NC: The Limestone County NAACP recently asked city leaders to do more in terms of hiring minorities for open positions. As an elected official, what would you do to ensure the city fosters an environment of inclusion and exhibits a diverse workforce?
Horner: When we consider this minority/non-minority issue of hiring in the workplace, there is a point in this conversation that I contend. I believe in equal opportunity for all, but do not believe that we should regulate results. We as a community should say one to another, “You can have the same opportunity as I do.”
Opportunity can be defined as “we all have the chance to train ourselves to be anything we desire.” When it comes to regulating results of any hiring practice, someone is getting an unfair treatment. This goes against the equal opportunity belief system.
I believe that we can train our young people in this community to meet the qualifications to be a police officer, firefighter or provider of any other service to our community. I believe training begins in our homes, continues at our churches and throughout our schools. This training will result in a true equal opportunity for all.