Editor, The Commercial:

Editor, The Commercial:

Before the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, our city engaged in discrimination based on race and gender in hiring and promotion. Few black individuals were hired into positions of responsibility and fewer female. No women were hire until recently; and then only in token numbers.

Neither race nor gender should have anything to do with how we discharge our responsibility. As guardians of the publicís trust, our leadership must not act on race or gender. The majority, whether black or white, male or female, has a duty to assure every citizen of Pine Bluff that no man or women will suffer racism or sexism in hiring and promotions in jobs. All individuals are owed equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, or disability. Once the majority accepts this proposition, that majority must then move forward with fairness in handling the publicís trust. The majority has the opportunity to show everyone that Pine Bluff, Arkansas is indeed the leader of the Delta. The majority must thankfully accept the progress and fruit that equal treatment produces.

Being in the majority means that such majority has the authority to make life-changing decisions that range from feeling good about oneself to being able to feed the family. Such majority has the responsibility to treat every individual with dignity and respect which produces equality and progress.

Two lawyers for inclusion.

Eugene Hunt

Sandra Y. Harris

Pine Bluff