A dialogue

In the interest of history–an email exchange to be read from the bottom up.

Allen:

You might consider that YOU don’t get it. You can’t even get my nickname right.

It isn’t a matter of my agreeing with what the creators of that message were trying to say. What I was offering to do was try to explain to them some basic problems in the way they tried to communicate several basic ideas. What they wrote was a garbled, confused, and confusing mess.

For you to commit the generalization “Black people are independent thinkers” is a sign of a problem. Some Black people, like some white people, are independent thinkers. And you are, on occasion, capable of independent thought. Some independent thought is good. Some is not.

You advise me to search on Facebook for “A better Glynn”, but being of an independent turn of mind, I refuse to use FaceBook because it is a huge part of the problem.

I could, however, reach out to this group by taking out an ad in the Brunswick News and explaining to them some of the problems in the message they posted (and which you will find below). You might ask them if THAT is what they want.

Best regards,

Puddy, not Putty

On Nov 15, 2020, at 11:31 AM, Allen Booker wrote:

> Putty,
>
> I would but don’t think you get it, Black people are independent thinkers and you are unwilling to listen to us, unless we agree with you, this group is young, smart and committed black leaders, you are not equipped to advise them in the manner they need, while you do have valuable life experience to share, if you search on Facebook for “A better Glynn “ you will find them on your own. I wouldn’t recommend you.
>
> Get Outlook for iOS
> From: J. R. Smith
> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020 4:25:34 AM
> To: Allen Booker
> Subject: Re: a post on FB in response to the bond hearing for the killers of Arbery
>
> Allen:
>
> Thank you for your reply. Can you put me in touch with the leadership of this organization or forward my message to them? Thank you.
>
> Julian
> (not that it matters, my nickname is Puddy, not Putty)
>
> On Nov 13, 2020, at 7:25 PM, Allen Booker wrote:
>
>> Putty,
>>
>> I am not apart of the leadership of this organization, they are community partners, independent of me.
>>
>> Get Outlook for iOS
>> From: J. R. Smith
>> Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 2:42:42 PM
>> To: Allen Booker
>> Subject: Fwd: a post on FB in response to the bond hearing for the killers of Arbery
>>
>> Allen:
>>
>> Hannah forwarded me the Facebook post below. She told she thinks you might know or have been part of the group that wrote this. If so, I would like to offer a few suggestions about further communications of this kind. Before you reject or dismiss my offer, please consider that in the spring of 1963 I copied Dr. King’s letter from Birmingham Jail onto a mimeograph stencil so my colleagues and I in the English department at Spring Hill College in Mobile could pass it out as a powerful example of persuasive writing.
>>
>> This Facebook post may have its heart in the right place, but its brain is somewhere else.
>>
>> Julian
>> 912 771 9119
>>
>>
>>
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>
>>>
>>> Yesterday we learned that White supremacy isn’t just a organization, it is an ideology. An ideology that is generational and fraternal.
>>>
>>>
>>> An ideology that will have a friend get on the stand, under oath and say that the “coons” that he and a murderer were referring to in a text exchange as drinking malt liquor and having gold teeth
>>> were indeed raccoons. It’s an ideology that brazenly leads to social media posts that are demeaning to people groups.
>>>
>>>
>>> Witness after witness, men and women were willing to put up their homes and and sacrifice truth to protect that ideology.
>>>
>>>
>>> Unfortunately, Brunswick, Georgia is a hotbed of White supremacy.
>>>
>>>
>>> And unfortunately, the ideology has unknowingly infiltrated the Black community. As Black men and women in leadership around our city continue to allow policies, city property, and policing to subjugate
>>> Black and Brown people to cruel an demeaning reminders of their “place” in life. All under the banner of a false “unity” and “peace.” In 2020.
>>>
>>>
>>> No more! Change is coming. Our city will become the beacon of light we all know it can become. There are too many good people there who want to see
>>>
>>> A Better Glynn
>>>
>>> for it not to happen.
>>>
>>>
>>> So I’m putting bad ideologies on notice. I’m putting White supremacy on notice.
>>>
>>>
>>> Your time is up. Better is here. 2021 will change the entire city. Just you wait.
>>>