Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

JOHN REDD'S DISRESPECTFUL WORDS

by Rita Dowling, Mechanicsville chair

The Hanover County Democratic Committee condemns the disrespectful words directed at a charitable community leader. As reported in the Richmond Times Dispatch, an appointed official characterized the actions of the chair of the NAACP as words from “an angry African American lady.” That statement was rude, harmful, and completely disrespectful.

In order to have civil conversations, we demand that our elected and appointed professionals behave in a manner that is respectful to and inclusive of ALL of our community members. Our choice of religion or non-religion, our zip code, our level of melatonin, our gender and everything else that makes us unique should not be a point of conversation as an excuse to exclude our words.

Several members of the HDC had held out hope that the official would have explained what was meant by those words and moved to attempt to rectify the harm that statement has made. Read more