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Palm Bay: Kenny Johnson Is Not A Black Candidate.

Kenny Johnson is running for the Palm Bay City Council Seat 4 against incumbent Calvin “Tres” Holton and Thomas Gaume.

This past Friday, one of the Johnson electioneering signs was found to have a racial slur painted on it. (We are including a picture of the sign below the fold.)

A vandal spray-painted a racial slur on one of Palm Bay City Council candidate Kenny Johnson’s campaign yard signs near the intersection of Minton Road and Jupiter Boulevard.

Councilman Brian Anderson spotted the defaced sign while driving past about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, called Johnson, and showed him the racist graffiti during a Facebook video call.

“I was immediately upset,” Johnson said. “I got over it, but then I became upset again because I knew my parents were going to find out about it — and I knew they were going to be hurt that somebody said that about their son.”

There are all sorts of theories as to who may have defaced the sign. Some have said it was racists. Some have said it was someone who wanted to use race to divide the City of Palm Bay. Some have said that the Johnson campaign manufactured this incident to drum up support and portray Johnson as a victim of racial hatred. Whoever did this is a vile human being and deserving of every ounce of scorn that can be heaped upon their brainless heads.

However, in some ways, who did this despicable act doesn’t matter. What matters is how you, we and us react to this. We can condemn it as we should, but whoever did it is relying on the idea that Kenny Johnson is a black candidate running for office.

He’s not.

Kenny Johnson is a candidate.

Period.

Full stop.

Johnson sign with slur written by some idiot with used toilet paper for brains. They couldn’t even spell the slur correctly.

If elected, Kenny Johnson will bring his own set of values to the City Council. He won’t be unique in that way. Thomas Gaume has a history that is different than Johnson and Holton would bring that to the Council. Holton brings his own history to the Council that is different than Johnson and Gaume. .

Is it possible that history is going to be have been impacted by race? Absolutely. We would be silly to deny that. But if Gaume were a woman, his (her) history would be different. Not better or worse, different.

That’s why Johnson can’t be a “black candidate” anymore than Holton and Gaume can be “white candidates.” We have to get to the point where we examine what people bring to the table – their beliefs, vision, character and ethics – and not what they look like.

That means that not voting for Johnson because he is black is as bad as not voting for Holton because he is white. Voting for Gaume because he is white is the same prejudice as voting for Johnson because he is black.

We cannot let race, gender, ethnicity, etc. be a basis for a vote for or against a candidate.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whoever defaced the sign is counting on your prejudice in the upcoming election. That’s what this incident is truly all about. They want to divide the citizens of Palm Bay along racial lines. They want people to think that a person of one ethnicity / race cannot represent or be fair with other ethnicities / races.

For the good of the community, Johnson and other candidates cannot he a (insert race and or gender here) candidate. We have to look at them as candidates – people who seek to represent us and who we support.

Close your eyes and listen to what Johnson and any other candidate anywhere says. If you can support what they are saying and feel they would represent you, then vote for them. If you don’t agree with them, don’t vote for them.

Don’t let some idiot trick you into voting one way or another because the color of one’s skin. Don’t be the fool they believe you are.

The fight is with the idiots who seek to divide us rather than between races and genders.

We know that Johnson is a Christian which means that he believes in Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians where Paul writes:

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28 New International Version (NIV)

We are all the same beneath the skin and until we agree to that, people like the sphincter muscle who defaced Johnson’s sign win.

We are better than that.

“Colored People”
D.C. Talk

(1, 1, 1, 1… 2, 2, 2, 2… 3, 3, 3, 3… 4, 4, 4, 4)

Pardon me, your epidermis is showing, sir
I couldn’t help but note your shade of melanin
I tip my hat to the colorful arrangement
Cause I see the beauty in the tones of our skin

We’ve gotta come together
And thank the Maker of us all

We’re colored people, and we live in a tainted place
We’re colored people, and they call us the human race
We’ve got a history so full of mistakes
And we are colored people who depend on a Holy Grace

(1, 1, 1, 1… 2, 2, 2, 2… 3, 3, 3, 3… 4, 4, 4, 4)

A piece of canvas is only the beginning for
It takes on character with every loving stroke
This thing of beauty is the passion of an Artist’s heart
By God’s design, we are a skin kaleidoscope

We’ve gotta come together,
Aren’t we all human after all?

We’re colored people, and we live in a tainted place
We’re colored people, and they call us the human race
We’ve got a history so full of mistakes
And we are colored people who depend on a Holy Grace

Ignorance has wronged some races
And vengeance is the Lord’s
If we aspire to share this space
Repentance is the cure

(1, 1, 1, 1… 2, 2, 2, 2… 3, 3, 3, 3… 4, 4, 4, 4)

Well, just a day in the shoes of a color blind man
Should make it easy for you to see
That these diverse tones do more than cover our bones
As a part of our anatomy

We’re colored people, and we live in a tainted place
We’re colored people, and they call us the human race
We’ve got a history so full of mistakes
And we are colored people who depend on a Holy Grace

We’re colored people, and they call us the human race
(Oh, colored people)
We’re colored people, and we all gotta share this space
(Yeah we’ve got to come together somehow)
We’re colored people, and we live in a tainted world
(Red and yellow, black and white)
We’re colored people, every man, woman, boy, and girl
(Colored people, colored people, colored people, colored people, yeah)

2 Responses to “Palm Bay: Kenny Johnson Is Not A Black Candidate.”

  1. Hometown says:

    Well said. Reminds me a previous quote I’ve read here.

    Great minds discuss ideas,
    Average minds discuss events, and
    Small minds discuss people.

    Vote for the candidate that best represents your ideals.

  2. Third Dimension says:

    Of course, it is disgusting. Misspelled or not.

    But seriously, only one sign, only one person sees it, retrieves it, and turns it into the campaign it would hurt most to see it?
    No Police call from a council member, no decision to just take it down and destroy it, no photo, no witness?
    Then the media coverage. All a bit too coincidental to rationally believe.

    Sure seems like a half-cocked idea for media coverage, only.

    I mean come on, right down the street from City Hall, Police HQ, all those employees, and no claims that anyone else had seen it, and a single councilman is a hero?

    All so convenient when it seems to change the narrative of the race against an incumbent who is very unpopular. At the same time enraging a more liberal voting block?

    I find it a very poor judgment in character of Brian Anderson in part for his decision to not get a witness, not call police a quarter mile away, not take a picture, but certainly what a poor decision turning it into the Johnson campaign to hurt Kenny’s feelings.

    Would it not have been a better choice to destroy it, with only one person seeing it, Anderson and keeping that hurtful message to himself?

    Sure seems fabricated.

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