Originally Published: January 9, 2019 8:36 p.m.
I want to respond to letters in the Jan. 1 edition regarding race relations. When we were considering moving to Prescott from central Texas we noticed the racial makeup of the area as about 95-plus percent Caucasian and hoped that this did not mean Prescott might be a bit of a white enclave, unwelcoming to people of darker-shaded skin. The climate won us over so we made this our new home town anyway.
The best part of Rep. David Stringer’s “honest” yet insensitive comments is the amount of racial dialogue that is happening lately as a result. I don’t know why it might surprise Mr. Hollenbeck that racism exists in Prescott. Racism doesn’t have to be overtly unkind to exist. Benign racism is still racism.
I think that Mr. Stringer probably has too much pride, false though it may be, to come off of his high horse and meet with Mr. Tatem of the East Valley NAACP. I do prefer that they get together. Personally, I would like to see Mr. Stringer take his honest thoughts and comments and ride off into the sunset somewhere else. Besides Mr. Stringer’s more overt form of racism, his thoughts seem contaminated by a vile form of libertarianism that won’t support public schools, preferring exploitation by Koch brother style capitalism. Another reason why he can get on his horse and go.