The photo speaks for itself. The new Lt. is a black female. The comments about being "first" come across as beung political rhetoric. She was promoted because she was the best qualified person for that position. Sex or race should not have been a factor so why lend fuel to those who will say it was? She deserved a better write up than this.
I totally agree Bota!! News media and reporter have a way of adding fuel to a lit fire.
When reading this article a strong racial presence did not strike me. I believe Lt. Tara Corder is being highly recognized, even honored, for her work thus far for the Rutherford County Sheriffs Department. I will admit when I first read the headline of the article I thought I would read along and would be commenting about the racial content of this article. The part of this article that changed my perspective was “She is the highest ranking black woman supervisor in the department history”. That specific quote made me think of Cordell as a successful female in an occupation where most men thrive. In my opinion the adjectives black and female gives Cordell more unique characteristics making her promotion that much more respectable. Cordell is and was obviously a highly respected asset to her work community before the promotion “She has done a good job networking with other agencies in classification, including the state of Tennessee and the Correctional Work Center,” he said. “She will be an outstanding manager.” This quote coming from the Detention Center Commander, Tommy Thompson, seems to me like he is congratulating and backing up her promotion because of her outstanding work characteristics alone, personal characteristics aside. I think a respectable promotion within a community that just so happens to make history with the community as well is definitely a thing to be celebrated. Congrats Lt. Tara Corder!
I totally agree with the above comments from members Bota and Vdanr!! When I first read this post, I was appalled. Why does it always have to be about color in this world? In my opinion she got this promotion because she was a great attribution for the particular position and deserved a promotion. It is 2013, certain race issues are not like the past, but it still amazes me that people still only see black and white. Being a female also puts her at a risk of being spoken about; and what I mean about that is since she isn’t a male, it amazes some that this individual got this promotion because she is a female. I believe that certain people need to overlook race and gender and just pay attention to individual's talents. In my opinion, this article is a bit racist, not that I don’t see the history behind the article, because I do, but it is the way it was worded that makes it sound discriminating. I believe African American is a more friendly word to use rather than “black.” I also believe that most people are amazed that "black" people cannot accomplish what the "white man" can and this is disgusting! In my opinion I am happy an African AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE received this opportunity!
I want to applaud Lt. Corder for her recent promotion. I think it is empowering to see a woman take such a lead in a male dominated force. I do not believe her recognition is necessarily noted because she is an African American woman, but from the achievements at her job. This great success happened to transpire from an African American woman. I find great pride in finding success in what you do. Especially while making history. To be recognized as the highest ranking black woman supervisor in the department history is something that makes her story grander. I understand that race and gender is a sensitive subject. However, I find it to be remarkable that a woman, an African American woman can be respected and taking seriously within her field and within her community. Lt. Corder was promoted for her qualifications. Being recommended shows that her work ethic was always recognized. People seem to be happy for her and agree with her recent promotion. Her characteristics go beyond her race or gender. The fact that she is the “first” “black” “woman” shows great strength and honor. I am happy for her and I believe she will continue to be a great asset to Rutherford County.