No, seriously – I totally do not get this. The Daily Briefing reports on a court tussle between Ohio Department of Natural Resources and owners of property on Lake Erie regarding where property lines should be drawn. Water touching land is one aspect, but property owners adding soil/sand to their property, most likely to combat erosion, is another aspect. So then the article has this:
Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, called the Department of Natural Resources a “rogue agency that continues to be the force of oppression on lakefront property owners.”
“It is appropriate we have this press conference here today in the George Washington Williams room, because as one of Ohio’s first African American legislators, he typified the struggle of citizens against oppression,” Seitz said. “And the lakefront property owners have been for at least six years the victim of bureaucratic oppression claiming they have to pay for that which is already specified in their deeds.
“They have had to take this struggle, as the African American community took this struggle, to the courts and found vindication in the courts.”
Really? “Six years…of bureaucratic oppression” equals the “the struggle of [African-American] citizens against oppression”? I’m sure it is an absolute nightmare for the property owners to have to wage a legal battle over this. And it’s a fascinating legal and governmental issue to me.
But comparable to the African-American struggle against oppression? Emmm…no. Don’t even have to think about that one.