Originally created 11/07/02

Won't spend money on White Friday



Regarding statements made about the 19 black people arrested at October's First Friday in downtown Augusta: I find it amazing in the year 2002 that people can still find a person's skin color can cause problems.

When the Sept. 11, 2001, bombing was planned, was the color of the people's skin in the New York Twin Towers' trade building an issue?

I am a black female and I have lived here for 36 years and I have never attended a First Friday and I am positive I will not be going in the future because I would not want to spend my green money on the White Friday.

I do hope they continue the event, but if the white people fight, then who will you want to go to the event? That is why if I want to buy from street vendors, listen to bands and have a drink, I travel to Atlanta, Savannah or Columbia.

Why should I spend my money with Augusta white people who only see the color of my skin?

People say First Friday must continue, but I do not see that happening. I would like to thank the person for writing in to express their comments, because now I know how some Broad Street business merchants really feel. That will save me time and money.

I cannot believe that when I was a little girl I rode the bus to Broad Street, shopped in Woolworth's and ate a hot dog at Kress, but now you could not pay me to spend my money with any restaurant or shop on Broad Street.

Pamela Williams, Hephzibah, Ga.