Brent says board picks should be racially balanced
By VERNON SIKES
For the Herald
As councilmen nominated individuals to serve a term on Yazoo City's various boards, one aldermen noted during Friday's city council meeting that, in the name of the city's economic development, it was time to stop stacking the boards with African Americans.
Ward 4 Alderman Aubry Brent Jr. said African Americans currently are the majority on all city boards.
"Every board that we have in this town - and excuse me (because) I didn't mean to get off on black and white – but the majority of the boards, each board that we have is black," said Brent, who is black. "If we expect people to come to this town, settle in this town, become a part of our community and see that the city is growing, we must let these boards represent the community ...."
His comments followed nominations to the city's Public Service Commission (PSC) board, which currently has three black commissioners and two white commissioners.