- Cullman, Alabama


October 23, 2012

Escaping shadows of the past

CULLMAN — Accusations that the Hanceville head football coach used racist language in addressing several team members is sad news for everyone concerned.

While the accusations against Danny Miller are allegations, not fact, at this point, the matter has been turned over to county school officials to investigate. The coach has not commented on the matter and led his team to an important victory in Friday’s football game. Several parents have already commented on the matter and are looking for the matter to be addressed by school officials.

A lot still needs to be revealed about the allegations before any conclusions can be reached. Superintendent Billy Coleman said facts in the case are the most important in reaching a decision concerning the allegations. Coleman is certainly right in his approach to the issue.

The number of accusations directed at Miller raises concern for parents, students and teachers. Education systems are dependent on earning and maintaining the trust of parents. Issues involving the conduct of students and teachers must be addressed carefully and with fairness in mind.

The disturbing stories of late involving the Boy Scouts and Penn State’s former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, has many people on edge about the welfare of their children. While Miller is not accused of anything in the depth of those issues, the accusations of racism are nonetheless serious.

American society, particularly in the South, has been through many troubling years because of racism and unfair laws. While racism should be a matter of history at this point, there is no doubt that the insensitivity at the root of racism remains alive.

Leaving the sinister shadows of the South’s past has been difficult. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, many people have suffered and sacrificed for the cause of justice and equality.

Let’s hope that the issue involving Hanceville’s football coach can be resolved with fairness and dignity, clearing the way for greater respect and sensitivity for everyone.

Text Only
  • EDITORIAL: Gaining a lifetime of success

    The arguments for a deeper investment in the arts for public school children are overwhelmingly favorable. The money is simply not following the logic.

    April 6, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Gun bill backfires

    State Sen. Scott Beason, a Gardendale Republican, who will soon vacate his seat, is feeling a sense of disappointment that his bill to allow Alabamians to carry loaded handguns in their cars without a concealed weapon permit was shot down this week.

    April 5, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Above and beyond

    The announcement of the annual Distinguished Citizen and Unsung Heroes recipients by The Cullman Times has revealed another lineup of caring people who go the extra mile in building a better local community.

    April 3, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: A chance to lead growth

    In an era that concluded about a generation ago, residents of any average town or city in America had pretty much one destination for shopping.

    April 2, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Out of date, out of time

    The Alabama State Constitution, one of the nation’s oldest at 113 years old, continues to linger despite a wide range of efforts to completely rewrite the document.

    April 2, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: A private matter on display

    Following the arguments generated by legalized abortion leave many people in this generation walking away from the issue with a sense of confusion.

    April 1, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Drug policy sensible, needed

    Cullman City School officials’ decision to slow plans for implementing a student drug testing program was reached after a series of public input meetings.

    April 1, 2014

  • Rage against the weather

    A lot of things can be predicted in life. Economic downturn. A sour reaction to a bill in Congress or the president’s State of the Union address.

    February 3, 2014

  • A legacy protected by truth

    The holiday commemorating the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. passed with various celebrations and speeches across the nation.

    January 21, 2014

  • Ignoring the state’s needs

    Two points about the Alabama budget process are coming to light, and both are disturbing.
    With the Legislature in session, reports are already showing that lawmakers will have more money to spend on education and less for all the other vital state services that fall under the strained General Fund.

    January 20, 2014

AP Video