Originally created 12/24/06

Ryan B's venom poisons and divides our community



I am a middle-class black female, educated and a registered voter. I am outraged by local radio personality Ryan B.

I am offended by what he says on his talk show about local leaders, black and white. I am outraged because he says these things on a gospel station under the guise of being positive and an instrument for uniting this community.

He says mean and nasty things. Recently, he said he was going to "out several ministers for accepting faith-based money," or something of that nature, and was going to reveal that many were having illicit affairs with members of their congregations. That has no place in Augusta politics, and he should think before he speaks. That is hurtful to wives and families, and to our community. That could almost be considered blackmail.

Many of the things that Ryan B has said are accurate and are sentiments shared by others, but what does he personally gain by personally attacking people? I am certainly no fan of radio personality Austin Rhodes, but as a black American woman, I was taught that just because someone else sinks to the gutter does not mean I must.

As a Christian, I am disappointed that Ryan B does not adhere to a higher code of honor. His real name is irrelevant to me; how he conducts himself in representing issues important to CSRA residents is significant to me. Ryan B wants to bring relevant issues to the forefront, but before he can successfully do this, he must learn tact and diplomacy. Until he does, I will stop listening to radio station WAAW because I don't want to identify with his hate messages. Likewise, I will not listen to Austin, either.

Self-centered messages of hate and divisiveness are not helpful to our community. I seek those who build bridges, not destroy them.

Valerie Holloway Norwood, Augusta