Thursday, January 8, 2015

Rhino Times owner Roy Carroll on why Greensboro should have fewer black City Council members?

"...when it comes to Greensboro’s City Council structure, we the citizens of Greensboro get the government that the North Carolina legislature allows us to have.


Over the last year I have thought about and been a part of a number of discussions with other [white] Greensboro business people about how to get more [white?] business professionals involved in local politics.

Meaning more white people?

Most [white] business professionals I have encouraged to become involved in city government have declined because a true [white?] business professional wants to be a part of something where they can make a difference.

Can't make a difference 
with all the black people on City Council?

What is a "true business professional"?

Do non-business professionals not want to make a difference?

...Our city needs diversified [white?] representation, but that [white] representation should include a diversified majority of [white?] business executives and owners.

A diversified majority of white people
who will vote for Roy's endeavors without question
especially when it comes to ridding downtown
of African American consumers?

...When we are looking at electing [white?] city councilmembers and the mayor, one qualifying question we should ask is whether this person has the [white?] background and business acumen to sit on a half-a-billion-dollar, 3,000-employee company’s board of [white?] directors?  If not, then we need to think long and hard as to what qualifications that [black?] person is really bringing to our city’s government.

Sharon Hightower and Jamal Fox are not qualified
according to Roy Carroll's logic.

So the motivating question is, how do we set the stage for [white?] business-minded individuals to participate in our city’s government?

By re-orginaizing City Council
to have fewer blacks included?

One item that I think makes all the sense in the world is going from two-year terms to four-year terms.

We should go from two year terms 
to three year staggered terms, 
to avoid so many off year elections
when most old Greensboro curmudgeons vote
on both sides of the City.

...I can tell you that the year before an election nearly all elected officials go into what I call the election mode.  This means that almost every decision that is made the year prior to an election is based on not offending sometimes as few as one or two voters with a decision, even if that decision may be beneficial in the long term for the district and the city.

Like when Roy and Robbie Perkins
unsuccessfully tried to buy the East Side vote
via Skip, Earl and the Simkins PAC, 
by shoving the Civil Rights Museum loan through?

Was that a good business decision?

Remember when Roy and Robbie
had the Simkins Golf Tournament party
to benefit the Civil Rights Museum
at Roy's event space atop Center Point?

This makes it very hard to look at long-range planning and decision-making that is good for the [business professional?] community.

The white community,
or Roy's white community 
and business professionals like Skip and Earl?

...This means that a newly elected mayor or councilmember has virtually no chance of making strategic strides with only one year before starting to campaign again.

To benefit Greensboro's 1%
of whom many happen to hang out 
at Greensboro Country Club?

...I believe there are many [white?] business professionals that would be willing to serve in our city’s government but want no part of a modern day political race if they have to face campaigning for reelection every other year as opposed to every four years.

More like if some get on the wrong side of John Hammer
and Roy, 
they get unfairly ridiculed by the Rhino Times,
which is why many actual white and black "business professionals"
won't run for office in Greensboro.

The next idea being discussed – and by far the most controversial – is the idea of going from nine council-members to seven [mostly white members?].

Why the reduction?


In general, I am in favor of smaller [white?] government.  But again, the simple answer is that a [white?] business professional would rather be a part of a smaller [white?] decision-making group in which that [white?] person could effect change.

Amazing generalities.

A good example is our current [white dominated?] Guilford County Board of Commissioners.  We have a solid group of [majority white?] business professionals represented on the Board of Commissioners.  Several [white?] county commissioners have told me that if the board were structured like the Greensboro City Council they would have never entertained the idea of running for commissioners.

Notice how "Skin Heads" etc...
can be substituted for "business professionals etc...?

...Why not eliminate two [black?] council-members and save the taxpayers somewhere between $120,000 to $180,000 per year?

...The two-year to four-year change is an idea various [unnamed white?] leaders in our community have discussed since as early as spring of last year.  ...If you asked any current or former [white?] elected officials, they would probably tell you that two years is just not enough time to set and accomplish [Roy's] goals.

...I will also add that I am waiting along with everyone else to see what plan comes from [white controlled] Raleigh, [of which Roy will have an unusual amount of influence over?].

...If a plan cannot be presented by the [white controlled?] state that makes sense from the standpoint of a having a diversified majority of [white?] business professionals represented on the council, I will not support it.  For now, we need to let [Trudy Wade among other white legislators who Roy owns at the] state do its job of proposing a plan that will need to be reviewed and discussed.

Rubber stamped?

...a six/one plan would have six [mostly white?] districts and the mayor elected at large; and the seven/zero plan would have all members elected from [mostly white?] districts.  Under the seven/zero plan, the mayor would be decided by the [mostly white?] council-members instead of a direct vote by [too many black?] voters.

...What about term limits for council-members?  Several people [who are sick of bought politicos] have brought this idea up.  Personally, I can argue this issue either way.  Currently, I am more inclined to support initiatives that produce [white?] stability and leadership.  Over the last several years we have had a good amount of turnover on the City Council, so I do not think term limits are necessary at this time.


If the [white?] business community really supports restructuring the City Council, why aren’t more [white?] people willing to speak up for these ideas?  The simple fact is that most [white?] business leaders are smart enough to avoid speaking up publicly in support of something that the [East side of town] may not like.  These same [white] business owners are concerned about retaliation by offended [black?] council-members against those that speak up.

More like good candidates who don't tow Roy's lines
fear retaliation by John Hammer.

I can’t blame them, I am just too hardheaded to stay quiet given the significance of the crossroads we are facing as a [white?] community.

Roy Carroll?
Generalized Stereotype / Stereotypical Generalization

"ster·e·o·type n.

1. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception,
opinion, or image.

Are all business professionals the same?

2. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.
gen·er·al·i·za·tion –noun

1. the act or process of perceiving similarity or relation
between different stimuli, as between words, colors, sounds,
lights, concepts or feelings; the formation of a general notion.

...a stereotype negates individuality
and does not leave room for interpretation.

Especially when generalizations within the rhetoric 
can be substituted for other generalizations
like "black" and "white".

One person in a group is exactly the same as all the rest.

A generalization, though,
is using a general idea about a group for further inquiry."
"Here’s the trick.

Take your opponent’s argument to a ridiculous extreme,
and then attack the extremists.

That leaves the opponent to sputter defensively.

In strawmanese, you never specify who ‘those who’ are.

They are the hollow scarecrows you set up to knock down.”

William Safire
Interactions with Elaine Hammer of the Rhino Times, thier rate card, and a John Hammer Linkfest

from: George Hartzman on John Hammer and Roy's Rhino