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NC NAACP Head Disrupts School Board Mtg

From Raleigh, North Carolina television station, WRAL:

The NAACP North Carolina chapter head, Reverend William Barber.

Tensions rise at Wake County school board meeting; 19 arrested

July 20, 2010

Nineteen people, including the head of North Carolina’s NAACP chapter, were arrested Tuesday as advocates confronted the Wake County school board, which voted to move away from a decade-old policy of busing students for diversity.

The Rev. William Barber, who was banned from the gathering after a trespassing arrest at a board meeting last month, was again taken into custody along with two others outside the Wake County schools administration building in Raleigh shortly before the board’s meeting began.

Sixteen other people were arrested after screaming and unrest erupted during a public comment period of the meeting.

The protesters held hands, locked arms and chanted against resegregation, refusing to leave the podium. More than a dozen officers intervened and took the protesters to a Division of Prisons inmate transfer bus

Imagine if Tea Party members had ever acted like this at a ‘townhall.’ Somehow we suspect it would get a little more than this local coverage.

During the incident, school board member Keith Sutton was briefly caught in a scuffle between protesters and police before authorities realized who he was.

Sutton said he went into the crowd to try and calm things down and encourage officers not to use such strong force. He said he felt insulted that he almost got arrested and believes the officer who tried to detain him owes him an apology.

Earlier in the afternoon, the head of North Carolina’s NAACP chapter was one of three people arrested at the administration building before the meeting started. The Rev. William Barber prayed with supporters before police stopped him from approaching the building…

Earlier Tuesday, the NAACP led a rally with about 1,000 protesters marching through downtown Raleigh. Barber encouraged the crowd to attend the meeting, where police set up a mobile command center with roughly two dozen officers.

Barber prayed with supporters before police stopped him from approaching the building.

The school board notified him and others last week that legal action would be taken if they came on school property without written assurances that they would abide by the board’s public participation policy

"You are not a king," he said of school board chairman Ron Margiotta. "You cannot sit in judgment and decide who you like and who you dislike and have those you dislike banned from your meetings," Barber continued.

We wonder if the NAACP has an ‘open door policy’ for all of their meetings.

The Wake County School Board has voted multiple times over the last several months to scrap the district’s diversity policy, which distributed students based on socioeconomics and for years had been a model for other districts looking to balance diversity in schools…

Several school board members elected last year have built a majority in favor of focusing on neighborhood schools

And by “socioeconomics” they of course mean “race.” So, in fact, the NAACP is demanding that the county continue to distribute students based upon their race. Wouldn’t Martin Luther King, Jr. be proud?

After all, what right do elected school boards have to decide such things? Unelected leaders of race-based groups like the NAACP should be the ones calling the shots. Or whoever can shout the loudest.

Board member John Tedesco said the protests and arrests wouldn’t deter [them].

"He can keep fighting. We’re going to be here working for kids," Tedesco said of Barber. "If he wants to be out there, following the old playbook, rules for radicals, he can keep doing that while we’re going to focus on the important issues: our children."

Funny, Mr. Tedesco should mention ‘Rules For Radicals.” Of course, he is exactly right.

But notice that the WRAL reporter does not even realize that he is citing the Saul Alinsky book.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NC NAACP Head Disrupts School Board Mtg”

  1. untrainable says:

    The reporting from WRAL is generally pretty weak/slanted. If you asked them who Alinsky was they’d say…”Ain’t that the girl in the blue dress who didn’t have sex with Bill Clinton?” That story got the same level of coverage as this will.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    This story gets top billing every night on the local media outlets here in Raleigh, and coverage as been far from impartial. In this story for instance, it isn’t clearly stated the Barber was arrested before for disrupting a meeting and has a injunction barring him from attending any of the school board meetings, a similar injunction that was handed down to the voter intimidation black panther. For instance, the current story on WRAL is to show that the community schools are not the will of the people by dismissing the approval of the school board as a “5-4” decision pushed through by the slim majority and an ‘activist’ tie breaker. The tone is completely different than the stories, most of which were written by the AP, WRAL posted on health care, bailouts, economic ‘reform’, and cap and trade, all of which are truly against the will of the people.


    The thing that really bothers me about the whole issue of school assignment, the elephant in the room so to speak, is why it is necessary to have kids of “different socioeconomic backgrounds” integrated into other schools. In Wake County, all the schools have the same amount of funding per student, they have the same text books and curriculum, the teachers have the same standards of performance and background qualification, the only variable is the makeup of the students. If the students from lower socioeconomic standing perform lower, what does that tell you about those students, their parents, their value of education, the one-size fits all socialist government school program? To me it seems the goal of busing is to dilute the problem of people of “lower socioeconomics” consistently performing lower that people of “higher socioeconomics.” That way the people of “lower socioeconomics” can ignore the problem and continue to blame society and racism for all their woes.

    It has been said the Palestinian-Israel conflict will end when the Palestinians love the children as much as they hate Israel, perhaps the same could be said here, that education will improve and all this nonsense will end when people of “lower socioeconomics” love the children as much as they love their government check, and fathers are willing to step up and do their job.

  3. proreason says:

    “Or whoever can shout the loudest”….provided, of course, that the shouting is approved by the Ruling Class.

  4. Right of the People says:

    This reminds me of what happened in Detroit in the 60s/early 70s. The NAACP kept beating on a federal judge to institute court ordered busing to “integrate” the Detroit Public schools. He finally acquiesced and ordered the busing which lead to massive “white flight” to the burbs by not only the white residents but just about anyone who could afford it and Detroit went from being about 60% black to over 90% and they ended up busing black kids from one side of town to the other and there still wasn’t any integration. The NAACP went back to the judge to ask him to rescind the order and he said no. Nearly twenty years later when he was getting ready to retire he finally did rescind the ruling but in the meantime the Detroit Public School System spent millions on senseless busing.

    I’m glad to see the school board in NC is trying to fix the problem themselves. Neighborhood schools are the way to go especially for small kids.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    Isn’t that a picture of Muqtada al Sadr?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      If you’ve ever seen a full picture of this dude, he’d be 3…. maybe 4 al Sadr’s.

  6. canary says:

    Would you want sissy Keith Sutton protecting your children, when he encourages violent protests on school property.

    Well the gas prices and pollution for long bus trips are not necessary anymore, less children carry lunch money on them, and security is more expensive.

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