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The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is getting ready for the first of its annual cultural events. Full Story
EnoughAlready

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Aug 31, 2012
Oh, here we go again. More celebrations of being "African-American." How can just 15% of the population occupy 75% of the liberal media? It's easy: Just be black. Can't we just get over the race thing and move on? Are the hispanics allowed to have a Pinata parade or hat dance? Better yet, are the "caucasians" allowed to have a "white parade"? No, because it would be considered offensive. Enough of the double standard. It's pathetic.
Get a clue

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Sep 1, 2012
You already have a "white parade", inbred. It's called the Dogwood parade. How does this possibly threaten you in any way? The city has other cultures besides your own. Learn to appreciate diversity. Who knows? You might even learn something and become a more productive citizen in a multicultural society. People can really be silly sometimes...No problem with a "double standard" when their "culture" dominates practically all societal structure, but very defensive when another culture has a celebration. You're not being forced to attend this, so why do you even care? Too much inbreeding makes for very low IQs.
Otis

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Sep 1, 2012
Get a clue wrote:
You already have a "white parade", inbred. It's called the Dogwood parade. How does this possibly threaten you in any way? The city has other cultures besides your own. Learn to appreciate diversity. Who knows? You might even learn something and become a more productive citizen in a multicultural society. People can really be silly sometimes...No problem with a "double standard" when their "culture" dominates practically all societal structure, but very defensive when another culture has a celebration. You're not being forced to attend this, so why do you even care? Too much inbreeding makes for very low IQs.
A "white parade"???? I thought the Dogwood Parade was a community parade, neither black nor white. The whole Jefferson School project is divisive to the community. It is all about being black - a guess we are returning to separate but equal times in Charlottesville. What a world class city we are creating.
Sigh

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Sep 5, 2012
Otis wrote:
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A "white parade"???? I thought the Dogwood Parade was a community parade, neither black nor white. The whole Jefferson School project is divisive to the community. It is all about being black - a guess we are returning to separate but equal times in Charlottesville. What a world class city we are creating.
It just gets worst doesn't it? A cultural event for other cultures makes us white people completely crazy for some reason. We are so frightened of something different that we rush to show our insecurities and weakness as soon as we feel threatened by the big, bad minorities. Yet we are perfectly at ease when we see downtown Charlottesville full of dirty, pretentious white hipsters, and ignorant rednecks on any given day that some rock or folk band is playing.(I guess in those cases it's all about being white, huh?) We really are a scared, clueless people. Sad.
Andrea Douglas

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Sep 7, 2012
The intent of the second line parade is to demonstrate a tradition that is inherently American. Whether practiced by black or white, it is ingrained in the culture of New Orleans. We focus on it at the Heritage Center because it is relevant to the history that as an institution we care about. I can tell you that the world looks at this tradition within the context of the development of Jazz music in America. It saddens me that some of you want to parse this event down to such limited terms. Whether African Americans only occupy 15% of the population of this City is really irrelevant to the fact that a larger number of don't know what a second line is or the traditions out of which it comes. Moreover, the 150+ people who participated in the second line had an experience unlike any that they have ever had in Charlottesville.
The Jefferson School City Center is not all about being black. In fact, I am certain the eight other non-profits that occupy the building would greatly disagree with you. It is all about being human and providing the kind of services that all people of this City need. It is about adding to the social and economic currency of this City. I think if you all spend more time learning about the project you would come to see that too.
Andrea Douglas, executive director Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Our Town

Farmville, VA

#6 Sep 7, 2012
If you know where you've come from, you might know something about where you are going. Although I have only been in C'ville for 40 years, I want to know the cultural heritage of my home town. It is the cultural heritage of America. If I can't go somewhere to learn the cultural heritage of folks who have been here since the 1700's, especially from their own perspective, I don't know anything. Culture is alive, vibrant and current, so any time I get to participate in a rich heritage of art, music, language, food, atmosphere the closer I know the rich heritage and opportunity of the place where I live. An African American Heritage Center serves me, no matter who I am.

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