Fear, threats intimidation won’t work this time

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DR. WILLIE J. KIMMONS
READER COMMENTARY

This is a response to the recent attacks on mayoral candidate Mr. Derrick Henry’s campaign. It is obvious to me that some segments of our great city are awfully afraid of change and will do anything to distract, distort, divert and use fear tactics to try and sway voters from voting for Mr. Derrick Henry.

I’ve seen these dirty attempts in politics all of my life.  Similar attacks were done on my godmother, the late, great, Honorable Shirley Chisholm when she ran for Congress in 1968 in Brooklyn, New York against the powerful and well-known Mr. James Farmer, former founder of C.O.R.E. (Congress of Racial Equality) organization.  Mr. Farmer did not take Mrs. Chisholm’s candidacy seriously because he thought no one knew her and he was well known throughout Brooklyn, New York, New York City and the United States.  So, voter fraud, voter registration and absentee ballots became major issues.

Visual learners
Since most of Americans are visual learners, your continuation of bringing up a subject over and over again, even if it is not true, makes people take undue notice. What you are doing is attempting to change people’s opinion and thought process.

We also know how people learn, kinesthetic (touching and feeling), auditory (hearing) and visual (sight). These are the three modalities of learning.  So, if you put fear in the voters’ mind, maybe it will change the outcome of the election.

This tactic was tried with Mrs. Chisholm over 40 years ago and used with other noteworthy candidates, but failed to garner positive results.

Vote for change
I have confidence in the voters in our great city that they are sophisticated and astute enough to recognize what a small segment of our city is trying to do, divide and conquer. Fear, threats and intimidation may have worked in the  ’40s, ’50’s and ’60s. It will not work in Daytona Beach’s mayoral election in November 2012.

Therefore, I urge voters to vote for fairness and vote for change. Mr. Derrick Henry is a classic example of a few people playing games with our God-given right to vote.

Derrick has already won the mayoral election by receiving over 34 percent of the registered votes and his opponent only received around 39 percent.  This is in a city that has less than 15 percent African-American citizens.  We aren’t going to play the race and fear game. We are concerned about all of the citizens in Daytona Beach. That is why Mr. Derrick Henry’s theme is “One city, one vision” for Daytona Beach, Florida.

Dr. Willie J. Kimmons is an educational consultant, motivational speaker, author, former teacher, superintendent of schools, college professor, president and chancellor.

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