The Columbus Conventions & Visitors Bureau Board denied funding for this years Juneteenth festival, and District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks has no one to blame but himself for their action. He single-handedly ruined an event that was actually a very good thing for Columbus and the black community in particular.
Rest assured that Brooks will blame everyone but himself. He’ll try and blame the board, probably asserting that they are a bunch of bigots and racists. But Brooks has been in charge of Juneteenth from its onset. He’d often try and divert the controls to Cindy Lawrence anytime his rantings and bullying would cause most of the community to question his actions. But it was always too little too late, as it was this time. After plowing into a few meetings previously with the CCVB board and throwing around what could be perceived as subtle threats to some of its members (usually whomever would speak up at the time of one of his rantings – such as Mark Castleberry or Bart Wise. He even got into a back and forth with Harvey Myrick at a previous meeting. RW), Brooks should lay blame for the possible demise of the Juneteenth festival.
For her part, Lawrence has been going-on about how sad it is that there will be no Juneteenth this year because of the lack of funding. For as many years as this celebration has been a part of the black community and the city of Columbus, it should have been long ago that the festival had become self-supportive…as is Market Street in comparison. If the CCVB announced that Market Street Festival would lose its funding, you can bet that the festival would live on. Certainly without the ability to acquire such awesome national acts such as this years upcoming Friday night line-up, but it wouldn’t stop the event. It would just lower its quality of events. However, that won’t happen because Market Street and many others are fully accountable for where their funds are directed. Juneteenth, while being controlled by Brooks, has only taken the money and doled it out however Brooks has wanted too. And therein lies the problem! No accountability! Brooks, on the premise that he is looking out for his constituents, has completely dominated the event and has always done as he pleases. If someone questions his actions, he strikes back. Always has, always will. Check history for verification!
I certainly hope that Juneteenth lives on. The sooner it shakes the likes of Leroy Brooks, the better for the black community and all of Columbus.
Postman Shooter Smiles at the Cameras
I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched the morning news on WCBI Tuesday morning. The accused shooter of Columbus postman Doug Aldridge smiles at the camera as he emerges from a patrol vehicle being escorted by Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge. 17 year-old Arthur Lee Whitefield, the accused, was being escorted to Lowndes County Justice Court for a bond hearing. Judge Peggy Phillips set his bond at $500,000, $250,000 for one count of aggravated assault and $250,000 for one count of armed robbery.
More From Mexico
Had a lot of comments from people who read my account of my Mexico trip. One Packet website responder couldn’t believe I didn’t have any problems with the Mexican Federale’s or the Mexican military (In fact, I’ve never had the first).
I also have respect for the fact that I’m a guest in their country. Being respectful helps in what could be a tough situation We expect the same from those foreign visitors who visit our country. If we all felt and acted that way, there might be less and less problems from anyone in authority abroad.
My dad always taught me…it doesn’t cost a thing to be nice to people. And it could open a door that would otherwise be closed.
Let’s all be diplomats for our respective countries and the world just might end up a better place!
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com0