“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, “I Have a Dream” speech: August 28, 1963
In the most overt example of the racially bigoted thinking we had all hoped represented a bygone era, Calvin Goode, 86, shames himself and embarrasses the rest of us with his blatant racism. Imagine the outcry from minority communities if this letter to the editor had been written by someone who was not black:
Goode’s “Support Council Diversity” has been copied here, since the daily newspaper is now using a pay wall.
I have lived in Phoenix since 1944 and served on the Phoenix City Council from 1972 to 1994. Cody Williams and Michael Johnson both have commendably served since my retirement.
At the time the district system was instituted, led by former Mayor Terry Goddard and me, it was determined that District 7 would be for Latinos and District 8 would be for African-Americans. Currently on the City Council there are two Latinos (Districts 5 and 7) one African-American (District 8) and six Whites.
Recently, Kate Gallego announced her intention to be a candidate for District 8. She is White. She states she will represent all District 8 citizens, including African-Americans. I find it strange that I have not seen her at any African-American affairs or events. I am unaware of a single action that she has demonstrated to support African-Americans.
Our government is based on the premise “of the people, by the people and for the people,” which includes African-Americans as equal participants in the decision-making process. We urge all voters who believe in diverse democratic government and the inclusion of all ethnic groups in government to vote to maintain African-American leadership and preserve diversity on the Phoenix City Council as we attempt to be a government for all people, including African-Americans.
— Calvin C. Goode, Phoenix
The disturbing concept of contrived raced-based districts, conceived, Goode says, in a scheme cooked up by him and former Mayor Terry Goddard, both Democrats, is mind boggling. In this letter, he expounds on the impropriety of a “white woman” running in a council district that he says is uniquely black. Kate Gallego, also a Democrat and married to state Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Hispanic Dem, has been endorsed by Councilman Michael Nowakowski, another Democrat Hispanic, who bears a Polish surname. A scorecard is needed to follow this twisted meandering. For clarity, just remember this: Race trumps political affiliations, and some districts are owned by certain ethnicities.
The “white” interloper, Kate Gallego, with credentials galore, has been quoted as saying, “I don’t think there’s an African-American or Latino way to fill a pothole.” Makes sense to us.
Meanwhile, to ward off Gallego’s racial intrusion, Pastor Warren Stewart of the First Institutional Baptist Church has been recruited to enter the race — as in campaign, not skin pigment. He is expected to announce this coming week.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Somewhere along the way, it appears Phoenix’ black community forgot that.