Who says racism is gone? In the small Missouri town of Parma, history was recently made when the people elected their first black female mayor, Tyrus Byrd. However, her historic victory was overshadowed by a mass resignation of white officials.
Of the six police officers in Parma, only one hasn’t quit as a direct result of Byrd’s victory. And it’s not just the cops; The town’s water treatment supervisor, clerk and attorney have also turned in their resignations. In their resignation letters, all of these dissatisfied officials cited “safety concerns” as the reason for their quitting.
Parma has a population of 713. 57% are white while 41% are black. In a place as ethnically diverse as this, it’s a wonder this is the first time a person of color is getting elected as mayor. It’s even more surprising that this is how the top officials in the town react when a non-white is elected by the majority of the town’s residents.
Mrs. Byrd, refusing to accept that the officials who resigned are blatant racists, said that she simply wasn’t sure why they quit. Her predecessor, Randall Ramsey, who was mayor for 36 whole years, echoed her sentiment.
In any case, good riddance. If the former officials didn’t want to work under someone they don’t like, it’s probably for the best that they are gone. The new mayor is going to fill up the positions with people who actually want to work in the small town.
The town’s residents seem to echo this, because they rallied to the new mayor’s side and claimed the town does not even need as many as seven police officers.
This might be inaccurate, though, because there has recently been a surge of burglaries in Parma. Then again, the residents claim that they rarely saw the (former) police out patrolling the streets.
So the cops were incompetent. More reasons why it’s good they aren’t on the payroll anymore. And how come all the people who quit claimed that it’s “security reasons” that made them resign? It almost sounds like they were in on something that the new mayor would frown upon. Like, say, something not entirely legal.
We might never know the real reason why the officials quit–maybe it’s simply racism–but anyway, the focus should be on Mrs. Tyrus Byrd, the first black mayor of the small town of Parma, loved and respected by most of the 713 residents.