Racial concerns in Col. Beach aired Complaints about racial attitudes surface in Colonial Beach

May 3, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Free Lance-Star

Racial disparities abound in Westmoreland County schools and law enforcement, speakers at a Colonial Beach meeting said Friday night.

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If they could read they would know one door says "In" and the other says "Out."
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May 3, 2009
 
I've lived all up and down the East Coast and no-where have I seen such a high rate of mixed couples than in Colonial Beach. I see people of all races getting along. There is the occasional instances of pure racism. People treating each other poorly simply because they are of different races, but those go both ways.

There are whites who hate blacks and blacks who hate whites, but it is rare from what I see in this town.

Could it be that we are sensationalizing the few incidents of racism beyond reason?

It just pains me to see this stirring of the pot.

Just because we have a larger number of white teachers does not mean they are teaching less to one race of students.

I have seen many teachers in the school system go out of their way for black students yet two of my white children where allowed to fall through the cracks. Did I scream racism? no I stepped up to work with them and made my children take responsibility for their own education.

The problem begins with mothers (not all) who make bad choices and become pregnant with men that don't take responsibility and stick around to help raise their child or children. Some however have no warning and are taken by surprise.

What is left is a mother who takes responsibility for that child, and in doing so must work and then the child is not being raised by either parent but in child care and does not get the full benefit of parental nurturing.

This leads to poor social skills which complicates learning in school.

Ask your child going to the Beach High School if they feel comfortable in school? If they go to the Beach school and are anything less than popular or really strong chances are they spend more time watching their back than concentrating on school work.
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May 3, 2009
 
what a load of junk....nothing but making something out of nothing as usual for the beach....my kids did fine there.

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Artical reads the students need to see prople of color. Dam just look around. Put your self in the place of a teacher. Would you want to come to Colonial Beach or any other school for that matter for the money you receive, the location you have to live, the conditions you have to work in. Go to the school on day and just walk in and OPEN your ears. The language that is used, the dis-respect given to people & teachers. Respect and manners ALL that start at home. If it is not taught at a young age how is it going to be taught at High School age. Just some more crap for someone to stir up. They had a person of color for superintendent and look where it got the school system. The people that are out there looking for such jobs are not dump. They read the papers, hear others talk. Do you think they want to come in and take over a problems that were created? Not in this day in time.
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It certainly seems strange that not a word was said about the hiring practice used for the Town Manager. She was made acting Town Manager and a couple months later appointed Town Manger with no advertizing or consideration of others.
If they brought forward where blacks have applied and not selected then it would seem they may have something but if none did what is the point. With the way things go on around Colonial Beach they are smarter then given credit for.
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May 3, 2009
 
Yea right said, "With the way things go on around Colonial Beach they are smarter then given credit for." What does this mean? Who's smarter?

Other than that, Yea right is on target.
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Irvington, VA

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May 3, 2009
 
Black teachers to go where the pay and school room conditions are better.
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May 4, 2009
 
Reporting with a bias slant is the type of things that start problems where none exist. 'He said', 'She said', is very obvious in the newspaper article. It presents on side of what is made out to be an issue. There was a Superintendent of schools of 'color' and she did not renew the contracts of some teachers over the years, that included some of 'color'. We have a Town Manager of 'color', a position which was not advertised, either. Our children do not see 'color' they see people in this Town. To think otherwise is the mistake of a few. Everyone who attends school here is given the same education and the same opportunities. If they don't take advantage of it, that is not the fault of the techers, it is the fault of the parents. Put the blame on something other than the school, for once.
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May 4, 2009
 
Many years ago I worked in education and worked in a school of 700+ students and a school around 1200. The 700 student school only had 2 teachers that were of a race other than white and the 1200 student school didn't have a single administrator that was black or other and they too only had two teachers that were non white. It would be interesting to know how many applicants in the past were of color or other ethnic backgrounds. The article stated that there should have been one applicant in the pool of color. What if none applied, should they keep the job open for months waiting for one and then lose out on the other candidates?

We want the youth of America to get past racism and see people for what they are, but that's hard to do when the adults are the ones bringing up race issues and creating problems. This is why so many children of color feel that they are entitled to something, even if they don't work for it.
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Transplant wrote:
Many years ago I worked in education and worked in a school of 700+ students and a school around 1200. The 700 student school only had 2 teachers that were of a race other than white and the 1200 student school didn't have a single administrator that was black or other and they too only had two teachers that were non white. It would be interesting to know how many applicants in the past were of color or other ethnic backgrounds. The article stated that there should have been one applicant in the pool of color. What if none applied, should they keep the job open for months waiting for one and then lose out on the other candidates?
We want the youth of America to get past racism and see people for what they are, but that's hard to do when the adults are the ones bringing up race issues and creating problems. This is why so many children of color feel that they are entitled to something, even if they don't work for it.
You are on target especially with your last paragraph
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The young people in this town have more common sense than the adults. Race does not seem to be an issue with them. Why is it with the adults? Are the adults making an excuse for their shortcomings in raising their children?
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May 4, 2009
 
Teachers can only do so much for children of any color and really need the backing of mom and dad, or whoever the adult is in the household raising the child. It all comes down to priorities, priorities on the parent's part and the individual student who needs to take ownership over his/her lessons way before high school, despite their family issues and societal obstacles. This was just another forum where people could come together, take individual responsibilities and push it onto the community as a whole. The community can't assume the only responsibility in raising the child; the individual must rise to the task at hand if he/she expects to achieve such goals.
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May 4, 2009
 
What is the issue? Only one--were these openings for employment advertised??? If not, why not? If so, were all applicants given an equal consideration? Enough said.
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May 5, 2009
 
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What is the issue? Only one--were these openings for employment advertised??? If not, why not? If so, were all applicants given an equal consideration? Enough said.
If that was the only issue then why were things questioned such as Governor's School, educational opportunities, just to name a few?
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answertoquestion wrote:
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If that was the only issue then why were things questioned such as Governor's School, educational opportunities, just to name a few?
Educational opportunities are provided and available for all students Any student who meets certain requirements can sign up for and take the advanced classes. As far as my understanding on Governors school that selection is based off of standardized test scores and RCC placements tests, the selection has nothing to do with the high school. So I guess the company that produces the tests and RCC should be questioned about the amount of minorities that they have working for them and their practice of discrimination. It would be interesting to know how many minorities from other school districts attend Governors school and why is the NCAA not targeting them?

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