Jones: It is ‘evil’ to oppose diversity

I write this letter in response to a recent article asking the question, “Are diversity and inclusion important?”

Honestly, the answer really depends on which side of the color line you are on. So being a Colored, Negro, Black, African American, my answer has to be a resounding YES! Why?

Because America is truly a “melting pot.” From a local perspective, my presence and the presence of thousands of other people of color living in Fayette County makes diversity really real. Therefore, diversity and inclusion cannot be dismissed, diminished or ignored by someone who thinks he’s colorblind and knows what God wants.

Diversity without conscientious efforts to appreciate and include people of other races ultimately breeds adversity. And with adversity among races come racial tensions.

Because no sane person wants racial tension in their community, isn’t it reasonable to encourage people of all races to associate or work together and give every one the fairest chance to serve as a county commissioner or school board member?

So, let’s look back to see where we as a society are going. As America was becoming the nation we live in today, black people in particular were oppressed, excluded and exploited in a vast separate and unequal society especially in the South where I grew up.

I can clearly remember a time when black people were virtually excluded from television shows, commercials, pro sports, political office and well-paying jobs. Racial tensions reached a fever pitch and violence ensued in the mid 1960s during the great civil rights movement toward equality.

Thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, serious efforts toward inclusion were made by wise leaders, and America was much better off for it. By the grace of God over these last 50 years, the diverse array of people of all races, creeds and colors has made America the great nation it is.

Celebrating diversity and inclusion has indeed united many Americans as illustrated by the recent Fayette NAACP-sponsored MLK Day Parade and Program. So why would someone say that values like diversity and inclusion excuse us from the hard work of discerning good and evil?

Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion is a very GOOD thing. But isn’t abusing God’s name to denigrate diversity and degrade inclusion simply EVIL?

When you oppose or openly speak out against inclusion in this obviously diverse society, aren’t you promoting adversity and exclusion? Isn’t that EVIL?

So, what kind of future do you want for Fayette County? One where people of one race control the affairs of this diverse community or a future where there is inclusion and harmony among the leadership and workforce?

And I promise not to judge you by the color of your skin but by the content and sensibility of your reply.

John E. Jones

Fayetteville, Ga.

[Jones is the president of the Fayette County NAACP.]

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Insane and evil now!!!

Between Kim Learnard and John Jones we are all now insane and evil.

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Mr. Jones - you promise not

Mr. Jones - you promise not to judge our replies by the color of our skin....but you're judging the county leaders strictly by the color of theirs when you ask this rhetorical question:

"So, what kind of future do you want for Fayette County? One where people of one race control the affairs of this diverse community or a future where there is inclusion and harmony among the leadership and workforce?"

"People of one race"......Mr. Jones - I cannot speak for others but I'd like to think that they share my sentiments when I say that I could care LESS what color our leaders are - as long as they are good, upstanding, moral individuals that keep the best interests of Fayette County in mind when making decisions. Your focus is strictly on the color of our leaders skin. The only racism I am detecting isn't coming from dissenting replies to your message - it's coming straight from you.

Go ahead and call me racist and call me any name you want. But place people of character AND of color on the ballot - and I'll vote for them. I will not vote for a person just because they happen to be a certain color. Give me leaders....real leaders. Bonnie Willis....Herman Cain, Dr. Ben Carson....Col. Allen West.....I'll vote for and financially support any of those leaders all day long. And they "happen" to be black...but that's not my reason for supporting them.

Diversity simply for the sake of diversity is a bunch of hooey. I don't want diversity - I want leaders - regardless of their age, race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, handicap, etc. Diversity will take care of itself if we search out the people with the right values.

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Right values ≠ Diversity

Believe that is what has the Colored Peoples all in a snit - values that are considered "right" usually eliminates, over time, a few members on your list.

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A realistic perception

Amen!! A balance of conservatism and liberalism is needed. For the past several years, the conservatives appear to chant my way or no way. That attitude is splintering the GOP. Sad.

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Jones and the Hypocrisy of the NAACP

Mr. Jones,
Where is the diversity within leadership of the local chapter of the NAACP? You claim that lack of diversity is evil, yet your own organization lacks it. You and your ilk claim to want inclusion, diversity, and integration, yet you segregate yourselves at every turn.
Just to name a few: CBC, NAACP, BET, AME, BBA, AAWBOA, BBWO, BBPA, NABSE, FUBU. These are all organizations that have chosen to segregate themselves based on the color of skin. You segregate yourselves politically, religiously, and in business, yet you have the unmitigated gall to claim that others are not practicing diversity? As long as the NAACP and other organizations segregate themselves based on the color of skin, they have absolutely no moral standing and are hypocrites of the highest degree. Shame on you.

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Jones and the Hypocrisy of the NAACP

Mr. Jones,
Where is the diversity within leadership of the local chapter of the NAACP? You claim that lack of diversity is evil, yet your own organization lacks it. You and your ilk claim to want inclusion, diversity, and integration, yet you segregate yourselves at every turn.
Just to name a few: CBC, NAACP, BET, AME, BBA, AAWBOA, BBWO, BBPA, NABSE, FUBU. These are all organizations that have chosen to segregate themselves based on the color of skin. You segregate yourselves politically, religiously, and in business, yet you have the unmitigated gall to claim that others are not practicing diversity? As long as the NAACP and other organizations segregate themselves based on the color of skin, they have absolutely no moral standing and are hypocrites of the highest degree. Shame on you.

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All you have to do is pay your dues to any of the above organizations - and you're in. I don't know how old you are - but many of these organizations were formed because 'blacks' were denied membership in national organizations that had similar professional goals. By the way, there are whites, Asians, and Hispanics who hold membership in the NAACP throughout our country. Keep posting! The moral standing of the KKK or the groups who contribute to The New Nation? Hmmmmmm.

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Alice Sharpton lies

That is a lie, Alice. There is no diversity in the so called "leadership"of the Fayette county NAACP. It's membership is comprised of segregationist and racists. Isn't Mr. Jones man enough to reply on his own or does he now rely on someone else to reply for him. LOL!

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This is not a lie
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many of these organizations were formed because 'blacks' were denied membership in national organizations that had similar professional goals. By the way, there are whites, Asians, and Hispanics who hold membership in the NAACP throughout our country

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It only reply to your input to lead others to another point of view regarding race relations.

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Ghetto moving to Clayton County

Did some research. The 'government' offered to provide Section 8 housing in Clayton County to those who were being displaced during the extension of land needed for the Olympics. Evidently some Clayton County residents took advantage of this 'offer from the government' and left their homes in Clayton County and received insured monthly rent from the government Section 8 program. Many left Clayton County - including 'blacks' because of this. There are white', Hispanic, Asian ghettos in this country. (In LA - there is a Jewish ghetto)

ghetto: A ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure.[1] The term was originally used in Venice to describe the part of a city to which Jews were restricted and segregated.

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Blackavists slam Trader Joe's trying to open a store

in their cesspool ghetto. It would bring too many "non-oppressed people" into their sorry excuse for a neighborhood. Somehow this is wrong? Trader Joe's bailed after the backlash from these racist idiots and I also wonder why in the first place TJ even thought of opening there. There's altrusim, and then there are stupid business decisions....I think TJ may have got lucky here.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/02/08/black-residents-reject-trader-joe...

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Different point if view

Trader Joes is very selective of the neighborhoods it selects. It is a money maker - and I often wondered why it didn't come to Fayette County. Trader Joe's is in communities that are predominantly minority - and people from all over the area do business in their stores. However, as we have seen here in Fayette County - people from all over come to Fresh Market. There just may have been a minority business that could serve the same purpose as a Trader Joe's. As much as we try to deny racism in our country, in our businesses - it does exist and the bottom line color is 'green'.

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This is progress?

Only in the liberal, hate-filled, racist mindset is this progress. Thy would rather have continued blight and crime in "their" neighborhood than allow a business that could lift others out of poverty. They would rather stay on the plantation and continue to live on handouts from the government and remain "oppressed" than take responsibility for their lives and do something to better themselves.

It's pathetic, but it is the way of the bedwetting liberal hate-filled class that demands that wealth be taken from others and "spread around". It's Obama's dream as well.

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Thy would rather have continued blight and crime in "their" neighborhood than allow a business that could lift others out of poverty.

Contrary to Garvin's view - all minority neighborhoods are not suffering from blight and crime. Trader Joe's - as a business - does not offer to do 'volunteer' work in a quest to overcome 'poverty' - but BUSINESS.

Have a happy, blissful day Garvin.

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Alice Sharpton lies yet again.
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Ignorance must be bliss

You should know, Alice.

I have never in my entire life stated that "all minority neighborhoods are suffering from blight and crime." That is how you feel because you are a self-loathing bigot, racist, and a dirty liar.

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Fred Garvin/Mr. Beverly

Your use of inappropriate words should not be tolerated in this discussion. Mr. Beverly , please enforce your high standard .
The word sq..... Is uncalled for.

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Only in the liberal, hate-filled, racist mindset is this progress. Thy would rather have continued blight and crime in "their" neighborhood than allow a business that could lift others out of poverty. They would rather stay on the plantation and continue to live on handouts from the government and remain "oppressed" than take responsibility for their lives and do something to better themselves.

I do not live in nor have I ever lived in continued blight and crime. The common denominator in such neighborhoods is low income/low education level. Too many in our country (working poor) are forced to live in or near such neighborhoods.

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Is this Fred Garvin character exempt from the terms and conditions of your website?

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Wow!!! The PAALF is oppressed…..….

by their logic and by the political party they support. The sad thing is, they don't even know it.

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From your perspective, possibly. Citizens who can"t get out of an economically depressed area are aware of processes that force them to leave so that the area can be improved and enjoyed by those of a middle class standing. This has been seen as a reality all over our country. The area is improved economically, and the citizens (poor) are pushed elsewhere. Some years ago Toronto, Canada organized communities of economic diversity. No ghettoized areas. Citizens were united in their community, regardless of their income. It worked! Pride in community attracted businesses - which is an important part of a successful community. Small businesses not only provided affordable products but jobs! Our policy seems to place the poor in areas out of the public view, and in an environment that offers little 'hope'.

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This decision] reflects the city’s overall track record of implementing policies that serve to uproot, displace and disempower our most vulnerable community members,

Interesting. In many urban areas - this approach of attracting middle class residents to an area considered depressed has not helped the residents of the area - but pushed them elsewhere (like Clayton County) Trader Joe's was rejected by Fayette Cpunty. Fresh Market is wonderful - but many still drive to Atlanta to Trader Joe"s. Nuk - this may come as a surprise - but all blacls don't live in ghettos - and all whites don't have a middle class existence - especially in our current economy. Business has become non-racial - and the important color is GREEN. In most urban areas that I have visited in the US - the Trader Joe's are used by a cross section/diverse segment of Americans.

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Trader Joe's wasn't "rejected" in FC

They have had zero interest in locating in Fayette County and plenty of contact about opening here by the movers and shakers of FC for years. They declined every time. Get ur facts straight.

Most blacks(or anyone else) indeed don't want to live in the ghetto. These idiots in Portland there seemingly do, or swallow anything they are told by a bunch of racist moron ghetto "leaders" looking to get every hand-out possible for themselves and not the people they supposedly "represent."

Try this: next time "affordable housing in Fayette County" is brought up, what if an all-white group states very publically that it's totally wrong because it might bring black people into the area? How do you think that would go over? Would we get Al Sharpton, Jesse, and a crew of idiots from that Portland area protesting and raising all kinds of hell? Yeah, we would, if Greyhound maybe goes from Portland to Atlanta. I dunno if it does.

I cannot wait for the day that there are no more double standards. A white community stating what these Portland clowns did would be national news for weeks. For them? A free pass because they are "oppressed."

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Nuk -

Thanks for the correction. You already had a 'white group' who tried to deny additional affordable housing in FC - but because of the 'vision' of attracting Pinewood and other business to the county - this was quietly but effectively stopped. In a era where a family of 4 with an income of $50,000 is considered 'poor' - what is considered 'affordable in FC does not attract the average 'poor' family - regardless of color. Deal with AL Sharpton and Jesse, etc., just like minorities and women deal with Rush and Glen.. LOL!

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DM- Do you want a poor family on Sect 8 moving next door?

It is not about Black and White..It is about class. I have said over and over. Middle Class families don't want to live near poor families, black or white. It is like my old neighbors (who were Black Professionals) once our neighborhood in Rivers Edge started filling up with folks who were renters or Section 8 they moved to the very Affluent part of Cascade. We lived on a block that was probably 70% African American and most of the families left for neighborhoods that were more socio-economically homogenous. Stop calling the race card, it is the income card. You work hard and earn and want to live with folks that are like you in terms of education, and wealth.
There are mixed neighborhoods but they tend to be in very desirable Urban Locations. In the suburbs where land is cheap the middle and upper classes will just pack up and go elsewhere.

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they moved to the very Affluent part of Cascade. We lived on a block that was probably 70% African American and most of the families left for neighborhoods that were more socio-economically homogenous. Stop calling the race card

In today's economy, I have no idea of the income of my neighbors. In the suburbs, the price of the home usually determines the 'class' of the neighborhood - but this is not always so. One of my main concerns with Section 8 renters is the inability of the monitoring system to demand the responsibility of the renter to maintain the property. In many cases, this requires a course in home maintenance. There are legislators who tried to incorporate this in this 'welfare' activity - but it just never was achieved. The 'race card' is an integral part of our country - and the world knows this. It appears only when those who are concerned about their 'entitlement' under the 'race' question that there is a desire to deny the reality of the American race card. rmoc - in my 74 years - the 'race' problem in the US has improved. Is there still room for improvement - of course. This country prides itself in LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. We're getting there - and it's been a long journey. One should not be tired of or intimidated by the 'race in America' discussion. As long as there are segments of our citizens who feel oppressed, overlooked, etc. under our system of government, they have the 'right' to seek being treated like equal citizens under the law.

Bu the way - thanks for the information regarding past FC elections.

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We don't wants Welfare - we wants OurShare.

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Oregon trivia

African Americans in Oregon 2% In Georgia 32%. Maybe being outnumbered has something to do with it.

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SPQR & Oregon Trivia

Of course their main problem is that Oregon is a hotbed of 'Proggos' !

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DM can you 'splain this one to me? No food in the hood?

Looks like Trader Joe's was being color blind and a good neighborhood merchant and then the black folks in da hood ran them out of town. Because TJ may attract white folks into a black area. What are they afraid of - district voting?

So, David's Mom and others - what is wrong with all that? Anything? Everything?

Sounds racist to me.

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Mr. Morgan

No, I will not waste my time to try to explain this to you. GREEN is the color of business.

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I agree DM, it is impossible to explain logically

without acknowledging racism in the black community.

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Whoever intimated that racism did not exist in the black community? Racism exists in our country. People in our country since before its founding have been oppressed/entitled based on 'race'. Wow!! Keep responding - you have no idea the ignorance that you are portraying - but it does need to be pointed out that you don't represent all white men in our country. Thank God!

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WOW I've never heard of people wanting to live in the ghetto.

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Speaking of the NAACP

The North Carolina branch lead by Rev. William Barber held a "Moral March" today in Raleigh to demand…..well to demand change. This group is apparently upset about those evil Repubs and their horrific policies that suppresses the "peoples" like voter ID.

Well as reported by a few observant individuals, the aforementioned NAACP branch provided a list of "Do's and Dont's" for marchers. Well guess what's on the "Do" list:

Bring a photo ID.

Here's the link to the list:

http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/naacpnc/pages/190/attachments/origi...

Here's the link to the website where the above link exists:

http://www.hkonj.com

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List-ID's / a not so subtle attempt to oppress the vote.

Very similar to the list given to Civil Rights marchers. If you didn't have an ID, you were jailed as a John/Jane Doe and conveniently lost in the 'system'. The demand for an ID did not achieve the desired result. Obama was elected for a second term. I guess some other than 'black' Americans voted for him and not the other guy. . . And they all had required ID's. Next.

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This is the biggest piece of

This is the biggest piece of garbage I've ever read in this paper. Opposing diversity is evil? Give me a break. Destroying communities by shoving "people of color" down its throat via government fiat is evil. Take a look at Fayette county in 10 years and tell me how culturally enriched it has become by diversity. Wherever "people of color" go dysfunction inevitably follows. That's not racist speculation, it's fact.

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Destroying communities by shoving "people of color" down its throat via government fiat is evil.

There are those on the globe who feel that segregating people of color via government fiat is evil. Since 1981 - when there were very few 'blacks' in Fayette County to today, when there are approximately 20% - the county still has an excellent reputation. In all probability, your 'black' neighbors may have a higher income and more formal education than some of your white' neighbors. I'm blessed to have met very, few residents in Fayette County with your attitude. I consider that a fact.

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Practice what you preach, Mr. Jones

Where is the diversity in the NAACP? Why did the NAACP sue create a racially segregated portion of Fayette county?

Thou hypocrite

Atlanta's Most Wanted

Quite a diverse crowd in that lineup. What's to celebrate? They are all criminals.

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Let's celebrate the diversity

of our 10 most wanted criminals in this country. Mr. Garvin - are you on this list?

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten

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Sounds fair....

"And I promise not to judge you by the color of your skin but by the content and sensibility of your reply."

That is exactly how I have always judged you. Content and sensibility. Enough said.

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Diversity?

Really? Diversity?

Wasn't it Martin Luther King Jr that stated "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."?

Oh how so many forget

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Yes indeed now 2 of those little children want to sell his Bible

and his Nobel Peace Prize. That speaks to their character much more than the color of their skin, so in a way MLK has gotten his wish. That's another good test of how appropriate someone's actions are - what would MLK say or do?

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What would MLK do?

If he had the time, he probably would have instructed his estate to display those invaluable material objects to be displaysed for the public to enjoy. Oh - wait a minute - that's what he did. It is assumed that the brothers want to sell the articles - it will be interesting after this public airing of this mess' - what they will admit to what they want to do with the items.

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Character equals keepsakes?

People of diverse hoarding cultures have "character".

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Character equals 'white'? Persons of diverse cultures have 'character'. Some can't forget that 'separate but equal' limited thinking still exists. We haven't forgotten - just celebrating that after 50 years, in Fayette County, the majority of citizens are willing to practice judging by character rather than skin color. The 'law' has judged the actions of the voting practices of this county to be limiting in opportunity. Maybe so, maybe not - we'll see at election time. There are 'blacks' who respect 'whites' with expertise and character - and who knows, they, as a group, may elect one!! (If 'blacks' vote as a group in Fayette County) Is that the fear? Hmmmm. Remember, only residents of Fayette County can vote - not residents of Clayton County - and they had trouble delineating a 'black/minority district in Fayette County.

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Diversity?

I have no problem with anyone moving next to me based on their skin color..It is the cultural diversity I don't want..and when I say Cultural..I mean ghetto culture. I lived in Clayton when it was 50-60% and had no problems but then we started getting folks like the NAACP involved that gerrymandered the districts to skew "democrat" and got more and more Urban Ghetto folks moving in ..well it got worse and worse..DM..I think a lot of the members of this forum do not accurately portray what the actual fear is. I would love to have Dr King be my neighbor but not Rick Ross who just bought Evander's house.(A Notorious Gangster Rapper who took his stage name from a notorious Drug Dealer Murderer)

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What I'm hearing you say is - you want neighbors who:

Respect their property and their neighbors

My experience is that there are black, white, green, purple people who do.

I wouldn't want to live next door to Charley Sheen or Justin Beiber or that Lohan lady! Their 'culture' does not have a color - right?!

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Culture of Trash

Yes, I don't want to live next to any trash. On the other hand if I lived next to any of those 3 I would be in gated community in Malibu!!! ;)

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darrylwd - It is

It is interesting how we seem to be able to celebrate diversity but not unity. The more we "celebrate" we seem to be more divided than ever as a nation.

We're all individual Americans first.

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When laws have separated us for generations - it is difficult for some to realize that our current laws providing equal opportunity for all is difficult for those who were formerly entitled under the law. We really should have had a reconciliation period - but change is difficult - and the younger generation is moving forward; having learned from the pain caused by our former practices - and how we are viewed by the rest of the world in the area of 'race relations'.

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"When you oppose or openly

"When you oppose or openly speak out against inclusion in this obviously diverse society, aren’t you promoting adversity and exclusion? Isn’t that EVIL?"

"Openly speak out", about what is right or wrong is STILL a white person's right. When you try to silence/intimidate those that speak out with a different view and logical reason for it...isn't that EVIL?

Sorry, but we STILL have rights and if we are tired of being force fed (and our children in school), it is our right to say we are sick of it.

But even more important for you...without the "constant churning " and finger pointing at EVIL to root out, wouldn't you be out of a job? LOL!

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Oh suggarfoot

You still insist on being 'separate'. What are you fearful of? Suggarfoot - you are white and male. I am black and female. As Americans, we have 'rights' - and what we celebrate is the growing opportunity to exercise those rights on an equal playing field. Mr. Jones - and other leaders of Civil Rights groups will be out of a job when the likes of you recognize that American of color are also citizens. His 'job' was created because it was necessary to 'speak out against the evil of racial ignorance in this country. He, as the Supreme Court has agreed, still has a job to do because of thinking like yours.

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DM - you said, "As Americans,

DM - you said, "As Americans, we have 'rights' - and what we celebrate is the growing opportunity to exercise those rights on an equal playing field."

Can I candidly ask, what rights are you (or the others you refer to as "we") currently being denied? Where are you not being allowed to exercise those rights, and where are the playing fields unequal?

If equal playing fields are what you desire.....shouldn't we have 5 districts in Fayette County that are just divided up solely on population instead of on demographics?

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If equal playing fields are what you desire.....shouldn't we have 5 districts in Fayette County that are just divided up solely on population instead of on demographics?

I have wondered why the court and citizens didn't use the attendance area of our high schools. I don't know the percentage of minorities in each attendance area - but except for FC High School, the attendance areas seem to represent FC demographics.

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Can I candidly ask, what rights are you (or the others you refer to as "we") currently being denied? Where are you not being allowed to exercise those rights, and where are the playing fields unequal?

The rights are explicit in the Constitution for all citizens. The question/ concern is the opportunity to compete on an equal playing field. I am sure that you are well aware of inequality in opportunity since the Civil Rights movement which changed some laws and 'traditions'. But equal opportunity is not yet a reality for women (equal pay for equal work); equal opportunity for education in urban and suburban schools; equal hiring practices; equal lending practices (red lining, etc.,). As a black women who is in her 75th year as an American citizen, I have seen/witnessed great change. My mother witnessed great change in the last half of her 101 years.
I ' m also witnessing an attempt to oppress the vote of Democrats/minorities. An attempt to maintain power by limiting the opportunity to vote is limiting the 'rights' of some Americans.