Field Notes: The Businessman

Four years after losing his Richmond City Council seat, Bruce Tyler is convinced he still has something to offer as mayor. But in a field of eight candidates, how does he fit in?

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What is it with the identity politics?

So I am attempting to educate myself on the candidates when I am confronted by the following sentence:

"He passed the pamphlets out to the five people who gathered to listen – all men, all white – before beginning his pitch."

Well, why (the %$#@ )does that matter? When your obsession with demographic groups and identity politics begins dominating the piece you are letting your bias become the story instead of your subject. This is what makes people crappy writers. What is the implication here anyway? First is the suggestion that since only 5 people showed up the campaign must be useless as if that is at all unusual early in a mayoral campaign. Even more gross is suggestion that said candidate is somehow illegitimate because those 5 people are white men? This horse dung makes me want to scream. You, Mark Robinson, are representative of exactly why this country is a tinder box when it comes to race relations right now. Foment your strife and discord someplace else, please, and report on your subject. Nobody is interested in your obsession with identity politics.

Tris 100 days ago

In this city, race DOES matter

I, too, am interested in learning more about the mayoral candidates and their issues. Knowing what a candidate stands for and to whom he or she chooses to speak is certainly relevant information. Tyler was not addressing a gathering of African American church leaders (in that case would someone say "identity politics"), so I was glad to have "the scene" set for me. After all, we were not invited to this event.

Barbara Ebert 90 days ago

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