SPLC official misspeaks

Published 12:04am Sunday, February 26, 2012

For local economic developers, recruiters and business leaders, the battle to recruit new businesses and industries to Selma and Dallas County is ongoing.

Last week, an online report caused some in the local economic recruitment field to defend the jobs that have been created locally and the industries that call Selma and Dallas County home.

Lecia Brooks, outreach director and director of the Civil Right Memorial Center for the Southern Poverty Law Center, was quoted in an article that cast dispersions on the industrial activity in Selma.

“Selma was so pivotal in securing the Voting Rights Act. It’s a city that has been (somewhat) abandoned — no industry, depressed economy, high poverty,” Brooks said in a report published at Selmajubilee.com. “But at the same time, they do an excellent job of holding up their (historic) attractions, including Edmund Pettus Bridge. It brings tourism to Selma.”

In a letter to the operators of the website — and ultimately Brooks — Brenda Tuck, vice president with industrial recruitment and consultation firm Alford & Associates, took exception to the image laid out by Brooks’ comments.

  • nl

    Ms Brooks should also ask her organization to look more closely at their close liasons with the so-called “Freedom” Foundation, which have showered them with the usual bunch of lies and misrepresentations they are accustomed to dealing out in order to advance their own group.

  • D-man

    I’d much rather be in a positive spin than in a negative spin…

    for one to listen to a certain radio station, we have nothing here… and the white man continues to hold people down…

    we certainly are what we think we all as the old saying goes…

  • popdukes12

    Sometimes when you speak your mind, you’ll catch hell for it. Obviously this is what happened here. How can 5000 people commute to Selma to work in industry, when the 2010 census says that olny 4,700 commute to Selma for all types of employment (not just industry). Spin, spin, spin. pops

    • mo-of-thesame

      What should amaze you Pops is that this many people have to commute in. Why aren’t these people living here, especially with fuel prices increasing rapidly? Why is the unemployment so high and this many people commute?

      I know the answers as I am sure you do. Final question is why can’t our leaders solve the problems that cause this?

      Keep Hope Alive

      • popdukes12

        A problem should be stated as a statement. I usually hear problems being stated in the form of a question or being so vague and ambiguous they can’t be answered adequately. Politicians are good good at this. pops

  • nancybennett

    Ms. Brooks, just as many others before her, has been too quick to judge. If she had done some homework she would have seen her error before it went into print.

    Yes, we have numerous problems and issues. Yes, we have high unemployment, poverty, crime, a drop-out rate that is entirely too high, etc., etc. We are no different from many, many other places, but at the same time we do have industries that work hard to produce good products. Having industries that have small to medium workforces may be better than having just one or two large industries; when they go bust or lay-off the economy can be totally devasted.

    Each of us just needs to continue plugging away to make our city and county a better place for ourselves and others. We need to continue to correct erroneous information by people who either don’t want to see good things or would rather perpetuate the same old rhetoric.

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