Coalition Condemns Pitt County Schools For Not Showing President's Speech Tuesday

A group called "The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children" is speaking out about the school system's decision to not air President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday.

Rev. Ozie Lee Hall Jr. is the president of coalition.

"I vigorously condemn Pitt County Schools decision to not air President Barack Obama's speech to the nations students scheduled of September 8, 2009," Hall said. "The excuses given by the District are window dressing. Pitt County Schools has once again bowed to pressure from the baser elements in our society who have no respect for our Commander-In-Chief because of his race. This is in spite of the fact that the Presidents' speech may have a very strong positive impact on the vast majority of Pitt County students."

"President Obama having been involved in education for many years is acutely aware of our nations' declining position in the global community that has resulted from the failure of our public schools to successfully educate all its students," Hall said. "The President is also aware of the implications of school failure for our national security. The Presidents' speaking directly to students to motivate them to high academic achievement is a good strategy that serves the national interest."

The coalition says 52% of Pitt County's school population is black, and "public data from Pitt County Schools illustrate the need for Pitt County Schools to take advantage of a positive message from the popular first Black American elected President of the United States."

The coalition also says: "Failure to air the speech on the day its is given sends the message to Black students and the Black community in general that Pitt County School officials lack a basic respect, understanding and cultural sensitivity to the needs of Black students. President Obama is the first Black American elected to the Office of the President of the United States. Pitt County Schools is saying it cannot trust what the President may say so it wants to censor the President by previewing what he says. This is the highest level of disrespect for the Black community to a Black man that has achieved the highest office in the land. Pitt County Schools decision does irreparable harm to Black students and race relations in Pitt County. This is not a rated video created by artist, this is an official speech by the President."

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  • by Joe Location: G-ville on Nov 17, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    I wish this Ozie character along with his 'coalition' would crawl under a rock and disappear already!! These 'black civil rights' groups promote racism more than any other group in the entire COUNTRY!! Why is it that black people think they are entitled to their own groups, and their very own handouts by the govt. while everyone else in this country has to continually put up with their mess and get taxed to death just so they can continually MOOCH off this country!?!?!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Sep 13, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    Rick of New Bern.... I'm seldom impressed with ANYONE besides myself, posting on this site. Fantastic job on this thread Rick. Your point was made well, but you do understand the type of people you are dealing with? What will some of these people learn, when they are always waiting to make a rebuttal, and not listening to what the other person is actually saying!
  • by duane Location: hobucken on Sep 13, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    iffun they made a groop call the pitt county colition for educating white children everybody say they rasest so how can they make that black one yall answer me that
  • by Rick Location: New Bern on Sep 12, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Teacher;It does not offend me that groups are founded to support the education needs and welfare of certain people. Where would the American Indian be if it had not been for certain group of people took interest in them? Answer; gone. Special interest groups have been and are a part of us.Yes,it would be great if we had a group or groups that took interest across the board,but it takes someone unique to do the ground work and get it started.I don't think or see why anyone would be offended if we had a Group for everyone that had a need.The division arises from the NEED !Maybe you could start one and I am not being cynical.I am very offended by Groups that claim superiority over anyone's nationality,creed,religion or color.I am sad to say they exist and always have.Maybe that's why we have Special interest groups!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    You know I started reading this post and at first I was like huh??? Then I was like what??? Then I got bored.
  • by teacher Location: windsor on Sep 12, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    I for one am offended that there are such groups ESPECIALLY made for ONE race. Isn't that the meaning of racism? I don't see other races doing that
  • by Rick Location: New Bern on Sep 12, 2009 at 03:19 AM
    I see absolutely nothing wrong with an organization that would promote living standards and education values of a race,especially one that was considered in times past (sad to say by a few today) by many to be less than humans.Come on folks, there were books written on blacks that ACTUALY taught blacks were a sub species of humans,some outright ape/human.Some religious institutions taught they didn't have souls.This type of ignorant intelligence still exist in the minds of some "groups" of people today and not just about blacks.Hoorah for those of any race that have excelled..And people that think the drug, and laziness problem is conclusive to one race are willfully ignorant.Look at your family,the moochers that blame everybody for them not having jobs,always looking hand outs from parents (at 30 plus),blaming law enforcement for wrongfully arresting them.They won't mow the yard,wash their clothes,never there when someone has a real need,It happens to rich,poor,black, WHITES.
  • by Rick Location: New Bern on Sep 12, 2009 at 02:32 AM
    """OOPS"""'s new administration"""
  • by Rick Location: New Bern on Sep 12, 2009 at 02:28 AM
    A very special thanks for Laura Bush former First Lady to the white house.Her words were so enlightening and encouraging for our countries new admnistration.They were well spoken with knowledge and dignity.Republican followers may do well to read her intereview.It is amazing how the Republican candidates patronized Obama during the campaign pre-nomination for the Democratic Nomination for the office of President .Have you forgotten the money that was spent keeping Hillary out of the white house.The Republican party NEVER thought they would have any problem beating the Democrats on election day against a man of color with a parent from another country.countryAnd she does support the viewing of our President in PUBLIC schools to those that didn't see or read her comments.Again the REPUBLICAN party helped move Obama to the front and he CLEARLY BEAT THEM,get over it,get passed it,get going. People let's get things moving for country.It's called DEMOCRACY,what we STAND FOR PEOPLE! ! !
  • by qwerty Location: ENC on Sep 11, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    Hmmm, BLACK coalition for education BLACK children..., yep sounds racist to me. I can see that this "coalition" doesn't care about education, unless it's to educate the black childern to use race as a meal ticket for everything. This group doesn't care about anyone or anything. I think we need to ask for GOD's help, since we aren't going to get any help from anywhere else. BTW the speech is fine it was the teacher guides that upset me, asking the kids to help OBAMA, not help the PRESIDENT.Everything in that guide was to help promote OBAMA not the PRESIDENT. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!! or is it GOD BLESS AMERIKA?

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