NAACP: Wake County Issue Could Hit Close To Home

Rev. William Barber, NAACP state President, visited Pitt County to discuss issues on possible segregation in Wake County that could affect schools in Eastern Carolina.

Tempers flared after the Wake County School Board proposed plans to move to a neighborhood based school system.

The move would ditch the current system where students from neighboring counties are bussed in to create diverse schools. It's something the NAACP says will create major conflict.

Rev. William Barber visited the Greenville Convention Center Friday. Barber says if the largest district in the state scraps the diversity plans soon to follow will be school systems like those in our backyard. He, along with other members of the NAACP made a trip to Greenville to push citizens to use their constitutional right and protest around the state in efforts to keep diversity in schools and in North Carolina communities.

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  • by Billy Location: goldsboro on Jun 20, 2010 at 04:57 PM
    Mr. fatBOY, should stay home in Goldsboro and clean up his nasty back yard. An old car, plus garbage. If I lived there, I'm sure city officials would be on my case. How about it Goldsboro officials,does he get a free pass? Check it out, he lives on Berkley, just up the street from Lowes.
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Jun 20, 2010 at 06:26 AM
    ok: This is not an "everyone against blacks" issue as is being portrayed by the NAACP and others. The issue of each school and why it is not performing as it should is the real issue. Take time and examine that! Is there parent involvement in these schools? Are the teachers qualified? etc. etc. When these kids were bussed all over the county did the scores increase? If so, was it due to the bussing OR due to the quality of the schools OR if the scores did not rise, maybe it had something to do with the parenting and involvement of the students themselves. Use some statistical analysis and stop parading race as the key issue!! If you want the kids to really succeed, do something to help them. Stop looking for the media and a camera and humble yourself as you help in the schools with no seeking of notoriety!! BOTTOM LINE: What is their objective...student success or blame and rocking of the boat??
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2010 at 04:56 AM
    Rev. William Barber and the NAACP owe the state of North Carolina an apology. They should apologise for lying to the people of North Carolina on a regular basis. They should apologise for consistant biggoted comments. Likewise, they should apologise to the Duke lacrosse team. They branded these boys rapists before the facts came out. After it was found that Crystal Mangum was a liar, there was no retraction and no apology for those who were filled with prejudice (yes the NAACP PRE JUDGED them before knowing the facts. Thus, it is a documented fact that the NAACP is prejudiced. now someone refute truth.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Jun 20, 2010 at 03:32 AM
    That FAT tub of lard can,t do nothing but eat and run his pie hole.He ,s to fat to work so just play the race card fat boy.people like you are the bottom of the feding chain. ya feed of making people feel they can,t do nothing without white people holding your hand. Stand up and work for a living and stop spreading your nazi like welfare ridden way of life.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Jun 20, 2010 at 02:50 AM
    My daughters attend a private Christain school. There are both white and black students attending. You never see any problems because I think mostly every student has parents that care. Also there is no bull allowed in school and YES, they are allowed to PUNISH students that act up. If the rules are broken they are kicked out, period. Also why is it that I pay $ 2000 per year for each child for a superior education but the state spends $ 30,000 for each public school student ? And no, the teachers are NOT volunteers, so don't feed me that line of crap. It's just more proof the states and government are incompetent. Over spending, wasteful spending, bureaucracies.
  • by Dean Location: Leggett on Jun 19, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    My wife's cousin was a teacher in Mecklinburg Co. at a school that was a top performer in the state.The school board decided to start bussing the inner city Charlotte students out there to "bring them up",only to have the exact opposite outcome.The schools test scores dropped like a rock.The school board was left scratching thier heads when it seems so obvious to me.The cousin ended up quitting her job because of the frustration and distractions from the new students.
  • by T on Jun 19, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    I'll say it before and I'll say it again. Naturally "for the most part" we segregate ourselves. There are white people that live in neighborhoods and there are black people that live in neighborhoods. There are exceptions but for the most part we segreagate ourselves. There are black churchs and white churches. So naturally some schools might have more white people then other races and some schools maybe more black people then other races. Usually for some reason county schools are mostly white while city schools are mostly black I dunno why it was that way when I was growing up. but it's not the school system's fault that either by choice or financial necessity we chose to segregate ourselves causing a school to not be racially balanced. They should not have to spend extra money to put kids on a bus for HOURS in the morning which means they go to bed earlier and HOURS in the afternoon which means less time for homework and social/family activities for something we did ourselves.
  • by I wonder on Jun 19, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    I wonder why the NAACP isn't in Rocky Mount DEMANDING their chief to resign. His comments in GQ's "The Lost Girls of Rocky Mount" should send these people into a tizzy. But of course, it's not a real glamorous story like education.
  • by Scott on Jun 19, 2010 at 06:29 PM
    Kimberly, the sad thing is instead of trying to help fix the problems at James Kenan, they want to merge it with North Duplin; which is a community school that performs well and has a lot of parental involvement for the most part. I guess if they mix the low performing JK with the high performing ND, then they will be mediocre. Its a sad day for Duplin County if they ever do merge the schools. If they were dancing a tune it would be how ND performs better than JK and the reason isn't the fact that the kids and parents at JK don't care or don't encourage their kids, its because they aren't treated fairly compared to ND because there are more White and Hispanic kids there than at JK. ND gets a lot of funding from being a high performing school. Also Duplin County parents have the choice to bus them to any school in Duplin County but the cost of that is no free lunch. So with the choice of a better school vs. free lunch, probably 90 percent of the time free lunch is taken.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    I want the NAACP to help me!!! I want to be in the Miss Black America Contest and I am white!!! How about that for racism in America! My rights are being violated!!

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