Thursday, August 24, 2006

Backwards We Go!

This is ABSOLUTELY freaking shameful! Shameful! This can't be happening in America. Shades of my childhood.
The Shreveport Times: "
COUSHATTA -- Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children.

The situation has outraged relatives of the black children who have filed a complaint with school officials.
'If the smoke is there, then there's probably fire somewhere else,' Panell said in a phone interview from New Orleans. 'At this point, it is extremely alarming. We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we won. Why is this happening again?'
Red River Elementary School Principal Jamie Lawrence tried to rectify the seating situation when it was brought to her attention. But it was ultimately handled at the Central Office, Patricia Sessoms said.

Sessoms aunt, Iva Richmond, is the mother of two of the children, ages 14 and 15, and foster parent to three others, ages 5, 6 and 10. Janice Williams, who is the mother of the other four children, is Richmond's neighbor. All nine children catch the bus at a stop on Ashland Road.
After Richmond and Williams filed complaints with the School Board, Transportation Supervisor Jerry Carlisle asked Davis to make seat assignments for her passengers, Sessoms said.

'But she still assigned the black children to the back of the bus,' she added.

And the nine children had to share only two seats, meaning the older children had to hold the younger ones in their laps."
What a load of crap. The comments from some Lousianans are just as backwards, my favorite being that black youth can't behave in public so this is a justifiable action. Pretty soon they will start wearing their hoods and sheets in the daytime. In public.

Katrina definitely hit the wrong people.

1 comment:

  1. Again, I am outraged and glad that so are you!