Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson voted against firing City Administrator Fred Russell. Commissioner Johnson defended his vote by stating Russell had the authority to do what he did, and he could not fire a man for something he had the authority to do.
Johnson’s excuse for not firing Russell was the same excuse used by slaveowners. His excuse reminded me of a passage in the biography of Stonewall Jackson. When Jackson was about 12 years old, he lived with an uncle who was a slaveowner. One day Jackson asked his uncle was it right to own a slave. Jackson’s uncle replied that the law says he can, and he obeys the law.
That is the mentality of Corey Johnson and the commissioners who voted against firing Fred Russell. Slavery was legal but morally wrong. Mr. Russell had the legal authority to give out $350,000 in pay raises, but he was morally wrong.
I am an African-American. Therefore, my views are not racially motivated. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Slavery had to go; Jim Crow had to go; and Fred Russell must go.