Columbia, SC — Lonnie Randolph is an elder statesman in the community who could do a better job of managing his behavior and his diabetes instead of offering excuses.
Since he, as well as other leaders in the community, is aware that he is predisposed to go off the deep end, he needs to learn to communicate with others in his environment when he senses that he is entering a diabetic attack.
Nowhere, medically, does a diabetic attack remove your moral conscience or responsibility, unless your thoughts are dictated by a “me and my rights” orientation. He was defiantly refusing to pay a young clerk for the cleaning that was done at Tripp’s.
Since he knows that he can enter these severe diabetic attacks, it is absolutely incumbent upon him to meticulously monitor his blood sugar levels, like millions of other diabetics. I am told to drop to the level that he supposedly went, does not happen frequently. Randolph did not appear to be physically compromised, as was evident by his resistance to the police officers.
Most importantly, since it is commonly known that he displays this erratic belligerent posture, then what right does he have to remain in a position as state president of the NAACP? This is a sensitive position which requires diplomatic behavior in order to be effective. How can he properly represent his people and build racial bridges, when he is known for strife and discord?