The Oakland High Alumni is prepared to and will take legal action against Haines City's commission, and city commissioners individuality, if it pursues action to raze the last remaining structure of the former Oakland High, the Oakland Cafetorium.

This commission is again allowing its shallow indifference and insensitivity to again manifest itself. This attempt to discount and marginalize the Oakland community will not be tolerated. This is not the 1930s or '40s. And Jim Crow is not going to resurrect itself either.

The residents of this community are feed up with city officials' arrogance and contempt for those geographical sites and structures that are unique to Oakland, and represent immense intrinsic value to Oaklanders.

Just a few weeks ago, this very commission unanimously approved a plan to garner funds to renovate the former Haines City High plant. You want to discuss double standards?

This in itself is an egregious insult to every Oaklander.

Subsequent to the transfer of Haines City High and Oakland High plants from the School Board to the city of Haines City, the facility representing Haines City High was placed in the National Resister of Historical Places. Guess what was the fate of the Oakland High facilities: They were torn down and for dubious reasons at best.

And to further add insult to injury, in 2005 the historically significant and structurally sound Oakland Gymnasium was condemned and razed for trumped-up reasons.

The sophomoric aspect of this is that officials think by the erection of a new facility will appease the masses. They can't be further from the truth.

To borrow a quote from the late former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, "If society allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority."

DOLPH HOWARD III

Haines City