The Covington News - - OPINION -

Last week we ran a story that cer­tain lead­ers of our large African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity would call for a pub­lic march if their con­cerns about the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers’ decision to strip Com­mis­sioner J.C. Hen­der­son of many of his com­mit­tee as­sign­ments was not prop­erly ad­dressed.

We think that the com­mis­sion­ers had a right to cen­sure Hen­der­son; if this was done prop­erly is the ques­tion.

If they didn’t, it needs to be fixed, and the vote can be re­taken. This can pro­duce the same re­sults.

The threat to hold a march or any other type of ma­jor demon­stra­tion in support of J.C. Hen­der­son by some mem­bers of the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity is dis­heart­en­ing.

There might be rea­sons for one group or another to boy­cott or demon­strate be­cause of an in­jus­tice, but the support of Hen­der­son, who was stripped of his au­thor­ity for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons — not be­cause of his color — is not one of them.

Hen­der­son got taken to the prover­bial wood­shed be­cause of his own po­lit­i­cal ac­tions, ac­tions that have caused some of his fel­low elected com­mis­sion­ers to build up re­sent­ment for a long pe­riod of time.

We re­peat again, in our opin­ion the ac­tion taken against Hen­der­son was not be­cause he was black but be­cause of past po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions on his part.

We are heart­ened that mem­bers of the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity have talked to us and told us that threat­en­ing a march was not ac­cept­able by a majority of the African -Amer­i­can com­mu­nity.

We would like to think that New­ton County’s en­tire com­mu­nity has come a long way from the days when marches were nec­es­sary to prove a point.

There is no rea­son why peo­ple of good character and a gen­eral pos­i­tive con­cern for the com­mu­nity can’t sit down face to face and work out is­sues that need to be worked out with­out is­su­ing threats and putting fears in dis­trust in the minds of of all our cit­i­zens.

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