I was in attendance as a guest at the Beautification Committee meeting on the 24th of March 2011. During that meeting, Committee Chairman Dexter Pruitt made a statement which was derogatory and racist in nature. My reaction was one of shock and disbelief.
I want to convey to the citizens of Ada that I in no way condone the statement made by Mr. Pruitt and believe that is was improper and wrong. It is my feeling that our community is strong because of diversity. I believe those that know me and have observed my record will attest to this.
Council member Ward 3
The City of Ada extends a sincere apology to its citizens and all persons who were offended by the comments and behavior that occurred at the Ada Beautification Committee meeting on March 24, 2011.
There is no justification for what occurred at this meeting and the City of Ada in no way condones or excuses the use of derogatory language or actions that unnecessarily singles out any particular individual or group of individuals.
In light of this occurrence, it was obvious the Ada Beautification Committee, in singling out two minority groups for ridicule, egregiously acted outside the scope of its original intention. As a result, Mr. Dexter Pruitt was asked to resign from all committees and the Ada Beautification Committee was temporary abolished.
As these offensive actions were clearly outside the Beautification Committee’s original intent, any opinions that were expressed in this meeting can only be considered of a personal nature and unquestionably do not represent the views of the City of Ada.
However, the City of Ada does recognize that this committee and the specific meeting in question occurred under the direction and supervision of the Ada City Council and city staff. The City is prepared to accept responsibility in providing the forum that allowed for these actions to occur.
As City of Ada representatives, it is our hope and belief that through a continuing dialogue with all minority groups in our community we can learn from this situation and create a positive environment that lifts all citizens up instead of tearing some of them down.