Tuesday, April 5, 2016
If I may quote today’s Plaintalker’s quote from Councilor Taylor’s remarks Monday night; to whit ““On March 21, Taylor had warned of a "culture of disconnect" and said, "That’s why we killed Officer Gleason." She said Monday her comment was "a rhetorical statement" and she was saying the community killed Gleason.
Since I am very naïve and not an “Educator”; I had thought that “rhetorical” was used as an adjective to a “Question” implying that it would create a specific theoretical condition but not a question to be answered. As an adjective to a noun it can mean:” grandiloquent, magniloquent, bombastic, grandiose, pompous, pretentious, overblown, oratorical, etc. All are intended strengthen the impact of the statement; i.e.: “we killed”.
Furthermore Taylor clarifies her meaning was that the “Community killed Gleason”.and by inference of “we” she was part of the Community that was responsible for such a heinous act.
Aside from the question whether Gloria was a resident of Plainfield or as I believe, another community at that time I take umbrage in the implication that the overwhelming law abiding citizens of Plainfield including myself participated in or condoned such a mob action.
I find it difficult that our Council accepts her remarks as just the bombastic rantings of a self-centered person who wants to be in the public limelight.
In ‘claiming her words had been twisted, she said, "Somebody went and told them what I said.” Taylor should be censored, not embraced and defended for her “Trumpisms”
Responsible Administrators and legislators tend to work for unity and cohesiveness, not constant divisiveness while professing support.