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Mary
- 2976 days ago - my.nowpublic.com
Montgomery County High School in Monore, Georgia has two separate proms for its graduating seniors - one for the white students and one for the black ones. Troy Davis hopes for a new trial in a place where school children are still taught separatism...



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Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 11:23 am
Hello, Melinda, Salem, Robert, Charles, B.M., and Maria. Thanks for noticing this article, although my view shows only TWO (2) NOTES!!!

I SURE HOPE THE CYBERSTALKER LETS THE NOTE-IT NUMBER CHANGE FROM 2 VERY SOON, DON'T YOU? This is an article that certain forces would certainly like to keep from front page, and I can understand that. It is embarrassing, like much of what I report. But the thing to do to prevent embarrassment in life is to IMPROVE, not censor reports.

 

. (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 11:31 am
*Related Article:

GRASS ROOTS FIRESTORM TO SAVE TROY DAVIS FROM EXECUTION


Signature: THE FIFTH KNIGHT'S NEWS
 

. (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 12:54 pm
Thanks Mary; Noted & Promoted!

Melinda & I will be forwarding this evening.

Group Posted this Article on "Care2 Get The Word Out?"
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 2:19 pm
Noted/thank you Mary/it will be very hard to keep these young people from being racists as their parents are--------very sad situation---and as for Troy Davis-------am certain my reps know of this---think it is time to jog their memory again as President Obamas--------time to raise a little hell---
 

Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 2:30 pm
Thank you my Care2 friends and visitors.

Good and evil have no racial distinctions. Character, or the lack thereof, comes in all flavors. It is unfortunate that the school children in Montgomery High School are apparently being taught something different. Although racism is passed down from generation to generation, it is not a genetic defect.

Racism is a heinous disease that is spread by the mouth - talking to children about white or black supremacy and keeping prejudice alive in the 21st century. Next year, I hope all the students at Montgomery boycott both proms. I would never allow my child to go.
 

Diana D (177)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 2:32 pm
Oh my God I just watched the New York Times video link. Last year my daughter's prom was all races, she went to school in California middle class suburbia about 30 percent white. I went to the same school she did 30 years ago and all races went to prom about 60 percent white. I had no idea this sort of thing went on today in our country, how could anyone think this was okay? It is so wrong. Thank you for showing this.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 2:44 pm
Thanks, Diana for mentioning the

NEW YORK TIMES VIDEO ON THE PROMS is at the article. Please see it and meet the children.

Thanks so much for noting the news. Please share w/ your friends. See what poor Troy Davis and I are up against trying to get justice in Georgia.

Remember that my mentally disabled brother - a 54-year-old black man - was secretly arrested and murdered in Shelby Co. Jail in Tennessee, but police won't release any records or tell us anything, and that seems OK with the people in authority.

In Dixie, black families seem only to be full citizens on April 15 - tax day.
Mary
 

Esther S (45)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 3:10 pm
I also was surprised to read this. I thought that we were past such things. I grew up in N.Y. where we had natural integration. Now I live in southern Indiana just on the border of Kentucky. I live in an area that is naturally integrated (whites, blacks, and some of mixed races) and everybody gets along just fine.
 

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 3:33 pm
I grew up not seeing a person for their "skin color", so to me...well, it disgusts me to know that they can allow them to be separated because of the color of their skin, to me...that makes no sense. No sense at all. Just plain stupid and bringing back the times of slavery. I do not like it one bit!

TY Mary for this article, I would never have known, we need to make people aware that this is totally wrong to teach our future children "HATRED" for other skin colors.

Spread the love, not the hate...I will pray for these people alright.


For Troy, I will sign anything that comes my way, absolutely, ty all for sharing information here.

Blessings to all,
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Susan M (239)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 4:47 pm
OMG I THOUGHT THIS WAS OVER YEARS AGO. TOTALLY WRONG NO EXCUSE FOR THIS.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 5:36 pm
Noted with tears. It's so sad that some people are so brain washed to believe that skin color makes a person different than anyone else. I will pray for the young people and their parents of Montgomery County,Georgia. I will also pray for racism to be eradicated. I will also do anything I can to help Troy. Thank you Mary for your tireless vigilance and for sharing this story.
 

. (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 5:50 pm
i pray that things will change
 

H Nick H (1826)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 5:51 pm
I can't believe that this is allowed in this day in age. It's terrible.
 

. (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 6:33 pm
*Related Care2 Human Rights Article:

Fight to Save Troy Davis Continues on Two Fronts
 

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 6:37 pm
Thank you very much Mary! Noted! Might I add;
Race, Religion and Cultures will stop being issues when WE stop making them issues. Is that so hard to see?? Concentrate your energies on the REAL problems and get over the Race, Religion, and Culture differences. Of course, it will Take ALL Races, Religions and Cultures to think in this same way and all of this will end. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL!!
 

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 6:38 pm
It's disgusting people still act this way. It makes me so mad. We should be a nation of one. Noted with anger. Thanks Mary.

Already signed Troy Davis petition.

Thank you! You signed at 4:44 AM PDT, May 20, 2009
 

Steven Hoover (8)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 6:52 pm
I live in Ga. (and about to move out of state soon) and this comes as no surprise. Georgians have the collective intelligence of a rock.
 

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 7:10 pm
Growing up with a bigot father and a mother who absolutely saw no color I've seen this from both sides. I've never acknowledged color and to think that this is still happening today is unbelievable.

I signed everything for Troy. Thanks Mary.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 7:14 pm
.
............ LESSONS .................

You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a different shade
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught before it's too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught
You've got to be carefully taught

--Show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific
 

Amy S (62)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 7:20 pm
Dear Mary, this is UNBELIEVABLE!!! My heart is so sad that people are still acting this close minded! God created all cultures to be beautiful and unique...if we were all the same how boring would that be??? These people are only teaching their children hate and when those children leave their little nests they are going to be in for a rude awakening! The world is completely different from the one that they are living in, what is going to happen when they go off to college? I just don't get it.
 

stephanie v (85)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 8:47 pm
This is unbelievable! Yet, I too am not really surprised I haved lived in GA for 16 years and news like this makes me so ashamed! Thank you Mary.
 

Marena Chen (200)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 11:18 pm
I had no idea this sort of thing still happened in america until I saw a movie recently called "Just for one night" or "For one night only" (can't quite remember which title is correct) The film was based on a true story about the black/white prom issue. One black girl managed to convince the white students to have a combined prom. Eventually it worked, but only for that year. The following year there were separate proms again. It made me very sad. I've been in a mixed race marriage for 45 years now (we've been together for 51 years) and encountered many ugly incidents especially in the early years. We even had to leave australia in 1966 after my husband finished his studies because of their "White Australian Policy" So, I know about racial discrimination first hand. I feel sorry for people who can only see someones RACE.
 

Cheree M (46)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 12:44 am
Noted. This disgusts me to hear this ignorance is still going on today. What a shame. Thanks
 

mary f (201)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 12:52 am
this is just unbelievable in this day and age thanks for posting mary noted angrily
 

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 4:37 am
Yeah, that's weird! Having a prom for Blacks and one for Whites? Instant racism. What the helll has skin color to do with a prom graduation? Old ideas die hard. Just more of that old 'let's keep 'their' people away from 'ours' idea.
 

Felicita Luna (208)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 6:17 am
Thank you Mary for exposing the Hate!! Noted!!
 

Nancy M (199)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 9:59 am
Thanks you Mary for posting this. Thanks you Robert Marsh II for posting more links. I have signed every petition I can find by going through the links. Plan to forward.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 10:37 am
Racism in any form is abhorrent. Separate proms? However, unfortunately, this comes as no surprise to me. Just yesterday on a C2 poll, a woman declared that President Obama "looked like a monkey"! When I objected to this blatantly racist comment, I was RAINED on by this woman and her friends. As for Troy Davis receiving a fair trial in an area where racism is blatantly and publicly condoned... I doubt that will happen. I will be forwarding this story to everyone I know, and will be on the phone with my Congressman and Senators here in Michigan, and with the Representatives and Senators in Georgia. This story needs to be kept alive. I am so saddened and shocked by this!
 

Nancy M (199)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 11:12 am
Nice to see you back Julie W!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 11:23 am
Nice to BE back, Nancy. BTW, did you get my message on Plaxo?
 

Faith M (161)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 12:06 pm
Noted while muttering things I cannot print regarding backward ,small minded people.
 

. (0)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 3:36 pm
This is unbelievable! You can't go to the same prom with your friends? Shameful.
 

Sheila G (267)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 3:50 pm
ty Marena for sharing your own experience, I was forced to stop seeing a boyfriend of another race when I was 15, it broke both hearts, parents on both sides were against our relationship. I will never understand our Christian parents when I knew Biblical men married outside of their own race. who can explain this insanity?
Mary, I still have a hard time posting in your Now Public forum, I can only post my psuedonym, Attila. so I posted that question there, under Attila, and it took several minutes to post.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 4:10 pm
Just wondering if a white person there needed a blood transfusion and the only one available was a none white , would they take it ?
 

. (0)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 5:36 pm
The problem is from what I've read elsewhere about these "proms" that because they are organized outside of school by the parents they are considered to be "private" events, which I would imagine means that the school would not have any control over who is, and isn't, invited.

It's extremely sad that after all these years things like this are still happening. These parents are setting a very, very bad example for their children - because this is how prejudice passes from one generation to the next.

In my lifetime I've seen so many things change in such a positive way - and so much that still remains the same.
 

Ancil S (175)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 9:33 pm
Coming from the south,I can unfortunately relate to this.I graduated in 1980,in my high school here in Mississippi,and although I'm white,I had a many if not more black friends than white friends,and,I remember we had the same situation in the prom.In fact,our class reunions are also,sadly,segregated.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Friday May 29, 2009, 3:01 am
Obvious racism is displayed by having a small senior class of 54 students have separate proms. NY Times reports that this is basically the way things have gone at Montgomery High School since 1971.

Tonight, I posted the article to my Alarms for Justice account at NING. I have a blog there. Unlike every other blog I ever put there, this aritle said it was "waiting for approval." Whose approval?

TROY DAVIS is on death row and has exhausted all of his appeals. I think the overt racism that is evident in school children having separate proms is something to discuss. The obvious racism evidenced by the Jim Crow proms may bode bad news for Troy Davis. Davis was convicted by an all-white jury for the murder of a white police officer. He always maintained his innocence, but is denied a new trial that he and many others believe would prove his innocence.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS ABOUT MY PUBLISHING THE NEWS OF THE JIM CROW PROMS IN MY NING BLOG. WHY CAN'T WE DISCUSS THIS ISSUE OPENLY?

It is a serious thing to hold a man on death row for almost two decades and then execute him. There should be absolutely no censorship around this issue at all. If authorities are right, then let us discuss it freely. Don't censor my blog!

Mary
 

Kenneth L (314)
Friday May 29, 2009, 5:10 am
IThat picture could be identical to one from the 1960's except the clothes are different.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Friday May 29, 2009, 12:28 pm
It is unfair to raise children with separatist ideas. They have to live and work in a world where those practices are not honored. How will it affect them in the future when they go to college and begin their careers? The firms they eventually work for could get sued for racial discrimination if they never overcome the attitudes they are being taught.

Some of these students may become our police officers, elected officials or members of the judiciary. Some could even take a seat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Georgia and one day deny re-trial to another black man who has new evidence.
 

Haudeno Saunee (19)
Saturday May 30, 2009, 1:43 am
No offense to those of you surprised by the prevalence of racism in the good `ole U S of A, in this case, the South. But good gravy, you folks need to do some traveling `cause this is just an iota of the same subtle (and not so subtle) racism playing out all over this nation. This country is reverting back to an "antebellum mindset," even in areas far removed from Heehaw.

The racist maggots, like their heroes Flush Dumballs and Achtung O'Reilly, are practically "crawling out of the woodwork" sowing discord and getting great publicity for their efforts!
 

Haudeno Saunee (19)
Saturday May 30, 2009, 1:57 am
Mary Neal:

Glad you posted this article here, and I agree that this type of article needs to desperately be all over the internet and media instread of being kept on the backburner at NING.

BTW: I'm familiar with Shelby County (was stationed at the old NAATS up at Millington TN) and can attest how deep the racism is there
 

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday May 30, 2009, 6:24 pm
Thank you, Haudeno Saunee. You are a veteran or an active military person!
I am excited over that, because we need veterans to stand up against another unrighteous act - they intend to use our vets who have PTSD as profit for prison profiteers. Thousands will eventually be arrested for behavior stemming from mental illness if we don't stop them now. Sgt. Russel was wounded in the mind like many military people are physically wounded. Please help us to say NO to executing Sgt. Russel, and NO to imprisoning him. He needs long term mental hospitalization. Even if he has to stay in the hospital for life, it costs no more than prison and he will be an inpatient, not an inmate. Just put these words in your browser:

SAVE SGT. RUSSEL

Thanks in advance.

Shelby County Government is wrong for what happened to my brother, and the USDOJ is wrong for covering for a jailhouse murder of a handicapped citizen.

Blessings,

Mary
 

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday May 30, 2009, 6:28 pm
CORRECTION:

Montgomery County High School is in Mt. Vernon, Georgia and not Monroe, GA.

Someone wrote me at NP and called me stupid for not knowing that. Sorry about the mistake.

Mary
 

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday May 30, 2009, 6:30 pm
DID YOU KNOW THAT TROY DAVIS IS BEING CENSORED? HE LIVES UNDER A GAG ORDER AND IS NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT HIS PENDING EXECUTION OR ANYTHING ABOUT HIS CASE WITH REPORTERS, UNLIKE OTHER DEATH ROW INMATES.

IF YOU INTEND TO KILL A MAN WITHOUT HEARING HIS EVIDENCE, LET US HEAR IT!
 

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 12:32 pm
Oh, Mary...this is horrible. Yes, I know he is being censored, just today I received this via private email from the NAACP...I wanted to share with all:

Dear FreeSpirit,

A few hours ago, I met with Troy Davis on death row.

As you know, he is facing the death penalty in Georgia for killing a police officer -- but since his trial, seven out of nine witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony. And with no physical evidence to link him to the crime, it is likely he is innocent.

Besides the fact that Troy is facing execution for a crime that he may not have committed, he also told me that he is being denied the right to speak out on his own behalf despite the fact that others in his position are allowed to do so.

Please contact Commissioner Brian Owens of the Georgia Department of Corrections to demand that he remove the gag order on Troy Davis.

In my meeting with Troy, I discovered that 60 Minutes, Dateline, and the Associated Press have all been denied media access to Troy. When Georgia won't let the media talk to the accused man, it is a flagrant abuse of his First Amendment rights.

In fact, the case of Troy Davis highlights how broken our criminal justice system is... and why we must reform it. Today, more than 60% of the people in prison are people of color. African Americans make up more than 40% of those on death row. This summer, the NAACP will launch a campaign to reform our country's criminal justice system with the goal of making our communities safer, improving police performance, saving money, and keeping more of our young men and women out of prison. But Troy can't wait for this summer. We need your help now.

An innocent man may be executed. You and I must work together to reform our country's criminal justice system, and we must start by saving the life of one man. Please contact Commissioner Brian Owens of the Georgia Department of Corrections today and demand he give Troy the right to speak.

Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO
NAACP

There is also a toll free number for the NAACP for Commisioner Owens:
1-877-NAACP-98, you might try that.

Here's a sample of the letter to Commisioner Owens:

I am outraged that Troy Davis, a man who is likely innocent, is being denied the right to speak out on his own behalf, despite the fact that others in his position are allowed to do so.

I urge you to allow the media to contact Troy Davis and let him speak about the details of his case. It was recently discovered that Dateline, 60 Minutes, and the Associated Press have all been denied access to Troy Davis. When Georgia won’t let the media talk to an accused man, it is a flagrant abuse of his First Amendment rights.

An innocent man may be executed without ever having an opportunity to speak out publicly on his own behalf. This is unacceptable -- I urge you to let Troy Davis speak.

God bless you Mary and to all in the Universe, we are praying for all the Troys out there.

Peace,
FreeSpirit...
 

Mary Neal (183)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 3:29 pm
The Troy Davis story gets more disgusting all the time. Thanks for sharing the letter, FreeSpiritRunning. This whole thing seems absurd. Capital punishment seems absurd. The judiciary does not deserve to have life and death determination over people. For too many judges, justice is insignificant. The death penalty should be repealed everywhere.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:41 pm
Note: The link for this post goes to the NowPublic.com article as intended at:
http://my.nowpublic.com/world/jim-crow-crowned-prom-king-georgia-watch-out-troy-davis
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:43 pm
RTaci$m i$ the $eat of RepubliCON power ... take that away from them and they're dead ...

welll .... they're almo$t dead ... now that the whole world know$ that RepubliCON$ love to torture people and invade other countrie$ to fatten their wallet$ ...

more di$gu$ting human being$ can't be found ...

they al$o KILL people in their churche$ ...

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:44 pm
Think about it ... the crook$, thieve$ and liar$ told you that Congre$$ can't afford HEALTH CARE for ALL AMERICAN$ ... but they'll give $10 million per day to I$rael to $ub$idize illegal $ettlement$ ...

PBS-Healthcare Crisis: Who's At Risk?
http://www.pbs.org/healthcarecrisis/

 

. (0)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:58 pm
I'm afraid it isn't just Republicans who get us into military conflicts, Blue.

WWII: FDR - a Democrat

Korean War: Truman - a Democrat

Vietnam: Johnson - a Democrat.

Somalia - Clinton - a Democrat

Kosovo - Clinton - a Democrat

Operation Desert Fox against Iraq - Clinton - a Democrat

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 5:03 pm
Oh, Lind$ey ... don't try to di$tract u$ from the fact that RepubliCON$ $et up the$e war$ for profit ... and dumped them in the lap$ of the DumboCrap$ ...

just like this economic MELT DOWN was ORCHE$TATED by RepubliCON$ (if you bothered to read their PNAC Plan about the economic melt down) ...

 

. (0)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 5:06 pm
Not a distraction - merely an observation to provide some badly needed balance to the conversation. That Democrats get us into just as many conflicts as Republicans.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 5:08 pm
Lindsey ... review your hi$tory ... veyr carefully ... every $ingle RepubliCON admini$tration ha$ cut benefit$ for old people, women and children ... as soon as they got in ...

if you disagree ... show me otherwise ...
 

. (0)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 5:11 pm
And just where in my comment, Blue, was I discussing anything but military conflicts?

And, for some odd reason, you keep speaking as though I'm a Republican supporter. As I've said, dozens of times, I'm not. I don't like Republicans. I don't like Democrats.

I just don't like misleading statements being made - that Republicans are somehow the warmongers - and Democrats the doves. Because they're pretty much equal on that score.
 

. (0)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 5:12 pm
Oh, and I almost forgot. To add to the list:

Obama - Democrat (not only continuing the wars - but increasing our involvement in Afghanistan.)
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 5:15 pm
Lindsey, you can fool some of th epeople some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time ... we know WHO you are .. and WHO you $upport ... RON PAUL is a RepubliCON

Paul is a member of the Liberty Caucus of Republican congressmen which aims ....
 

. (0)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 5:20 pm
Ron Paul is a "convenience" Republican - he originally ran for President on the Libertarian ticket. Unfortunately, people who are formally members of the Libertarian Party don't tend to get elected terribly often.

Paul is a Libertarian. And, by the way (since you've been discussing the wars), a staunch opponent of any military involvement by the U.S. overseas.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday June 2, 2009, 5:21 am
I noted this some days ago but have only have time to come back and see the NYTimes narrated photo gallery now.

I had never imagined that public schools allowed separate proms to be held on the basis of their being organized privately. But, then, didn't many white families find a way of avoiding sending their kids to integrated schools in the South by sending them to private white-only schools?

I was touched by Morgan Freeman's attempt to end separate proms in his grandparents' home town ("When the actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for last year’s first-of-its-kind integrated prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi, the idea was quickly embraced by students — and rejected by a group of white parents, who held a competing “private” prom.")

I also noted in the NYTimes photos that you see white kids at the 'black folks' prom' and I then read in the article: "All students are welcome at the black prom, though generally few if any white students show up."

So you can tell where the racism is coming from.
The white mother & daughter interviewed by the Times point to tradition to justify this and say that everyone is 'fine' with the set-up. The only voice of reason comes from a white girl whose best friend is African-American and is saddened that after spending four years together, in the same classes, in the lunchroom, etc etc. they are obliged to celebrate graduation apart!


Someone up there commented that growing up in NY he/she had lived in a 'naturally' integrated area & everybody got along fine. I, too, grew up in NY -in the Bronx, in fact- and separation of the races was really flagrant -the neighborhood to the east of my elementary school was mixed but predominantly African-American, whereas the neighborhood to the west was all-white, essentially Italo-American. Just like what you see in Robert De Niro's first film, 'A Bronx Tale,' which I really related to. I had a black 'boyfriend' in 2nd grade who would cross the invisible 'color line' every afternoon to walk me home, carrying my books as tradition dictated at the time. I can't remember if we held hands... often or ever.

Wouldn't you know that 'well-meaning' neighbors tried to worry and alert my mom to... what? ...what they perceived as a danger? ...what they perceived as an outrage? What were they all worked up about? My mom dismissed their views, by saying we were just kids, which does suggest she might not have dismissed it had we been older. I'll never forget Larry Peebles, though, whom I really liked. Sometimes I wonder what he grew up to become or if he's still in NY...

In any event, in my experience of NY, white families were constantly 'running' from black ones; as blacks started settling in one neighorhood, white families fled! Many of the Italo-American folk left the Bronx's Arthur Ave. Little Italy because more and more black families began to move into the west-of-PS 59 neighborhood. And years later, when blacks began settling in the Sedgewick-Ave-Reservoir area which had been a little 'white oasis', residents received notices from their insurance companies telling them that they would no longer be able to insure themselves & their apartments against theft and fire!! If that didn't make people want to move out...and they did!!


Despite the appalling segregation of the prom scene in Montgomery County, though, there has been progress elsewhere in the state of Mississippi. Just recently, I posted this story, 'Mississippi Burning' Town, Site of 1964 Civil Rights Workers Murders, Elects 1st African-American Mayor!, which ends with a statement from the new Mayor's wife saying that her husband's victory was a further reminder that the old Mississippi is dying:

"Most of the people who were so mean and hateful are dead. They're gone. Whether they instilled something in their children we don't know and we don't care," she said. "Things have changed from being openly hateful. It's a new day. Let's move on. We're not going to forget it. But do I harbour it? No. We have to move on."

The archaic 'separate but equal' proms will hopefully bite the dust, too! These people won't be able to hold on to this outdated racist past forever.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Tuesday June 2, 2009, 8:54 am
What a rich community of people from different backgrounds your neighborhood and the bordering areas could have made together. Much has been forfieted over the years to foster racism, and the shame is that we will never know what we missed.
 

Sandy v (91)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 12:41 pm
To me this is a human problem not a democrat or republican. We are suppose to be humans first and love thy neighbors. Don't believe it said a thing about color, nationality or religion or even sexual preference, I have lived in 13 states and thought I'd seen it all. This kind of sh@t was going on in the early 60's at my high school. But WE, THE STUDENTS, elected a black prom king and white queen and thought we had beaten them. Wrong, they threatened to take his sports scholarship away. NONE of US had the problem. He had to drop out and only a few even went to the prom as he was our favorite. Yes, I am white. But lived in Seattle where hell was breaking lose and I wasn't raised with seperation of races, no matter where we lived. My parents wouldn't put me in a segregated school but would explain to us kids why it was a wrong school. OMG, we haven't gone beyond the 60's and we have a wonderful black President. This shouldn't be tolerated by anyone. We may have been kids but we did walk out, got kicked out, got in trouble and our parents stood behind us for doing the right thing. And the whites were the minority of this town after Natives, Blacks, Mexicans and then whites. Sad, huh, that a few bigots can run a town of color.
Mary, as far as Troy is concerned, I do belong to the ACLU and get their petitions on his behalf all the time so I am still signing and writing letters. At this point, I demand a new trial. To ask he be set free just won't work with these idiots but with God's help and a fair group of intelligent people, he may go free with another trial. As far as I can see, there isn't enough evidence for a jail penalty let alone a death penalty. This is soooo wrong in America. Maybe the south needs it's a@@ kicked again as they are sure slow to learn a thing. I promise, I will keep fighting until the last second.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 4:48 pm
Thank you, Sandy and everyone who responded and all who care about justice for Troy and others who suffer in this abusive and racist justice system.

I have a big problem - I am like the guy who slept too long in the kids' tale. I never even knew that racism still existed to the extent it does and that it is so prevalent. I never expected racists to act on their prejudice so overtly in the 21st century. People are not ashamed of feeling that it is OK to be separatists. They teach their children the same evil mess they learned at their fathers' knee.

I do not care if there are many prejudice people, black and white and other. Where I have been mistreated, I will not attribute it to whites against blacks, but evil against righteousness. I maintain that there is only one race among human beings - the human race.

White people are not against Troy Davis or against my family having justice about the murder of Larry Neal, my brother. But we have a system wherein a few people - rich and powerful and in high positions - just don't care enough about being fair and just. They are the bigots and the mercenary people who ruin lives and ignore the will of the people. Most folks see right away that Troy Davis is being treated unfairly when denied a new trial. Not only that, but the fallen officer's family is also being mistreated because they need to KNOW if the right person suffers for this crime. No one will know if Troy is killed without a new trial. But the people who make decisions in our justice system seem not to care as much about truth and justice as they should. Not at all.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 9:48 pm
that showtune has never lost it's truth, hatred is taught, and tell me how this is acceptable in the eye of God? how many hiding under the hood pray to their God on Sunday morning for forgiveness for their sins against their own God's people, then leave that service to commit another act of violence against an innocent person?

Mom and Dad, how are you raising your children?

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Mary Neal (183)
Monday January 18, 2010, 10:13 pm
Thanks, Shaun. Unfortunately, you are correct. Many racists and elitists feel it is their God-given right to lord over others who look different or have less wealth. Not all who suffer wrongly in the justice system like Troy Davis are black. Consider Thomas Arthur, a white man on Alabama's death row. Arthur passed his DNA test in July 2009, but the judge put his test results under court seal to keep his innocence secret and plans to execute Arthur continue. We have a problem with both racism and classism in the USA. Unless you are white, mentally sound, AND rich, you are considered "immaterial," like the federal judge said my family was in February 2009 in the Neals vs. The Cochran Firm case.

Do people feel like they are being "good Christians" when they practice racism, sexism, or classism? The Bible says they do. In fact, many of them will be surprised when Jesus tells them to go to hell. He will say to them, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46
 

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Tuesday January 19, 2010, 1:55 am
Although there is unequestionably a problem with equal treatment in the justice system in some cases, people who are not "white, mentally sound, AND rich" are not considered 'immaterial'.

If they were, Raymond Canales would never have been convicted of killing an unidentified homeless man in Tarrant County, Texas. Or Donald (Peewee) Gaskins (a white man) would never have been executed for killing a black man in Columbia, South Carolina. Or Walter Anthony Dille Jr. (who is white) would never have been convicted of killing a black woman in Atlantic City. And Steve Carl Evans (again a white man) would never have been convicted of killing a mentally-disturbed, drug-using woman who was poor and lived on the fringes of society. And so many more cases.

No class of human being is automatically considered 'immaterial' by our judicial system. We need to fix what's wrong with our system - but we also don't need to unfairly blame it with untrue generalities when no such blame is due.
 
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