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Angry readers add a new bracket to March Madness

There are 44 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Mar 19, 2009, titled Angry readers add a new bracket to March Madness. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

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NH-REPUBLICAN

Hampton, VA

#2 Mar 19, 2009
Good article. Let's start the conversation on race off by eliminateing the term African American and replacing it with American of African descent. I do not refer to myself as French American, I am an American of French descent.
RACE CAR FAN

Williamsburg, VA

#3 Mar 19, 2009
What Race ? I didn't see anything in this article about a race wether it be by car, boat, horse, or do we dare say "dog racing". Now I saw bad journalism covered up by educated ignorance and arrogance. The only reason why anybody reads this fish wrap is because of the "racey" Front Page Tittle ! And for the record, I was thrilled that Bruce Smith and Company was submitting a bid. His group would bring/create a much needed excitment/buzz through the Buckroe Community. However I observed all 3 presentations, all 3 had holes in it. And though I'm not a huge Tommy Thompson fan, the Parade of Homes carries alot of weight. By the way Mr. Chapel Hill, Just as UNC is not a Football School, Bart Frye is not a Builder. Yeah, scrathing your head now, aren't you buddy ! GO RADFORD
sad community

Newport News, VA

#4 Mar 19, 2009
NH-REPUBLICAN wrote:
Good article. Let's start the conversation on race off by eliminateing the term African American and replacing it with American of African descent. I do not refer to myself as French American, I am an American of French descent.
I agree with you how about just plan old American. That term African American is offensive to me. I have like David never been to Africa and that wasnt the only place that had Black people back in the day. I might be of Austrialian decent for instance. Great comment.
sad community

Newport News, VA

#5 Mar 19, 2009
Lessismore wrote:
If you want your culture to be represented equally in business, then you need to speak to your culture about its overrepresentation in criminal activity and government dependence.
Even with our unconstitutional affirmative action laws, you have failed to keep up.
Your failure is due to you, and businesses cannot be blamed for refusing to work with those that have such risk.
Ever thought about how the stigmatisims some cultures place on black people may have some part in them not being able to grab a hold of big business. Racism is alive and well. Now I'mnot saying that the culture is not messing it up for themselves as well but other cultures continusly lumping all of us in one group does not help those of us who are trying to make a difference and do better in life.
RACE CAR FAN

Williamsburg, VA

#6 Mar 19, 2009
Racism is a TWO WAY STREET. And you get more traction on Asphalt side rather than the Concrete side of the Road. Bury the hatchett and rely on progression through knowledge, substance and even intellegence, rather than carrying the race flag every where you go with your hand out and saying, hey me over here, the poor black boy. Yeah, I could sell some Newspapers myself.

Since: Nov 08

The Gamma Quadrant

#7 Mar 19, 2009
Lessismore wrote:
If you want your culture to be represented equally in business, then you need to speak to your culture about its overrepresentation in criminal activity and government dependence.
Even with our unconstitutional affirmative action laws, you have failed to keep up.
Your failure is due to you, and businesses cannot be blamed for refusing to work with those that have such risk.
Oh come on "Less". I thought you would at least be flattered that he mentioned you in his article. Maybe David Squires needs to give you a phone call and possibly "bury the hatchet" too. But to continue the quote from Foghorn Leghorn, "Not in your pointed head, boy".

In any case, I noticed that the day David Squires wrote his article a similar, less "colorful" article was also written by his colleague Matthew Sturdevant. Just the facts of the meeting. And out of curiosity I took a look at the comment section associated with that article. Most folks appeared to be having a lively discussion of the land development deals. Nothing else. "Less" didn't even show up to participate, so I knew something was different. But I'm not saying any of that to take a side on anything. It's just an observation.
RACE CAR FAN

Williamsburg, VA

#8 Mar 19, 2009
Yo Jet Setter. Unfortunatley, FACTS don't SELL Newspapers. So, ole D Squires has some job security for now with his "Colorful Headlines".
Downtown Hpt

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Mar 19, 2009
I fail to see how Mr. Squires can ladle out race baiting innuendos and his racist opinion under the guise of "urban affairs", and not expect irate responses. With 7 out of 10 children are born out of wedlock in the black community and rampant black against black crime, I have to ask Mr. Squires how I'm to blame for that. I'm sure he will paint it that way. It's the only way he can. It's a shame he doesn't use his forum to question black leadership and throw down the gauntlet in his own community.
RACE CAR FAN

Williamsburg, VA

#11 Mar 19, 2009
You'd a thought that sheep skin was from NC A & T wouldn't you, rather than that White School he went to. I think that school falls under the BLACK COLLEGE COACHES ASSOCIATION, whereas UNC falls under the WHITE COACHES.......oh never mind, there isn't any such segragated associations. I'm on you dog.
realist

Hampton, VA

#12 Mar 19, 2009
I'm sure Mr. Squires is chuckling at all the asinine comments directed towards himself. An opinion is just that, and we all have one. It appears some of you regular posters can rail against Squires, and yet, you continue the unrelenting banter of racial stereotypes with reckless abandon. You're all in the same boat, so get used to each other.

Since: Dec 08

Vienna, VA

#13 Mar 19, 2009
I found the fact that when David called back the folks who called and they actually had a conversation about what ever issue they were able to talk like humans. I think a lot of times people hide behind their nics and try to think of something funny or eye catching to say to get a response from others who read these post. I feel what David writes about is important to all of us and if we just sit back and really read and think about what we read we will all get a better understanding of where David is going with his opinions. I know we are not always going to agree with what he says but we can have a healthy discussion on the subject and not settle for name calling and negitive comments that do not further the discussion. Again I say David keep up the good work and I will continue to read your opinions.
Toad

Virginia Beach, VA

#14 Mar 19, 2009
I want to know when the DP is going to start printing a suburban affairs column. It would be nice to have someone informing the public about all of the bad practices in the black community as well. I wonder how many citizens in that group voted for Obama because of his politics. Race is most certainly a two way street. But Mr. Squires doesn't see it quite that way.
RACE CAR FAN

Williamsburg, VA

#15 Mar 19, 2009
Hey Real, just like someone who doesn't know what their doing they hide from it by ( or in this case, writting ) practicing arogance. Like I said, his arogant columns are hidden behind flashy/catchy headlines. Look at the majority of his responses, they are about HIM, not anything intelegent about WHAT he has written, more about HOW he wrote it.
Snerdley

Hampton, VA

#16 Mar 19, 2009
Hey David, you want some cheese to go with that whine? Did it ever occur to you that a lot of that 47% is military personnel and their families. Another portion 47% of that would be the welfare parasites in Lincoln Park and various Section 8 apartments. Just because almost half of the city is black doesn't mean that half of the contractors able to bid on city projects are black too.
Realist

Hampton, VA

#18 Mar 19, 2009
Man, this is so typical, dislike an opinion, and here come the "go back to Africa" crowd. Very sad.
VA Boy

United States

#19 Mar 19, 2009
Okay, so let me get this straight. If I lived in Hampton (I don't, I live in Suffolk) 47% of the time I should be going to black-owned grocery stores, 47% of the time I should be going to black-owned gas stations, 47% of the time I should be going to black-owned appliance stores, 47% of the time I should be going to black lawyers, etc.?

So I am just a racist for wanting the best quality, best value, best price? Then I am a racist. So be it. I would want my city representatives spending my tax money to be racists also. Is there any way to find out ahead of time who the racists are?
Downtown Hpt

Virginia Beach, VA

#20 Mar 19, 2009
Realist, yes we all have an opinion but when you have a dedicated space paid for by subscriber dollars, there should be something of merit. I don't find Squires opinions to have any socially relevance at all frankly. Sharpton is just as elegant in his pursuit of notoriety. Is it possible that Squires is looking for a spot on national commentary?
tyron

Newport News, VA

#21 Mar 19, 2009
you worry me, sad so sad
zeus

Hampton, VA

#22 Mar 19, 2009
VA Boy wrote:
Okay, so let me get this straight. If I lived in Hampton (I don't, I live in Suffolk) 47% of the time I should be going to black-owned grocery stores, 47% of the time I should be going to black-owned gas stations, 47% of the time I should be going to black-owned appliance stores, 47% of the time I should be going to black lawyers, etc.?
So I am just a racist for wanting the best quality, best value, best price? Then I am a racist. So be it. I would want my city representatives spending my tax money to be racists also. Is there any way to find out ahead of time who the racists are?
Y T. Any more questions?
Realist

Hampton, VA

#23 Mar 19, 2009
Downtown Hpt wrote:
Realist, yes we all have an opinion but when you have a dedicated space paid for by subscriber dollars, there should be something of merit. I don't find Squires opinions to have any socially relevance at all frankly. Sharpton is just as elegant in his pursuit of notoriety. Is it possible that Squires is looking for a spot on national commentary?
While I don't always agree Squires, his topics are relevant, even if they are sometimes devoid of merit. He needs to develop his ideas better. I believe he knows EXACTLY what he's saying and how it will be perceived by a certain segment of society.(I'm being PC here) My issue is with the manner in which people delve off topic in their weak attempt at remarking to his words. Read the posts and you'll see what I mean. Personally, there shouldn't be a Urban Affairs column...what's the point? But, it does sell papers, and while catering to one segment of the population, it alienates and incites the other.

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