If it takes them placing me in handcuffs, that’s what will happen. We’ve seen women take the front seat of buses and (stand) up for civil rights. These rights are for everybody. I’m an elected official, and people should not deter voters or impede voters.
What do you think is the context of this quote?
A scenario involving discrimination based on race, correct?
Actually, the quote is from the newspaper here in Greenwood, S.C., and is part of a story about a local school board member losing his seat as a trustee. Rosa Parks, famous for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, and Lindler both gave up seats of some kind or another. Parks is the woman to whom Lindler is referring.
You must be thinking,
“Lindler must have lost his seat by virtue of something racist.”
Again, nice try. Still wrong.
Lindler is white. He owns multiple homes. Those who know the situation (pretty much every resident of Abbeville County, S.C., the location of Lindler’s seat in question) understand the cause of whatever board-based turmoil he’s endured is the following:
Lindler lives in Calhoun Falls, S.C.
The school in Calhoun Falls used to be part of Abbeville County School District, but the board voted to shut it down a few years back to save money.
Rather than ship their children to another Abbeville County school 20, 40 or 60 minutes away, parents, alumni and anyone else who wanted to, really, bought the building that housed to former ACSD school and turned it into Calhoun Falls Charter School.
People in Calhoun Falls don’t like people in the town of Abbeville. People in Abbeville think people in Calhoun Falls have sexually transmitted diseases. Hence, the constant squabbles at school board meetings.
Lindler – being the staunch Calhoun Falls patriot and husband of a Calhoun Falls Charter School teacher he is – represents his hometown with an abundance of aromatic pride (yes – one can actually smell Lindler’s Calhoun Falls pride if he or she tries hard enough) at ACSD board meetings, constantly voting against actions that would clearly help the school district as a means to say to the superintendent, “Ha ha – you shut our beloved school down; now I’m going to do everything in my power to make yours suck.”
Lindler’s a big pain in the neck to the Abbeville County Board of Trustees. Even I have to take a nap after hearing him speak.
I’ve devoted far more space to that than I would have prefered. But what’s done is done – no sense in deleting such a dramatic saga. At least it’s entertaining in a “National Enquirer” sort of way.
Wait. On second thought, this is not entertaining at all.
I could see if Lindler were black and said this after a band of Ku Klux Klan renegades burst into a school board meeting, grabbed his limbs and physically carried him out of the building. I could see if Lindler were black and a band of KKK renegades intimidated residents to the point they were too afraid to vote for him. In fact, I could understand any scenario whatsoever in which it’d be wonderfully acceptable and appropriate for Lindler to evoke the legacy of Rosa Parks and other heroes of the American civil rights movement – if Lindler were black and actions against him happened because he was black.
But Lindler is a white man in power.
The cause and nature of his “struggle” are about as unrelated to what inspired Parks’ action and the rest of the American civil rights movement as can be. While school board members play a vital role in the education of America’s children, their seats are NOTHING compared to the seat Parks refused to give up.
People died in the battle for rights you've never had to live without, Tracy. What were you thinking?
Forget whether or not the board truly did remove Lindler from the board. Forget whether or not the board has the legal right to do so. Forget, just for a minute, this constant squabble between Abbeville and Calhoun Falls.
What all voters of Abbeville County need to remember is they have a member of a board that plays a key role in their children’s futures who clearly does not give a hoot about the American civil rights movement. The majority of residents in their county are black, like it or not – and Lindler apparently sees nothing wrong with comparing a childish spat to a movement that furthered the advancement of black people.
To do so …
IT WILL BE INTERESTING to see how residents of Abbeville County respond to the Lindler situation compared to another hot topic. On Friday, Abbeville County sheriff Charles Goodwin admitted publicly to being the person seen on a 2001 video tape “engaging in sexual relations” with a woman believed to be a deputy. The incident – which everyone in Abbeville County has seen, by the sounds of it – took place at the sheriff’s office or the jail or in an evidence room
(I can’t recall what the original story said).
Goodwin, who is black, has been the sheriff in Abbeville County for roughly 1,576 years. He is married, has children, has grandchildren and is an active member of his church. Still, as they have for plenty of others, the animalistic tendencies possessed by every human took over while he was at the office.
There can be no greater shame in this situation than that which is derived from facing one’s family with a disclosure similar to Goodwin’s. In addition to this, it’s reasonable to assume Goodwin will also lose his job, as it’s likely the county has a rule against employees “engaging in sexual relations” on its grounds and the taxpayers’ dime.
My employer fires workers for far less.
What I want to know, though, is how residents take the news. Will they call for Goodwin’s head? He’s obviously been effective – the man’s been re-elected time and time again. While it’s nice to have a sheriff to whom children can look up, that’s not a job requirement. No one’s asking him to be a marriage counselor.
THIS MATTER, except for the fact he was basically paid by residents to fool around, is between Goodwin, his family and possibly (but most likely not) the woman with whom he did this. It’s not the public’s business any more than anyone else’s marriage problems.
Disclaimer for women who may be interested in me: I am not justifying Goodwin’s actions or condoning them whatsoever.
Here’s my point:
- Lindler should be removed, by virtue of a vote by the entire county (not just Lindler’s district, since his beliefs affect every resident’s child), from the Abbeville County Board of Trustees.
- Goodwin should be removed from the office of the sheriff by county council. Regardless of intent, he stole from the taxpayers. It’s on tape.
- Abbeville County residents shouldbe offended by Lindler’s beliefs. They represent an irreversible ugliness with no place in our society that likely influences the majority of decisions Lindler makes.
- Abbeville County residents should not judge Goodwin. Sadly, infidelity and divorces are more common in the Bible Belt than any other part of the country. The brunt of Goodwin’s punishment should come from his family (and God, if you believe such a thing), while none should come from his peers.