Dallas City Council choosing leadership based on Race Whatever happened to choosing a leader without regard to race, gender, or creed?

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By Lynn Woolley

As things stand right now at Dallas City Hall, only an African-American (or possibly, an Asian) can be mayor pro tem. Under a “tradition” that started in the 90’s, the mayor, mayor pro-tem, and deputy mayor pro-tem must be of different races.

So when Mayor Pro-tem Dwaine Caraway, who is black, resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges, that meant no white councilmember could be named as mayor pro-tem.

If you think that sounds like some kind of racial quota system, welcome to the club. 

Dallas City Hall

The Dallas City Council is no meritocracy, nor does it recognize seniority. So two black members of the Council were eligible for the seat – and no one else.

When Philip Kingston, a left-wing councilmember, suggested that a white woman, Sandy Greyson, was the best choice, he was attacked as a racist.

Whatever happened to choosing a leader without regard to race, gender, or creed?

That’s gone in Dallas – a left-wing city that has thrown out all pretenses. The three leadership roles are now defined by skin color – and nothing else. So here is the current breakdown:

Mayor of Dallas: Mike Rawlings – white skin
Casey Thomas: Mayor Pro Tem – black skin (just named to replace Caraway)
Adam Medrano: Deputy Mayor Pro Tem – brown skin (Hispanic)

All is not well in the diverse paradise that is Dallas.

Nothing here against Casey Thomas. He may be a great man for all we know.

Philip Kingston looks at his computer as members listen to Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price speak about race before the Dallas City Council meeting Wednesday.
(Tom Fox/Dallas News Staff Photographer)

What we question is the dangerous practice of putting skin color at the forefront of anything.

Do we not live in enlightened times? Why does Dallas seem to be going back in time to an era where skin color determined such things as the school you were allowed to attend, or what lunch counter you could dine at, or where you had to sit on a bus.

The Dallas City Council is taking us back to the bad old days where the content of a person’s character is subordinate to skin pigment. It is disgusting and it is wrong. The Diversity Movement is treading into dangerous territory.

How would the Dallas system work if…

According to the Dallas Morning News, two black councilmembers were nominated to “keep the leadership role in blacks hands.” If that is not the very definition of racism, then the term simply cannot be defined.

Besides that, the policy could cause certain problems.

Dwaine Caraway

Let’s say the Dallas City Council happened to have fourteen blacks and one white serving on it’s 14-1 form of government. Let’s say that “1” – the mayor – is black. Then, the mayor pro tem would have to be the white person and the Council would have no choice under the tradition.

But what about the deputy mayor pro tem? It would seem that one of the black members would have to resign so that a Hispanic could be named to the Council and take the deputy pro tem seat. But how would they decide who gets kicked off the Council in the name of diversity?

Councilwoman Sandy Greyson

What if the Council was totally Hispanic – or white? After all, even though Dallas is a heavily minority city, there’s nothing in the law that forces voters to elect people of a certain race. With 15 Hispanics on the Council, there would be a Hispanic mayor. Then, what would they do to have people of different races in the other two positions?

It’s a tangled web that the City of Dallas should have avoided from the start.

Race-baiters in Dallas have had a fine time with this.

By race-baiter, we usually mean County Commissioner John Wiley Price – and this is no exception. Price threw one of his race-based tantrums, this time calling the motion to select Sandy Greyson “racist to its core.”

Note that Greyson is the longest-serving member of the Council. That is usually a good reason to name sometime to leadership in most cities – but Dallas is not “most cities.” Dallas is consumed by race – remember the Robert E. Lee statue? – and Price was not the only one to whine about the motion.

Speaking of the motion, it was made by Philip Kingston, a “progressive” voice (aren’t they all) on the Dallas City Council who riled Price by referring to the Caraway situation and saying:

“We had a problem. It has affected our standing with the public, and in order to begin to improve that standing, I think it’s incumbent on us to pick the one of us for the remainder of this term who is most above reproach.”

As a disclaimer, I do not know any members of the Dallas City Council. I followed the Caraway corruption case in the media – but I have no inclination to believe that Sandy Greyson is “above reproach” any more than the two black members, Casey Thomas and Tennell Atkins. Either of them, mostly likely, would have preformed admirably in leadership role so far as I know.

Video: (September 5, 2018) John Wiley Price at Dallas City Council speaking about race

But when it comes to race, Dallas is a very sick city.

Dallas needs help. It needs to move in to the 21st Century as a municipality. It needs to stop making everything about race and skin color. The citizens of Dallas ought to start the healing by refusing to elect race-consumed politicians such as Price.

That’s not very likely, but at the least, the Dallas City Council should eschew racist “traditions” and vote for leadership on the basis of something sane – like seniority or merit.


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