Freedom to Speak
After witnessing the debacle of Thursday night's City Council meeting, and attending the dedication ceremony of the historic Division Street School, I have arrived at the conclusion that this Blog site will now allow anonymous comments.
With the events that preceded the last council meeting (by weeks, days, or hours), and the affect these events had on the meeting, there should have been no surprise at the debacle that unfolded. Still, the frustration that churns within, knowing that so many are unable to speak, for fear of retaliation or retribution, is overwhelming.
Then, Saturday, as I stood and listened to the history of an oppressed population, the freedoms they were denied, and the societal processes they were omitted from, my outrage against bigotry was renewed.
Obviously, there is no equating the struggles of African Americans in history with the current state of politics in our city, but there was something tugging at my mind.
There are basic freedoms and rights that many have struggled and fought for, yet we can still be encumbered by circumstances. And, with the struggles that face our city today, freedom of speech must not be compromised.
Therefore, I am removing the demand for identities to be revealed in an attempt to offer a forum for ALL who wish to share ideas, concerns, information, and comments. Every voice will be heard, and every opportunity will be extended in order to ensure that this basic right is available for everyone.