The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

August 5, 2012

Letters to the Editor 8/5/12



Ralph Diggins


City not diverse in hiring

Dear Editor:

It is about time for someone to speak up for justice and equality. I am appalled at Athens City Council reaction to the NAACP’s request to have diversity and equality in their interviewing and hiring practices. It appears that the mayor and City Council believes that everything is OK with recruiting and hiring in Athens city. 

How many African-Americans work in the mayor’s office, or in the human resources department? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the city is not diverse in it’s hiring practices.

Athens could be so much better if it reflected the entire community. We are in 2012 where individuals should be hired on their merit of qualifications and not based on the color of one’s skin color or any type of discrimination.

I applaud the NAACP and hope that they continue to bring these types of issues before the City Council.  I applied for a network administrator job with the city and never received an interview and I exceeded the qualifications according to the job description. 

I also know other minorities who applied and were not hired. It is time to start doing the right thing in 2012.


JC Wilson



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