I normally don’t give a shit about accusations regarding race and bigotry. I work with far too many people of different nationalities and race to see them as anything other than colleagues, clients, and friends.
But Rod Watson’s commentary in today’s Buffalo News got me fuming. Based on Chris Collins’ choices for his 31-member transition team chairs, Watson implies that Collins has shunned the African-American and Hispanic communities with his selections. After all, “95 percent of the slots went to whites”.
Why didn’t Watson just come out and call Collins a racist? He used every phrase but.
If Watson wants to charge racism against a person who is still 6 weeks away from taking office, then I suggest he seriously look at a group that’s much dearer to the citizens of Western New York, one that is exclusively white: The Buffalo Sabres.
Go ahead, Watson; tell me that that there aren’t qualified minorities out there who can skate and shoot. I think you owe us a commentary on how Tom Golisano is carrying on this white supremacy thing. Tom must be a whitey racist for letting this continue for so long in a community that’s 45% minority.
Racism is clearly still present in Western New York. People like Watson see to it that the race card gets played regularly.
I wish that people would comment on the qualifications of Collins’ team members, rather than the color of their skin.