In Savannah, Georgia racism is rearing its ugly head after white journalists where denied entry to an event and forced to wait outside while their black counterparts were given admittance.
The event was organized as a speaking platform for black mayoral candidates in Savannah, but it wasn’t until reporters arrived that the racial exclusion was made known.
Rev. Clarence Teddy Williams, who operates consulting firm The Trigon Group, coordinated the event yet refused to speak with reporters about the blatant racism.
Regina Thomas and Van Johnson who are both black mayoral candidates were invited to the event, but Thomas did not attend. Instead Louis Wilson, who lost the mayoral race in 2015, spoke at the event.
Johnson has tried to smooth over the issue telling WSAV “I had no malice intent or anything,” as well as, “I came to give a statement as I was invited to do and again, in retrospect, I probably would’ve told those who were outside to come in with me.”
Wilson however avoided the subject saying, “I didn’t plan the meeting so I can’t comment on that part. I came to say what I had to say.”
This kind of exclusion actively undermines communities efforts to fight racism and exclusion. It’s unnerving to see it so openly displayed.