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.