Columbia, SC — The disgusting saga of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has already been told, and the decisive action of Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, has been lauded. Still a question remains: If America will not tolerate overt racism in the basketball arena, why does America tolerate it in other arenas?
Why do we tolerate racism in the delivery of quality education for public school children? We have waited decades for the S.C. Supreme Court to rule with regard to the Corridor of Shame. Even blind justice should see that which is glaring: There is a difference between adequate and quality education.
Why do we tolerate racism in access to voting? It is May 16. The Richland County election board is in limbo, and the June 10 primary is almost here.
Why are we complacent when our governor refuses to fill vacancies on state agency boards? Why do we remain silent when we know that some agencies are deficient with regard to diversity? Do we hold all state agencies accountable for their affirmative action plans? Do we monitor the effectiveness of the state Human Affairs Commission, whose mission is, in part, to investigate allegations of discrimination in employment and housing?
Why do your governor and Legislature accept your tax dollars to supplement their health plans, yet they refuse to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid?
Unless we find our voices, and aggressively root out the vestiges of racism, we might as well be the first state to secede from the union, again.
Beverly D. Frierson