Greencastle officials face the race issue

Thursday, February 14, 2008

After hearing reports of racial harassment among students, the Greencastle School Board has agreed to pursue a human relations committee as a possible way to handle what many parents says is an ongoing problem in the school system.

"I am frustrated with racial slurs that have been made toward my child in the middle school," Charlene Shrewsbury told board members Mark Kannowski, Barry Fisher, Mike Dean, Barbara Bryan and Jack Berry at their regular monthly meeting Wednesday.

Three racists comments made on three different occasions by three different students were recounted by Shrewsbury. But on the third occasion, she said, which occurred in January on a school bus during a field trip, her child got into a physical altercation because of the things said to him.

She agreed that her child needed to be punished because it is wrong to fight, but the child who provoked her son was not punished.

"The child who made the racist remark did not get the same punishment, and that is frustrating." Shrewsbury said.

She also noted that while her son had to serve in-school suspension, he was not given lunch on the first day. And while her son was not allowed to attend wrestling practice, he watched as the child who had uttered the slur went to wrestling practice and was allowed to participate.

Other parents also shared incidents that had happened to their children at school.

Beth Newton Watson said her middle school daughter has also recently walked away from racist remarks.

Mary Brown said her children have experienced it as well.

"I think we need to try to find out what is going on and why we are tolerating it," Brown said.

Rajai Bimbo, president of the Greencastle Branch of NAACP, said he feels the school board should have a zero tolerance policy on racial harassment.

Kelsey Kauffman urged the board to make it clear that using a racial slur equates to physical violence.

Anthony Brown explained to the board that a minority student will feel the pain of a racial slur differently that white people.

"You've got to realize that by calling me that, you've cut me to the core," Brown said. The pain can be felt for real, the same as if it is an actual slap to the face. "So for a child, the physical response is natural."

Supt. Bob Green told the 40-plus members of the audience he agreed with their stands on the issue. He said since he came to Greencastle in 2002, he has tried to promoted reading groups and diversity training for the staff.

"I think any of the principals can tell you how upset I've been when these issues have come to my attention," he said. "There is no tolerance for this in the Greencastle schools. That is the bottom line."

He asked for community participation to help find a solution. One suggestion has been a human relations committee, which Wayne Township Schools at Indianapolis has implemented.

Ann Newton asked Green if there are consequences for students who racial harass others.

"There are consequences and we try to make sure they are evenhanded," Green said. "One of the charges I've given the principals is before we hand down any discipline is let's make sure it is handed down fairly."

But Newton said the children who are victimized may not feel they have an advocate who will help them through the situation.

Green agreed that children need to be told how to respond to such incidents.

As for the zero tolerance policy mentioned by Bimbo, parent Brett O'Bannon said he thinks many people are looking for decision action on this issue, and that the school board is taking the issue seriously.

"If you have a zero tolerance policy for drugs and weapons, you're sending signals that those things matter to you," O'Bannon said. "You're being asked to do the same thing about this question, and your choice will indicate how seriously you're taking this matter."

Many others also asked the board to be pro-active, suggested parent workshops, to give students models of diversity by hiring minority staff and administrators, and to have ongoing training to recognize subtle racism.

Lucy Wieland, an educator and advocate for disabled children, said she would also like to see a human relations committee address the slurs against the disabled students, those of different sexual orientation, and gender discrimination.

A testimony from the front lines at the high school came from senior Tyler Wade, who told the board that he knows that racist things happen every day at school.

"I know the people who come forward are made to be the bad guy by both the students and the adults," Wade said.

Many students will not come forward, he said, because they feel nothing will be done about it.

Board members commended Shrewsbury for coming forward with the issue, and said they were concerned that more parents do not bring such issues to them.

Shrewsbury said she did not report the first incident, and only learned of the second incident against her child, in which a boy pulled up a white hoodie and claimed to be in the Ku Klux Klan white supremacy group, when she found out that her child had punched another child for using a racist slur against him on the bus.

Getting parents to report such incidents can be made harder by the fact that their own children may not report it to them when it happens.

The board agreed to revisit this issue at its March meeting, set for Wednesday, March 12, giving Supt. Green time to look into establishing a human relations committee and how it operates.

"I think dialog is the best solution to any problem," board president Dean said, "and I agree there is a problem. We need to put our heads together and come to a conclusion on what to do. I think we need to act upon this."

The school board regularly meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Education Center, 522 Anderson St. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • As Greencastle and Putnam grow and the influx of people of color / race come into our community, change in racial climate must be addressed by everyone to include changes in attitude towards this by the local community and School System. Being predominately White and rural, it is unusual to see and understand these changes, but never the less, people are moving into the county for whatever reasons. Change is inevitable. Hostility towards people of color / race is nothing new and happens all the time, especially in the school environment. Is it fair the student who spoke the slur or action was not punished, you bet, however, this also points out that, as brought up in the article, the school system and the board does NOT take these verbal assaults as legitimate and ergo Students whom are verbally assaulted or whatever feel they have NO recourse. And inaction by the school system against the offender just proves that they are not a serious enough offense to punish or correct (these offenses). As the article states, verbal assaults are just that, assaults. Now throw in the racial aspect to it, and you essentially De-humanize the person on the receiving end of it. Something no one of any race would be tolerant of under any circumstances, nor should have to put up with. In my years in the military, diversity training is part of our core training. Respect for each other, I don't see the Soldier sitting next me as anything other than my brother or sister, another Human with issues and problems just like me, skin color dose not make you pull the trigger or save a life any better than any one else. I am over the "Race Thing", a long time ago. This type of training or "Enlightenment" into cultural diversity needs to be placed into our school system, and not just glossing over it to "check the block" or the students that do leave here (who have lived a homonigenized life) and move into areas or jobs that are more diverse, will be at a serious disadvantage in dealing with their surroundings and personal actions.

    I don't think it would be a real wise idea for that student to pull his hoodie mimicking a Klansman on a Chicago train or on the streets of Los Angeles or in the work place or university classroom, so why is it allowed here?

    It is obvious the message of Dr. King has fallen on deaf ears for some and they are the lesser for it. So who failed? These are the actions of the individual, who chose the path, who spoke the word, who performed the action, it is inexcusable that the school system condones this behavior or, as it is perceived, allows this within its walls of it "Education System". "There are consequences and we try to make sure they are evenhanded," Green said". Really? Indeed not. Wake up to the fact that diversity is upon you and with it comes the issues of it, address it, or you will be painfully aware of something new to you, ACLU Lawyers. An un-fortunate product of diversity. Not for what they are, but for what they still have to do.

    -- Posted by Afghan Contractor on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 2:00 AM
  • Will the zero tolerance include and protect fat people, gay people, bean pole body shapes? I agree with almost everything said up until someone said talking was equal to physical violence. Greencastle is not racist. DePauw is not racist. It looks like an issue is being made when none really exist. If GHS was a racist school then there have been some huge mistakes with black cheerleaders, homecoming queens and princessess, sport captains and stars, administrators and if my atlas is correct the school street is named for a black. And I believe the Miles family has received several honors and elected offices. Lets not let a few isolated remarks make GHS or Greencastle something it is not.

    -- Posted by NeverChanges on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 6:27 AM
  • Let's be careful here. There are always two sides to every situation. The committee might be a good answer to this problem because it could look at these incidents from both sides. I do not condone racial slurs, but I also know that they come from both sides. As one person noted, the problem can expand into all areas like "fat" or "stupid", etc. Where will it end?

    -- Posted by not gullible on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 8:42 AM
  • While I understand that the issue at hand is racial harassment, I believe the lesson that needs to be taught is that thoughtless comments hurt and lasts far more than a physical altercation. When I was in middle and high school I had students calling me "bubble girl" because of my weight. When I confronted one of the students some how they could not fathom how that little "innocent" nick name hurt me so much. While there are other contributions to my weight, these comments have stayed with me for years and they helped crush my self-esteem.

    I am now teaching English in a country in which it is hard for any one over a size 4 to find clothes in a normal department store. While this might be a bit exaggerated it isn't too far off the mark. When I gave my students an assignment to describe their best friends, the majority told me their best friend was fat or ugly. They were supposed to be describing their BEST FRIENDS and this is how they were describing them. When I shared my disappointment, many chuckled. I then shared my story with them and told them that when they tell me that I'm cute or beautiful, it's hard for me to believe them. I don't believe because too many people have told me that I'm fat, ugly, and worthless.

    The media has tainted our minds to believe what a person "should" look like (race, color, shape, etc). As a result, anyone who doesn't fit into this perfect mold is an outcast. Some will go through dangerous means just to ensure they continue to fit into the perfect mold of a person. I've seen athletes lose a great deal of weight over the one summer and others faint because they were over working their frail, starving bodies.

    So while remarks of "stupid", "fat", etc may not be racial in nature and maybe pushing things a little too far, they are still harassment and they do more damage than anyone can imagine. How do you think gun shootings in schools started?

    I'm not saying that the education system needs to expand to every thing that could be viewed as harassment. All I'm saying is that we need to think before we make any kind of comment, because once we say them, we cannot take them back. Our tongues are a powerful and very sharp weapon. We need to teach our children that people are people and each person is special and worthy of love and kindness. It doesn't matter what the color of their skin is, what ethnicity they are, what religion they are, what shape they are, etc. People are people and people deserve respect.

    -- Posted by noelle_ah on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 9:50 AM
  • Before you pass racial judgement know all the facts. The child on the bus was not provoked and the other child did get detention.

    -- Posted by GCSC Resident on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 11:04 AM
  • Detention? Do you really think that detention was enough to make the child that said the last comment understand that what was said was extremely hurtful? The minority child was given in school suspension and missed any after school activities and had very negative comments made to him about the color of his skin and that is something he cannot change. Did any of you responding to the article attend the School Board Meeting? I did. If you did some of you might have second thoughts about some of your statements!

    -- Posted by triedandtrue on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 12:35 PM
  • this is news? kids get picked on all the time. And is that news? Do fat kids get news stories after getting picked on and then causing a fight?

    -- Posted by GRNT on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 5:00 PM
  • Look lets face the music here. The problem here is the parents. Parents need to be held accountable for these types of hate crimes. As far as I am concerned this is a little too late to call for a committee. This will only take alot more time to address the issue. What about the child that was called out on the school bus for being a minority? What kind of message did that send to him when he was placed in detention and the other kid recieved lesser punishment if any at all. And the fact that he was denied school lunch the first day. This is a huge problem. What about NO child left behind? Is it not the responsibility for all school systems to give the opportunity for an equal education and even meal. I live in a small town with a low number of minorities. My wife graduated from the local high school with 70 children in her class. When she was a freshman a junior boy verbally assaulted 1 of the 2 black kids in the school with racist comments and claims to kill his family and burn a cross in their yard. The student was immediately suspended for 5 days then expelled 3 days after that indefinately. A little extreme? Who is to say other than the child that had to face these assaults. It just bothers me that a person can serve in our military to fight for OUR freedom and democracy, work with us, live next door, and be friendly to, but we let the children do this. Children are so vulnerable to their surroundings and people need to realize this. If a child is always hearing racial slurs at home or any where for that matter, they will believe it is acceptable to repeat them. They know they are told that those are bad words, but mommy and daddy say it so why can't I? We need to educate not only the children, but the families that house these children that act in this way. I have alot of friends of races, nationalities, and genders and we all get along with no racism issues. As a matter of fact we talk to each other about the simple minded people in society and what we should do to correct the problem. I look at racism, sexual crimes, and any offense against a child as a crime against humanity and think that people need to be held accountable for this. But we do have rights in America, and one of them is the right to free speech. Well that is great, but we need to draw the line, we cannot let someone degrade an entire race, religion, gender, or handicapped person and let them go unpunished. Let's all grow as a communtity, county, state, country, and world to do every possible thing we can do to correct this situation. Just my 2 cents.

    -- Posted by cantstandidiots on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 3:22 AM
  • A racial slur is wrong, picking at the overweight, the not so pretty, the lower income is wrong. Jesse Jackson talked of a Rainbow Coalition, Dr. King had a dream and yet people don't want to act or accept people are people. Being born black, white, red, or yellow does not make you who you are, you make choices in your actions and how you handle others actions. My son has been on the receiving end of racial slurs and has walked away. Did it bother him? Yes, but he didn't drop the the level of the namecaller. FYI my son is white and he received the slurs and namecalling on the basketball court.

    -- Posted by Trying hard on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 6:54 AM
  • This is a problem that will not be resolved quickly (maybe not at all). The school administrators are in a difficult position. If they start limiting free speech, they open themselves up to lawsuits. I know that there are some people that make these kinds of comments, but they are a minority. As much as some people want this harrassment to stop, it will not happen as long as we live in this world infected by sin. Be thankful we have not had someone going into our schools and shooting people. Greencastle isn't perfect, but I'm glad our kids don't go to school in Columbine or other places that have been in the news lately.

    -- Posted by not gullible on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 8:35 AM
  • oh brother!

    -- Posted by gottokno on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 5:56 PM
  • Raceism and predjudism is in every community to a certain extent. However, that does not make it right. This is not just a white on black or black on white issue. All our children need to be protected and educated on diversity and cultural differences. No child should ever have to go to school or any where else for that matter and have to wonder what will happen to them, either physically or verbally. This is the perfect opportunity for the community of Greencastle to band together and make this a place where children grow up in an environment that not only protects them from harm but also boost their self confidence and worth. We have resources in this community that are unique in that we can pull from Depauw individuals to help educate about diverse cultures. But the most effective resource for our children is open communication concerning this subject with their parents. After all, education should begin at home.

    -- Posted by angelshrews on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 1:59 PM
  • WOW, this whole story and 90% of the comments after are funny.

    First of all, lets move the situation to an inner city school where they are predominantly black and the slurs and the fighting are reversed. This story wouldn't even make it to the principals office and why, because there is no NAAWP.

    Second, it's a joke to think that both children deserve the same punishment. Lets move this situation ahead a few years and both these boys are over the age of 18 and instead of on a school bus, it happens on the street corner. Guess who is going to jail and who isn't. Verbal and physical violence are not the same thing...PERIOD.

    Third, "ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST DRUGS AND WEAPONS" I'm behind it 100%, but I've never seen or heard of a child dropping dead because he was called a matter what that name was or how racial that name is. "ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST DRUGS, WEAPONS & NAME CALLING" just doesn't sound as stern, so I've heard.

    -- Posted by tracksideguy on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 4:55 PM
  • I know a friend who is friends of the family who's child this happened too. I am told he is a wonderful child and pleasant to be around. The family has a duty to stand up for their child like any family. They would be wrong not to!

    I am not a minority and I will never understand what it is like to be one. Kids are always going to tease and bully others. It has been going on for years and will continue long after I am gone. However, when someone is teased about being fat, having acne, being too skinny, a big nose etc. These things can be changed. But when a child is teased about being crippled, mentally handicapped or the color of their skin etc. that is something different. There are certain things that cannot be changed. This child will forever be african-american.

    This community and school system need to understand that there are racists in this community. And those few give the whole community a bad name. I feel the school system needs to become more stern with their punishment when it comes to this type of issue.

    And for the person that said the child was not provoked you need to think again! Saying something this degrading,joke or no joke is wrong. We do not need to be dealing with these types of issues in this day and age.

    As for the person that says this is an isolated incident you are wrong this has been going on for a while. The students and parents are just not reporting it because some feel nothing will be done.

    As for the two teachers in the high school my child heard saying, during class time that racism does not exist and that the child should just deal with it. I hope Dr. Green gets you some diversity training asap.

    I am sure this is hard for the parents of the children that made these comments. Especially if they have not raised their children this way. But I think all need to stop and think how the African-American child and family feel. Even though the comments were most likely made out ignorance they were still hurtful. This family also has to deal with being in the public eye, which I am sure they knew would happened or they would not have had the courage to speak out. I applaud this family for having the courage that others have not. Racism has gone on for many years and it is time it STOPPED!!!

    -- Posted by triedandtrue on Mon, Feb 18, 2008, at 1:30 PM
  • As I was reading through the other comments I think people are forgetting that this was not just one incident with one child. There were three different incidents involving three different children at three different times.

    -- Posted by triedandtrue on Mon, Feb 18, 2008, at 1:36 PM
  • No teacher in his or her right mind would claim that racism does not exist at school. Here is a newsflash -- kids misunderstand and misquote teachers ALL THE TIME. Do parents usually call the teacher to ask what has or hasn't happened in class? NO! Most of the time a simple misunderstanding is taken directly to the principal, superintendent, or even board members. Educators take daily beatings in the media -- this forum included. Right now, I feel like most people in the community think we all just stand around ignoring drug deals and racist comments all day long. That's simply not the case. Most of us truly love our jobs and do the best we can everyday. I wish more people understood that.

    -- Posted by outragededucator on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 3:09 PM
  • I do not consider myself to be prejudiced, but I never know what is now politically correct. We use to call black people, colored folks, or people of color, now I don't know if that is considered a slur or not? There are obviously differences in our skin color, not just black and white, but tan, red, yellow, etc. they are bound to be acknowledged either verbally or mentally. I am not offended when someone calls me I am! I do not think that children ALWAYs intend to be insulting, I think it is hard to keep up with the new rules. As a toddler, my daughter would say "ohhh chockate baby!..keeewt!" She thought the chocolate baby at the store was cute. How can that be offensive? Chocolate skin is beautiful! If we have to call them African Americans, why not call us Scottish American, German American, Italian American, Mex-Americans, etc. What a mouthful! So we have different skin tones, so what! Most of us white people spend all summer trying to get as dark as we can! lol! I know this is all confusing, and not professional sounding at all, but the whole race issue is confusing to me. Colored people call each other the N word and that's okay. I saw a cop (color?)on tv caught tazering a white woman until she had irreperable nerve damage and she was passed out in a car! If that had been a colored woman, it would have made national headlines like Rodney King! Why is that? Is it because of reverse racism or is it because the black community stands up for each other and would not let them get away with it no matter what color the cop was!? I don't know. It's all another worry during hard times. Can't we all just get along?

    -- Posted by Another Michelle on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 2:07 PM
  • well i see it strange that black people can call each other the n word but when anyone of another race or color says anything about them it is automatically racist!! that seems unclear to me how it is. so i think that if a colored person is saying it to another colored person at school they should be punished the same as everyone else, there are no special priviledges.

    -- Posted by lillucky2_09 on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 7:13 PM
  • I don't think you have thoroughly thought this through.

    Racism-a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. (Merriam-Webster)

    You could call the act of a black person using an accepted racial slur when conversing with a person of his same race racist, but you would be mistaken. A black person casually referring to an acquaintance as a "**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************.

    When a white person uses the word *******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************.

    As for those trying to play the Devil's Advocate--

    Whites have lost the right to defend themselves against racial prejudice at the hands of their own folly. The white race is the most morally inept. They have taken it into their own hands to distribute human rights in the past, and there is no reason to think they have not lost this predisposition. If blacks seem resistant towards white culture, well, I don't think it is necessary for me to vindicate something like that. It is their responsibility to be weary of the white race in order to ensure they are not oppressed in the way they were before. They are of course still facing oppression and many whites in this country are enabling this. Reactionary(and I am using this word's actual definition, not a self-avowed one--sonicfilter)idealism is a submission. This country's values, luckily, are not set in stone. We allowed slaves in the beginning, we can't allow that kind of ideology to survive, or many people will not. Get rid of this evil by humbling yourself, not by stubbornly perpetuating an ancient racist tradition.

    -- Posted by Нарисов& on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 10:07 PM
  • The more things change the more they stay the same. I thought we had overcome the race issue. I guess this goes to show what a redneck county this still is. The men, women and children who walked, and some who died, for their civil rights in the 1960s were, apparently just wasting their time. I am ashamed that behavior like this still happens. But it is true, "Children live what they learn". What did their parents teach them at home?

    -- Posted by cloverlady on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 6:08 PM
  • Please, no one take this as insulting! I do not intend to be, but since the slavery issue was brought up, I feel like I need to point out that throughout history many MANY cultures have taken slaves of all colors! Including tribes in Africa, Vikings, Romans, Native Americans, etc. In fact if researched, most white people probably have ancestors who were slaves! We do not live like that any more. We should try to move forward, not rehash the past continually. Why should all white people in the US hang their heads in shame because of something that happened before we were even born? What colored people went though was horrible and it was a terrible time in our history!It WAS shameful, but I didn't do it. I would never belittle the pain and humiliation that many slaves suffered, but, please, look around, look how much things have changed! It's Much different than even 50 years ago! Changing the way an entire culture thinks takes time. We are getting there. Yes, there are still people around who...aren't moving with the times? (trying not to offend anyone) I mean, down south in many smaller places, people from the north are still called Yankees. lol. In time that will all fade away. It's a hard world out there and the USA needs for it's people to be strong together, not seperated by something so trivial as color. "^_^" If I did offend anyone, I am so sorry and I think I will not be writing again because I don't want to take that chance.

    -- Posted by Another Michelle on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 10:59 PM
  • It's all a scam!

    -- Posted by tracksideguy on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 6:51 AM
  • Man creates his own essence based on his existence, and it is therefor every person's individual responsibility as a member of humanity to develop his own beliefs and truth without being subject to the ways of the rest of mankind. It is also his responsibility not to impose himself on others, because true existence only comes from "self" and true essence should comply with the same Natural Law. A person cannot inherit an essence. Every man begins as nothing. He throws himself into existence. He then creates his essence based on his own personal values. There is no common morality. Morality only exists from "self". There is no wrong man can commit from himself if he stays true to natural law. Man designs his essence based on his existence, which is governed by Nothingness, which is axiomatic of existence through "self".

    The race "problem"? I don't see how race has anything to do with the problem. No, the problem runs far deeper. It lies in the eldest roots of humanity, in the ideas of the first man to walk the Earth. It is why we have weapons, war, genocide, religion, and all other products of "Human Nature". It is the human condition, the idea that truth can be designed. It can't. Truth has been here longer than time, matter, gravity, essence, or existence. Truth was here before humanity, it was here before white people, it was here before black, it was here before all people. It was here before everything. Every being was created with the freedom to create its own essence. The only thing we can do to solve any problem is stop taking it into our own hands to fix. That is the job of Natural Law, and Common Law is the cause of every problem that man has ever posed since the first problem; the Will to Unlawful Power and the creating of laws is unlawful. It is unnatural and derogated from nature. Our only universal morals are ones of truth and I am not confident enough in the men I see walking this Earth today to believe that they are capable of governing humanity. We have no idea of the evil our actions create. We need to take responsibility.

    -- Posted by Нарисов& on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 4:48 PM
  • I love the fact that I can use that intro on anything. Ha. Universality's the only way.

    -- Posted by Нарисов& on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 4:49 PM
  • I think you all need to get a grip. Being the grandmother of a mixed child, I have encountered racial slurs. Let me tell you it enrages me when people even look at him wrong. He is also autistic, so he is often teased. He doesn't understand and neither do I. I am one of 12 children, I was not taught to be mean and would have probably been punished for name calling. I also raised my children to not call names or degrade other children. There are a couple of you that are probably the bullies who picked on others in school to make yourself feel manly and you haven't outgrown it yet. As for your committee, I live in Wayne township and I don't see that it works. So quit analyzing everything and teach your children how to act.

    -- Posted by nnpine on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 8:33 PM
  • Ah oh.

    A subjective rant indeed.

    See, that is not a solution to anything. It is very, very far from it. "The Race Problem" is a product of views like those. Now, I am sorry that you and your family have been so wrongly imposed on by this problem, but you must understand, by being irrational and demanding others to share your views, you are also ignoring the truth in your own cause.

    The issue you condemn is racism. A form of power being acknowledged and imposed by one man over another. As I have explained, that is a contradiction of truth; you are only relocating the problem. The only answer is to end aggression and oppression and objection, we need a new direction, to end this senseless, bleak succession.(Ginsberg, R.I.P. my Friend)Oh Sorry. I'll save that for my literary trolling.

    So, ma'am, do not take this as me instituting my will, I am only offering a realization of natural law. It is up to us to make out own individual beliefs, not everyone else's.

    -- Posted by Нарисов& on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 11:41 PM
  • I would just like to say that I am sad for some of the people in this community. You are so far removed from a great deal of the country that it is frightening. I live in Baltimore MD so believe me when I say that such situations do not stay behind the confines of the towns forever. I did live in Greencastle once, though with some of these comments I am ashamed to say that.

    Saying such things as "sticks and stones" when dealing with this situation does not fly. We like to equate this with the real world but the problem is that in the real world calling a person such a name is unaccepted. And in the world that I live in, most social circle would not even think of accepting you with that mentality.

    We do not use the words "coloreds" or "the blacks" when referring to African Americans anymore. And if times are changing too much for you to keep up on these changes, then reading a newspaper other than the "Banner Graphic" must be way too much as well. Greencastle has some skeletons in its closet and as much as you would like to remain blind to it, racism is not dead in this town.

    -- Posted by s-hanatwp on Sat, Mar 15, 2008, at 8:55 AM
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