Civil Rights Groups Plan Demonstration In NC

Civil rights leaders upset with changes to North Carolina's largest school district say they'll stage a mass demonstration in protest on July 20.

The Rev. William Barber is president of the state NAACP chapter and made the announcement at a meeting in Raleigh on Monday.

Barber was arrested last week along with three other activists for disrupting a meeting of the Wake County Board of Education.

The groups are upset that the board voted to scrap a 10-year-old policy of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity.

The activists say the effect of ending the policy will be the reintroduction of racial segregation.

Leaders of the school board disagree, saying they want to give families more say in where their children go to school.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2010 at 03:17 AM
    I want my kids to go to local schools. My daughter's friends are Christian, Jew, black, white, hispanic, and mid eastern. I encourage her to go to any home where child appropriate behavior, language, and viewing content match my own. I do not want her to be bused 1-2 hrs before and after school to a school where gunshots are often heard. I pray that Pitt Co follows suit. I struggled as a single parent to put myself through college without affirmative action grants to help me. I am still paying on my loans. We have usually worn hand-me-downs or resale shop clothing. My kids have never owned shoes that cost more than $30. We have lived in too-small homes to be in safer places. I have just bought my first home and own the first furniture in my life that was not owned by someone else first. I am almost 40. We have made these sacrifices to better our family's circumstances. That's what responsible adults do. So do not sit there with your cellphone and costly new clothes and call me a racist.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 22, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    I think Lavon is a pen name and this guy lives in kinston and his post were banned from the Kinston free press because of his racist rant&rave.it's always the same old/same old.go get a life.
  • by Jim Location: Raleigh on Jun 22, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    Once upon a time there was a Racist named Barber.........End of story.
  • by Northener Location: Snow Belt on Jun 22, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    I CALLED IT! I said first thing this morning that this story would have more comments than any other today (and mostly hatefull). You're soooo predictable. I almost feel sorry for you, but I'm afraid those who are the target of your ignorance deserve my empathy/pity more. This is just one mirror. Look! Learn! I have lived in both the North AND the South and, I'm sorry, but you have much to learn. I'm even more glad I'm back home than you are. LOL
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    To Mr. T - AMEN!!!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    Lavon, if you hate this "racist" state so bad, why dont you pack your bags and head north.Last time I looked, there wasn't a fence on the Mason Dixon line.Enjoy your trip.New Jersey is calling you.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    Pray for rain, lightning , hail, and severe thunderstorms on July 20.
  • by B Location: nc on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    DATA MAN; You are right, whites do not want their kids going to school with blacks, and why should they be forced to? I went to a private school till the 5th grade then public school after that and my children will not go to school with blacks.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    To Data Man - You are full of cr@p.
  • by me2 Location: enc on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    Posted by: Data Man on Jun 22, 2010 at 06:11 AM All it comes down too is that someone dont want the whites kids going to school with the black kids. Its just that simple. Its not to save money. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THAT THIS MIGHT BE TRUE? AND IF SO, WHY? COULD IT BE BECAUSE THESE 'UNWANTED' STUDENTS DRAG DOWN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND HOLD EVERYONE BACK?
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