The fact that First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick is pushing for a ban on alcohol in Douglass Park is old news. Douglass, of course, is Columbia’s central city park that has long been a gathering place for the area’s Black community. The prohibition idea was floated once before by Chadwick’s predecessor, Councilman Fred Schmidt, but the idea was quickly squashed by the community. Chadwick has resurrected the idea and has promised a head-to-head fight with community leader Tyree Byndom.
It appears that Councilwoman Chadwick knows more than a little about alcohol consumption. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander — unless the gander is Black and in Douglass Park.
“Our city parks should be a place where the entire community can come together and socialize,” Chadwick said. “A place where our families can enjoy healthy outdoor activities. When a public park is perpetually being used for alcohol consumption, I begin to question if our goal is being met.”
“Douglass has my attention because it’s my neighborhood park where I go to with my children.” — Chadwick
But what about healthy indoor activities for children? Is it different when white people are doing the drinking?
Here is Ginny celebrating her First Ward victory…
Here is a still from a video found on Ginny’s Facebook extolling the virtues of the “Bike Bar” during the Pedaler’s Jamboree bike ride held on the public Katy Trail State Park.
How about extolling the virtues of college students doing tequila shots?
Here are a few more pics of Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick demonstrating how to drink responsibly. Enjoy…