George H. Conklin,
N.C. State University
John W.M. Russell,
Austin W. Ashe,
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Volume 8, Number 2
The Video of
Joe Himes' Comments on
the Importance of
Nomination Committees to
People of Color:
An Editorial Introduction
George H. Conklin
North Carolina Central University
Below is the
only known video of Professor Joe Himes. It was made in 1988 at a
departmental party for the sociology department at UNC-Greensboro.
The video was made by Rebecca Adams. Given that it was a social situation,
the lighting was poor and there is considerable background noise.
For this reason, an approximate transcription of Professor Himes' comments
appears below the video, which is posted on YouTube.
In the video
Professor Himes comments on his narrow margin of victory to the council
of the ASA, the American Sociological Association. He comments on
the video, as he has elsewhere, that he sees his job to make sure that
there are some people of color nominated to run for various offices of
the ASA. He states that if you are not nominated, you cannot be elected,
a comment which is important to remember even in the presidential election
in 2008 at the national level, where Obama had to be nominated in order
his job is to make sure that good black candidates are nominated and adds
the humorous touch that doing so "gives my good white colleagues
the chance to be democratic."
The final part of the conversation
was not taped to completion, but Himes goes on to explain some of the process
of how the nomination committee works.
The video may also be viewed directly
0:07 Start of Video: Himes states: I won by 33 votes.
0:08 Paul Luebke: Did you Really? Well it's a good thing there are
13 of us in the UNC-G
0:13 department, right?
0:13 Himes: That's right. (laughs)
0:13 Rebecca: What election did you win by that, now, on that uh margin?
0:16 Luebke: You must have voted for him, Rebecca, c'mon now.
0:19 Rebecca: What election? I didn't hear.
0:20 Himes: The ASA Council.
0:22 Rebecca: Oh yes! I absolutely did vote for you. How...What was
0:26 Himes: 33 votes.
0:27 Rebecca: Oh, I'm glad I put my ballot in then.
0:31 Himes: Well, so am I.
0:33 Luebke: I always say, Joe, vote early, vote often, that's my slogan.
0:36 Himes: That's right, that's right. Well, ya know, the committee
elects the members of
0:45 council, nominates the members of the committee that nominates
them,, and I tell you
0:51 part of my responsibility to have a good black candidate. I'm
not pushing black people,
0:59 necessarily I just said "if you don't get nominated you don't
1:05 Luebke: Right.
1:06 Himes: If you don't get higher in the rank list of nominees, you
1:10 Luebke: right. right.
1:11 Himes: And I'm trying to be sure to give these people a chance
to be invited,
1:16 Luebke: right. exactly.
1:17 Himes: and my good white colleagues the chance to be democratic.
1:21 Rebecca: Hey Joe, I overheard, when, I don't know if you noticed
me, in the Atlanta, but
1:29 I was walking down the street, sort of across the street from
you, and I saw, I saw
1:35 someone who will remain nameless go up to you and try to get some
1:39 appointment to a committee. You're now in a power position.
1:44 Himes: Oh
1:45 Luebke It was no one in our department was it?
1:49 Rebecca: No no it was someone....
1:54 Anonymous: Someone on a committee (?) (laughs)
1:58 Himes: the person looking for himself....(too much noise/laughter)
2:00 Rebecca: But, anyhow I happened to notice that you were going
to be beseeched with
2:02 all these requests.
2:03 Himes: hahahah! yeah. yeah. Well you know the council does another
2:12 committee on committees, and they elect people which is rotating
each year, half on
2:20 and half off, they nominate 34 on our 20 standing committees,
that is the largest single
2:30 block of nominations, the committee on nominations of the committee
2:34 Their task is to take the whole list of the association with an
eye on the list of people
2:45 who are already on committees, recently, and take out... (video
Thanks to Steven Sills for posting the video on YouTube,
and working on the script.