Schutze

Attack of the suits

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He told me this week he would talk to the Citizens Council and the Chamber guys but doubts they will ever call. "I wouldn't close the door," he said. "But they won't call."

The problem with failing to make this kind of call is that it evokes all of the old politics in which white people downtown thought they had the right to choose which black or Hispanic person they would deal with. It shows disrespect to the community.

But that's all history and who-shot-John and how we got here in the first place. What if things are about to change?

What if--strictly doing "what if" here--what if this thing with the suits is a genuine show of commitment to the schools? Even if we don't like them, do we shout them down and say nobody should give a damn? Or do we roll up our sleeves and go out there to the political picnics and try to beat them at rail-splitting, Abe Lincoln-style?

My knee has settled into a mild tremor. Maybe I can get some sleep now.

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Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.
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