Clarification: There was one particular premise in the last section of Monday night's entry that does not reflect my own beliefs, but a reader took it wildly out of context and tried to cram it back down my throat in social media. I have retracted that entire sentence.
Other than that one retraction, this update is not be construed as a take-back; I stand by my words. The meeting was a horrid mess, thanks to the combined efforts of both the Steering Committee and the Nominating Committee. However, my emotional reaction was wrongheaded. Monday night I was livid. By Tuesday afternoon, I had some perspective.
Bernadine Williams is once again co-chair of HCGP, I learned Tuesday. As expressed elsewhere in this entry, I sincerely wish her and the newly constituted Steering Committee success in growing the party and moving it forward. Despite the history of conflict between us, I'm convinced that those are her goals. I will not stand in the way, nor will I attempt to help.
Five years ago, I told some comrades that I envisioned a critical mass of Millennials taking over HCGP and providing new direction, as has happened in other counties and states. I was tired of our inertia (the "wheel-spinning morass" mentioned in Monday's post). I would have preferred that this new direction would include the old (yes, mostly white) guard, with all their combined experience and institutional memory, but perhaps they (myself included) were the inertia. Perhaps they (we) just had to go.
So yes, I remain upset about the way it happened, but perhaps it was necessary. Perhaps this rebellion will percolate up to the state level. I hope that the Green Party of Texas will be ready for that by the state convention in April. In light of the 2017 state meeting, I will be as elsewhere as possible.