Some of you old dudes probably remember a guy who despite having more than enough money and the ability to fix it, continued to drive his old car around with a bad carburetor, floats out of adjustment, gasoline leaking, accelerator pump leaking and the choke sticking from time to time. Maybe he nicknamed his car Smoky because of the clouds of black smoke that trailed from behind.
There were probably jokes about spraying for mosquitoes.
Ol' Smoky wasn't that bad of a car. A good cleaning and some minor repairs and Smoky could have been driven for years. But when you asked him why he didn't
fix ol' Smoky he would tell you it was because the old car wasn't worth
fixing. But in the meantime when the right front tire blew out he put on
the spare and left the bad tire in the trunk.
Then when the left
rear tire blew out he called a friend and asked his friend to bring him
a tire. Which his friend had to buy. When the right rear tire blew
another friend got suckered in. And finally when the left front tire
blew he called you to get him up and going again.
Finally, on an
especially hot day, enough gasoline leaked out that one of the worn plug
wires ignited the gas, caught ol' Smoky on fire and burned his car to
Then you and your friends ended up hauling his sorry
ass everywhere he needed to go until finally, one by one, all of you got
sick of his sorry ass and told him to walk.
You remember that guy, right? All of us knew someone like him.
Such is the way that
so much of America is dealing with the issues of minorities, gays and
others in this country. We fix the flat tires-- usually at someone
else's expense-- but never deal with the leaky carburetors. And
eventually we get events like we've seen over the course of the last
couple of years-- events that threaten to burn this nation to the ground
just like your sorry friend allowed ol' Smoky to burn to the ground.
not going to argue with anyone about what the problems are except to
say the problems are real. Don't believe me? Take a look at something
that was sent to me recently:
Now after having seen that I went searching for this Green Team and found their website. From their About Page:
Now folks, when someone who claims to never be late fails to show up at all to feed 300 needy men, women and children, Greensboro has issues. Luckily for those 300 needy people the Black Lives Matter group here in Greensboro also found out and picked up the slack.
Now I'm not trying to take shots at The Green Team. People get scared. But the fact that people get scared proves that Greensboro is not immune to the problems of race and minorities be they protected minorities or not.
The United States Declaration of Independence declares that "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" are all "unalienable rights" which the Declaration says has
been given to all human beings by their Creator, and for which
governments are created to protect. As Mayor of Greensboro I will work to see that all of Greensboro's citizens are forever granted these rights just as the City of Greensboro is bound by the Declaration of Independence to do.
The United States Declaration of Independence isn't limited to straight, white Christians. It isn't limited to any one group.
I'll not drive ol' Smoky into the ground and watch her burn and if you don't like it then the United States Constitution guarantees your right to leave.
Come back for If I Were Mayor Of Greensboro: Part 32 and catch the rest of my platform at Billy Jones for Mayor of Greensboro.