Ok. So, the above meme isn’t the actual flyer for longtime North Charleston, SC mayor Keith Summey’s “meet and greet” with the city’s [predominantly Black] constituency, but it is an historical translation of the actual flyer, below.
Suffice to say, many local offended Blacks took to social media to voice their rebuke of the Summey’s flyer as placating to racial stereotypes of what appeals to Black people/southerners.
Of course, one could argue that the attractions featured on Summey’s flyer are cultural, not racial, but what if North Charleston, SC was predominantly Hispanic and Summey featured a Mariachi band, tacos, and piñatas for kids at his ‘not racial’ meet and greet? Would that not be racist on his part or nah?
We cannot presume to know what, if any, racist feelings lie in Summey’s heart, but it is a safe assumption that as a born southerner and mayor of North Charleston since 1994 that he’s familiar with racist codespeak and racial dog whistle rhetoric. In fact, he put such codespeak to use recently when he dismissed a Black mayoral candidate opponent, John Singletary, as “an angry man” for vigorously challenging his record and job performance as mayor. (Angry Black man stereotype anyone?)
So, we can only guess that either he is coyly pandering for the Black vote based on racial stereotypes he believes to be true or he’s genuinely tone deaf to the voices of his Black constituents, regarding what appeals to them and/or represents their collective interests. Neither of which should earn him the Black vote.
What say you? What’s your take on Mayor Summey using racially stereotypical elements to lure [Black] voters: fair or foul? #dontBSyourself