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School diversity is an advantage I could not agree more with Jenna Kern-Rugile, but wish to offer what I consider to be a model example of diversity in the public school system ["Schools need a lesson in ...
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Joe

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Mar 20, 2008
 
Diversity = racism. Its saying that if its white, its bad.
Cyrus

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Mar 20, 2008
 
I grew up in a school district, where there was 1 black student, and 1 Asian. Despite this sheltering, I am able to work with, be friends with, and deal with other ethniticities effectively. That came from growing up in the NY metro area, where even if I did not have personal dealings with others, I knew that they were just like me. A person needs to be open, it how my parents raised me
Jenna

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Mar 20, 2008
 
I grew up in a white dominant school and I have no problems working in a multi-ethnic office nor do I feel that I've missed out on anything or that I've been socially stunted. Perhaps the racism problem is really the result of people like Jenna Kern-Rugile? After all, if she hates her white community so much then why doesn't she leave and go live in Hempstead?

What does Newsday have against white people anyway?
Christine

Patchogue, NY

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Mar 20, 2008
 
A Horrible Injustice

I was disgusted to learn that John White, the black Miller Place man accused of shooting a white teen in the face and killing him, only received a 2-4 year sentence. I shutter to think what the sentence would’ve been if the tables were turned and it was a white man who shot and killed a black teen. Make no mistake; if this were the case, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be shooting their mouths off, crying racial discrimination for the black teen. They would be holding marches to protest the white man’s “joke” of a sentence, because 2-4 years is exactly that, a joke. Shame on the judge for exercising such a gross display of reverse discrimination.
I fail to see how John White could claim self defense. White was carrying a loaded firearm and the others were not. How is it self defense when an armed man is up against an unarmed man? I also fail to see how this teen was such a threat to White and his family. If at the time of the shooting, the mob of kids were endangering the family’s lives, by either trying to gain access into the home or firing at the home, then White’s fears and use of deadly force could be justified. But the teen was at the end of the driveway at the edge of his property, unarmed, when White killed him. I do not understand his need to use deadly force. Mrs. White asks “How is a man supposed to protect his home?” Well exactly what is he protecting it from, verbal threats and racial slurs? While threats and slurs may be intimidating and rude, they don’t justify becoming a gun-wielding, self-righteous vigilante and shooting and killing an unarmed teenager. In a civilized society, the correct thing to do would be to lock the doors and call the police and leave it to the justice system, or in this case, the “injustice” system. Mrs. White also claims that her husband’s actions were lawful and just. Since when is it lawful and just for an armed man to point a gun in the face of an unarmed teenager and kill him? Mr. White claims it was all an accident, but he should be held fully accountable since he sealed his fate the moment he walked out of his home with a loaded illegal firearm. If he did not mean to kill anybody, then he never should’ve taken the gun outside. How would Mr. White feel if it was his own son who was killed accidentally during the mayhem? His life would be destroyed, just like the lives of the Ciccero’s.
I do believe the teens acted inappropriately, I do not condone their behavior. I’m sure that as teens we’ve all acted recklessly and inappropriately at one time or another especially when alcohol was involved, but that does not mean we should have paid with our lives. Daniel Ciccero is serving a death sentence for using poor judgment, while John White is serving only 2-4 years. I have difficulty believing that a man who keeps illegal firearms and rounds of ammunition by his bedside should be characterized as a “good man”.
As long as our judicial system remains partial and unfair, we will never be able to exist in a peaceful society. This case sends a clear message that whites and blacks will never be treated equally and discrimination is alive and well. My deepest sympathies go out to the Ciccero family and all of their friends. I hope they plan to investigate the corrupt, dirty politicians responsible for this disgrace so that one day they may get the justice they’re entitled to.

Christine
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Christine

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Mar 20, 2008
 
A Horrible Injustice

I was disgusted to learn that John White, the black Miller Place man accused of shooting a white teen in the face and killing him, only received a 2-4 year sentence. I shutter to think what the sentence would’ve been if the tables were turned and it was a white man who shot and killed a black teen. Make no mistake; if this were the case, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be shooting their mouths off, crying racial discrimination for the black teen. They would be holding marches to protest the white man’s “joke” of a sentence, because 2-4 years is exactly that, a joke. Shame on the judge for exercising such a gross display of reverse discrimination.
I fail to see how John White could claim self defense. White was carrying a loaded firearm and the others were not. How is it self defense when an armed man is up against an unarmed man? I also fail to see how this teen was such a threat to White and his family. If at the time of the shooting, the mob of kids were endangering the family’s lives, by either trying to gain access into the home or firing at the home, then White’s fears and use of deadly force could be justified. But the teen was at the end of the driveway at the edge of his property, unarmed, when White killed him. I do not understand his need to use deadly force. Mrs. White asks “How is a man supposed to protect his home?” Well exactly what is he protecting it from, verbal threats and racial slurs? While threats and slurs may be intimidating and rude, they don’t justify becoming a gun-wielding, self-righteous vigilante and shooting and killing an unarmed teenager. In a civilized society, the correct thing to do would be to lock the doors and call the police and leave it to the justice system, or in this case, the “injustice” system. Mrs. White also claims that her husband’s actions were lawful and just. Since when is it lawful and just for an armed man to point a gun in the face of an unarmed teenager and kill him? Mr. White claims it was all an accident, but he should be held fully accountable since he sealed his fate the moment he walked out of his home with a loaded illegal firearm. If he did not mean to kill anybody, then he never should’ve taken the gun outside. How would Mr. White feel if it was his own son who was killed accidentally during the mayhem? His life would be destroyed, just like the lives of the Cicciaro’s.
I do believe the teens acted inappropriately, I do not condone their behavior. I’m sure that as teens we’ve all acted recklessly and inappropriately at one time or another especially when alcohol was involved, but that does not mean we should have paid with our lives. Daniel Cicciaro is serving a death sentence for using poor judgment, while John White is serving only 2-4 years. I have difficulty believing that a man who keeps illegal firearms and rounds of ammunition by his bedside should be characterized as a “good man”.
As long as our judicial system remains partial and unfair, we will never be able to exist in a peaceful society. This case sends a clear message that whites and blacks will never be treated equally and discrimination is alive and well. My deepest sympathies go out to the Cicciaro family and all of their friends. I hope they plan to investigate the corrupt, dirty politicians responsible for this disgrace so that one day they may get the justice they’re entitled to.
Joseb

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Mar 20, 2008
 
Mr. White should have received 5 Federal years just for having a non-registered handgun, loaded. Was this gun stolen, used in a crime other than Mr. White shooting a teenager in the face?

Every dog has his day and I sure hope Mr. White and the racist judge that let him off for 2-4 years get their day.
John East Islip

Warren, NJ

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Mar 20, 2008
 
People buy their homes for the schools. The better schools tend to be in mostly or all white neighborhoods where the taxes are usually much higher. Nobody is telling blacks that they cant buy in these neighborhoods but if they cant afford to live their then why should they be labeled as segregationist school districts as the bleeding hearted liberal is implying. Haven't we learned that forced integration causes nothing but problems and hate. If these bleeding hearted liberals want their kids in black schools then they should move to a black neighborhood but they would never do it. Hypocrits!

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