I tried to ignore it when Helena-West Helena Council member Joe St. Columbia seemed to refer to black city officials as monkeys running the zoo. Dipping a toe into Helena racial strife is to quickly be submerged in muck. Mayor Arnell Willis, who is black, defended St. Columbia, by the way. Now Joe is back with another jolt of racial ignorance — an urban myth email, complete with photo, of a young black family supposedly getting rich by gaming the Illinois foster parent system. As a reader notes, you don’t have to look hard to find debunking info.

Blue Arkansas rounds it all up.


What’s needed, I think, is George Fisher, who might put a banana in the mitt of Joe St. Columbia. And some pity for residents of this place that time forgot.