`Racially charged' e-mail forwarded b...

`Racially charged' e-mail forwarded by New Fairfield school board member

There are 26 comments on the News Times story from Oct 7, 2009, titled `Racially charged' e-mail forwarded by New Fairfield school board member. In it, News Times reports that:

Lucy DiRocco claims she wasn't bothered by school board member Ralph Langham's "joke" about getting his dog registered as a voter in order to challenge DiRocco for a seat on the Board of Finance.

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PoorProx

New Britain, CT

#5 Oct 8, 2009
This guy is 15 years behind the curve. Nobody uses email to forward inappropriate jokes any more. Maybe next he'll try to build a network of b1gots on Facebook.
I am definitely Pete

Danbury, CT

#7 Oct 8, 2009
New Fairfield should get with the times! Nobody has racists on the school board...you're supposed to have them working at city hall, and trying to get reelected as city clerk.
NF RESIDENT

Branford, CT

#10 Oct 9, 2009
If Ralph will not quit the Board of Ed can remove him assuming they follow their moral compass if not vote them out come the election
Bylaws of the Board
Resignation/Removal from Office/Censure
Removal from Office
Any Board officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of the membership of the whole Board.
(cf. 9120 - Officers and Auxiliary Personnel)
(cf. 9221 - Filling Vacancies)
Bylaw adopted by the Board: June 23, 1999
Bylaw readopted: May 3, 2007
realist

United States

#13 Oct 9, 2009
its a joke. a meeting? for a joke? this has got to be a joke. racial humor is funny. they are going to waste man hours and press and resources on a joke? to me, any organization that would do that is a joke.
Laugh it off, or say it was not funny, and move on.
IT'S A JOKE!
NO IN NF

United States

#14 Oct 9, 2009
realist wrote:
it's a joke. a meeting? for a joke? this has got to be a joke. racial humor is funny. they are going to waste man hours and press and resources on a joke? to me, any organization that would do that is a joke.
Laugh it off, or say it was not funny, and move on.
IT'S A JOKE!
A JOKE FOR WHO??? SOME OF RNC IN NEW FAIRFIELD? HOW AND WHY DO YOU SEE THIS AS A JOKE?
NOBODY'S LAUGHING, LEAST OF ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS IN NEW FAIRFIELD.
realist

United States

#16 Oct 9, 2009
Hey Stupids-------

Main Entry: joke

Function: noun

1 a : something said or done to provoke laughter; especially : a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist b (1): the humorous or ridiculous element in something (2): an instance of jesting : kidding <can't take a joke> c : practical joke d : laughingstock
2 : something not to be taken seriously : a trifling matter
NO IN NF

United States

#17 Oct 9, 2009
realist wrote:
Hey Stupids-------
Main Entry: joke
Function: noun
1 a : something said or done to provoke laughter; especially : a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist b (1): the humorous or ridiculous element in something (2): an instance of jesting : kidding <can't take a joke> c : practical joke d : laughingstock
2 : something not to be taken seriously : a trifling matter
Hey Idiot,
Your main function is to be quiet and play nice like a good little Republican should do in our town.
Don't be racists and set an example the children should follow and not by your superior ideology garbage you may think might be funny.
When it effects you then it becomes an issue till then "it's a joke" thing is no ones laughing except you and yours. Why is that? Take an introspective look at the party you believe in and perhaps consider for a second why it's OK because news- flash it's not!
Reader

Chicopee, MA

#18 Oct 9, 2009
realist wrote:
Hey Stupids-------
Main Entry: joke
Function: noun
1 a : something said or done to provoke laughter; especially : a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist b (1): the humorous or ridiculous element in something (2): an instance of jesting : kidding <can't take a joke> c : practical joke d : laughingstock
2 : something not to be taken seriously : a trifling matter
Joke though it may have been, it was in very poor taste and while some might find it funny it proves their ignorance and should never have been passed on, the ones who pass it on are even bigger fools than the one who originates it. Langham should be ousted for setting such a poor example of common decency that is demanded of the students in the school system.
read it again

Chicopee, MA

#19 Oct 9, 2009
NF RESIDENT wrote:
If Ralph will not quit the Board of Ed can remove him assuming they follow their moral compass if not vote them out come the election
Bylaws of the Board
Resignation/Removal from Office/Censure
Removal from Office
Any Board officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of the membership of the whole Board.
(cf. 9120 - Officers and Auxiliary Personnel)
(cf. 9221 - Filling Vacancies)
Bylaw adopted by the Board: June 23, 1999
Bylaw readopted: May 3, 2007
They can remove a member from office means they can remove them from Chair or Assistant chair, not from the board itself. People who are voted into office can only be removed by voters
American period

Milford, CT

#20 Oct 10, 2009
NO IN NF wrote:
<quoted text>
A JOKE FOR WHO??? SOME OF RNC IN NEW FAIRFIELD? HOW AND WHY DO YOU SEE THIS AS A JOKE?
NOBODY'S LAUGHING, LEAST OF ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS IN NEW FAIRFIELD.
why do you say African American and not just American.
simply by making the denotation may say more about you than you even realize.????

aren't we all just Americans, one people under God ????
is that NOT what we are trying to achieve by asimilating our cultures.
is that NOT the goal, to abolish racisim? and stop making denotations to ones race.
curious

Jackson, TN

#22 Oct 10, 2009
why aren't you attacking bob jano.. he's the one who originally sent it.
Reader

Chicopee, MA

#23 Oct 10, 2009
curious wrote:
why aren't you attacking bob jano.. he's the one who originally sent it.
He is having his feet held to the fire as well but he is not a representative of our education system which puts him in a slightly less responsible position for having participated in the email exchange. Ralph had a greater duty to stifle the distribution because of his position on the BOE. And, Bob has been significantly more remorseful and apologetic without implying that he didn't know what he was doing or blaming anyone else for his actions.
39ehonor

San Antonio, TX

#24 Oct 10, 2009
NO IN NF wrote:
<quoted text>
A JOKE FOR WHO??? SOME OF RNC IN NEW FAIRFIELD? HOW AND WHY DO YOU SEE THIS AS A JOKE?
NOBODY'S LAUGHING, LEAST OF ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS IN NEW FAIRFIELD.
--so glad I grew up in rich New Canaan, Conn.--We didn't allow any blacks to live there,despite being a town of 10,000 people--Even today, blacks are virtually non-existent in New Canaan--They can't afford to live there LMAO
39ehonor

San Antonio, TX

#25 Oct 10, 2009
So Glad I grew up in nearby New Canaan,CT the most perfect place ever to grow up in 35 years ago--We didn't allow any blacks to live there then, and to this day I'm proud to say blacks are still virtually non-existent in my former town of 10,000 people there--blacks can't afford to live there lmao
39ehonor

San Antonio, TX

#27 Oct 10, 2009
oops sorry for the double post about New Canaan--cyberspace problems lol
39ehonor

San Antonio, TX

#28 Oct 10, 2009
American period wrote:
<quoted text>
why do you say African American and not just American.
simply by making the denotation may say more about you than you even realize.????
aren't we all just Americans, one people under God ????
is that NOT what we are trying to achieve by asimilating our cultures.
is that NOT the goal, to abolish racisim? and stop making denotations to ones race.
--lol--blacks and whites will NEVER be assimilated, and racism against blacks continues to intensify not only in the USA but in Europe Russia India and many other countries--Blacks need to learn that only AFRICA is the place for them
Yes We Can

United States

#29 Oct 10, 2009
American period wrote:
<quoted text>
why do you say African American and not just American.
simply by making the denotation may say more about you than you even realize.????
aren't we all just Americans, one people under God ????
is that NOT what we are trying to achieve by asimilating our cultures.
is that NOT the goal, to abolish racisim? and stop making denotations to ones race.
Excuse me for using that "denotation" but here in New Fairfield racism lives and thrives very well. When I mark a form or questioner it denotes or asks what race I belong too and I then mark African American.
So in fact part of the problem is America society in general and it's love of labels and having to label people. I'm not ‘assimilating any culture; I'm living in my beloved America living by a set of rules run by people that have NO CLUE but hopefully one day we all can live “One Nation, Under God, Indivisible,&#8232;With Liberty And Justice For All.”
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AOL

#30 Oct 10, 2009
by the way, realist---it wasn't the "joke" about ms. dirocco that was and still is the issue----it was the gross racist joke involvong a black dog that he forwarded and THEN attached the "joke" about dirocco to, and then passed it on....
The truth

Lake Mary, FL

#31 Oct 14, 2009
Why if someone is black do we always assume african american. I have friends that are black, they call themselves Jamician and proud of it. We always want to group people don't we
JustStoppingBy

Bethel, CT

#32 Aug 21, 2012
NO IN NF wrote:
<quoted text>
A JOKE FOR WHO??? SOME OF RNC IN NEW FAIRFIELD? HOW AND WHY DO YOU SEE THIS AS A JOKE?
NOBODY'S LAUGHING, LEAST OF ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS IN NEW FAIRFIELD.
Um, I grew up in new fairfield, and I can assure you, that there arent any " african americans" residing there. at all. NONE

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