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NY Court OKs $1M School Racial
Harassment Award to Student
NEW YORK One of the biggest awards ever issued for racial harass-
ment in high school $1 million was upheld this week by a feder-
al appeals panel that said it was fair for a jury to conclude a school dis-
trict should have done more to stop demeaning, threatening and violent
conduct directed at a student.
The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals left in place
the award for Anthony Zeno, a former student at Stissing Mountain
High School in Dutchess County. The appeals court's opinion noted
that Zeno is "dark-skinned and biracial, half-white, half-Latino." It said
he "had been menaced, threatened and taunted" at a school where
minorities represented less than 5 percent of the population.
It said the Pine Plains Central School District, the defendant in a law-
suit brought by Zeno, knew Zeno was called numerous racial slurs dur-
ing his 3 1/2 years at the high school from 2005 to 2008. His harass-
ment included a football teammate punching him, a student being
restrained as he was about to throw a chair at him and his discovery of
bathroom wall graffiti saying. "Zeno will die," the 2nd Circuit said.
Other students filled his locker %with garbage and taunted him with ref-
erences to lynching, including displaying a noose and threatening to
take a rope to the nearest tree. the court said.
The school district suspended some harassing students, typically for
five days, and mo'ed one student to another school. Twice, Zeno
obtained orders of protection.

Black Male Student-Athlete
Graduation Rate Lags Behind
Black male student-athletes are graduating at a rate that substantially
lags behind the average overall undergraduate rate of athletes, accord-
ing to a four-year study of athletes and racial inequities in college sports
by the Uniersity of Pennsylvania.
The study showed that, on average, 50.2 percent of Black male stu-
dent-athletes graduated within six years. The overall rate, regardless of
race, is 72.8 percent.
The monitored schools are from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12,
Pac 12, and SEC. These conferences regularly produce the winners of
the NCAA's Division I football and basketball championships and rake
in millions annually in revenue from their athletic programs. Black men
were 2.8 percent of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students,
but 57.1 percent of football teams and 64.3 percent of basketball teams
during the period of the study (2007-2010).
Notre Dame, ranked No.1 in the nation in football, can also boast of
being No.2 in terms of the graduation rate (81 percent) of its Black male
student-athletes, according to the Penn report. Alabama, ranked No. 2
in football and Notre Dame's title game opponent, graduated 56 percent
of its Black male student-athletes. Iowa State had the lowest graduation
rate of Black male student-athletes at 30 percent.

Zimmerman Defense Releases
New Photo of Bloodied Face
Georue Zimmerman's defense team has released
a photo of the former neighborhood watchman that
shows him with a bloodied face and swollen nose,
CNN reports. According to Zimmerman's attor-
neys, the picture \n as taken the night of the 28-year-
old's fatal confrontation with Trayvon Martin.
The photo, ho" ever, isn't a new one. It is, in fact,
a much clearer and higher quality version of a
grainy, black and white image that was included in
a batch of previously unseen photos released by the Florida State
Attorney's Office in May.
According to Zimmerman's defense site, the team
gained access to this high-resolution digital file on Oct. 29. The defense
goes on to say that they plan to make all other public documents relat-
ed to the case available on the website.
The release of the photo comes less than a week after Zimmerman
announced new efforts to amp up his fundraising by sending personal-
ly signed "thank you" cards to donors. The move drew criticism from
some media outlets accusing Zimmerman of essentially selling his sig-

FL Firefighter Fired for Bringing
Obama Toilet Paper to Work
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue Department officials took a dim view of
one veteran firefighter's idea of a joke: stocking the fire house's bath-
room with toilet paper emblazoned with the president'-, face.
--- Clint Pierce, a 20-year veteran of the Florida depart-
ment, had until ridlja to turn in his badge after being
notified of :rmriniiatin due to iir'.ul'iliiiiinn, WSVN
S |reports'
u Pierce has a re-nid of puhinilg his politics in the
.. workplace, ait(rrding. to lich Sun Scniinel He was
ordered to "refrain fri'm any fithliri pniting ofplitical messages
onanycily properly," after ptini..g iii iiti-Obamabumper sticker onhis
locker in 2011 and using a coffee tn 4g prlimyil_ Obama as a clown in
February. This latest incident piisiipikJ an int e.ligation by the depart-
ment in October.
Pompano Beach is a di:, near I-or Lauderdale in Broward County,
which Obitma lihndily won on EIc tion- Day

Volume 26 No. 7 Jacksonville, Florida December 6 12, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff" Might Push Urban America Over the Edge
By Freddie Allen think tanks. the impact of such a decision -or Center for Budget and Policy

If Republicans and Democrats
don't reach a 12th hour deal to
avoid the "fiscal cliff," many lower-
and middle-income families will
feel deep pain, according to analy-
sis by economists and respected

The Budget Control Act, set to
expire at the end of the year, will
usher in draconian social spending
and defense cuts along with tax
hikes on all Americans if lawmak-
ers can't get a deal done. Much of

Statewide Vigils Remember the

Candles spell out justice at a vigil for Jordan Davis by Tallahass

Eastside Residents Fear of Snitching

Keeping Neighbors off of Crime Watch

non-decision will come later in
the year, some changes will be
"The most immediate one is the
payroll tax," said Chuck Marr,
director of federal tax policy at the

Priorities, a fiscal policy and public
program research group. "That's
going to come right out of your
paycheck, your first is one going to
Continued on page 9

Life of Slain Wolfson Student
Tallahassee, FL On Dec. 1, just
after sunset, Black student organiza-
tions from FSU and FAMU, held a
candlelight vigil for Jordan Davis.
Davis, the 17-year-old teen violently
gunned down the backseat of a friend's
car by a middle-aged white male
bigot, supposedly over the volume of
the car's music.
Although the vigil did not directly
address the Stand Your Ground law
the defense is likely to rely on, it did
address the system which demonizes
black males as a threat to the white-
supremacist system. Reminiscent of
vigils for the hate-crime homicide of
Trayvon Martin, the mostly Black, 50-
student vigil heard speeches condemn-
ing the deep-seeded and perpetual
association of Black being an inherent
threat an association solely support-
ed by a crutch of bigotry.
Kristen Bonner, president of Dream
Defenders at FSU spoke to the crowd,
saying "I'm tired. Tired of Black skin
being associated with adjectives such
as threatening, suspicious and danger-
ous. I'm tired of only knowing that
these Black youth have existed
see are college students. because they are dead."

Pastor Joel Osteen with U.S. Army ILT Michael Halyard
Joel Osteen Inspires a Sold Out Crowd Celebrity Pastor
Joel Osteen was in town last weekend for a book signing and to present a
"A Night of Hope" at the Jacksonville Arena. Also a best selling author,
Osteen is the pastor of America's largest church and one of the most
diverse the 45,000 strong Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

Shown above are Earlne Rowe, William Hudson, Antonio Nichols -
big, Vontresa J. Allen and Doug Vanderlaan at the meeting.

by L. Jones
In Duval County, a
Neighborhood Watch program is
listed as "a program of neighbors
watching out for other neighbors
during times when criminal activity
would most likely occur, and
reporting suspicious activity to
police." You see, a police officer
patrolling your neighborhood may
not recognize a stranger in your
yard but your neighbors would.
Motivated by the programs
potential and staggering crime sta-
tistics, Operation New Hope hous-
ing counselor Earline Rowe was
encouraged to hold a "Join the
Neighborhood Watch" meeting for
citizens in the area Duval residents
referred to as "out-east." An area
where crime, drugs and individuals
live who are afraid to be seen with
other activist, leaders or cops for
fear of retaliation.
The meeting was held in the

Wells Fargo Community room on
Main Street but only attracted five
concerned citizens willing to detail
their concerns. Doug Vanderlaan,
Chair of Zone 1, Sector B of the
Sheriff's Advisory Council
(SHADCO), informed the group
that he has been a 10 year resident
of Springfield and will continue to
advocate for change between the
community and the police officers.
Doug chairs a ShAdCo meeting
every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at
the Kennedy Center on East 1st St.
and lonia.
"As a ShAdco rep, I meet with
the sheriff's department regarding
concerns to let residents know they
can talk to the police. There are
some top-ranked officials that
attend Shadco meetings," he said.
He continued, "the only way to deal
with crime is through the proper
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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press

Unemployed Black Woman Pretends

Sto be White and Gets More Job Offers

Atty. Melina Buncome, Tillis Devaughn, Carrence Bass, Anthony Butler and film student Brianna Williams
E3 Business Group Celebrates Anniversary -E3 Business Group recently cel-
ebrated their 3rd Anniversary at the E3 Center for Entrepreneurship Development Center. The event was a testimony
of the many businesses that have benefitted from E3 membership and networking opportunities. "E3 is on target to
increase its membership for 2013. I'm proud of the members and their diligence," said Tillis Devaughn, a business
development entrepreneur. E3 Founder and Executive Director Anthony M. Butler, Sr. greeted his guests and is en-
thusiastic for the future. E3 has worked around the country on projects or as partners with educational institutions,
chambers of commerce and government agencies to provide realistic guidance and innovative approaches to business
start-up, product development, business expansion, and team building.

Yolanda Spivey, an African Amer-
ican woman, was recently looking on
Monster.corn for a job in the insur-
ance industry, but found that she was-
n't getting any job offers. So, as an
experiment, she set up a fake account
identifying herself as white and
changing her name to Bianca White
to see if employers would respond
differently. Here's her story below in
her own words (as originally printed
in Clutch Magazine):
Two years ago, I noticed that Mon- had added a "diversity ques-
tionnaire" to the site. This gives an
applicant the opportunity to identify
their sex and race to potential em-
ployers. guarantees that
this "option" will not jeopardize your
chances of gaining employment. You
must answer this questionnaire in
order to apply to a posted position -
it cannot be skipped.
At times, I would mark off that I
was a Black female, but then I
thought, this might be hurting my
chances of getting employed, so I
started selecting the "decline to iden-
tify" option instead. That still had no

Yolanda Spivery
effect on my getting a job. So I de-
cided to try an experiment: I created
a fake job applicant and called her
Bianca White.
First, I created an email account
and resume for Bianca. I kept the
same employment history and educa-
tional background on her resume that
was listed on my own. But I removed
my home phone number, kept my

listed cell phone number, and
changed my cell phone greeting to
say, "You have reached Bianca
White. Please leave a message."
Then I created an online account, listed Bianca
as a White woman on the diversity
questionnaire, and activated the ac-
That very same day, I received a
phone call. The next day, my phone
line and Bianca's email address, were
packed with potential employers call-
ing for an interview. I was stunned.
More shocking was that some em-
ployers, mostly Caucasian-sounding
women, were calling Bianca more
than once, desperate to get an inter-
view with her.
All along, my real
account was open and active; but, de-
spite having the same background as
Bianca, I received no phone calls.
Two jobs actually did email me and
Bianca at the same time. But they
were commission only sales posi-
tions. Potential positions offering a
competitive salary and benefits all
went to Bianca.

iPhone App Points the Way to Black-Owned Businesses

Around The Way, a New York-
based company, and Clearly Innova-
tive, a Washington, D.C.-based
mobile-app development firm, have
launched a mobile app that backers
claim will empower and support
black-owned businesses.
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for the Apple iPhone, helps users find
the nearest black-
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New York Ciir .
and other major
The U.S. Census t '..
Bureau Survey of
Black-Owned Busi-
ness: 2007, which
was released on Feb.
8, 2011, reported that there were
more than 1.9 million black-owned
firms in 2007, which was a 60 per-
cent increase from 2002. The compa-
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Around The Way is
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closest black-owned business in their
vicinity with colorful maps and
pinned locations," company officials
said. "Users can choose from nine-
different categories of businesses to

They include ATM/Bank, Auto,
Bakery/Caf6, Beauty Parlor/Barber
Shop, Club/ Lounge, Laundry/Dry
Cleaners, Lodging, Restaurants and
Around The Way is developing an
app for phones with Google's An-
droid operating system, and that ver-
sion of the app is scheduled to be
available in early 2013. The company
did not develop an app for the Black-
berry mobile phone because it is "too
difficult," Hamilton said.
In 2012's second quarter, Google
and Apple iOS operating system con-
trolled 82.9 percent of the Smart-
phone market. Besides Google's

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search in Motion controls less than 5
percent of the Smartphone market,
according to research reports.
"Mobile applications are trans-
forming the face of commerce,"
Around The Way officials said in a
statement. "Around The Way's sole
purpose is to empower black-owned
businesses by altering the point of
purchase of potential customers."
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Duval County Public Schools will host Regional Fi-
nancial Aid nights at local high schools starting Mon-
day, December 10 at First Coast High School.
Financial aid representatives will provide information
about state and federal financial aid programs, and
will answer questions about completing the Free Ap-
plication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other
financial aid forms. Parents and students are invited
to participate in any of the free sessions.
Sessions will continue through February 7th. For
more information or to find out where a session will
be held call 390-2126.

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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press December 6-12, 2012

Finally, a school superintendent
says bring it on. Finally, we have a
Duval County School Super that
says while charter schools are the
trend, I am not afraid. Finally,
someone that can fire up teachers,
students, parents and administra-
tors and say that our public schools
will "dominate."
Too many times some of us pub-
lic school advocates are not charter
school supporters.The assumption
that good public schools and good
charter schools can't coexist is
false. I am a major supporter of
public education and have always
been somewhat leery about char-
ters until recently.
Over the past few years my opin-
ion has changed from that charters
hurt public education because they
take resources and funds away
from traditional schools, to charters
offering "choice" for parents, stu-
dents, and good competition.
The reality is simple if we
improve our public schools, parents
will send their children to the
neighborhood schools. So hearing
Nikolai Vitti (the new superinten-
dent) say that our traditional public
schools welcome the competition
and will dominate is the right atti-
tude to have.
And I am not saying to support
every charter application that
comes in because when it comes to
charter schools in Jacksonville and
around the state we have seen the
good, bad,and the ugly.
Schools districts have to be very
careful and have the right to be cau-
tious; but schools and sponsors that
have a great track record should be
Recently, I took a tour of a
Jacksonville charter school that
supports K through 12th grade. It
was an impressive operation and
had a diverse population of stu-
dents and teachers. Clearly, this
was onepof the better charters
I have often talked about he
importance of fixing the public
school system in Duval County and
Florida also. Really when you truly
analyze public education most
large cities are dealing with the
same issues.
Most school systems both state
and local have turned to a mixture
of programs aimed at providing
"choice" and specialized education
options for students and parents.
One of the main strategies being

The Peculia

by Jezebel
By now, everyone in the country
with access to a television, the inter-
net or a book store has gotten the
memo that black women marry at a
dismally low rate compared to
women of other races.
We've seen and read it in the
Economist, The Washington Post,
U.S. News, Essence Magazine,
Ebony and on The View, Oprah, and
Nightline, among others. We know
that of the hetero-black male popu-
lation, there is a significant number
of black men incarcerated, there are
lower rates of higher education, and
there are disproportionate numbers
of black men marrying outside of
their race, as compared to black
women. We heard that even setting
aside those factors, there are fewer
black men than woman in the U.S.
population. No one is denying that
there is an issue. It's been an issue

used around the country is charter
Charter schools are publicly
funded institutions that must meet
state and federal educational stan-
dards. However, the biggest differ-
ence is the flexibility that the
schools have versus traditional
public schools.
And it is important to acknowl-
edge that charters do have some
administrative and operational
advantages that traditional neigh-
borhood schools don't have.
Charters typically don't allow
their teachers to be in unions and
principals have the authority to hire
and fire teachers.
These charter school hours tend
to be longer and their curriculums
more regimented and focused.
They also don't have to deal with
the bureaucracy and levels of
accountability that traditional pub-
lic schools have to deal with.
So, in many ways the flexibility
is both a blessing and curse.
Because for every high performing
charter there are four or five very
low performing charter schools.
Even proven national charter
brands like KIPP have struggled
out the gates here in Jacksonville,

but are finally on track.
Some of the struggles though are
to be expected because many char-
ter schools focus on students who
are behind or failing at their neigh-
borhood school. And that's the
most attractive aspect of charter
schools their smaller size and
ability to focus resources and spe-
cialized curriculums on struggling
students is why they are so popular.
Charter schools continue to grow
in popularity. There are almost
5,500 charter schools in the coun-
try, representing more than five
percent of all public schools.
Take Washington, D.C. for
example; nearly 40 percent of all
public school students there attend
But much like Frankenstein's
monster, many things created for
good can be misused or overused.
Many of these charters are run by
for-profit organizations that look at
these schools as profitable business
lines. In fact, many of them do not
have local boards, and very little
While some see charters as sav-
iors many others see them as the
tools being used to dismantle pub-
lic education. In fact, the charter

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school dilemma is not unique to
Florida the National NAACP
recently decided to sue the state of
New York to prevent them from
closing some 22 underperforming
public schools and turning them
over to charter organizations.
The NAACP suit basically ques-
tions if charter schools are the best
solution for struggling public
I believe that good charters have
a place, but we should not be will-
ing to trade off neighborhood pub-
lic schools for charters schools.
Strong quality neighborhood
schools and charters can coexist. In
fact, I think that we need to start
using the best practices of good
charter and private schools to help
make our public schools better.
Strong leadership will be critical
as Vitti tries to reshape expecta-
tions and continue improving on
the gains that the district has had
over the past few years.
As someone once said, "The
right man is the one who seizes the
Signing off from Ribault High
Reggie Fullwood

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Case Of The Media's Obsession With Unmarried Black Women

for a while now. So why the New
York Times recently published what
seems like the millionth and one
article on why black women can't
find a man is absolutely baffling.
I have been thinking a lot about
this issue and discussing it with
friends black and white, male and
female to pinpoint precisely why
these articles bother me so much. I,
like many other black
feminists/womanists, constantly call
for more discussion of issues affect-
ing black women and other women
of color in the mainstream media.
Black relationships and the black
family are important mainstream
topics. But the media is obsessed
with unmarried black women. One
black woman commenting on the
ABC Nightline post put it best she
said she is waiting for the article
about black women tripping down
altars riddled with reporters and

social scientists. The inundation of
these articles, T.V. specials, and
books is an attack on black women.
The overall message conveyed is
unproductive and harmful.
Blame Game
The media often places the blame
on black women for their perceived
inability to find successful black
men, especially when black women
become more educated and achieve
greater success in their careers.
Although some articles and T.V.
specials acknowledge the disparate
number of available black men vis a
vis black women due to the racial-
ization of the criminal justice sys-
tem, the discussion rarely turns to
how black men can improve their
romantic interactions with black
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posed to instruct black women on
how to be more desirable to black
men or how to lower their stan-
dards. A prime example is the book
The Denzel Principle: Why a Black
Woman Can't Find a Good Black
Man, which blames black women
for setting their standards too high -
they apparently only want Denzel
Washington, not the mail man.
To be clear, I am in no way deny-
ing that successful black women
seeking to many black men face
more difficulties than women of
other races who want to marry with-
in their race. Many black women
are frustrated. I hear the lament of
many of my single black women
friends. I am a single black woman
and understand the effects of a lim-
ited pool of successful black men. I
have experienced "black male privi-
lege" (coined by sociologist
L'Heureux Lewis), which, among

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other things, explains that black
men take advantage of their limited
numbers and oppress black women
in the relationship context. I know
that many successful black men are
aware that they are a commodity
and are in the highest demand.
Many of them refuse to cash in, so
to speak, when their stock is so
high. I have had many conversa-
tions with professional black men
who explained that they couldn't get
"any play" in high school or college
because they were considered a
nerd, but now they are desirable and
have their pick of black women.
My point is that the media has
failed to show a balanced perspec-
tive, and the effects are reckless and
promote feelings of self-hatred
among black women. Although the
numbers do not lie, the numbers
presented in this media attack do not
reflect the reality for black women.

Black love still exists; it is not an
anomaly. And black women have
options. There are many black
women who have, and are begin-
ning to, date men of other races.
There are also single black women
who are working on self-develop-
ment and focusing on their personal
goals, careers and other things that
fulfill them and make them happy.
There are women who choose not to
marry, but have a long-term rela-
tionship with significant others. And
there are plenty of black women
who manrry black men.
The media attack on black women
can only be assuaged by showing
the multitudes of black women's
experiences with dating and mar-
riage. But I suppose that story is less
sexy and less intentionally scary -
than warning black women to Be
Afraid, and demanding that we
lower our expectations.

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Why Good Charter Schools

Can Coexist with Public Schools


Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood

P.O. BOX 43580, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32203


Another Look at the

Republican Party
By William Reed
"Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that can't keep
promises it made you during election time and you're dumb enough to con-
tinue to identify with that political party, you're not only a chump but trai-
tor to your race. "- Malcolm X
What's your personal political ideology and most important value? Do
you agree that certain political parties and issues are more important to
Blacks than Whites? A political party typically seeks to influence govern-
ment policy, usually by nominating candidates with aligned political views
and trying to seat them in political office. In your political alignments, are
you getting what you need and deserve in return, and not chump change?
It was a Republican president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Republicans Party was the party of most Blacks prior to the 1960s,
including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Booker T.
Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. Some of the founding fathers
of the NAACP were Republicans as was the party that desegregated the
South's schools and implemented America's affirmative action programs.
Republicans believe in the free enterprise system. The Office of Minority
Business Enterprise, a federal agency dedicated to minority business, was
established by Republican President Richard Nixon in March of 1969.
African-American history is most often presented through liberal political
lens that skew contributions and examples of African Americans outside the
liberal mainstream. Black Americans have been taught that Republicans are
racist and care nothing about Black empowerment. Black Republicans are
often labeled "insufficiently Black."
In truth, the history of the Republican Party's relationship with Blacks is
one of a bright start followed by steady decline. Unfortunately, a reliance on
family and faith has become a casualty of the modem welfare state, con-
tributed to the destruction of family cohesion and supplanted faith in God
with faith in government. Black conservatism is a political and social move-
ment rooted in communities of African descent that aligns largely with the
American conservative movement.
Since the Civil Rights Movement, the African-American community has
generally fallen to the left of the political spectrum and has aligned itself on
the side of liberalism, but Black conservatism emphasizes traditionalism,
capitalism, free markets, and social values consistent with the context of
Blacks and their religious beliefs. "Our goals promote freedom for all and
encouraging entrepreneurship," says Donald Scoggins of the Republicans
for Black Empowerment. In light of 2012 election results, Scoggins is on a
mission to retool the Republican Party. He's seeking to raise profiles and
awareness of Black Republicans and their number of elected officials.
Scoggins invites inquires via
Allen West is an example of an elected Black Republican. Atlanta-born
West, who was defeated for re-election this years is known for comments
alleging that Democratic "handouts" to the poor have resulted in a "modem
form of slavery" and rejects Black History Month honors the achievements
of African-Americans throughout history and that is a good
thing.Unfortunately, a reliance on family and faith, which allowed many
African-Americans to survive the horrors of Reconstruction, racial injustice
and violent acts of discrimination, has become a casualty of the modem wel-
fare state, which has contributed to the destruction of family cohesion.sup-
planted faith in God with faith in goverrunent and fa.luoned iman\ African:
Americans into a Democratic voting bloc that has not unproied the lot of
the impoverished among them.
WhileAfrican-American history is irin iMti.w t' ten p'en
sented through a liberal political lens ske ec"aid'tb
of African-Americans who do not toe t ffcially sees
this in the civil rights establishment's response to Justice Clarence Thomas
and more recently to Rep. Allen West, R-FI "the idea of the safety net
becoming a hammock." West's point is that Democrats who claim to care
so for African Americans, in reality, have done them a grave disservice by
perpetuating myths of Republican racism and addicting them to a govern-
ment check instead of liberation through education and strong families.
Heritage Foundation data supports West saying: "The public's dependence
on the federal government shot up 23 percent under President Obama."
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December 6-12, 2012

Leaders Deliver Agenda For Obamar Second Tagerm

Leaders Deliver Agenda For Obama's Second Term

N-itional Urban League
President Marc Morial (R)
speaks as Rev. Al Sharpton looks
on after leaders of civic organiza-
tions met with President Barack
Obanma at the White House.
Folo11\ini a four-hour closed
door meeting, leaders of the four
!,.ali.JI i AIicn,-'.i-.\ucilrcan advoca-
cy groups emeried looking pleased
to announce a collective wish list
ith "-;iu to deliver to President
aH.ii0k Obama 'tor his second term.
The backk agenda." as the groups
have called ihcir wish list on
Twitter. starts with ensuring the fis-
cal cliff doesn't disproportionately
hurt black Americans. That's some-
thing Marc Morial, president and
CEO of the National Urban League,
has worried about before. But
Morial also listed five new priori-
ties that came out of what he called
Monday's "historic gathering."
Those include: working for parity
for blacks in education, health care
and the economy; reforming the
criminal justice system; and pro-

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to Morial.
the voting
rights pri-
ority is key.
"When our
was chal-
lenged by

voter suppression...they reacted
with power, with dignity and with
force," he said.
Despite allegations by liberal
advocacy groups that voter suppres-
sion tactics by the right hindered
minority voting, blacks represented
13 percent of the electorate in 2012,
a percentage about equivalent with
But Al Sharpton, the founder and
president of the National Action
Network and a liberal commentator
for MSNBC, warned that "the

voter suppression tactics we saw
this year are still in front of us."
Sharpton also compared the new
black agenda with the Civil Rights
March on Washington, a major
demonstration by African-
American civil rights groups in
1963 that led to two major pieces of
legislation: the Civil Rights Act of
1964 and the Voting Rights Act of
"It is in that spirit a half a century
later we say that we'll work togeth-
er, that we'll come together, to try to

set an agenda," Sharpton said.
While the new wish list is unlikely
to lead to such historic legislation,
unity by various African-American
advocacy groups may prove impor-
An October study from
Washington University in St. Louis
found that some black American
groups, namely conservative and
religious blacks, felt deeply disillu-
sioned with the president. These
groups said they felt less free when
it came to political participation

than they had under previous
administrations, because of ideo-
logical differences they had with
the president.
Morial acknowledged the impor-
tance of unity, though none of the
groups involved in the talks are
headed up by conservative leaders.
"Against the backdrop of... a great
deal of hope and promise that we
have in our president's second
term," he said. "We felt it was
important for us to come together."




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"Words cannot fully describe the
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Food Pantry Available
Helping Hands Depot has joined the fight to eradicate hunger in the
world by creating a food pantry for those in need. The depot is providing
free groceries to the community every 3rd Saturday of each month from
11 a.m. 12 noon and every Tuesday from 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Pick up your
groceries at 7029-10 Commonwealth Avenue. Please bring a valid photo
id and proof of residency. For more information call (904) 437-4090 Ext
7, or visit the depot online at

Motorcycle Ministry
Are you saved? Ministry oriented? Love to ride motorcycles? Love to
have fun? Well if all of the answers are yes then Rydas 4 Righteousness
Motorcycle Ministry is for you! For more information, contact Ruth at
Wayman Ministries Annual Toy Drive
Wayman Ministries will present its 6th Annual Community Christmas
Fellowship, "An Angel's Point of View", on Saturday, December 22nd, at
the Wayman Academy of the Arts gymnasium, 1176 LaBelle Street, from
12-4 p.m.
The event reaches out to families and residents of nearby Eureka
Gardens and the surrounding communities. The gymnasium will be total-
ly transformed into a Santa's Workshop, a Waymanland Park with games
and fun for the family, and a Wall of Angels. Plus, families will enjoy
food, music, toys for the children, and a picture with Santa.
The community is asked to donate unwrapped toys for boys and girls,
ages 0-17. Toys may be dropped off on the Southside, Monday-Friday,
between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm; Sundays from 8:00 to 12 noon at Wayman
Chapel AME Church, 8855 Sanchez Road, 32217; or on the Westside at
Spirit of Life Worship Center, 1176 LaBelle Street, 32205, Monday-
Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
For more information, log onto or, call (904) 739-
7500 or (904) 693-1503.

Christmas Cantata at Central CME
A Christmas Cantata will be presented December 9th at 4 p.m. at Central
Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 North Pearl Street. Rev. Marquise
Hardrick is the Pastor. Dr. Peter Knox and Etta R. Sanders are Music
Directors. All are invited to this free and joyous holiday event. For more
information, call 766-9558 or 354-7426.
Church news is published free of charge. Information must be

Stage Aurora Presents A Very
Merry Jacksonville Christmas
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will present A VERY MERRY JACK-
SONVILLE CHRISTMAS, a multi-cultural evening of Christmas songs,
dance, and poetry. The musical spectacle will take place December 7 -9,
2012 at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood
Avenue inside Gateway Town Center.
The performance will feature the music of Motown (The Supremes, The
Temptations, Michael Jackson), Country, Classical, R & B, and Gospel
songs of the Season! A talented group of locals, Angelyn Sabir, Michelle
Kronen, Rachael Rubright, Lauren Harrell, Candace Crump, Teresa Smith,
Kenyada Williams, Lolita Jenning-Flagg, Brenda Kelly, Shacrisa Bell,
Makayla Golen, Sarmento Bronson, Joe Foster, Isaiah Huston, James
Simpo, Joshua Allen, Chris Green, Daiquian Flagler, Lance Singleton, and
EfLancia Singleton, will perform some of your favorite Holiday classics in
their native tongue singing in (English, Spanish, French, etc.).
Performance times are as follows: Friday, December 7, at 7p.m., Saturday,
December 8, at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m. and Sunday,
December 9, at 3 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the
Stage Aurora Box Office at (904) 765-7372 or (904) 765-7373.

Christmas Cantata at Central CME
A Christmas Cantata will be presented December 9th at 4 p.m. at Central
Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 North Pearl Street. Rev. Marquise
Hardrick is the Pastor. Dr. Peter Knox and Etta R. Sanders are Music
Directors. All are invited to this free and joyous holiday event. For more
information, call 766-9558 or 354-7426.

Stanton Class of 1953 Holiday Social
The Stanton Class of 1953 will meet on Thursday, December 6th at 2 p.m.
at the Highlands Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue. The purpose of the meeting
is to finalize plans for their Christmas celebration. For more information,
call Ora Lee McQueen at 924-7322.
Church news is published free of charge. Information must be
received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m.
of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the
event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date.
Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to

The Request Listening Party
Pastor Don Johnson held a listening party at his home church, House of
Prayer Sanctuary, for his new single entitled "The Request." Invited guests
sampled his music and praised his diversity. The atmosphere was very casu-
al and informal as guest discussed the current state of gospel music and its
move to mainstream radio. Shown above is Dr. Jimmy Hill (recording
artist/producer) and Timbo Seymore (recording artist/producer),
NAACP Community Meeting
On Tuesday, December 11th at 6 p.m. at the Legends Center, 5054 Soutel
Drive, the Education Committee of the Jacksonville Branch NAACP will
host a Community meeting on "Ending the School to Prison Pipeline." The
community meeting is scheduled to get input from parents, students, edu-
cators, and the general public so that we can put common sense back in
school discipline and give all students a quality education. Parents NEED
to attend to prevent their child from joining the "School to Prison Pipeline."
For further information, please call the NAACP office at 764-7578, E.G.
Atkins at 655-3502 or Isaiah Rumlin, President at 764-1753.

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Justin Couch Attains Eagle Scout Status
-- Justin Couch Attains Eagle Scout Status

BACK: Madeline Scales-Taylor, Yvonne McClain-Gomes, Shauna Allen, Patricia Sams, Walette Stanford,
Robbin Bray, LaTisha Thompson, Shameka Brown, Michelle Davis Singleton, Kia Kemp, Rita Scott.
FRONT: Wanda Willis, Kimberly Wyche Huyghue, Deborah Cannington and Selena Hodge.
Hundreds of Kids Enjoy Kick Off Holiday Season with Santa

The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill held its Annual Holiday
Event for Friends and Family at the
Marriott Hotel last Saturday after-
This year the Chapter focused on
literacy Participants brought a
book to be donated to Community
Connections who assure quality

care and safe, stimulating environ-
ments for children. The fun filled
Saturday included Santa Claus,
news anchor Dawn Lopez reading
Christmas stories to attending
youth, craft activates that included
making gumdrop ornaments, bead-
ed candy cane ornaments, decorat-
ing gingerbread cookies and mak-

ing reindeer candy canes.
The event is one of many the
chapter presents to encourage posi-
tive, healthy growth in our youth.
Composed of mothers throughout
the country, locally their next pres-
entation will be a Beautillion in the

Eastside Residents

Continued from front
He continued, "the only way to deal with crime is
through the proper authorities." After a few minutes of
banter, eastside resident Vontresa Allen walked in with
a stoic look of concern, while Earline Rowe, also a
Springfield resident pushed for more citizens to step
forward, "We've gone door to door on the eastside to
bring people to these meetings, The first visit was when
the Trayvon Martin case was at the forefront and peo-
ple were reluctant to get involved," stated Earline.
Entrepreneur William Hudson was very vocal, "what's
really crucial is the mindset of the drug dealer. When I
first came to Jacksonville in 89' I lived in the Cleveland
Arm apartments. It's now cleaned up and the cops have
driven out the bad spots where traps can be set. There
have to be fixed figures in the community to make a

pivotal change on the eastside."
Vontressa Allen, responded, "people don't care about
the eastside, many seniors live in the area and they are
not going to get involved. Many relatives have people
dealing drugs and they uphold their honor because they
profit from it. I have a baby and I will have to teach him
not to do wrong. The African American race especially
shields their sons while they reap the benefits. I'm a
homeowner and myself and my fiance are not afraid.
We have good jobs and we respect our surroundings,
our family and the community."
On a positive note, Doug was relentless and noted
"the first step is for a neighbor is to push for change,
this takes a long-term commitment." Undaunted by
their small numbers, the concerned citizens vowed to
keep their eye out for crime in their community.

Justin Couch, Life Scout with
Troop 175, has completed his Eagle
Scout Service Project with First Tee
of Jacksonville. Local non profit
First Tee of Jacksonville has a mis-
sion to impact the lives of youth by
providing educational programs
that build character, instill values,
and promote healthy choices
through the game of golf. This
organization is similar to that of the
Boy Scouts of America in that it
teaches core values to young people
using a different approach. First
Tee uses golf whereas Boy Scouts
of America uses techniques of
scouting to get the message across
about the importance of being a
productive citizen.
His project was a landscaping
project that involved creating golf
dividers and two 6x6 raised garden
with xeriscape plants and pavers.
The golf dividers display the 9 core
values (confidence, courtesy, hon-
esty, integrity, judgment, sports-

Shown is Justin Couch presenting the golf dividers to Pepper Peete,
Executive Director of First Tee of Jacksonville.
manship, perseverance, respect, and Troop 175 at Greater Grant AME
responsibility) on them and are Church. His Scoutmaster is Robert
used on the golf course. Bradley and his Assistant
Justin Couch is a member of Scoutmaster is Herman Floyd.

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Dealing With Sticky Family

Situations During the Holidays

Keanna Johnson and Kayla Cobb exchange fresh fruit and veggies with neighborhood resident.

Health Department Battling Statistics With

Healthy Grocery Stores in Urban Communities

The Duval County Health
Department (DCHD) and commu-
nity partners have launched a
neighborhood corner store initia-
tive, "So Fresh, So Clean." The
Healthy Corner Stores initiative is
an effort to increase the availability
and sales of healthy, fresh, afford-
able foods in neighborhoods with
limited access to large grocers.
DCHD partnered with the I'm a
Star Foundation, a local youth
organization, to conduct communi-
ty assessments in zip code 32209.
From that, it was determined that
chronic disease prevention was
needed. Upon researching best
practices to reduce chronic health
conditions like diabetes, hyperten-
sion and heart disease, utilizing the
Healthy Comer Stores initiative
seemed ideal. Eating a healthy diet
that includes fresh vegetables and
fruits is essential to maintaining
one's weight, blood sugar, choles-

terol & blood pressure.
Focus groups were held in neigh-
borhoods and residents gave their
feedback and support for having
fresh foods in their neighborhood
comer stores. The Good Neighbor
Food Mart, located at 2127 Fairfax
Street, held a "So Fresh, So Clean"
open house last Saturday to a host
of residents and patrons.
"We're excited about this partner-
ship to expand access of fresh fruits
and vegetables to our neighbors,
said George Washington owner of
The Good Neighbor Food Mart.
"Our customers are our neighbor-
hood family, and we are glad that
we can make it easier for them to
reach healthier choices."
Residents in the area of the comer
stores will notice the "So Fresh, So
Clean" posters displayed on store
fronts that feature fresh products in
their inventory. DCHD and the I'm
a Star Foundation hope to expand

the healthy corner store concept to
other neighborhoods throughout

by Valorie Burton
The holidays are here. And for
some, family get-togethers mean
family tension. But you can defuse
that tension with a little advanced
1. Decide in advance how you
will respond. There is a difference
between reacting and responding. A
"response" is based in wisdom,
which requires forethought. A reac-
tion is based purely in emotion. It is
as though someone can push a spe-
cific button and know they will get
a specific response from you -
whether that response is anger,
withdrawal, pouting or jealousy.
Deactivate the automatic reactions
that have become your pattern.
You'll often find that when the but-
ton no longer gets the reaction, peo-
ple stop pushing it. So coach your-
self with these two questions: What
behavior or words have caused
stress or contention in the past and
how did I react? If that behavior
occurs again, what is the response I
will choose?
2. Remove the source of con-
flict. This one's not always possi-
ble, but often it is. For example, if
you stay at a relative's home during
the holiday, and the close quarters
create conflict, choose a new
arrangement. Perhaps you get a

hotel room instead. It may cost you
more financially, but the emotional
peace could be well worth it.
3. Leave the past out of today's
conversation. When you've dealt
with difficult people for a long
time, sometimes it can be easy to
bring up the past. That's no sur-
prise. The past is precisely the rea-
son you are reading the
article! They've done
something previously
that makes you anx-
ious about spending -
time together now. But
the truth is, there is
nothing you can do to
change the past. What
you have is right now.
What do you want?
What memory do you
want to create this hol-
iday? If you knew this "
was your last
Thanksgiving or Christmas with
this difficult person, what would
you want to make sure you did or
said? Act from that place. It is a
place of clarity and urgency.
Answering that question will help
you cut through all the fussing, pet-
tiness and frustration so you can
approach the holidays in a way that
honors what you really want in your
relationships joy, forgiveness,

We must come to relationships
for what we can give not simple
what we can get. When you detach
from your insistence that people
behave in certain ways and give
you emotionally what they are sim-
ply not equipped to give you, you
free yourself from unnecessary suf-

fering. And you give yourself the
gift of enjoying the holidays -
regardless of who you spend them
Valorie Burton is the bestselling
author of several book, including
Successful Women Think
Differently, Where Will You Go from
Here? What's Really Holding You
Back? and her latest your 5-Minute
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'Fiscal Cliff' Might Push Poor, Blacks over the Edge

continued from front
The CBPP brief listed a number
of examples. A cashier making
$20,230 saved $405 as a result of
the payroll tax cut, a hair dresser
who earned $26,460 saved $529
and an electrician who made
$52,910 kept an additional $1,037.
Those savings will disappear on
New Year's Day if a deal isn't
The report noted that the tempo-
rary pay roll tax cut could add $100
billion to the economy, twice what
the upper-income tax cuts would
contribute, "because much of the
payroll tax cut goes to low- and
middle-income households, whose

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spending rises more in response to
increases in their income than does
wealthier people's."
The brief also recommended
extending unemployment insurance
for another year to prop up the ail-
ing economy. Even though, Blacks
access the unemployment benefits
at lower rates than Whites, more
than 1 million Blacks received the
help, softening the impact of a dou-
ble-digit jobless rate (14.1 percent
in October 2012) that plagues the
Black community.
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dle-income Blacks, the Earned
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safeguard against po errty.
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reported that the special credit not
only reduced poverty, but helped
children succeed in school and
increased their potential earnings as
The report said: "Children in
low-income families that received
an annual income boost of $3,000
(in 2005 dollars) between the
child's prenatal year and fifth birth-
day earned an average of 17 percent
more as adults, and worked 135
hours more annually, than similar
children whose families do not
receive the added income, accord-
ing to research by Greg J. Duncan,
Kathleen Ziol-Guest of Cornell
University, and Ariel Kalil of the
University of Chicago."
Low and middle-income families
would not immediately feel the

sting of losing the Earned Income
Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit
because they come into play when
those families file taxes.
Significant cuts to the federal
budget could also harm Blacks who
depend on public sector jobs for
According to a 2011 study titled
"Black Workers and the Public
Sector," labor economist Steven
Pitts found that, "the public sector
is the single most important source
of employment for African
More than 21 percent of Blacks
that held jobs from 2008-2010 were
e!upoyed in the public secto ,
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cal source of decent-paying jobs for
Black Americans. For both men and
women, the median wage earned by
Black employees is significantly
higher in the public sector than in
other industries," wrote Pitts.
President Obama's plan centers
on extending unemployment bene-
fits and the payroll tax cut. But
Republicans are pushing reforms to
Medicaid, Medicare and Social
Security .
The Associated Press has report-
ed that President Obama floated a
plan to save unemployment insur-
ance, the payroll tax cut and support
for homeowners. Meanwhile, GOP
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eligibility age for Medicare and
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SSenior QB Kameron Smith
NCAA DIV II expected back to lead
WSSU in questto reach Div.
F I NALS II Championship Game.


Pioneer Bowl XIV Div. II Playoffs Quarterfinals
Elizabeth City State 28, Tuskegee 13 W-Salem State 21, Indiania (Pa.) 17

Div. II Super Region I Final (National Quarterfinals)

Late heroics allow Winston-Salem State to advance
to national semifinals, 21-17 over Indiana (Pa.)

State quarterback Kameron Smith, came off the bench to engineer a late

fourth-quarter scoring drive to give WSSU the lead
and the WSSU defense made it stand in the final
minute as the Rams survived against Indiana (Pa.)
in a dramatic NCAA Div. II Super Region I final.
With the win, the two-time CIAA champion
Rams (13-0) advance to the national semifinals the
Final Four for the second consecutive season (see
top story).
Smith, who had not played since suffering
a shoulder injury in the CIAA title game three
weeks ago, came on in relief of struggling starter
Anthony Carrothers (10-25-1, 259 yards) in the
fourth quarter with the Rams trailing 17-14. On
the third possession with Smith under center, he
drove the Rams 52 yards in nine plays culminating

Joe Daniels photo
SMITH: WSSU senior
QB entered in fourth
quarter and led game-
winning drive.

in a 1-yard scoring pass to fullback Ricky Rozier with 3:51 left. Landon
Thayer's PAT put the Rams up 21-17.
It its final possession, IUP, behind the passing of QB Mike Box
(16-32-2, 236 yards) drove deep into WSSU territory and had second-
and-goal at the WSSU 5 in the final minute. But the Rams' defense turned
the Crimson Hawks (12-2) away three times. On fourth down with 34
seconds left, Box was hit by WSSU's Casey Davenport causing his pass
go straight to the ground. The Rams took over and kneeled down once to
run out the clock.
The Rams scored first on a 1-yard run by Rozier on the first play of
the second quarter .The score was set up by a Carrothers screen pass to
Jameze Massey that carried 63 yards down the left sideline.
IUP tied the score at 7 just before the half on Box's 36-yard pass to
TerrilBarnes 36 seconds before the halftime buzzer. But Carrothers' 55-yard
Hail Mary pass with no time on the second quarter clock was caught in
the end zone by Kenny Patterson putting WSSU up 14-7 at the break.
IUP scored 10 third-quarter points to go up 17-14. Brett Ullman
converted a 29-yard field goal with 4:40 leftin the period. Massey fumbled
the ensuing kickoff and IUP got a 1 -yard TD run from DeAntwan Williams
four plays later to take a 17-14 lead.
Massey finished with five receptions for 104 yards while Jahuaan
Butler, who had a key 21-yard catch in the game-winning drive, had
123 yards on four receptions. Smith finished 5 of 9 for 32 yards. WSSU
linebacker Carlos Fields, the CIAA defensive player of the year, led the
Rams' defensive effort with 10 tackles, an interception and one tackle for
loss. DB Dominique Tate, LB Daniel Mungin and DL Barry Tripp each
had seven tackles.

Elizabeth City State 28, Tuskegee 13

COLUMBUS, GA- All-American tailback Daronte McNeill scored
two fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to Pioneer Bowl XIV MVP honors as
Elizabeth City State toppled Tuskegee 28-13 Saturday afternoon at A.J. Mc-
Clung Stadium to get its first postseason win since 1971.
The 28 points scored by the Vikings (8-4) are the most any team put up
against the Golden Tigers this season. Tuskegee finishes the season 10-2. The
Golden Tigers got on the board first with a TD by Rashard Burkette from 19
yards out with 2:37 left in the first half. The extra point was blocked by ECSU
DB Nigel Rios and Tuskegee led 6-0 at the intermission.
It was a defensive battle most of the afternoon and in the end two big plays
by ECSU senior cornerback Josh Brooks proved to be the difference. ECSU
got its first touchdown of the day and its first lead at 7-6 with 1:06 left in the
third quarter on a 9-yard pass from Tyrell Houghton to Antonio Huff.
On the very first play of the fourth quarter, TU All-American tailback
Derrick Washington broke for what appeared to be a sure 63-yard rushing
touchdown. However, he only got 62 yards as Brooks forced a fumble at the
ECSU 1 that travelled through the back of the end zone for a touchback.
ECSU then drove the ball 80 yards on 14 plays capped by McNeill's first
touchdown of the day, a 14 yard score to go up 14-6. The Vikings' defense then
denied the Golden Tigers on 4th down and went back on offense with 6:25 left
in the game. Three plays later McNeill scampered for a 44 yard score and a
21-6 lead.
Tuskegee answered with an 80-yard, 11 play drive that consumed only 1:57
and culminated in a 6-yard TD pass from Justin Nared to Marquel Gardner.
The Golden Tigers trimmed the Viking lead to 21-13 with 2:41 left.
After getting the ball back, the Tigers had 1st and 10 at the ECSU 22
when Nared's pass was picked off by Brooks and returned 80 yards for the
game-clinching score.
In the battle of twoAll-American tailbacks, both Washington and McNeill
both lived up to their billing. Washington was named the SIAC Game MVP for
his 20-carry, 185-yard performance while McNeill capped his brilliantfour-year
college career with 19 carries for 148 yards and two scores.




Winston-Salem State
Alabama A&M
Central State
Central State
Winston-Salem State

Lost to Western Kentucky, 28-20
Lost to Delaware, 41-0
Lost to Yougstown State, 52-0
Beat North Alabama, 27-24
Lost to N. Dakota State, 35-12
Lost to Wayne State, 21-14


1983 Central State

Lost to N. Dakota State, 41-21

13-0 Rams playing for spot in NCAA Div. II football championship game ]

WSSU in Final Four, again

BCSP Editor
Winston-Salem State, whose football
team has already made some history with its
outstanding play over the last two seasons, can
make some more this week.
For the second year in a row, the Rams (13-
0), champions of Super Region I, will play for a
spot in the NCAA Div. II national championship
game when they take onWestTexasA&M (12-2),
champs of Super Region IV, at Bowman-Gray
Stadium Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
With a win, the Rams would advance to next
week's Div. II Championship Game and become
only the second black college team since the
NCAA went to a playoff system in 1973 to make
the title game. The championship game is set for
next Saturday, Dec. 15 in Florence, Alabama.
The only other HBCU to make the cham-
pionship game was Central State under head
coach Billy Joe in 1983 (see STAT CORNER).
The Marauders lost in the title game to North
Dakota State, 41-21.
From 1958-74, the national championship
for what was then known as College Division
teams was selected in polls by the United Press
International (UPI) from 1958, and the As-
sociate Press (AP) beginning in 1960. Florida
A&M (9-0), under legendary head coach Jake
Gaither, shared the 1962AP championship with
Southern Mississippi. Tennessee State (10-0),
under legendary head coach John Merritt, won
the 1973 crown in both the UPI and AP polls.
Last year, after an undefeated regular sea-
son, CIAA title, first-round bye and wins in two
regional playoff games, the Rams lost to Wayne
State, 21-14 in a national semifinal game, the first
semifinal appearance by an HBCU since 1986
(Central State). WSSU, under then head coach
Bill Hayes, now the Rams' director of athletics,
reached the Div. II semifinals in 1978.
The Rams have followed the same script
from a year ago this year, winning Saturday in
their second Super Region I playoff game, 21-17
over Indiana (Pa.) (see related story) to earn a
return trip to the national semis the Final Four
in Div. II football.
Valdosta State (10-2) plays at Minnesota
State-Makato (13-0) in the other semifinal game
Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
West Texas A&M, formerly known as West
Texas State, has nearly 8,000 students and is
located in Canyon, Texas a small city south
of Amarillo. The Buffaloes, led by eight-year
head coach Don Carthel. compete in the Lone
Star Conference. This year they shared the LSC
regular season title with Midwestern State. Both
had 7-1 conference records. The Buffs only losses
were a 44-34 decision to Colorado State-Pueblo
to open the season (8/30) and a 52-48 loss to
Midwestern State (11/3).
They entered the playoffs as a sixth seed out
of Super Region IV and have won three games
on the road to reach the national semifinals.
They won at 3rd-seed Chadron State (38-30), at
4th-seedAshland (33-28) and last week knocked
off the region's top seed, the aforementioned
Colorado State-Pueblo (32-14), who was also
the No. 1 team in the nation.

Joe Daniels photos
QUARTERFINAL COLLAGE: (Clockwise from top I.) WSSU head coach Connell Maynor leads his
Winston-Salem State squad onto the field for its quarterfinal game vs. Indiana (Pa.) Saturday. (Top r.)
WSSU LB Carlos Fields (44) runs after picking off first quarter pass from IUP QB Mike Box. (Bottom
r.) WSSU LB Markus Lawrence (52) celebrates after the WSSU defense stopped IUP on the WSSU
5 in the final half-minute. (Bottom L.) Maynor admonishes his troops to "stay focused" after the tough
21-17 win as they head to this Saturday's national semifinals.

SWAC Championship Game XIV
Ark.-Pine Bluff vs. Jackson State in Birmingham, AL 12n
NCAA Div. II Playoffs Semifinal
W-Salem State vs. West Texas A&M in W-Salem, NC 6:30p

West Texas features a prolific offense that
averages 40 points per game and is led by junior
quarterback Dustin Vaughan who has thrown
for 4,543 yards (324.5 ypg.), second best in the
nation, with 44 TD tosses and just 11 intercep-
tions. Vaughan completes 65% (338 of 520) of
his passes. Junior wide receiver Torrance Allen is
his favorite target hauling in 81 catches for 1,386
yards and 12 TDs. Nathan Slaughter, who caught
two TD passes vs. CSU-Pueblo, has 63 receptions
for 797 yards and six TDs.
Senior tailback Khiry Robinson is the leading
ballcarrier averaging 119 yards per game (1,484
yards, 4 TDs). Placekicker Sergio Castillo, who
had 45- and 50-yard field goals last week vs
CSU-Pueblo, has been good on 19 of 21 field goal
attempts, missing only from 49 and 56 yards.
The WestTexas defense features an outstand-
ing pass rush that leads all of Div. II with 58 sacks
and is tops in tackles for losses with 127. Junior
defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks (6-4, 275)
leads the charge with 19.5 sacks on the season.
Junior linebacker Taylor McCuller is the team's
tackles leader with 155. Curtis Slater leads the
secondary with four interceptions. The defense
had seven sacks in last week's win over CSU-
Kameron Smith, one of the heroes of
WSSU's quarterfinal win, should return to his
starting role at QB for WSSU after missing starts
with a shoulder injury in the two playoff wins.

The Rams will look to get more out of a running
game that IUP, the nation's top defense, held to 47
yards on 29 carries. Rams' rushing leader Mau-
rice Lewis (851 yards, 11 TDs) garnered only
15 yards on 13 carries. The WSSU defense, led
by LB Carlos Fields, DT Barry Tripp and DB
Dominique Tate will be tested by the high-octane
West Texas offense. But so far, the unit has been
more than up to the task.

SWAC Championship Game
The only other teams still playing football
are SWAC West Division champ Arkansas-Pine
Bluff (9-2) andEastDivisionchamp Jackson State
(7-4) who will meet Saturday in Birmingham in the
league's 14th Championship Game (12 noon).
UAPB won an earlier Oct. 6th meeting, 34-
24, that began the Golden Lions' current six-game
win streak. It was also the last loss for JSU who
has run off five straight wins since.
The JSU win streak has coincided with the
insertion of junior Clayton Moore (115-221-7,
1,705 yds., 15 TDs) as the Tigers' starting quar-
terback. Senior wide receiver Rico Richardson
leads the SWAC in receiving yards (1,081) and
TD catches (10).
UAPB, under fifth-year head coach Monte
Coleman, has the top scoring defense (18.3 ppg.)
and the top rushing offense (204.7 ypg.) in the
league. Running backs Justin Billings (768 yards,
5 TDs) and Dennis Jenkins (539 yards, 4 TDs)
lead the ground game. Sophomore QB Benjamin
Anderson (161-274-11, 2,121 yds., 15 TDs) is at
the controls. Linebackers Bill Ross (117 tackles),
Xavier Lofton (93) and Jer-ryan Harris (89)
lead the UAPB defense. Defensive end Brandon
Thurman is the SWAC sack leader with 16.5.

TIGERS (7-4)


2012 Overall:
2012 BCSP Ranking:
All-Time vs. UAPB:
Last Time vs. UAPB:
SWAC Title Games
Last Title:
Last Time in Title Game:

Head Coach

24-34 L, '12
'08, L

Alma Mater: Millersville ('76)
Record vs. UAPB: 4-3
Record at JSU: 48-30, .615 (7th year)
Career Record: 156-59 (19 years)

JSU 7-4
9 ..........@ Miss. State.......56 L
12 ....Tenn.Statein Memphis....38 L
45 .... @ Texas Southern. 35 W
21 ............Southern...........28 L
34 ......... Prairie View....... 13 W
24 .... @ Ark.-Pine Bluff ...34 L
37 .....@ Alabama State.. 34 W
14 ...Miss. Valley St. (OT).. 7 W
53....@ Grambling State. 17 W
35 ........Alabama A&M..... 21 W
37 .......@ AlcornState....11 W


UAPB 9-2
17... Langston in LR, Ark14 W
10 ........ Alabama A&M 14 L
24 .......@ Alcorn State 6 W
24 ..... @ Alabama State 21 W
13 ... @ Tennessee State 40 L
34 .......Jackson State 24 W
50 ......... @ Southern 21 W
10 ....Miss. Valley State 0 W
49 .... @ Texas Southern 3 W
24 ....@ Grambling State 17 W
42 ......... Prairie View 41 W

2012 Overall:
2012 BCSP Ranking:
All-Time vs. JSU:
Last Time vs. JSU:
SWAC Title Games:
Last Time in Title Game

34-24 W, '12
'06, L

Alma Mater: Central Arkansas ('79)
Record vs. JSU: 2-3
Record at UAPB: 29-27, .517 (5th year)
Career Record: Same

Head Coach

-in inIIIeI

BCSP Notes

Jenkins, Maynor top AFCA coaches
WACO,TEX. Bethune-Cookmanhead coach Brian Jenkins and Winston-
Salem State head coach Connell Maynor are among coaches named American
Football Coaches Association's 2012 Regional Coach of the Year winners. Both
Jenkins and Maynor are in their third years leading their respective programs.
Jenkins, who won his second MEAC regular season title and automatic FCS
playoff berth, shares the FCS Region 3 award with Stony Brook's Chuck Piore who
led his team to the second round of the FCS playoffs. Jenkins also won the award
in 2010, his first year at the helm of the Wildcats, when his team won the league
title and playoff berth.
Maynor has a 33-3 overall record in three years and led his WSSU team to
their second consecutive undefeated regular season CIAA title and playoff berth
this season. The Rams are currently in the semifinals of the NCAA Div. II playoffs
after winning two games.

Hill-Eley not out yet at Morgan State
Morgan State head football coach Donald Hill-Eley found out by accident
of the school's plan to replace him.
Hill-Eley was accidentally sent an e-mail detailing the school's plan to inter-
view prospective coaches and have a new coach in place by January. Problem is,
Hill-Eley has heard nothing official from the school.

1Ir i -M-TJ
Jenkins Maynor Hill-Eley Rose
"I don't know what's going on," Hill-Eley told the Baltimore Sun. The coach
did say that MSU Athletic Director Floyd Kerr had apologized for forwarding the
e-mail. The coach has one year left on his contract.
The e-mail was originally written by Kevin Banks, Morgan State's vice presi-
dent for student affairs and says that the final year of the coach's contract would be
honored and made reference to a possible reassignment within the university.
Hill-Eley has compiled a 54-69 record in 11 seasons at MSU. This year's Bears'
team finished at 3-8 overall, 2-6 and tied for ninth in the 11-team MEAC. They lost
their final six games of the season, all in the conference.

Rose's status to be determined at Hampton
According to a report in the Hampton Daily Press newspaper, Hampton head
football coach Donovan Rose, coming off a 3-7 season in his fourth year leading
the Pirates, is waiting to have his employment evaluated by new Athletic Director
Novelle Dickerson.
Rose is 21-22 overall and 16-16 in MEAC play over his four years. This
season Hampton was barred from NCAA postseason play and subsequently from
competing for an MEAC title because of poor academic performance.

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Joe Jackson recuperating from stroke
Reuters is reporting that Jackson family patri-
arch Joe Jackson has suffered a stroke.
A family friend told the news outlet that
Jackson is doing well resting and recovering in a
Las Vegas hospital.
"He was doing well and says he's feeling OK," .
close family friend Brian Oxman told Reuters.
Oxman said the father of late pop icon Michael
Jackson started experiencing weakness on
Wednesday while walking in a park near his
home and was later admitted to a hospital.
Oxman, Michael's one-time attorney, said
Jackson, 83, has a history of strokes.
"He was talking fine," Oxman added. "He sounded excellent to me."
Marvin Gaye's Son Begs Lenny Kravitz not to Play his Dad
Marvin Gaye's son and Lenny Kravitz may be childhood friends, but it
doesn't mean the heir wants the rocker playing his father on the big screen.
In fact, Marvin Gaye III and his family members are against the project
altogether, according to
Kravitz will play Gaye in the biopic "Sexual Healing" (working title),
which is said to follow the legend's life in the 80s when he battled drug
abuse and depression up until his father shot and killed him in 1984.
Gaye III tells TMZ "The producers and directors of this film are very
wrong and shameful ... [They're] trying to do a film about a low period in
his life. They don't even know the whole story."
Gaye III says he and other family members are meeting with lawyers to
try to stop production, and added, "I would hope [Lenny] doesn't have any
idea that we are against this film being done."
Eddie Murphy Named Forbes' 'Most Overpaid Actor'
Forbes has released its annual list of
Hollywood's most overpaid actors, and leading
the pack is one-time Oscar nominee Eddie
The actor's career seemed headed for a rebound
with a 2007 best supporting actor Oscar nomina-
tion for "Dreamgirls" and an announcement that
he would host the upcoming Academy Awards
ceremony. But he dropped out after producer
Brett Ratner left, and his three most recent films
have disappointed at the box office.
If you take out Murphy's voice role in the latest
"Shrek" movie, "Shrek Forever After," the
worldwide gross of Murphy's last three live-action films "Imagine
That," "Tower Heist" and "A Thousand Words" is a combined domes-
tic box office total of $196.3 million.
Compare that performance to his early '80s run of the hits "48 Hrs.,"
"Trading Places" and "Beverly Hills Cop," which collectively hauled in
$316.3 million.
Forbes estimates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three
films, he returned $2.30 at the box office.
Number two on the list is Katherine Heigl followed by Reese
Witherspoon, Sabdra Bullock, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Adam Sandler,
Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker.
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She asked for just six words.
Michele Norris, the National
Public Radio host, was starting a
book tour for her memoir, which
explored racial secrets. Sensing a
change in the atmosphere after the
election of the first black president,
and searching for a new way to
engage and listen, Norris printed
200 postcards asking people to
express their thoughts on race in six
The first cards that trickled into
her mailbox were from Norris'
friends and acquaintances. Then
they started coming from strangers,
from people who had not heard
Norris speak, from
other conti-
nents. The
tour stopped; ,
the cards did
"You know
my race. NOT
"Chinese or
American? Does
it matter."
"Oh, she's just
another white girl."
"Waiting for race
not to matter."
Such declarations -r
brought the Race '
Card Project to life.
"I thought I knew a lot about
race," says Norris, 51, an award-
winning journalist. "I realized how
little I know through this project."
Two years later, the cards have
become almost a parallel career for
Norris, best known for her work on
NPR's "All Things Considered."
She and an assistant have cata-
logued more than 12,000 submis-
sions on http://www.theracecard- People now send
them via Facebook and Twitter or
type them directly into the website,
leading to vibrant online discus-
. Many cannot 'resist accompany-

Fype of

ing their Race Cards with explana-
tions, stories and personal experi-
ences. Norris, in turn, feels com-
pelled to contact them, listen to
their stories, and archive this new
conversation about race.
The discussion is inseparable
from this moment, when the page of
America's racial history is in mid-
turn. Part of Norris' inspiration
came from a series of NPR inter-
views on race during Barack
Obama's ascent. His reelection has
reenergized Norris' multiracial
community of six-word poets:
"Black babies __aaa

c o o
less to adopt "
"Never a Nazi, just a German."
"Money on counter, not in hand."
"You are dirt, so I scrubbed."
Eric Liu, an author and educator,
heard about the Race Card Project
from a friend. He calls it "brilliant-
ly powerful" due to the strict brevi-
ty: "It forces this profundity that
you wouldn't get if you let people
go on for two hours."
"It uses this format on the front
end to unlock all of this expression
and imagination," Liu said, "and on
the back end, once it's out in the
world, it forces people to see each
other with new eyes."
That's what happened one
Sunday when Celeste Brown, a
graduate student from Florida,
noticed the Race Card Project on
Twitter and typed "We aren't all
'Strong Black Women'" into her
A fire was lit. Women and men of
all ethnicities gathered at keyboards
from Los Angeles to Ireland.
Comments flew: Isn't Strong Black
Woman a compliment? No, it's
strong like oxen less than
human. It doesn't matter how we
treat them because they will sur-
vive. Time to stop putting up walls
and be vulnerable. I feel like I'm
forced to be strong. It makes a


woman sound like a weed, not a
In an interview, Brown said that
her statement unconsciously dis-
tilled ideas and experiences she had
previously shared only with close
friends, like the tension between
being independent and needing a
man, or the question of how black
women can build careers without
being stereotyped as too aggressive.
"I wrote the first thing that came
to mind," Brown said.
For Norris, such
exchanges fulfill
her goal of mak-
ing it easier for
people to talk
about race. As a
... interviewer,
". she often sees
racial ques-
tions lead
people into
"the pretzel
twist" --
arms fold-
ed, legs
But a i ith the Race Card
Project. people express things
unlikely to be spoken into an NPR
"Marry white to dilute the black."
"I married a black man anyway."
"When did your family come
"Disagree with blacks?
Automatic racist. Pathetic!!!"
Norris knows about reticence
from her own family. In her mem-
oir, "The Grace of Silence," Norris
describes a secret her doting father
never told her: He was shot in 1946
by a white police officer in his
native Birmingham, Ala.
Her mother hid something, too:
Norris' beloved grandmother trav-
eled from town to town in the 1940s
and '50s dressed as Aunt Jemima to
sell pancake mix, a custom that
many now consider a degrading
mammy stereotype.
By confronting her family's
secrets, Norris has inspired others
to reveal their own.
Like the elderly white woman
who, along with her childhood
friends, used to throw rocks at black
sharecropper children walking by
her home in Louisiana. She recalls
the chill she got when one black girl
was hit by a rock and turned to look
her dead in the eye, a look that
made her recognize her transgres-
sion. The woman asked her father

what she should do. He told her,
using the n-word, that she couldn't
hurt black people because "they
have thicker skin."
Or the story of Arlene Lee, who
posted: "Birthday present; you are
black, sorta?"
On the night before Lee's 50th
birthday, she was going through the
papers of her late mother, an immi-
grant from Peru. Lee found her
mother's real birth certificate, plus a
fake one she had used to enter the
United States in 1958. On the fake
document, Lee's mother had
changed her race from black to
"My mother raised me to be
white and I am, at least by self iden-
tification I guess," Lee wrote on the
Race Card Project website.
"It breaks my heart that we never
had a chance to talk about it, that
she didn't feel she could trust her
only child to understand and that
she didn't feel she could ever come
out of hiding," Lee wrote.
"And now, I have a new prism
through which to see things."
So does Norris. "These six words
are just the beginning of fascinating
stories," she says. "It's the most
interesting and rewarding work I've
ever done as a journalist."
Race Card submissions increased
after the recent election. So did
requests to use the project in
schools or institutions, and more
people than ever are including addi-
tional comments.
A book is begging to be written.
Norris is talking with several insti-
tutions that are interested in perma-
nently housing and maintaining the
project. She will need assistance
when she ends a leave from NPR
that began last year, when her hus-
band took a role with the Obama
When the project began, her
words were personal, born of her
experience as a black Minnesota
girl with a slight speech impedi-
ment who was advised against pur-
suing a four-year college degree.
"Fooled them all, not done yet"
used to fit well.
But now, after what the nation
has experienced these past few
years, and the gratitude she feels
toward thousands of people who
shared their stories with her, Norris
is reminded of a quote from the leg-
endary dancer Alvin Ailey: "The
dance comes from the people and
must always be given back to the
So today, her six words are:
"Still more work to be done."

Race Card Project Creates

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Oprah No Longer World's

Richest Black Woman

According to a report published
by Ventures Africa, an African
business magazine and news serv-
ice, Oprah Winfrey is no longer the
richest black woman in the world.
Folorunsho Alakija, a Nigerian
Fashion designer and Oil tycoon is
the richest black woman in the
world, and is worth an estimated
$3.3 billion.
The 61 year-old Nigerian fashion
designer and oil tycoon is $500
million richer than Winfrey whose
wealth Forbes magazine estimated
at $2.7 billion in September.
Folorunsho Alakija is the founder
and owner of Famfa oil, a Nigerian
oil company which owns a 60%
working interest in OML 127, an
offshore oil field which produces
200,000 barrels of oil per day.
Explaining the rationale for the
$3.3 billion valuation on Alakija,

Folorunsho Alakija

Douglas Imaralu, Online Editor of
Ventures Africa commented, "Total
E&P recently sold off its 20% stake
in a similar oil field to China's
Sinopec for $2.5 billion. The oil
field in question has a daily pro-
duction capacity of 180,000 barrels
a day. Similarly, other hand, OML
127 in which Famfa has a 60%
interest produces about 200,000
barrels a day. When we did the
math using the Total-Sinopec deal
as a comparator, we came to the
realization that Alakija's stake is
easily worth billions of dollars. We
showed our calculations on ven- At this point, we
have no doubt that she is in deed,
richer than Oprah."
The complete calculation of
Folorunsho Alakija's net worth is
available on

JET Magazine Weddings Feature

In Black society, often the
pinnacle of recognition for a
wedding is being featured in
the renewed JET Magazine.
That time honored tradition
has now added a new level to
its honors. The newest issue
of Jet magazine features its
first black male couple in its
weddings section, according
Ravi Perry, an assistant pro-
fessor of political science at
Mississippi State University,
and Paris Prince, a licensed
real estate broker and compli-
ance officer for Massachusetts
Commission against Discrimina-
tion, were married in August at
their home in Worcester, Mass.
The feature of the newlyweds
includes a short bio of the couple
and explains how the two fell in

First Male Couple
to urge other media out-
lets to recognize that it's
these stories that help
grow acceptance of our
community and give a
voice to LGBT people
4, of color who are too
8,often invisible in the
"We are excited and
honored to have our
wedding featured in the
Historic yet ever-current
Jet magazine," said
,,i Darr, and arie Prince Ravi and Paris to

GLAAD. "Long the hall-
mark in publishing news, culture,
and events pertaining to the black
American experience, Jet's publish-
ing of our union is historic."
Jet featured its first lesbian wed-
ding last year with the union of
Nyema Vernon and Tenika Jackson.

"Jet magazine has an extensive
legacy of covering the lives of
LGBT African-Americans," said
GLAAD president Hemdon
Graddick in the press release. "This
is yet another opportunity to
applaud Jet magazine for continu-
ing to highlight the diversity of the
African-American community and

Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

Continues to Outrage, Facing Lawsuit

"People are
extremely alarmed
and outraged by this
case," Simmons said
in an interview with
"What is most
alarming is the fact
these children are not
committing viola-
tions that are seri-
ous," said Simmons,
who is Black. "They
are arrested for
things like not wear-
ing the proper school

clothes or talking in class. It's very
disturbing because I would have to
believe that there are students who
don't look like me who are violat-
ing school rules at the same rate,
but nothing happens to them."
Austin said that Meridian is not
the only location in the country
with such a system. However, he
said, it is the only one to date where
local authorities have not been fully
cooperative with federal investiga-
Simmons said a decision is
expected in the early part of 2013.

Netherlands 'Black Pete"

Tradition Under Fire

Federal civil rights attorneys are
suing the city of Meridian,
Mississippi, and others for operat-
ing what the government labels a
school-to-prison pipeline. Federal
lawyers contend that students in
Meridian are being denied their
constitutional rights and that they
are incarcerated for minor infrac-
tions in school.
The defendants include
Lauderdale County, judges of the
county's Youth Court and the State
of Mississippi Division of Youth
Services. Roughly 6,000 students,
more than 85 percent of them
African-American, attend grades
kindergarten through 12th grade in
a dozen schools in the Lauderdale
County School District.
"We had no choice but to file
suit," said Roy Austin, a deputy
assistant attorney general.
It's the first time that a local juris-
diction has been charged under a
law designed to protect the due
process rights of juveniles in such
According to the suit filed by the
Justice Department, children in the
schools have been arrested and
handcuffed while at school. Also,
the students are often detained for
more than 48 hours while waiting
for a hearing, the suit says. Also, the
municipalities do not provide stu-
dents with legal representation.
Derrick T. Simmons, a state sena-
tor in Mississippi, said that the con-
ditions in the school system have
created a firestorm in the state.

says Jessica Silversmith, director of
the regional Anti-Discrimination
Bureau for Amsterdam. She said
that historically her office received
only one or two complaints per
year, but the number jumped to
more than 100 last year, and will
escalate much further this year.
There are various versions of the
history of St. Nicholas -
"Sinterklaas" in Dutch and of
Zwarte Piet, who made his debut as
an African servant in an 1850 book.
"Nobody is against the
Sinterklaas celebration or is calling
people who celebrate it racist," said
Silversmith. "But it is time to con-
sider whether this is offensive,
whether there actually are racist
ideas underlying Zwarte Piet."
The debate comes after a decade
in which the Dutch have rolled
back many aspects of their famed
tolerance policies, and in which
anti-immigrant sentiment has risen
sharply. Zwarte Piet is frequently
defended as part of Dutch cultural
heritage, and those who don't like it
are often bluntly invited to leave
the country. Many Dutch say Pete's
black face derives from the soot he
picked up climbing down chimneys
to deliver presents although that
hardly explains the frizzy hair and
big lips.


AMSTERDAM Foreigners
visiting the Netherlands in winter
are often surprised to see that the
Dutch version of St. Nicholas'
helpers have their faces painted
black, wear Afro wigs and have
thick red lips in short, a racist car-
icature of a black person.
The overwhelming majority of
Dutch are fiercely devoted to the
holiday tradition of "Zwarte Piet" -
whose name means "Black Pete" -
and insist he's a harmless fictional
figure who doesn't represent any
race. But a growing number are
questioning whether "Zwarte Piet"
should be given a makeover or ban-
ished from the holiday scene, see-
ing him as a blight on the nation's
image as a bulwark of tolerance.
"There is more opposition to
Zwarte Piet than you might think,"

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