In today’s day and age, Camilla, a small town of only about 5,000 residents which is 70 percent Black, is marred with “segregationist practices.” Per the Miami Herald, the segregationist practices Davis outlined are
- African Americans cannot be buried next to white people in the city-owned cemetery
- All City Hall employees are white, except three, including the custodian
- Over 97 percent of African Americans who apply for jobs inside City Hall have been rejected
- The town employs no African American police officers
- 99 percent of all white students attend the historically all-white private school in town
- 99 percent of all African American students attend the public schools in town
- The city is hyper-gerrymandered
What’s more, Davis said that the town’s white city manager has been consolidating power to shut him out of his mayoral duties. Now, Davis claimed, he is a leader in name only.
The city manager, Bennett Adams, disputed the claims. He said that seven City Hall employees, out of twenty-two, were Black. What’s more, he said, department heads were in charge of accepting or rejecting job applications.
As for the school segregation, Adams explained that away by saying that parents simply chose to put their children in those segregated schools.
Adams also said that he would “love to have three or four” Black police officers, “but that is an issue everywhere.”