The NAACP should recognize that the city of Beaufort has an electorate that is fully supportive of electing African-Americans.
Former City Council members Fred Washington and Alice Wright, who are African-American, served and influenced important issues for many years.
As Mayor Billy Keyserling stated in your recent story, more participation on boards and commissions would provide experience in city matters for future Council members, while helping the city. They are begging for participants.
We need more African-Americans to work on behalf of the entire city, as the late John Gadson, Alice Washington, Henrietta Goode and others have done.
What is unfair about the current system -- voting by all citizens for City Council members?
In the same issue, two articles focused on Candice Glover, her mother Carole Glover and Hilton Head Island High School janitor Doris Grant. These stories were published not because these ladies are black but because they are of interest and part of this community.
The city cheered, voted for and raised money to support Candice Glover becoming American Idol. Mrs. Grant was helped by financial contributions from students and the community for some recent needs. The school where Mrs. Grant is employed is 57 percent white and 14 percent black. Very likely, contributors were from all ethnicities, as was the support for Candice Glover.
Working together should be the goal, not dividing us.
Additionally, the city must solve many critical issues. We should not divert time and resources to fixing what is not broken.