Re: What do you think of this?
Interestingly enough, I know Clay County incredibly well. In my first recruiting assignment, I covered Clay County. It was the best producing area for which I was responsible while serving as a recruiter.
IIRC, the population is around about 10K for the whole county. It is incredibly rural. I would be surprised if 5% of the total population was/is other than white. That 1,500 people protested from the county with that few people says something I suppose.
I spent hours there, in homes talking to kids and parents, in Clay County High School, traveling to watch their football team compete, posting Army literature in every mom and pop store in the three state highways that are the main thoroughfares. I was involved there for the better part of 2 1/2 years of my life.
Most of the people there were very good, salt-of-the-earth people. That said, many of the homes I was in (many being 1/4 to 1/5) ended up discussing racial overtones, or concerns about race for their children if they were to join the Army. Most of those conversations were of concern due to stereotypes of some form or another, and were not necessarily based in hatred, but just simple stereotypes due to living in rural areas without many others that "did not look like them". However, there were a few that were actually based in hatred.
My thoughts? She should have never been reinstated. There is no place for this behavior if it was deliberate. If it was not deliberate, she does not possess enough political awareness to hold the proverbial megaphone which represents her county government.
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