Sweetwater Museum Director Should Keep Her Job Even if She Wants Republicans to DieOpinion
OPINION — We shouldn’t fall into the trap of the “Cancel Culture” invented by woke liberals and fire the museum director in Sweetwater even if she wanted all Republican voters to die.
“I hope every single one of you pieces of sh** that votes republican, dies today,” read her post on Facebook published on election day.
Melonnie Hicks was having a really bad day, she said. “I was really mad at Republicans for voting against health care since my options today are die or go into debt to see the doctor,” she explained the next day in a post.
Hicks is the director at Sweetwater’s Pioneer City County Museum where she performs the mission to preserve the heritage of Nolan County and the City of Sweetwater. There, visitors can see “Judge Ragland’s Garage.” The museum is housed in Judge R.A. Ragland’s mansion that opened there to the public in 1976. Ragland (1858-1938) served two terms as district judge in Sweetwater and before that he was the Nolan County Attorney. He also owned a bank. When his bank failed during the Great Depression, the judge sold all of his land holdings to pay the failed bank’s debts. He died penniless in 1938.
Today, many want Miss Hicks to die penniless, too. They want her fired from the museum for expressing frustration on Facebook about Super Tuesday’s primary election where most of her fellow Nolan County citizens voted for Republicans.
Other than the Facebook post, it appears Hicks is an outstanding museum director. She’s informed and a book author about her charge - the history of Nolan County and Sweetwater. Who else will Nolan County find with as much knowledge of the museum’s mission than Hicks?
Hicks along with Betty Turner researched Sweetwater’s history for their book written in 2014 titled “Images of Sweetwater.”
You can read more about the Nolan County’s penniless judge in excepts on Google Books.
I’m a Republican and I don’t in the least bit feel threatened by Hick’s off-the-cuff comment on Facebook wishing that I die. I know Facebook is driven by creating engagement that produces long visits and lots of eyeballs on its advertisements. Facebook evokes strong emotions to keep its users scrolling. The easiest emotion to incite is anger, and Facebook’s algorithm is quite good at turning calm and peaceful people into raging lunatics. Hicks was spending too much time on Facebook and wrote something she regretted. She later explained her frustration and apologized.
Today’s “Cancel Culture” means good people are given just one strike and they are out. Public figures are shamed for Twitter posts made when they were in high school. If you gain recognition or get promoted, someone somewhere is going to “research” your old Tweets and, if public, your Facebook posts, too. Meanwhile, everyone is a victim today, even, as reaction to Hick’s post presents, Republicans are victims.
Give Miss Hicks a break. She is a valuable contributor to the preservation of history in Nolan County. One strike doesn’t mean you’re out.
I pray the museum board discards the demands of the “Cancel Culture” and Hicks keeps her job. The museum's directors meet in Sweetwater at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, to decide Hicks' fate.
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