Originally created 08/05/99

Blasts Rosemary English's 'racism'

This letter is in response to an July 15 article reporting on the Aiken County School Board's regular meeting. The article stated that board member Rosemary English refused to vote for Mrs. Janice Nashatker's appointment to the position of assistant principal at South Aiken High School because she was not black, even though no minorities had applied for the job. If the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and their state president, James Gallman, are so opposed to racism, why have they not called for Mrs. English's resignation? A former employee of the Aiken County School District, it is thought by many that Mr. Gallman attempted to pressure district leaders into hiring and promoting blacks.

Instead of attacking the heritage of Southern whites by attempting to force the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House, Mr. Gallman should lead the fight to remove such a blatant and outspoken racist from public office in Aiken County. Mrs. English should make a public apology to Mrs. Nashatker and resign from such an important position.

We need leaders who can look beyond a person's race and work to provide our children with the best education possible. It is as wrong for blacks to show discrimination against whites as for whites to do the same against blacks.

James Smith, Aiken


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