Having heard enough, Cobb County District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid calmly asked Jesus to hold her mule before she exhaled the same sigh Drake did at the beginning of “Duppy Freestyle” and then calmly went in on Stevens.


“I recognize that there is variation with respect to the sentiment that people have to the park,” said Cupid. “But I want to make it very clear that some of the issues brought up this morning, particularly as it relates to slavery, is part of the reason why there is a desire for neutrality in the name.”

Cupid, visibly seething in the same way that my mother did when I would act up in front of white people, continued:

I was deeply offended by some of the statements that were made this morning by the previous speaker. I am not here to refute the fact that there may have been slaves other than persons who were African American, but there is numerous documentation and historical evidence that [the] chattel slavery that blacks were subject to in America was not comparable to that of any other race.

And I also want to address the point that had it been so bad for slaves they would have left the South. I find that statement equally offensive. And this is part of the reason why, again, there has been a move toward finding a neutral name for the site. I can only imagine for those that live in the area, the level of offense they might take beyond the level of offense that I just took. I appreciate varying perspective, but this is a sensitive issue which I don’t think was dealt with very sensitively by the previous speaker.


But the most awkward part of all was the white man who, immediately after Cupid’s statement, introduced the meeting’s invited guests:

The Boy Scouts.