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NAACP now involved with Arbor Place mall teen curfew issue.

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“Happy Happy, Joy Joy!”

Since: Mar 07

Douglasville, Ga

#1 Mar 26, 2007
I am just looking for opinions and to start up a discussion about this particular subject.
I heard about this on the Channel 2 news today at 6am. They said the NAACP is now involved, and African American students along with their families are going to boycott Arbor Place mall.
Do you think this will cause the mall to retract the curfew if they fear a lot of business loss due to it?
Someone ELSE with input

Atlanta, GA

#2 Mar 27, 2007
Well the ones who will boycott the mall are the ones who are offended by the malls curfew decision, and the ones offended about the mall's curfew decision are obviously a part of the problem and/or standing up for the GANGS who are responsible for this policy anyway so if I was a mall official, I would be thrilled to refer them to ANY other mall but Arbor Place.
Someone ELSE with input

Atlanta, GA

#3 Mar 27, 2007
I mean for God's Sake, since when is being against violent groups (gangs) in a public, family places considered to be "racist." NAACP, get a freaking life.

“Happy Happy, Joy Joy!”

Since: Mar 07

Douglasville, Ga

#4 Mar 27, 2007
A little off topic here, but did you read about the gang involved shooting over on Strickland St. over the weekend?
They were all teens of high school ages involved with the shooting.
I plan on finding out if they attended Douglas co. high school, or if they were in Douglasville from elsewhere to stir up trouble.
I will post here as soon as I find out.
Funny the news didn't mention this either. Doesn't surprise me one bit. D'ville is always trying to downplay the increase in crime.
Someone ELSE with input

United States

#5 Mar 27, 2007
Yes they are. its rediculous. I think that the police chief said in the sentinel interview all the teens were from the douglasville/douglas county area.
D villain

Lithia Springs, GA

#6 Apr 10, 2007
I think it's wonderful that the new curfew is in effect. I work at the mall and was present when the riot broke out about three weeks ago. I have seen the difference it has made and wish it would go into effect not only on the weekends, but during the week. I think the NAACP are idiots for even thinking this is racist. They only reason they think this is because most (if not 95%) of the kids affected by this curfew ARE black. It's not anyone's fault that it is that way, it just is and they need to face the facts and gain some common sense about it.
Someone ELSE with input

Atlanta, GA

#7 Apr 11, 2007
Amen to that.
Someone else

United States

#8 Apr 11, 2007
I think the curfew is a great effort from the mall officials, police department, & legal advisors to help control this problem. After witnessing this unacceptable behavior from these kids, the curfew needs to be enforced everyday of the week, and additional hours each day!!!
Eliza

AOL

#9 Apr 11, 2007
Someone else wrote:
I think the curfew is a great effort from the mall officials, police department, & legal advisors to help control this problem. After witnessing this unacceptable behavior from these kids, the curfew needs to be enforced everyday of the week, and additional hours each day!!!
I think it should be enforced DURING school hours. I go there twice a week for lunch and I always see teenagers there. Why would they be there during school hours unless they were skipping school?

“Happy Happy, Joy Joy!”

Since: Mar 07

Douglasville, Ga

#10 Apr 12, 2007
I know when I worked at the mall if security saw anyone who looked to be of school age, and they were not there with an adult they'd take them into the security office and call their parent's.
Another thing you'd be amazed at how many kids are home schooled and are hanging out at the mall all day long. I wonder when they are doing any school work?
I saw kids in the mall daily pretty much when I worked there myself, and a lot of them would tell me they home school. Not saying this is the case with all of them though, because I remember skipping once in the 10th grade and hanging out at Cumberland all day.
Rev Al

Mableton, GA

#11 May 25, 2007
[Good! If they boycott the mall it might be safe again. The NAACP needs to get involved with how to stop young African from fighting each other and joining the gangs that are causing all the problems instead of pulling the race-card.
Max

United States

#12 May 25, 2007
Unbelievable... There is no reason to be involved. This isnt a race issue. I have visited that mall quite frequently for the past 4 years. Its about even if not majority white. But thats besides the point.

They want to protect their mall and people visiting and are against students being there during school. That is a good stance. They are blowing this out of proportion as usual.
key doll 37

Utica, KY

#13 Jun 20, 2007
I haved lived in Douglas County about a year, I have a child who attends Douglas County Schools, and I am also a taxpayer. I was there the day the fight broke out and it wasnt a riot. What I saw was a father protecting his son from being "jumped" by several other young men. Yes they all were black but tell me this: What is Douglas County going to do about all of the children who live in the county and there "hanging out." Are there not other avenues we can travel down rather than "banning"? I can understand the NAACP concept of the banning aspect, the mall should be open to everyone. Not just adults. It this continues what is next? Restaurants, schools? I dont think it is so much a race issue as much as a rights issue. What is the county going to do about the "white" children who hang in Walmart and the Malls parking lot. Smoking, drinking, skateboarding, and drag racing their cars? If this is permitted why cant these same children go inside the mall. Where does it end?
B Stanley

Douglasville, GA

#14 Jun 20, 2007
Boo hoo, who cares? They won't boycott. They'll say they will, but they won't. They're not going to drive to Cumberland Mall. It's all just more of the same old lip service, empty threats. Boohoo, who cares where they shop?
Someone ELSE with input

Atlanta, GA

#15 Jun 20, 2007
I wish the NAACP would boycott Douglas County altogether...........That would make everybody's lives easier to begin with.
IMHO

Douglasville, GA

#16 Jun 21, 2007
Man, you just hit the nail on the head. If only.......
Someone ELSE with input wrote:
I wish the NAACP would boycott Douglas County altogether..........That would make everybody's lives easier to begin with.
LS Navy

Virginia Beach, VA

#17 Jun 22, 2007
With so much rukus going on here and there everywhere in the world, I think it's great D'ville is getting a little bit of the spotlight. First of all, the boycott won't last and people WILL shop/hang out at Arbor Mall...seriously, they have to shop somewhere, and driving to another mall is much too inconvenient to stay for very long. Secondly, the gangs/crowds that cause trouble WILL always be there, regardless of what we or the NAACP says or does....because they have to have a place to go too. And lastly, the fact that D'ville is getting some focus is good for the people...hopefully it doesn't give the rest of the gangs the idea that this must be the new "cool" place to chill because it gets the pubicity. Things like that tend to give those kinds of groups the idea that they can not only make a statement there, but that the message will be heard through the newspapers and news channels.

Let's see what happens next....
goodolcuntrygirl

Lawrenceville, GA

#18 Jun 22, 2007
Honestly the curfew is a great idea. If Arbor place retracts the curfew due to lost business its going to be stupid on there part. The mall is a family place as well and kids don't need to be scared to go with there parents to the mall because of what happens. Either way the mall will lose business but I'd rather it be the NAACP boycotting because at least then..the mall will be somewhat of a safe place. I support the curfew 100%! I never understood why my parents never wanted me at the mall all day by myself and now I know! I agree w/the comment.."I wish the NAACP would boycott Douglas county altogether..". I agree!!

“Happy Happy, Joy Joy!”

Since: Mar 07

Douglasville, Ga

#19 Jun 22, 2007
The curfew is ok and all, but it doesn't take away from the already troubled issues with the gangs this county has been having for the past few yr's.
The curfew also doesn't pertain to the movies which is where the gang incident involving a gun took place, so honestly I feel the policy is really a moot point if it is not targeting the problem area(regal cinemas).
I am against any young kids being left at the mall. I have always said that. I don't think it is fair to the older teens who drive,work and go there to spend their own money. Lets say it is a Friday and their payday. What if they worked from 8a-5p, got off, cashed their check and wanted to go shop? They can no longer do that. Sure they can go during the day to shop, but that still isn't my point. I don't feel it is fair to target an entire age group, because of what a few bad little wanna be gang members did a few months back. YES I will call them wanna be's. I doubt if these gangs around here would last 2 min's over in a place like East LA.
I am looking into moving away from Douglas co., because of all of the problems. It isn't just the crime increase either. It is the traffic,too many homes going up, roads in horrible shape, taking me 30 min's to make a 2 mile trip,the trashiness of many once nice areas of the county etc....
Here we go

Kennesaw, GA

#20 Jun 22, 2007
The police are now standing guard at the mall on the weekends........ kind of. They get paid $25 dollars a hour to stand in the same spot and talk to each other about B.S. for six hours. If the police in Douglasville would put a little effort into their work than Douglasville would be a little safer.

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