|Racist blog post sparks more outrage|
|Written by Valerie J. Morgan|
State Rep. Dawkins-Haigler: Blogger should give Jesus a try
Jonny Brown, the Republican representative on Rockdale County’s Board of Elections, was blasted again today for the racist blog he posted referring to black elected officials as “slow and sluggish” in a metaphor he wrote called the “Little White Plane.”
State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, who represents parts of Rockdale and DeKalb counties, said the Republican Party “should rethink” Brown as its appointee to the Board of Elections. The three-member board is comprised of a Republican, Democrat and an at-large member.
Last week, a crowd of citizens showed up for the Elections Board meeting demanding that Brown step down. Rockdale Democratic Party Chair Doreen Williams sent a representative to demand that Brown be removed from the Board of Elections.
Dawkins-Haigler, who learned about the blog posted and the outcry that it sparked, said Brown cannot serve effectively on the board.
“The Board of Elections cannot serve as an nonpartisan entity to all the citizens of Rockdale when it is apparent that Brown does not display the true “Spirit” of Rockdale,” said Dawkins-Haigler. “…I recommend that Brown spend more time reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:25, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Dee Dawkins-Haigler submitted this release today:
Racial divisiveness and disharmony have no place in Rockdale County politics
As chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and vice-chair of the Rockdale delegation, I harbor the divisive, vitriolic language of Rockdale Board of Elections member, Jonny Brown. My initial thought was to ignore his blog titled “The Little White Plane” in which he uses a metaphor about a little white plane that eventually was covered with so much black paint that it became “slow and sluggish” because of its potential to be a distraction to the county’s progress. But after pondering the negative effects that such a blog could have on the larger community, I felt compelled to respond.
Brown artfully wraps his racism in the package of a story, but it is vitriolic racism all the same. Simply stated, he attempts to use words that thinly disguise his racial invective by packaging it in the form of a story. These were cowardly words, taken straight from Richard Nixon’s old tired “Southern strategy.” This political strategy utilized code language and symbols to whip up racial animosity to deliver political spoils to shady politicians. The language of white airplanes and black paint is designed to deliver a message of contention and fear, not unity and hope. Now is not the time for division. Our economy, our educational system, our healthcare, and our infrastructure are in crisis. Why must we continue to fight old battles when a new politics and a new spirit of service are struggling to be born amidst the ashes of partisan gridlock and infantile racist ideologies?
The true Spirit of Rockdale lies in the heart of the men and women who work day in and day out to make this county a great place to call home. I recommend that Brown spend more time reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:25, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” We live in the house called Georgia and if any individual or group among us fails all of Georgia fails.
Finally, I recommend political discourse and policymaking that is courageous and worthy of the people of Georgia, the citizens of Rockdale, and the God that we serve. The Board of Elections cannot serve as an nonpartisan entity to all the citizens of Rockdale when it is apparent that Brown does not display the true “Spirit” of Rockdale.
The Republican Party of Rockdale should rethink Brown as their appointee to the Board of Elections if the party wants an individual that is truly representative of the principles and ideals of the Republican party, unless however, the Rockdale Republican Party is in agreement with the vitriolic rhetoric of Brown in which case the Republican Party of Georgia may need to inquire as to why inflammatory language and coded racism has become the order of the day.
Here is the post made by Jonny Brown:
THE LITTLE WHITE PLANE
by Jonny Brown
In the mean time Lynn went to work redesigning the plane. She enlisted every person she could find. They worked night and day for the next two years, getting ready for the half load test. The Spirit of Rockdale was not ready for a full load test but she had come a long way in the two years since the crash. The day finally came and the Spirit of Rockdale was up and flying again. It passed the half load test with flying colors. Now Lynn went to work harder than ever. With the help of Republican Engineering, people came out in droves to help. Some donated their time, some donated money, lots of money, it poured in from every direction. People called and emailed everyone they knew to ask them to help or donate money. Lynn and Republican Engineering worked countless hours. They left no stone unturned. They knocked on every door around asking people to help. The crew worked 24 hours a day, they went to every function around asking for support.
As the day grew closer for the full load test, people were more enthusiastic about the Spirit of Rockdale than ever. It had been four long years since the last full load test that ended in disaster. The crew, Lynn, Republican Engineering and the volunteers were all mentally and physically ready. Finally the day had come for the full load test. On November 6, 2012 the Spirit of Rockdale taxied down the runway at 7:00am. It was cold and rainy that morning but the Spirit of Rockdale didn’t have any problem getting off the ground. It was carrying the biggest and most important load that it had ever carried. Its flight would last over fourteen hours. The Spirit of Rockdale flew higher and faster than it had ever flown. It circled all of its check points all day and on time. It was at the end of the fourteenth hour as it was headed back to the runway when the unthinkable happened. It was almost like a bad dream, the only problem was that it was no dream. The Spirit of Rockdale had been high jacked. It had been high jacked by left wing liberals supported by Oden and Oz. They had apparently hidden in the plane the night before, under the cover of darkness.
The crew fought with all the strength that they could muster but it was to no avail. The Spirit of Rockdale that had survived for over 160 years had crashed. Hill, Harrison, Ray, Bowie, Brown, Horn and Coggins perished instantly. The only survivor was Wigington and He was in critical condition. The doctor said if Wigington could make it to 11:00pm Friday night, he would have 95 percent chance of survival but even with all the hope and prayers that was in everyone’s hearts, it was not to be. Wigington joined his other crew members at 10:30 pm Friday night. The little white plane, Known as the Spirit of Rockdale was to be no more.
Oh there will be another plane. A shiny black one but if its not painted with a higher quality of paint than Oden, Oz and Wilson are painted with, instead of carrying commerce, manufacturing, education and a future for our children and grandchildren, the only thing it will carry will be crime, incompetence, cronyism and corruption.