Later tonight at 6 p.m., The Newsmakers Journal will be hosting a debate of candidates running for the 4th Congressional District. Among those participating will be Democrats Hank “Guam” Johnson, Connie Stokes, Vernon “Snuggles” Jones and Republican Cory Ruth.
One candidate for the 4th CD, it should be noted, was also invited to join the debate but, curiously, was later uninvited. That candidate: Liz Carter.
The reason for her being barred from participating? Liz Carter, you see, is white. And that fact isn’t acceptable, it would seem, to the hosts of the debate and the event moderator, Maynard Eaton (Facebook | LinkedIn).
I’m told that Maynard Eaton allegedly at first invited Carter to tonight’s debate and discussion but later rescinded the offer based solely, not on the content of her character, but the color of her skin. This debate, evidently, is for black candidates only.
Now, three Democrats and one Republican will tonight debate the pressing issues facing the 4th Congressional District. Only one problem: it would seem that whites need not apply for the job in the eyes of Maynard Eaton and James H. Welcome, publisher of The Newsmakers Journal. They’d rather embrace bigotry and dislike for those that don’t look like them.
And what would these “journalists” say if the roles were reversed? If, say, four white candidates were going to a debate and uninvited a black candidate? Why, they would scream to the rooftops about the unfairness and the bigotry! When they practice what they profess to hate…well, never mind.
Simply shameful. Those candidates who are scheduled to participate tonight should not agree to attend until all of the candidates are allowed to join in the event…even the white ones.
[UPDATE] Liz Carter is confirming, via Twitter this afternoon, she was denied attendance at tonight’s event because of the color of her skin. Earlier in the week on Facebook, she noted that she had been planning to attend.