Originally created 05/04/02

When will 'The Chronicle' stop being unfair to blacks?



Since delivering The Chronicle during the 1940s, I have wondered when its editors would stop bad-mouthing local blacks under the guise of moral indignation and start exercising some fairness in reporting. It hasn't happened yet.

In October 2000, The Chronicle tried and convicted former fire chief Ronnie Few (of who knows what) after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confiscated numerous documents from his office. But on the way to jail, a funny thing happened; no charges were filed.

Recently The Chronicle berated Mr. Few about falsifying his resume, but the newspaper has yet to acknowledge that for many decades it didn't matter how many PhDs a black might have, he would not be hired for any of the better jobs in Augusta.

Linda Beasley is a wonderful, capable person, but I doubt she would have earned $60,000 with no college training if she were black. Maybe Mr. Few was driven to embellish his credentials in order to rise above the "glass ceiling." I left Augusta in 1956 with my college degree because of limited opportunities here for blacks.

The Chronicle is still infuriated with State Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, and several Augusta commissioners because they won't dance to the newspaper's drumbeat. That beat, however, is reminiscent of the past when black schools were allocated 70 percent of the funds of white schools and blacks couldn't eat at the food counters downtown.

Sadly, The Chronicle appears to be unable to treat blacks fairly in its editorials. I for one don't seek reparations. We cannot remedy past evils, but we can and do expect fairness in today's world. Have the biased thinking, shaded editorials and dirty tricks that have long dominated politics, schools, churches and employment in white America helped create the turmoil in the world today? When are we going to learn to live together as Christians and Americans?

T. Walton, Augusta