Skip to comments.Some in Portsmouth want mayor out over hotel comments
Posted on 07/24/2008 7:15:21 PM PDT by fightinJAG
Some residents said Thursday they wish they could recall the mayor over comments he made about state Sen. Louise Lucas proposed hotel and conference center, while she said she is considering scaling back her project.
Earlier this week, the City Council voted to deny Lucas the use of up to $50 million of federal enterprise zone bonds. The bank-backed bonds would have provided Lucas with lower-cost financing.
During the meeting, Mayor James W. Holley called the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center a white hotel and said that Lucas project would have given the city a black hotel.
(Excerpt) Read more at hamptonroads.com ...
Many blacks gave money because it was a chance for them to say: 'Heres your answer, white America: Why cant blacks do something for themselves?
click through and read article.
What is a “black hotel”?
How would I know, and why would I care?
I am not interested in the racist crap, I am interested in the effect on my property values.
All that is nice, but I don’t like the idea of classifying businesses as “black” or “white.” What is the point of that? Why do blacks get away with this, but scream if its the other way around? Why would blacks want to segregate themselves this way?
If Springhill Suites is a great chain, it’s a great chain and whoever owns it-—whether they are black, white, green or blue-—are doing a great job and are to be commended.
Whoa, General! Please understand that I left the /s key off. My bad. ;)
My point was that in that hotel (and in numerous other establishments in my experience) African Americans tend to patronize their own. They are not unique seen it with Vietnamese and other groups.
However, it does not seem to be a factor with whites.
from what i could tell on the few short
trips to that area last year, things have
changed alot. not all good, not all bad,
Why do they do that? I guess I don’t get why we are still talking in terms of “their own.” Who is continuing to foster the separatist identity here, since, as you pointed out, whites do not go out of their way to patronize “their own”? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
No problem at all.
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