According to a piece in WashingtonPost.com by Lori Stahl, the town best known for the dragging death of James Byrd
in 1998, hired black Police Chief Rodney Pearson by a (then) predominantly black City Cou
ncil. As soon as the makeup of the City Council changed a year and a half later to a predominantly white City Council, Pearson was shown the proverbial door.
Lone City Council member Alton Scott, called it “racism at its finest.” Scott ought to know, considering where he lives and the City Council he serves on.
Here’s a link to the full piece: