After recently publishing an editorial opinion singling out the northeast quadrant of Tallahassee for racist tendencies, the Tallahassee Democrat published a “My View” by a northeast resident supporting their position.
The “My View” was titled, “Opinion: I will no longer ignore it when Northeast Tallahassee Racists speak out.”
The article, by Jeff Caster, the president of the Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association, thanked the Tallahassee Democrat for their editorial.
Thank you, Tallahassee Democrat for calling out my community, in black and white.
Neighbors: We have a problem. Past the breaking point, no longer can I do nothing or say nothing when Northeast Tallahassee racists feel safe to speak out and act out.
Caster gave no real life examples of the problems he had ignored. However, he focused on “Northeast Tallahassee racists” and indicated that this racism has been a persistent problem when he wrote,
Express your evil in a public forum, and I’ll respond the same. Long overdue, it’s time to hold Northeast trash accountable, to clean up our side of town, to put the trash out.
Few with an opposing view ventured onto Facebook to challenge Mr. Caster.
However, some did raise questions.
Peggy Munroe asked, “What did I miss? Is a whole quadrant of town being condemned for the actions of a few stupid kids?”
And Curt Hunter questioned Mr. Caster’s premise by writing, in part,
Visit the schools and see how the kids interact with other races and ethnicity; ask the minority football players at Chiles how they feel about the coach called out for being racist, or the white students how they feel about their beloved principal. We are all sinners and live in an imperfect world. The recent events creating such a frenzy should be called what they are – isolated incidences of poor judgment or ignorance, or in one case misrepresentation of facts – and not a gross mischaracterization of an entire geographical area of Tallahassee.
The overwhelming number of the approximate 30 comments supported Caster’s position.
For example, Rebecca Weider wrote, “Thank you Jeff. I am embarrassed by my neighbors who think being an open bigot is cute. It is not. And I stand with you and call them out. One by one.”
And Amber Waves wrote, “Yes! Many people insist that the northeast is the only acceptable part of town, yet consider themselves to not be racist because they don’t openly use the “n-word.” I’ve seen moms recommend carrying a gun at San Luis park because it’s ‘sketchy’ and speculate extensively that “car hoppers” plaguing Killearn must be commuting from the south side.”