Sunday, August 30, 2015

The healing moment St. Augustine never had in 2014, on 50th anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act and civil rights demonstrations here: Wonder why?

On the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, veterans of the Union and Confederacy reunite civilly, and shake hands. [1913]

Here's what should have happened here in St. Augustine last year, on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Then-Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR.  put the kibosh on my idea of a healing moment, a Civil Rights reunion, encouraging healing among our African-American, Minorcan and other local residents.  Wonder why?
Perhaps JOE BOLES did not wish to offend his rich white supporters, including sons of segregationists and actual segregationists.
You tell me.
I spoke to 450th Director DANA STE. CLAIRE about such a Civil Rights Reunion, and he was going to ask Mayor BOLES about taking it to our Journey exhibit advisory committee.
It never happened.
Yet another broken promise of our all-white City management.
Was City Hall too busy handing out no-bid leases and no bid contracts and zoning favors?
You tell me.
Healing matters, but evidently not to the maladroit BUBBA BOLES bunch.
So much for a more "Compassionate St. Augustine."

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