Calling my shot on Parma, MO right now…
Pretty much everywhere you look on the intertubes this morning, you see that most of the police force and city office executive staff of Parma, Missouri quit yesterday because the new mayor is a black woman and it’s a town full of redneck racists who just couldn’t stand having a black person in charge. (The ex-mayor of 37 years claims they all resigned for “safety concerns.) Mentioned casually and at the end of every article I could find — if mentioned at all –is the tidbit that all of the city computers were wiped clean.
It’s tempting to conflate Parma with another Missouri city we’ve read about in the news recently and deduce that this is a case of easily mockable racism. And it’s possible that everyone of those city and police employees that turned in their resignations is racist. But even if that is the case, every bit or my Risk Manger DNA is telling me that the resignations and wiped computers didn’t happen because “Yay White People.”
I’m betting you all you right now: We’re going to find out there was some deep, deep corruption that could lead to hefty jail time for the people who’ve been running Prama