We’re tempted to ask a millennial-style question of Augusta commissioner William Fennoy: Why are you such a hater?
The commissioner has infamously kneeled for the Pledge of Allegiance at commission meetings the past several months in order to disrespect the country a la NFL players.
And now, in an act of unalloyed cynicism, he actually has the Augusta Commission deliberating over whether to add President Trump’s name to the Calhoun Expressway – so that, in his view apparently, the city will agree with him and brand our president a racist.
Fennoy has criticized the current expressway for its namesake’s ties to slavery.
Wanting to take someone’s name off the downtown connector is one thing; at least there’s an argument to be made. But his sarcastic proposal to add Trump’s name to a “Trump-Calhoun Expressway” in an effort to convict the president by association is nothing but a bald act of acrimony.
It’s amazing the Augusta Commission has actually discussed such a contemptible contrivance, and may again on Tuesday. What a disgrace. Our public officials should be above such animus. Elected officials should fight such hatred, not further it.
Let’s be honest: Fennoy’s ploy is nothing but an expression of hatred.
And talk about presumptuous: We don’t know what’s in Mr. Trump’s heart, and neither does Fennoy.
Yet he expects us to just accept his mental CAT Scan of our president and immortalize it in concrete and steel. No dice, Mr. Fennoy.
It’s true that Mr. Trump wants to slow the flood of low-skilled immigrants from Third-World nations – which, by the way, would have the desirable effect of improving the employment picture for lower-income Americans, particularly minorities.
Yet, the only thing that people like Fennoy can see is the color bar.
Declaring someone else a racist – particularly someone you don’t know – is the height of smugness and conceit.
Rather than examine others’ hearts remotely, perhaps it’s best to question our own. As Matthew 7:5 puts it, “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
Experts also will tell you that hateful thinking is a trap – not at all for the object of the hatred, but for the hater. Author Dr. Caroline Leaf, who writes about toxic emotions, notes that research shows “as much as 87 percent to 95 percent of mental and physical illnesses are a direct result of toxic thinking.”
Toxic thinking can be contagious, too.
Let’s not catch it in Augusta.