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As the meeting broke up, after more than an hour and a vote to have a vote, Barrett and Cash barked at one another, pursued and retreated, like the prelude to a junior high fight.
"You're the one who's trash," Cash hissed at Barrett.
And that was a constructive meeting, the attendees said afterward.
"Please don't think I behaved that way when I started out," Barrett says. "It came after attending meeting after meeting with [Dorsey], talking to her like she's someone with a logical thought process."
Of course, the June 11 meeting shouldn't have been a seminar in de-evolution. The Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization just wants its chosen representative on the task force, and its members want to know if the task force has bylaws and who decides who gets to be "in the club." They think they're being ignored by Dorsey, who obviously controls the task force.
Meanwhile the task force thinks the Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization just wants to gum up the works so time runs out on the grants the community has received.
The irony is that, three years ago, one of the Kirkwood Neighbors' group, Steve Suna, wrote the original grant proposal that secured federal funding for the corridor project.
The bottom line is that Sherry Dorsey has polarized and energized an angry group of people -- people who have good reason to be upset by the double-edged sword of gentrifying neighborhoods. At the same time, it doesn't take much for an elected official to piss off 240 people -- Dorsey's margin of victory in 1997 -- or for an opponent to win over an equal number. It's clear that, unlike Dorsey, Archibong wants to appeal to both whites and blacks, new and old residents, to be a diplomat.
Archibong charges that Dorsey hasn't done enough to address the hard feelings that come with gentrification. "She's allowed them to fester."
With her first election under her belt, Archibong, a black lawyer, says she has a campaign budget in place this time, and she plans to officially kick off her campaign July 19.
But Zucca says the fight is going to be tougher than it should be. It's going to come down to a question of whether Archibong is "black enough."
"Out in the community, there's already talk that the 'new people' are running Archibong," Zucca says.
Dorsey may be a mirror image of a white racial politician from the 1950s, but don't underestimate her.
"She's a wonderful campaigner, and she's very pretty," Zucca says. "Anyone who discounts her, come November, is going to be very, very surprised."
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