So, yesterday I was a little upset by the comments many of the White readers were making about Portsmouth on PilotOnline.com. But this morning, I awoke to this message in my FB inbox. I won't give his name because he's a city employee, but this older White man took the time to send this and it's really made my morning. I just had to share:
"Mr. Edwards, i read your posts on pilot online. Your articulation is a threat to insecure people who are afraid of losing the vestiges of power. Your education is far more of a threat to those who attacked you than that of a criminal. I agree with you whole heartedly that many of the comments were overtly racist. The idea that generations of people "work the system" is insulting and not true. I would post but am a city employee, (social services) and do not want to put up with any grief that might occur from something I've written. I've lived here (Portsmouth) for 2.5 years now. I've never witnessed such acrimony and hostility between elected officials anywhere else i've lived. Unfortunately it filters down to those, again who are insecure and feel threatened. I've spent most of my adult life in Washington D.C. (living in the district) in very multicultural areas. Living here is almost like being on a different time era, but i digress. Not all Caucasian folks believe your views are racist, and in fact some, myself, agree with you. Hang in there and continue to fight the good fight. All the best..."