Skillern's comment is a sign of ignorance. It’s sad that in the 21st century there are still people who are so narrow-minded to believe that they are superior to another human being. You’re a public official and this is your idea of a joke?? I find it so funny when someone is caught making a racist comment, the first thing they want to confess is, “I am not a racist.” Skillern did that by saying that he supports voting rights for all law-abiding U.S. citizens, regardless of skin color or sex. If that were true, that comment would have never left his lips. And the fact that he said, "We just go back and forth with each other all the time," doesn’t excuse this statement to be ok. Just because it’s usually done in private is a sad defense for his lack of respect for African Americans and woman. His comment is appalling. People have died and fought for the right to vote, there’s nothing funny about dismissing someone’s God given right just for the convenience of your own personal gain.
As a graduate of C.S.A.S., Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, I totally understand the stress that goes into getting into that school. I automatically went there after I left C.S.L.A., Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, in the eighth grade. My mother is a single parent and she did everything in her power to get me into C.S.L.A. I started there in the 3rd grade through 8th grade, and then I continued my education at C.S.A.S. from the 9th-12th grade. Both of those schools are a cut above the rest. I loved my experience at both schools. Teachers really cared and wanted you to succeed there and in life in general. I want my niece and nephew to go to these schools because of the great experiences that I had there. The education that I received was more advanced than the education that some of my friends received at different institutions. They instill in you a different way of thinking and you may not realize how fortunate you are when you’re there; however, as time went on I realized how blessed I was to have attended those establishments. I understand why it’s so competitive to get into those schools and I applaud the parents who are going to the extreme for their children to get in, it will all pay off in the end.