‘Scared Negro Disease’ remains | Richmond Free Press


Gary L. Flowers

As another Black History Month has passed, I revisited the relevant speech given by former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson in 2002 while speaking in Portland, Ore., titled, “The Scared Negro Disease.”

Mayor Jackson’s diagnosis is seemingly cancerous in black politicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia, particularly as it relates to the removal of Confederate statues.

Mayor Jackson was one of the last “race men” (and women) to be elected mayor of a city. He became the first black mayor of a city in the American South. He joined the regal ranks of Carl Stokes, Richard Hatcher, Coleman Young, Marion Berry, Harold Washington and Chokwe Lumumba as fearless mayors who courageously challenged the prevailing powers of their time.

Despite his privileged upbringing, Mr….

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