"2014: The year in Vonciel Jones Hill." That is my title for this essay. Why? Because I firmly believe that if you can understand what's wrong with Vonciel Jones Hill, you can understand what's wrong with our city. No, wait. You can understand what's wrong with the universe.
Mark Graham Vonciel Jones Hill demonstrates the difference between being educated and wise.
At some point in the distant past, any City Council member in Dallas who was a truly divisive force pushing the city centrifugally away from shared purpose was likely to be some big, old, golf-ball-whacking white man using elective office in the city to push his real estate interests in the suburbs, betting his own bucks heavily on the decline of the urban core.
We have moved beyond that. Now the role of intolerant, cantankerous, self-serving misanthrope is open to all comers regardless of gender or social, religious and ethnic identity. Vonciel Jones Hill, an African American woman in her late 60s, is proof that in the new Dallas anyone who really sets his or mind to it can become the problem.More »