Who all have less influence and power than those people I described. And Mayor Foxx in about 3 months has been just as big a magnet of criticism so thats a pretty poor example.
Charlotte is a city that got upset that a black man would have the gall to name his business that he paid for after himself. And keep in mind this is a city that has about 1,000 city streets, schools, parks, and local businesses named after rich old white men. But the second a rich black businessmen does that he's seen as arrogant, vain, divisive and needs to be run out of town. We cant grow as a city, as a community, and as a franchise until some of us learn to let go of childish fears and insecurities and understand "different" doesnt always mean evil.
What a crock... this has nothing to do with "fears" and "insecurities".
Pat McCory received boatloads of criticism from the time he took office to the day he left. Lots of it was warranted, some of it was political.
The day we can't be critical of our PUBLICLY elected officials because of their skin color, is the day we lose our right to free speech. Oh... wait... we might just be there.
Now... as far as Charlotte giving support for an African American business venture.... there is a $260 million dollar arena (estimated... it probably cost more) sitting on 333 East Trade Street that was paid for by the tax payers of the people of the City of Charlotte, to give Mr. Johnson the opportunity to bring his product to market here.
The way I see it, his product sucked. His team sucked, it's name and colors sucked, the way he wanted to market it sucked (pay-per-view FTL). Ultimately, I can only perceive that his business plan sucked.
So he created a product that had limited appeal, and limited positive response and expected unquestioned support for it? Then he says it was a symptom of race when he didn't get it?
PLEASE. Bob Johnson could have been white, green, orange, purple, or blue, and the Bobcats would have failed just the same.
Michael Jordan is an African American. I think he will do a better job at being an owner as he knows the game and the business side of it. I hope to see a BETTER PRODUCT from him, and hope he succeeds.
The only prejudice I see here is not towards minorities. It's by a member of a minority.