from DallasNews.com, Letters to the Editor, 10/8/7
The entire City Council is responsible for what happened at Dallas City Hall.
When the council voted to grant the Paul Quinn Community Development fund $70,000 and former council member James Fantroy was an officer, only council member Alan Walne said it was not appropriate. Mr. Fantroy cried racism, and the item passed.
When the housing deals were being done and the staff said there was a possibility of overbuild and the zoning was not correct, they passed anyway.
I have asked time and again for the white people on the council to stand up and speak up for those of us in the southern sector who knew things were going wrong, but no one did. Each time one council member cried racism, the council went along. The Plan Commission acted the same way.
Black men in leadership positions are now trying to portray this as some sort of racial event but said nothing about the truth two years ago when the investigation started.
The people of our communities are the victims, and they have suffered, while all around us there is growth and development. Nearly every elected official in the South Dallas, Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove area was black, so there is no excuse for what has happened in our communities, for the fact there is no quality development activity or job development.
Betty Culbreath, Dallas