County administrator Dan Sleeper notes
that the situation could have been far more dire had it not been for the heroics of those involved, particularly Hyde, who was the first to act.
For the past decade, Sleeper notes
, Imperial has focused on measuring product demand and has based its inventory management system on forecasting.
But Sleeper is white, and he gives the argument a moral edge that blacks don't usually appreciate hearing from whites: "Some [blacks] have stopped following Martin Luther King's admonition to 'burn the midnight oil' in order to compete with their white counterparts, demanding instead a formulaic inclusion," Sleeper notes
as part of his attack on affirmative action.