How do we end Racism in Mckeesport?

How do we end Racism in Mckeesport?

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Sluggo

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Apr 27, 2008
Burying our heads in the sand is not the answer.

Our town recently drew NATIONAL ATTENTION for being racist:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

Made me SICK!

It amazes me that we go to school together, work together, fight in foreign wars together and yet some folks still judge a person by the color of his or her skin rather than the quality of their character.

Why are our kids smarter than us?

http://article.nationalreview.com/...

Actually that is my daughter Mary with the two dolls SHE picked out at WAL-Mart months ago and carries everywhere. No, she was not "coached" by her parents.

She, as I was, was raised right by her parents.

Elizabeth, our baby and one of Mckeesport's youngest Obama girls is on the left.

I think education, study and discussion are they keys to overcoming our differences. We are all equal in God's eyes and all human beings.

When was the last time you think that O'Reilly, Hannity, Libaugh or Coulter read a book about Dr. King or Malcolm X?

I bet they read the Swift Boat book though....

We should treat each other with dignity and respect do a fellow Mckeesporter.

We are all in this together.

Why don't we?

Jason Togyer recently ran an excellent article on the subject:

http://www.tubecityonline.com/almanac/entry_9...

How do you suggest we fix this problem going forward?

Paul Shelly
Mckeesport City Council
Chairman, Mon Valley People for Hope
thetruth

AOL

#2 Apr 27, 2008
segregation sounds about right to fix the racial problems LOL I WISH
Sluggo

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Apr 27, 2008
Glad to see you are trying to be part of the solution "truth"....

At least you don't hide behind and anonymous name.....

I agree to a certain extent, we should segregate all knuckleheads out of town.

Paul Shelly
John Mayer

South Pasadena, CA

#4 Apr 30, 2008
I was in McKeesport in January for a funeral. My Dad and I drove through the downtown at night and through some of the alleys at night. African American teens can be seen loitering in the alleys and they gave us glaring stares as we drove through. I felt terrible for these kids. Why are they out in the alleys on a Saturday night? Why are they looking at us like this? Could they be disaponted about their economic situation?

Paul, can you tell me what the City can do to boost their morale? I know that the City recently held an economic development forum to highlight progress in McKeesport. But how about a youth forum? Or some type of City Commission that works to get our teens off the streets and into activites that will give them a sense of pride and achievent?
Angry Mckeesport

Beaver, PA

#5 Apr 30, 2008
Mr. Shelley, I could not agree with you more, get the knuckleheads out of town..But unforunately the knuckleheads have more power than anyone in politics. They have a varied group of organizations that will tell them its ok they screw up, and will tell them it is because they are poor or live in a bad neighborhood, So tell me Mr Shelley, what can you do to tell these Kids in the streets and doing bad things , that they are wrong and it does not matter where you live or how poor you are , right is right and wrong is wrong. Sad, there is no acountability anymore, only fingerpointing about how it is socities fault, politicans fault, the schools fault, tthe polive forces fault. I could go on.

Things my mom taught me in McKeesport.

Judge someone by the content of their character ( that means by what they do and how they live their lives) Not the color of their skin.

Respect your fellow man and woman

work hard and make something of yourself, dont expect anyone else to make something of you.

Be accountable for everything you do!

Personal Accountability? whatever happend to that!
Crusader

Mckeesport, PA

#6 Apr 30, 2008
Why would a person's choice of a Pres. candidate
label him a racist? Because their choice differs from yours or someone elses. Unless a person states they will not vote black or female, then why label them ? Perhaps they don't agree with that candidates platform or their voting record
in the Senate or perhaps a lack of experience.
Not everything is black & white & a persons choice
of politicians sure as hell can't be a gauge to
diagnose political correctness.

“In F*ckville &you're the mayor”

Since: Jun 07

F*ckville

#7 Apr 30, 2008
wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.
dont bother over analyzing:
its simple:anywhere democrats are, or have been in charge for any period of time this is what you get,people blaming everyone but themselves,hands out.

See what happens when guys slept in cranes making 80k a year ?
good riddance

“In F*ckville &you're the mayor”

Since: Jun 07

F*ckville

#8 Apr 30, 2008
Ps.how convenient they have the masses programmed.
If you DONT vote for a colored guy,You are a bigot.but if the colored guys vote on skin color lines its a coinkydink.
F*cking frauds,sheep and lemmings!
How dare you hipocryte bastards make typical double standard leftwing marxist accusations.
Yeah, no friggin wonder.Keep walking around like zombies with your tongues out and palms itching losers,and dont take responsibility for yourselves.
Wonder the universe begging while you enable these crooks offer false hope and promises and surrogate fathership.
Laughable.
I'll vote for mickey mouse,now what?Am i a racist too ?after all,'ol mickey is black aint he?

I'm fine and if i aint,its my fault!
What a friggin new concept,i must be a genius!

Now all you beggars and poo-poos go stick your thumb up your *sses and wait for Barack to save you,most likely ,your gonna die left handed!
I'll be out making a buck,f*ck 'em
Paul Shelly Jr

Monongahela, PA

#9 Apr 30, 2008
Wow.
Glad to see my question at least triggered some responses.
Hear are m thoughts:
1) In response to what we do to any (not just the black) youth of McKeesport that are getting into trouble and who's future looks bleak?
GET INVOLVED! Coach, mentor, volunteer, open a business hear and hire! Provide opportunity. Not handouts.
I aggree 100% that we need to teach self reliance to all of our youth. The problem here is that the lure of easy (drug)$ has a very strong appeal.
Kids are smart. They see guys driving around town in nice cars, wearing the lastest fashions, throwing moeny around and they want it. They know these guys aren't working for a living so why should they?
It starts at home. Unfortunately some kids don't have a family. SO it takes neighbors, coaches, concerned citizens to help these youth out and shw them the way.
2) I never said all Clinton supporters are racist nor did I deny that some Obama supporters are.
In general though, McKeesport (and the Mon Valley) has had racial problems. As late as the late fifties, a black man or woman could not walk into G.C. Murphy's Restaurant and order a meal. Do you think this stuff only happened in the South. It was in my lifetime that the Harrision Village kids had forced busing to White OAK started. That went over well...
Just as recently as a few months ago, White Oak COuncilors wanted to change the name of our School District from "McKeesport Area" to Lord knows what, saying that the name "McKeesport" made it difficult to sell homes there.
If you vote Hillary or McCain becuase you've listened to ALL of the canidates messages and formed your own opinion, I respect that. What I saw leading up to the election was that some folks had come a long way and invested the time to actually study Senator Obama, his platform and his message. Those that invested the time, in general voted his way.
On the other hand, I also saw a lot of angry folks, who tore down his signs, called him expletives and called me expletives for supporting a Black candidate...
I feel bad for those folks because they just show that they haven't been raised well and are ignorant to what REALLY matters in a candidate.
Finally, I do not claim to have all the answers. I do believe that education and listening and caring in the first place are keys to overcoming prejudice of all kinds.
Racism is not a one way street. There is no such thing as "reverse racism". If folks are intolerant of others just because the color of their skin, whatever that color may be, they themselves are racists.
What bothered me in the Primary was that Senator Obama, across the country, throughout the campaign, has done very well with educated and mre affluent caucasians. In Haler Heights, he got buried by over 200 votes, 257-45. Many folks up there never gave the guy a chance to compete for their votes.
THis wan't the only Ward (12) where the Senator had problems but coming out of 10th Ward , he was well in the lead, behind by 17 coming out of the 11th and down 400 coing out of the 12th.
I congratulate those folks in the 12th who did look past the color of his skin. I think they saw what I see in Barack. His values are closely aligned with mine and speak of a new form of politics where civility, seeking common ground, moving forward together as Americans are stressed.
THis message won for me in McKeesport. I suspect it will win for him in November.
I don't dislike his opponent personally. I see her as a very capable and strong woman. Her campaign, on the other hand, has gone too negative for me. She won with wedge issues in PA and isn't going to change her tune now. Who does that really serve other than herself?
Paul
thetruth

AOL

#10 Apr 30, 2008
the only way to end racism is to mongrelize or race mix so everyone is a mix breed. but some old school people dont believe in that both white and black.
John Mayer

South Pasadena, CA

#11 May 2, 2008
Sluggo for President!
Sluggo

Monongahela, PA

#12 May 2, 2008
Not just yet John... Too much work to do in McKeesport. ;)

“In F*ckville &you're the mayor”

Since: Jun 07

F*ckville

#13 May 2, 2008
ALAN KEYES FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!
He'd fix this friggin country right.
Too bad whites arent ready,and blacks are just too reliant on white guilt!!!!!!
White Lightning

Mckeesport, PA

#14 May 3, 2008
Alan Keyes is fine, but I'd rather see Walter
Williams or Thomas Sowell as men of color for
President. Obama has too many skeletons in his closet & has less than 4 years in the Senate.
He's not ready for the big dance.
Paul Shelly Jr

Monongahela, PA

#15 May 3, 2008
This just in: OBAMA WINS GUAM!!!

Barack has broken Mrs. Clinton’s pseudo win streak at three states, her longest of the campaign.

In reality, she didn’t win Texas as Barack claimed more delegates there due to the Caucuses also held there in some areas.

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong but I believe that Senator Obama’s longest win streak was at least 11 states correct?

Tick, Tick, Tick…..

That sound was time running out for Barack’s opponent and her negative, old school, divisive campaign.

The tiny Island of Guam has brought a little more Hope back to the world….

Good Night America!

-Sluggo
Paul Shelly Jr

Monongahela, PA

#16 May 3, 2008
By the way, Barack buried Alan Keyes in Illinois race for U.S. Senate, correct?

“In F*ckville &you're the mayor”

Since: Jun 07

F*ckville

#17 May 4, 2008
Paul Shelly Jr wrote:
By the way, Barack buried Alan Keyes in Illinois race for U.S. Senate, correct?
yeah,go figure.
if Im not mistaken,Chicago is in illinois.No friggin wonder,a built in victim class.how convenient.
Keyes aint black enough i guess.(philisophically anyway).
Keyes wants YOU to help YOURSELF,noty big daddy gubment check.
This thread is about racism alright,just not the usual media fed type us folks are accustomed to.Its about black racism.
If you dont vote for the black candidate your a bigot,but black votes for black along color lines is just fine.(just like jury nullification)
its a joke!!!!!
hahahahahahahahaahaha
hahahahahahahahaahahahahah
Alan Keyes is the answer ,not a white guilt ridden socialist or a half black(amazing how we dont ever hear what the other half is)socialist utopian who needs victims!
Paul Shelly Jr

Monongahela, PA

#18 May 5, 2008
Senator Obama was raised by his white (there I said it) part-Irish Mother and worked his way up through the world by his own inititative.

A fine example and EXACTLY the type of role model ALL of our young people need.

If you read more of my writings, you will understand that racism and bigotry of all kinds have never been a wone way street. The problem is prevalent amongst most if not all peoples of all colors.

Open discussion of the matter and education of folks are at least part of the answer.

We are all human beings and all God's children. Would Jesus be a racist? Obviously not. He taught us tolerance and love for all people, not just those who think they are "chosen", be it by race or creed.

It makes me laugh that those who bang the Bible the most to get elected or support an ideaology are the first ones to cast stones at those who are different or less fortunate.

Get an education before you go off the deep end again. You are being part of the problem, not the solution.

~Sluggo

“In F*ckville &you're the mayor”

Since: Jun 07

F*ckville

#19 May 5, 2008
Paul Shelly Jr wrote:
Senator Obama was raised by his white (there I said it) part-Irish Mother and worked his way up through the world by his own inititative.
A fine example and EXACTLY the type of role model ALL of our young people need.
If you read more of my writings, you will understand that racism and bigotry of all kinds have never been a wone way street. The problem is prevalent amongst most if not all peoples of all colors.
Open discussion of the matter and education of folks are at least part of the answer.
We are all human beings and all God's children. Would Jesus be a racist? Obviously not. He taught us tolerance and love for all people, not just those who think they are "chosen", be it by race or creed.
It makes me laugh that those who bang the Bible the most to get elected or support an ideaology are the first ones to cast stones at those who are different or less fortunate.
Get an education before you go off the deep end again. You are being part of the problem, not the solution.
~Sluggo
Part of the problem?
Wait ,thats right,i'm not in lockstep,so im part of the problem.
The story that the thread is based on says that if you dont vote for Obama you are a bigot.
I didnt write it,I just respond to it.
Coincidentally,that mantra has been raising its head throughout mainstream media since at least december.
As far as being part of the problem,how's about the people 'ol Barack has in HIS orbit?
Are they part of the problem?
Or,are they part of the solution?
I thought so.
Its a slippery slope,no win situation for a white guy who chooses not to vote for a class warrior,(who is half white,not that the media spends much time on that fact).
If he loses ,we'll revisit this thread and see what excuses other than race democrats will come up with.my bet it will be because whites are bigots.
Sluggo

Monongahela, PA

#20 May 5, 2008
I never said that all folks who don't vote obama are racists. I said folks that won't consider him because of the color of his skin are and they are missing out. If someone votes another way, as is their right because they have looked at all of the candidates and consider another superior, i have no problem with that.

Likewhise, i know guyswho won't vote Clinton because she is a woman. That isn't fair either but it is what it is.

I think we are blessed with three strong candidates, all capable. I just happen to believe that Barack is the right guy at the right time.

His positive message makes most sense to me personally. It wouldn't if I'd have never listened.

Actualy, this thread is about ending racism.

Our County backed George Wallace in 1968. Do you really believe we don't have racists here? I'm not condemning folks for their beliefs. I'm trying to help them to overcome their limiting ones.

Peace.

Sluggo

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