I have live this city of Charlottesville for 58 years. And i have never seen a city that has destory every thing that the blacks have had in this city is gone. Now all we have is a small plaque they the history of what we had and a street adopted by the city, or a building with black people name on it to make us fell better. I am hurt and can not believe that we as a group of legal americans are ingore in our city that slave help built on ther back. After all I come form the Fifeville area and has seen Thomas Jeeferson great -great granddaughter whose was black and live in my area until her deaf. Shame on you Charlottesville. Ms. Lugo you told it best.And ther is alot more tht need to be told. And there is no one in this city black has a voice.
I have live this city of Charlottesville for 58 years. And i have never seen a city destory every thing that the blacks have in this is gone. Now all we have is a small plaque they the history of what we had and street adopted by the city, or a building with black people name on it to mae s fell better. I am hurt and can not believe that we as a group of human are ingore in our city that slave help built on ther back. After all I come form the Fifeville area and has seen Thomas Jeeferson great -great granddaughter whose was black and live in my era. Shame on you Charlottesville. Ms. Lugo you told it best.
Right, Casey & Davis of Geneva -
the Sons of Liberty has a process from the 1770s - TAR AND FEATHERS
put it on a local ballot and send the message!
Creating rights commissions with judicial powers is political correctness enforcement.
It is hard to imagine that a town of 13,000 people has such a judicial overload of human rights cases to require setting up a powerful bureaucratic commission. It is not hard to image the patronage involved in the commission jobs or the power of the commission to intimidate simply by the process of accusation. While the courts can give some incentive to the accusers with attorney fee remedies, the courts put the parties on even footing with both parties subject to the same legal procedures, precedents, and rules of evidence.
Along with strong incentives for power and patronage, politicians can add the appeal to a segment of the electorate for establishing these p.c. commissions to by-pass judicial remedies already in place. No such electorate appeal exists in Virginia, as the judges are appointed not elected
Our small community in Geneva NY is one of the few that has an human rights commission. Population is around 13,000. The 'enforcement powers' of this commission is unbelievable. They can impose huge fines, force people to buy a full page ad in the small local paper apologizing for whatever offense this group imposes for such things as saying in the advertisement section for a rental ad "not appropriate for children' and on top of that doing some kind of community service. It seems to me that this is purely unconstitutional. If some kind of 'crime' has been committed it should be litigated in court.
Used judiciously? Not in my opinion.
Messrs Beyer and Brenman,
Would you both provide evidence of your claims of the change HRC numbers.
Your personal observations may be accurate within your own experiences but that does not extend to others'. "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, etc." Additionally, what was the case then may not be the case now.
Liberty may still be undermined in "an even-handed, objective, neutral way."
The cornerstone of America's rise to greatness was the default position of individual liberties ,not government rule. Now, in Jefferson's back yard, we find not liberty but the working aristocracy called government oversight in action, filled with incentives for justifying themselves at every increasing costs for problems that already have a legal remedy that includes attorney's fees.
This column is full of inaccuracies. Actually, the number of human rights commissions is decreasing in the US. As the former executive director of the Washington State Human Rights Commission, I can testify that we enforced the state antidiscrimination law in an even-handed, objective, neutral way. I have never observed HRCs to target religious groups. Discrimination does indeed continue to exist.
It won't rekindle debate. It will silence it. There is only one acceptable answer. Other answers, if suggested, will bring down hate speech charges on the messenger, charges that will be brought, tried, and judged by the very commission that laid out the one and only answer in the first place.