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Racially Charged Memo Angers Parents

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This past weekend marked the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Apparently, those in the Nettleton, Mississippi, school district didn't get the memo on King's message of equality. Read the original memo.

Racially Charged Memo Angers Parents

Brandy Springer, a mother of four mixed-race children, was horrified to find out that her 12-year-old daughter could not run for class reporter because she was not of the "right" race. MSNBC reports that a memo sent home with her daughter described a system of student elections wherein race determined whether or not a candidate could run for certain class positions. Because Springer's daughter was not white, she could not submit her name as a candidate for class reporter.

The school has since revoked the controversial election rules, stating that they came from a policy set in place 30 years ago that aimed to promote racial equality. Per the rules, the race of the students allowed to run for certain positions would alternate each year (blacks, then whites, then blacks again, and so on). That meant that this year, a black student couldn't run for class president, while next year, only a black student could run for class president. Springer, who had recently moved from Florida to Nettleton, was so outraged that she pulled her kids out of the school the next day.

Springer told MSNBC that even if the policy was an attempt to ensure black and white participation, diversity is no longer a black-and-white issue because a growing number of mixed-race and Hispanic children (as well as kids of other ethnicities) attend school together.

The NAACP is calling for a Justice Department investigation, and the ACLU is conducting one of its own.

Moms, what do you think of this racially charged middle-school policy?

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MommyLisa September 1, 2010, 11:05 AM

Wow. That is crazy sauce. We aren’t like that in Minnesota.

Monica September 1, 2010, 1:27 PM

And this is one of the major reasons why I would never move to Mississippi. My husbands family moved there and he said that if we left CA that maybe he’d consider Old Miss. I say never. I have relatives there and it still doesn’t compel me. What is wrong with their school districts? First its the segregated prom in 2008 and now this? Oddly, looking at the memo if it had been designed to be fair they would have made it an equal number of white and black positions for elections each year. In this memo there are eight positions for whites and four for blacks. If there are twelve positions why not split it down the middle so that there would be six for each race, idiots. That way there is no majority of any race in office each year. But why am I dissecting this? It shouldn’t have been in place in the first place. Might have worked in 1980 but as they said things are different now.

loula davis September 1, 2010, 1:36 PM

I think the whole world is crazy, no wonder the kids are growing up clueless.
Really need to get past this color thing. Whether one is black or white is of little significance to the Universe, we are all going to leave this world one day and I don’t think there will be a designated place for any particular race.

anastasia September 1, 2010, 1:47 PM

I guess Mississippi. have no Asian nor Mexican attending the school.

Lisa R. September 1, 2010, 2:20 PM

Oh my dear Lord. I agree with MommyLisa, above: It’s crazy sauce. I don’t care how old the policy is or how long it’s been in place, does no one actually READ memos before they send them home with every kid in the school?? Holy hell.

FLORIDAMOM September 1, 2010, 2:59 PM

Well since she is mixed being of Black and White Race then she should have equal right to go for any position available. Her Race should be listed black/white..

And just because it’s Mississippi doesn’t have anything to do with it.

Sometimes the students choose to be separated.

I am so sick in tired of hearing about race issues who gives a crap! Raise your kids on your own values what you believe. Which ever side it is. Don’t let anyone down you for your choices on if you agree or disagree with the race issues !

I for one raise my kids to stay with in there on race. But to not treat others different because of there race.

Anonymous September 2, 2010, 6:08 AM

This actually sounds like the “quotas” required in government work.

Trina September 2, 2010, 9:31 AM

I live in Mississippi and it’s crazy here. You can definitely feel the racial tension here. Even in this day and time there are still towns that are segregated where you have whites on one side and blacks on the other. It’s very racist here. Reason being is that there isn’t enough national publicity about a lot of the crap that goes on here. It’s always joked about the racism here and I guess people just expect it to be that way, but it’s no joke. There is so much more that goes on here that you wouldn’t believe. Mississippi is just one of the forgotten states, I guess because it’s one the poorest states in the US.

Anonymous September 2, 2010, 1:26 PM

FLORIDAMOM you are a racist who is raising another generation of little racists. You say you raise your kids to stay within their own race. Well if that’s true, then of course they ARE treating others differently because of their race. That’s really nice parenting.

XXXX September 2, 2010, 3:31 PM

Seems fake to me.

renae September 4, 2010, 6:41 AM

FloridaMom acts as if she doesn’t care about this racial thing but, unfortunately,it is not so. The fact that she raises her kids to stay with their own proves that race is just as important to her as it is to the others she’s trying to dismiss.

Monica September 4, 2010, 8:29 PM

FloridaMOM you are a walking contradiction. You can’t teach your children to STAY within their own race yet tell them NOT to treat people of other races different just because of their race. Honestly, does that make any sense? Not to mention you claim to not care about race but you teach your children otherwise; with that twisted philosophy of yours. REALLY? Are you kidding me? YOU are the reason why everyone talks about race so much.

Anonymous September 5, 2010, 9:12 AM

@FloridaMom- You should attend school with your kids. You can’t even spell correctly but you are worried about who your kids interact with?

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Crystal September 17, 2010, 11:57 PM

Hurricane Katrina helped us realize the poverty and despair that the residents of New Orleans were living in. This story (hopefully) helps us to realize that just because the dates change does not means that people’s minds have changed. I cannot believe in 2010 people no matter where they are still have this mentality. It’s ignorant. Katrina should have wiped all of Mississippi away like it did New Orleans so we could have a do over. If the inhabitants of Miss really feel this way America has waayyy more problems then it already has. I am utterly disgusted! Ugh!

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Most blacks have a heard mentality when they vote. This explains why Obama won in 2008. We have to make sure that the affirmative action queen Michelle Shaniqua Obama and her husband do not succeed in 2012.

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