I should begin by saying I’m not the greatest fan of Tara Servatius. I rarely, if ever, agree with what she writes or says. However, she highlights in her Creative Loafing column this week a sentiment from a local African-American leader with which I can both relate and agree.
Discussing the proposed streetcar line, and local leaders’ promises to the African-American community, Servatius writes:
Mattie Marshall, president of the Washington Heights community in the Beatties Ford corridor, sounded like a civil rights orator when she reamed the Charlotte City Council for not completing the streetcar sooner last week. And in a way, it was a civil rights speech.
“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of waiting and living on empty promises,” she said. “I’m a citizen.” Marshall went on to remind them that the African-American community had “stood strong” for the half-cent sales tax in 2007.
So, borrowing from Ms. Marshall (she sounds like a great person, by the way — I want to meet her), let me elaborate on other frustrations with local government:
“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of waiting and living on empty promises,” I say. “I’m a citizen.” I’m going on to remind you that LGBT community members have been “standing strong” behind local Democratic leaders — with our time, energy, money and votes — for years. What do we have to show for our years and years of loyalty? Pretty much nada.
Maybe the local LGBT community should team with African-American leaders? After all, both minority communities keep getting the shaft from local leaders.