Tucker: Shut up, whitey, and write the check.

From today’s AJC:

A word to state Sen. David Shafer: Please stop helping Grady. If Shafer offers any more of his brand of assistance, the hospital will be forced to shut down.

Earlier this month, in the middle of difficult, racially charged negotiations over changing the hospital’s governing structure, Shafer, a Republican legislator who represents portions of Gwinnett and Fulton counties, issued the threat of state intervention. “If Grady fails to act, we will be ready to do so,” he said.

That’s just the sort of boneheaded, ham-fisted play guaranteed to increase racial paranoia among the black officials who fear losing control of Grady Memorial Hospital. As one source involved in the negotiations put it: “That wasn’t helpful.”

Black activist Tim McDonald, an Atlanta minister, put it more bluntly: “I have no doubt it’s going to be proposed at the General Assembly because they want control. They’re white, they’re male, they’re Republican.”

If conservative white politicians insist on issuing threats or engaging in racially charged innuendo, black members of the governing authority will only grow more defensive. The negotiations will further bog down in racial gamesmanship and name-calling, delaying the changes that must be made at Grady and guaranteeing the hospital’s demise.

She then goes on to basically agree with Senator Shafer. Poor Cynthia.

Senator Shafer’s rebuttal is priceless. You can read it here and will be in the AJC tomorrow.

15 comments

  1. Burdell says:

    Shafer is the smartest guy in the State Senate, hands down. I’m not sure what Tucker expected when she wrote her little bit, but Shafer has responded with poise, eloquence, class, and intelligence.

    Shafer 1 AJC 0

  2. Jmac says:

    OK, bear with me here …

    Ultimately Tucker supports the same thing as Shafer, but points out the very real fact that many African-Americans who rely on this facility or are directly involved with it are wary of conservative whites who don’t use this facility coming in and making decisions on how it’s run and/or governed.

    That’s not racism. That’s understandable, particularly when you keep making threats like ‘the state’s gonna come in here and clean this mess up.’

    Believe it or not, there are very real divisions between blacks and whites in this state, and to patronize the legitimate concerns of the constituency which uses the hosipital – even if they are unfounded – shows a lack of respect for those you are aiming to assist.

    It’s very true that many in the African-American community are wrongly fearful of whites working with them, particularly Southern conservative whites, and sometimes the rhetoric is over-the-top. Some involved in the Grady discussions now have done so, and that’s wrong.

    But it’s just as over-the-top when whites respond with the same venom or ridiculous statements (like Shafer saying he was attacked because of his race), and it does nothing but further fan the flame of distrust that, unfortunately, currently exists.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    We need more David Shafer’s in the Gold Dome. He is right on target about Grady and Tucker.

    There is a double standard out there.

    He and his plan was attacked because of his race. I can’t see how anyone can say other wise.

    “Ultimately Tucker supports the same thing as Shafer, but points out the very real fact that many African-Americans who rely on this facility or are directly involved with it are wary of conservative whites who don

  4. ChuckEaton says:

    It’s a little dissapointing that the discussion to save Grady has turned down the racism road. Sometimes I’m amazed at the issues in this city that get connected to race.

    I was enjoying a very informative debate on the issues that face Grady and the innovative solutions being presented and all of the sudden race gets interjected into this thing like an errant fastball upside the head.

    Obviously the current system by which Grady operates is not working and for some folks to think they can receive a blank check for $100 million without a fundamental change is ridiculous.

    The issues that face Grady are too great and important to “dumb-down” the debate by turning it into a black / white thing.

  5. Harry says:

    Yes, it would be nice if we could leave race out of the discussion, but at this point it’s all over everything about Fulton and DeKalb. Just keep it non-violent is all I ask.

  6. debbie0040 says:

    You are right JMAC, not one directly said racism. I stand corrected. It was insuinuated though.

    It is racist to oppose a plan because the person that proposes the plan is white and that is why Shafer’s plan is opposed.

    Ideas nor people should ever be judged based on the color of skin.

  7. Trackboy1 says:

    Hey Cynthia, how much was that 1993 Grady bond for…$300 mil plus? And there are still unfinished floors, there were criminal charges regarding the bond issuers, etc. Fmr. state senator and Roy Barnes floor leader Charles Walker in the pokey in part because of shady Grady staffing contracts. There’s talk about Emory overcharging, but that audit is two years old and was never made public?

    If you want state money Cyndi, then move Jill Chambers over from MARTOC to a Grady version, and then we’ll talk.

  8. debbie0040 says:

    I do not believe that Shafer’s accusations were baseless. Tucker’s were.

    There have been great ideas floated around and they should not be shot down because the person that presented the plan is white, black, orange, purple or green for that matter. If it is a good idea, then what difference does it make what color the idea orignator’s skin color is?

    I agree with Shafer 100%

    There is a level of distrust and that is permeated by people like Tucker .

  9. debbie0040 says:

    If they need 100 million dollar bailout from the tax payers then someone needs to come in and tell them how to manage their business because obviously they don’t know how….

  10. griftdrift says:

    Gosh if everything were so simple wouldn’t life be wonderful.

    You know what irritates? The fact that no one in this state except the residents of Dekalb and Fulton have done anything for Grady since the first brick was laid. Yet, suddenly everyone has an opinion about how to fix it. And that would irritate even if it came from a Mooninite.

    I appreciate the state finally becoming interested in helping. Its about damned time. But let’s be a little easier with the condescension.

  11. ChuckEaton says:

    “You know what irritates? The fact that no one in this state except the residents of Dekalb and Fulton have done anything for Grady since the first brick was laid. Yet, suddenly everyone has an opinion about how to fix it. ”

    If you’re asking the state for help, which I think Grady needs, aren’t you by definition aksing for Legislators’ opinions?

  12. griftdrift says:

    Chuck I have no problem with opinions. In fact I am on record supporting Shafer’s proposal. I just don’t need holier-than-thou anyone talking about this and that about Grady when they have never done squat.

    Grady requires serious discussion. By all parties. We certainly don’t need people stirring the racial pot or providing nothing but told-you-so.

    So please excuse my annoyance if those who have done nothing are nowacting like a tut-tutting parent.

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