACP documented that a minority had not been elected to two governing bodies in over 100 years. The courts agreed that the implementation of the Voting Rights Act had been delayed due to Districtwide voting in this county. There is only one other county in the state of Georgia that has Districtwide voting. It was assumed that the NAACP wanted a black elected to the BOE. Low and behold, the spokesperson for the NAACP stated that they support the 'white' person who is eligible to run for the office (he was appointed). He has represented the wishes not only of minorities in the county, but others as well. The majority of voters in this county are Republican. The candidate for this majority / minority district is a Democrat. Business owners are very interested in Fayette County because of the reality of the acceptance and treatment of the 21% of the minority citizens who live and work in FC. This county represents the <strong>New South. </strong> Scream and yell about a Democrat's possibility of being elected. - but calling the NAACP racist will be disingenuous at this point. IMO.

Bless your heart!

mudcat's picture

Knowing business owners from my job, my marriage and my church - here are the actual facts. They could care less about the 21% or any minority or any majority. They are not bigots or racist. They are all smart enough to know that Democrat policies are truly regressive - slavery being the biggest and worst one they supported followed closely by labor unions. Since slavery is illegal and labor unions are not, guess what business owners are avoiding when thy relocate - especially to GA - hint, it is a right to work state.

I'm all for a minority getting on the school board, although I don't think a black minority that is a registered Democrat can be very smart about the history of slavery and the role the Democrat party played in that. And we don't want unsmart mindless liberal puppets being responsible for managing the BOE - do we? I'd rather not have a minority be on county commission at all - especially a black minority. They tend to be divisive and racist and that gets in the way of governing. If anyone wants to challenge that last statement, please refer to the NAACP lawsuit and the individuals behind it.

So, if it must be, then let us recognize that Fayette County is 20% or 1/5 black and set a quota of 1 black on each BOE and County Commission, but only 1. Can't have a second until the black population reaches 40%. And if Hispanic or Oriental get to 20%, they they can have 1 as well. Seem fair, everybody?

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Specifically, "At this point what difference does it make?"
BTW, nice pants.

Ok, mighty fine, but I have to give you the what for speech.
Quotas? Not a good idea was my first thought, but after a good nights sleep - I have reconsidered. If we do the 20% or 1/5 thing and can do it without district voting - that would be fine. Pretty simple really - just require the Dems and the Republicans to nominate a black person in one of the districts or the same district if you want to be certain. Can't hurt, might help.
NAACP racist and divisive, not good to mention that. Yes, I know it is true, but the power of racists and bigots is to deny the truth and embrace the feelings and attack the messenger - in this case the attackcat..
Dems supported slavery? Are you kidding me? Yes, I know it is true, but you are not allowed to say that nowdays.
Labor unions are untouchable - get over it, powercat.

Live free or die!

[quote]They are all smart enough to know that Democrat policies are truly regressive - slavery being the biggest and worst one they supported.[/quote]

Democrat policies truly regressive? Did you ever hear of the policies of the Dixiecrats?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixiecrat

The ‘south’ left the Democratic Party when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act – which regressive policies, according to some would give people of color an opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the United States. The Democrats supported slavery – in the days of Lincoln. Take a look at current day practice of the Democrat Party in the south. Is it regressive to fight for all citizens to have an equal opportunity? The Dixiecrats were short lived – but the south became Republican in the 60’s – and Jim Crow flourished. You can’t change history – and Mudcat – I also attend an integrated church, have all ethnicities employed in a family business, and we, as African Americans who live in the south are smart enough to trust people as individuals – and bless your heart- watch our backs.

[quote]I'm all for a minority getting on the school board, <strong>although I don't think a black minority that is a registered Democrat can be very smart about the history of slavery and the role the Democrat party played in that.</strong> And we don't want unsmart mindless liberal puppets being responsible for managing the BOE - do we? I'd rather not have a minority be on county commission at all - especially a black minority. They tend to be divisive and racist and that gets in the way of governing. If anyone wants to challenge that last statement, please refer to the NAACP lawsuit and the individuals behind it.[/quote]

Wow, they told me that some ‘citizens’ of FC really believed this version of ‘history’. I guess believing this does help with the false feeling of responsibility some hold for the evils done in the past because of slavery and Jim Crow. Move on Mudcat! There are people of different colors, different philosophical beliefs, different educational experience who are smarter than some ‘white’ people. Districtwide voting reportedly gives those who believe, like your words express, the opportunity to deny a person of color to participate in the governing process in FC.

Thanks so much for posting.

G35 Dude's picture

I used to think so too. But she changes her story to best suit her rhetoric of the day so often that I no longer believe that. I now think she's just a racist agitator.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

PTC Observer's picture

It's a leftist political method to

disparage, belittle, denigrate, deprecate, trivialize, make light of, undervalue, underrate, play down; ridicule, deride, mock, scorn, scoff at, sneer at, run down, defame, discredit, speak badly of, cast aspersions on, impugn, vilify, traduce, criticize, and slur

their adversaries into submission. Personal attacks on character are tried and true methods of "wining" arguments. All without facts because they usually have no facts or the facts work against their positions.

They also just love to divide people by race, religion, wealth and sometimes profession (investment bankers, private equity, etc). Their stated objective of equality is also a ploy, that's the one thing they can never let happen, the aim is to divide, not unite.

So, as DM specifically says she on here to address "racial" issues posed by posters. I for one am happy she's here posting, think of how less interesting things would be without her!

G35 Dude's picture

Yes I do agree. She is entertaining if nothing else.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

What an accurate self-description of your intent! Thanks! LOL

I do not denigrate Fayette County, the citizens who live here, etc., Just expressing a different point of view - and thank you for expressing yours. Fayette County is the NEW SOUTH!

You and G35 have:done the following:
[quote]disparage, belittle, denigrate, deprecate, trivialize, make light of, undervalue, underrate, play down; ridicule, deride, mock, scorn, scoff at, sneer at, run down, defame, discredit, speak badly of, cast aspersions on, impugn, vilify, traduce, criticize, and slur their adversaries into submission. Personal attacks on character are tried and true methods of "wining" arguments. All without facts because they usually have no facts or the facts work against their positions.[/quote]

Can't respond? Don't try. Have a great day!

G35 Dude's picture

I don't have permission to respond? I guess I'll just cry myself to sleep...........

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

PTC Observer's picture

I am far from speechless DM, not that you wouldn't want to somehow achieve it.

I agree you have a different point of view than me, but of course you're not alone, there are many just like you with similar points of view. That's the problem.

Mudcat wrote:

[quote]So, if it must be, then let us recognize that Fayette County is 20% or 1/5 black and set a quota of 1 black on each BOE and County Commission, but only 1. Can't have a second until the black population reaches 40%. And if Hispanic or Oriental get to 20%, they they can have 1 as well. Seem fair, everybody?[/quote]

This is where un-educated thought is headed. This has nothing to do with Democrat/Republican, etc. - this is racist ignorance that will hurt this country if continued.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

You really lost the debate on this page 3 days ago trying parrot Dan Lowry and his idiotic assertion that the NAACP lawsuit was not about race or skin color.

I have said from the beginning that having 1 black commissioner was not a big deal and if mudcat wants to formalize that using basic math and the age-old NAACP racial cure-all of quotas in hiring, then so be it.

You have really got to realize that you can't have it both ways. Equality is a word with a clear definition. In fact personal responsibility has got a pretty clear definition as well. I think you will find that a lot of this pushback black activists such as yourself, Mr. Lowry and the NAACP are now getting is not based on racism, instead it is a feeling that it is time for the pendulum to start swinging the other way - you know, back towards the center. Enough already.

Live free or die!

opportunity! Organizations like the NAACP, NAAAP, La Raza, etc. were formed to create equal opportunity for all citizens of our country.

Debate? No, just sharing different opinions/viewpoints.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Maybe nobody cares about your stupid organizations and their so-called purpose. Most of us just want to live our lives without disruption from people or groups with agendas. It is like the whole gay thing - fine, let them do whatever they want with their supple little bodies, just don't rub it in my face - ok?

Same thing with NAACP - you already got equality, you don't deserve dominance, so go away now.

Live free or die!

If all Americans felt like you - nobody would respect anyone except those who looked like them. Thanks for sharing. Our children are learning to look beyond 'groups' and learning to apply the words of our Constitution to all Americans - even those who want to be left alone. One member on a governing board who doesn't look like you? That's dominance? Interesting. Nothing of interest up your plaid kilt.. . but thanks anyway. LOL! (Those who wear the plaid have more class than you exhibit.)

PTC Observer's picture

Maybe in your case the children can become the teacher?

Perhaps not I suppose. ;-)

A great truism: A little child shall lead them.

suggarfoot's picture

even the kilt comment!

suggarfoot's picture

"This county represents the New South. Scream and yell about a Democrat's possibility of being elected. - but calling the NAACP racist will be disingenuous at this point."

The NAACP cranks out BS to keep itself in business.

Blacks have long since passed level 1. "equal" mark and now into 2. "special privileged" area, shooting for a level 3. which seems to be "no responsibility for irresponsible behavior"

You can not make everyone equal. You can give them equal rights, but you can not make them equal. I am different in my own unique way. God made me that way. I am different from Asians and Blacks. I am not the smartest or the dumbest. I have things that make me excel in some ways and behind in others. I like me. I don't want people to pass laws that put me at the head of the pact. I would be ashamed. I am too proud of my own abilities to win or loose fairly. In whatever race life gives me, I would like to know I won it fair and square. But that is me. I am different, and I like me, warts and all. To persist in saying laws need to be passed, and special advantages need to be given, in my eyes, tells me you see your self as not being able to win any other way. Like you deserve special ed treatment in the race of life. If that is how you see yourself, the problem is within you, and not society. Everyone can not win every race.

That equal thing doesn't need your defense or explanation. Given equal opportunity, minorities and women in this country have done just fine. I am not 'equal' to you. I have the opportunity to compete with you on an equal basis under the law.

Would they support a 'black' candidate for office? The NAACP (national and local) has supported candidates of all colors in this country.

G35 Dude's picture

...

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

brewster's picture

Sometimes great and honorable symbols of time past have evolved into a means to misuse and hide behind for accomplishing not-so-honorable and despicable acts, real or perceived. Overtime, these once distinguished symbols are immediately seen as representing those whose " words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords". Unfortunately, these symbols must sometimes be set aside to accomplish the goals it was created to accomplish. Folk from Dixie know of many of these symbols that are now gone with the wind. It may be time for another organization to change its banner and set aside the acronym that immediatly puts up stumbling blocks for the change that is needed. NAACP.

We all need to look beyond the 'symbols' and attempt to treat all as we would want to be treated. The NAACP used the 'law'. No matter the organization symbol that took this issue to court, the reaction of some to the change it creates might have been the same. Unfortunately, not too many citizens in the US are surprised at the reaction of FC. However, the reality of the progress this county has made is noted, and citizens are enjoying the human rights that are taught in the church, and practiced in everyday life in the majority of cities in Fayette County. Voting Rights in this country will never again be strategized away in order to deny a segment of this country a voice.

Footnote: When the NAACP was involved in what history has identified as 'noble activity', the same voices of resistance to change were heard. IMO. However, I do not disagree with your input. Thank you.

Maybe someone should start a fund that we could contribute to, to fight this racism? So that the county doesn't foot the entire bill and those that fear an increase in their taxes would have less reason to object to an appeal. Maybe even if we lose we could make the "victory" more costly than the NAACP ever thought it would be.

suggarfoot's picture

All good points. It is good to stand up, and maybe others beaten down, would do the same. You never know till you try.

Good points mudcat! The naacp has pulled this same stunt in the Atlanta metro area. They have not one success story. They have left a trail of crime and failure everywhere they go. Compare the crime statistics and demographics for Dekalb county, the city of East Point and Clayton County.

When the demographics of these once thriving communities changed crime went up, schools failed, and white flight took off, and many businesses left also.

The naacp is jealous and angry anytime they see a nice community with low crime, good schools and majority white. They push their agenda not to improve communities but to destroy them. If the naacp had good intentions they would fix Clayton county.

suggarfoot's picture

Everything you said is 100% right. If they would just go in there and turn ONE of those blighted areas around, people might pay them some attention. It is like letting a child make a mess of something, then instead of requiring the child to clean it up, give him something else to make a mess of.

suggarfoot's picture

I agree with you. " But on the other if we don't fight for our children and their futures what group will see us as easy pickins and come after us in the future? Using the logic that we won't fight as we're afraid and won't spend money to defend what we believe. If we overturn this racist ruling I'll gladly pay another $25-$30 a year in property taxes."

While you go on to say you want to know that we have a fighting chance, in my eyes, sometimes it is more important to stand up for what you know is right. I admire the BOE and the BOC because they are not rolling over. People like them led the Revolutionary War. They were people like the "over the mountain men" who were so incensed that the English threatened their families...that they came over the mountain after the English well trained and equipped army, with nothing more than pitchforks, axes, and whatever else they could find. They whipped the English's butts. Sometimes determination against what is wrong is everything.

Perfectly said suggarfoot.

PTC Observer's picture

Not exactly, the Patriots didn't "whip the English's butts". They wore them out, stretched their supply lines, and ran away extremely well over a long period of time. Yes they had a few high profile "victories", the Battles of Saratoga comes to mind. However, these large victories were few. Your "over the mountain men" example is little more than a skirmish at Kings Mountain. Cowpens is a much better example of a well thought out Patriot victory between armies.

This is why Uncle Ho was so interested in the American Revolutionary War. By golly, it worked again in Vietnam. Just wear them out.

That's what is happening now, the socialists are simply wearing us all down, taxing us, gerrymandering and forcing to pay for their feel good visions. So, if you think you're going to win against the racial driven socialist agenda, I think you're wrong, but that's just my opinion.

suggarfoot's picture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overmountain_Men

"After winning a decisive victory at the Battle of Camden in August 1780, British General Charles Cornwallis invaded North Carolina, and sent Major Patrick Ferguson into the mountains to root out the Patriot irregulars and protect the region's loyalists. ...........Ferguson captured, then pardoned a captured frontiersmen, Samuel Phillips (a cousin to Isaac Shelby) so that Phillips could carry a message to the Overmountain settlements. In the message, Ferguson warned the Overmountain Men that if they didn't lay down their arms, he would "march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay waste the country with fire and sword."[6]

Upon receiving the message, Shelby rode 40 miles to John Sevier, and the two agreed to raise armies and cross the mountains to engage Ferguson.
With the Overmountain Men and Patriot forces fast approaching, Ferguson decided to entrench his 1000-strong loyalist force atop Kings Mountain.
Ferguson was killed by sharpshooters, and the remaining surrendered. Loyalist casualties included 157 killed, 163 so severely wounded they were left on the field, and 698 captured.
Patriot casualties were 28 killed and 62 wounded. Among the Patriot dead was South Carolina militia leader James Williams. John Sevier's brother, Robert, was also mortally wounded. The loyalist prisoners were marched to Hillsborough, North Carolina, where several were put on trial for atrocities allegedly committed on the frontier, and nine were hanged, including Colonel Ambrose Mills........

His western flank now exposed, Cornwallis abandoned his invasion of North Carolina and fell back South Carolina.

In later years, Sevier and Shelby played important roles in the establishment of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. Other influential Overmountain Men included John Crockett (father of Davy Crockett)

In 1980, Congress appropriated funds for the establishment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which follows the original marching route of the Overmountain Men between the mustering grounds at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park and battle site at Kings Mountain National Military Park, and includes several branch trails in Virginia and North Carolina. The Overmountain Men are the subject of numerous books, including a historical novel by Cameron Judd, and a play entitled The Wataugans.

I would say pretty dam good for a bunch of very po ed farmers with a backbone. I would never belittle them, or their efforts, if I were you.

PTC Observer's picture

You win again Suggarfoot!

Care to Wiki The battles of Saratoga, size of Armies etc. now compare that to Kings Mountain, skirmish. I didn't say it wasn't a victory for our side. It certainly was and it was a bright star in a pretty bleak Southern Campaign. However, it wasn't a big engagement.

As for disrespecting our Army, didn't mean to come across this way. However, if you actually read the history, well we wore them out pure and simple. Nothing in my statement is incorrect.

ratbert's picture

This is actually a political maneuver by the demorats. Perhaps it should be countered on that basis rather than the racial red herring

[quote]“The goal of this case is straightforward: we seek to create five equally-populated election districts in Fayette County, each of which would elect one candidate to each board,” said local counsel Wayne Kendall. “By replacing at-large voting with district voting, Black residents would constitute the majority of the voting age population in one district, and would finally be able to elect candidates of their choosing to each board.”

The lawsuit claims that the current at-large voting system used for the county commission and the board of education “weakens the voting strength of minority voters, and consquently denies those voters an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice.”[/quote]

As before shared in this discussion, in Fayette County, the 'black' community wanted a candidate of their choice to represent them. One understands the assumption that this community means 'black only '. However, if one looks at history blacks did not support the candidacy of Sharpton as they did Obama. Why? The obvious difference in qualifications may be a reason. As the AJC article mentioned, if this community in the future feels there is a candidate who may be a minority qualified to represent them, they will have an opportunity to elect such a candidate without having other voters who may not want minority representation (Mudcat) at the table, to deny them the right of representation. Since the demise of groups like the KKK, minorities have little fear of whites in America. It's not the color of your skin that counts, but the intent of your heart.

Perhaps the dislike of Democrats is the defining purpose of this resistance rather than 'race'. The not so subtle racist attitude is the Achilles Heel that made this action possible.

On June 11, 2013, Mr. Lowry wrote a letter to the editor commenting on an earlier letter. In this letter he commented that in his 24 years as a FC resident, only 1 African American had been elected on the county level. I just reread this letter and it made no reference to a Democrat.

The suit and the intent was clearly about race, and that's ok. But the spin is disheartening as I was expecting the NAACP to be prepared with a lot of competent people seeking elected positions.

Personally, I don't have a problem with Mr. Pressburg, as I think he has done a commendable job following his persecution from Barlow and the haters due to his seating based on existing (at the time) BOE choice in lieu of being elected. He is involved, available, and has made informed decisions. I am not a resident in his district, but I also hope to learn more about his republican challenger before I decide who I will support in Nov.

Go have a chat with it, you will get more out of than trying to reason with our resident race troll. One trick pony if their ever has been one.

The Achilles Heel in FC is not political party. I don't disagree with your opinion, just that there is no law against gerrymandering to create political party majority. - right?

[quote]The suit and the intent was clearly about race, and that's ok. But the spin is disheartening as I was expecting the NAACP to be prepared with a lot of competent people seeking elected positions.[/quote]

Me too, honestly / but that would have validated the NAACP 's action as racist in 2014. In listening to and following Mr. Presberg 's work, I too feel it has been commendable. IMO, he has worked for all students and residents of FC.

PTC Observer's picture

he just happens to be a Democrat.

You need to read the gist of the lawsuit.

This was all about blacks being able to elect someone who could best represent the needs of black citizens. Like they have such different needs than white people here in Fayetteville? I'd like to know what they are if they are soooo different that *only* a black representative can understand them.

The judge made a federally mandated ghetto in Fayette County ...they just gave it a nice PC-sounding name "minority majority district". Talk about racist ....

[quote]The judge made a federally mandated ghetto in Fayette County[/quote]

. . and you don't even realize how offensive that statement is to the minorities in Fayette County who own 17% of the businesses, pay taxes, support the growing businesses in the county, enjoy an integrated environment and appreciate the Christian love that is expressed by most Fayette County citizens. Thanks Mike.

...can often be costly. I for one applaud the FCBOE and hope the Fayette County Commissioners jump on the band wagon to challenge this obvious over reach of government power and placing the wants of a special interest group over those of the citizens of this county.

For everyone adopting a defeatist attitude ..."it's too costly", "we'll never win", blah, blah, blah ...you play right into the hands of the NAACP sitting smug and sure that what they have wrought on the citizens of Fayette County will not be challenged and cannot be undone.

When the going gets tough ...the saying goes. I say challenge this ruling. Challenge it with all the legal expertise Fayette County can muster and then some. This is a worthy cause and it affects every citizen in this county. People claim they are tired of "Big Government" ...well if this isn't big government I don't know what is ...so here's a shot at fighting back. For all we get taxed for, taking a stab at winning back control of the how we govern our county and elect our county officials is worth a few extra cents on my property tax bill.

Might we lose ...this time? Yes, but if we never fight we'll never know. Bad always wins when the good sit by and do nothing. And what of the inspiration to other local governments to challenge the heavy hand of the Federal government, special interest groups and the whimiscal "justice" single-sidedly handed out by agenda-seeking or kowtowing judges? Like the Nike mantra: Just do it.

haven't y'all flogged this dead horse enough?

Busy Bee's picture

This bunch (and I do mean all of them, regardless of political stripe)loves a good fight, that's for sure. That horse must be getting pretty sore from all that flogging. :)

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Three state agencies will be side-by-side this summer, hoping to get Georgia citizens to make this a “Summer of Safety” on the highways and waterways from Ringgold to St.