Task force tackles racial diversity

Task force tackles racial diversity

There are 113 comments on the Paris Texas story from Jan 24, 2008, titled Task force tackles racial diversity. In it, Paris Texas reports that:

A grassroots task force made plans for immediate projects to address racial diversity in Paris at a Thursday night meeting.

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Cibil War

Paris, TX

#1 Jan 27, 2008
Since the claim is there is no racism in Paris Texas, whats the point of a diversity task force? And since the only people included are those who say there is no racism, its pointless. News Flash!!! IF YOU REALLY WANT TO ADDRESS RACISM.....YOU MUST TALK OPENLY AND HONESTLY. YOU MUST TALK TO THOSE WHO DO SEE A PROBLEM. HAVING A BLOCK PARTY TO TEACH PARENTING SKILLS HAS NOTHONG TO DO WITH ADDRESSING RACISM. Black parents are not the cause of racism.
get_over_it

Dallas, TX

#2 Jan 27, 2008
No. Black parents aren't the cause of the problem. People like you - CREOLA.. are!!
Cibil War

Paris, TX

#3 Jan 28, 2008
get_over_it wrote:
No. Black parents aren't the cause of the problem. People like you - CREOLA.. are!!
Still having your multi-name breakdown anoyingmoose? I'm not Creola Cotton you buffoon and I think by now you know that. But how the hell could Creola cause racism in Paris. Put on your thinking cap you idiot. HOW?? There was no racism until she filed those complaints riiiight? And thats when racism ccurred riiight? LOLOLOL!!!
get_over_it

Melissa, TX

#4 Jan 28, 2008
UM no.. i am not using a different name. I didnt even get on this TOPIX thing until last night and I have been using the same name SINCE! Racism just occurred? UH.. I think that's been going on for hundreds of years.. & You tell ME to put on my thinking cap? I didnt say that Creola Cotton caused Racism in Paris.. I SAID THAT YOU DO!! I bet if you went to Burger King and ordered the chicken sandwich, & the employee asked if you wanted it fried, you'd call a RACISM excuse on that TOO!
But YES Creola caused REVERSE racism in Paris. I used to own a small business here and I was never treated so bad in my life by African Americans as I was after the whole BABY cotton incident. Who is the BAFFOON NOW?? Crayola??
REL

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jan 28, 2008
get_over_it wrote:
UM no.. i am not using a different name. I didnt even get on this TOPIX thing until last night and I have been using the same name SINCE! Racism just occurred? UH.. I think that's been going on for hundreds of years.. & You tell ME to put on my thinking cap? I didnt say that Creola Cotton caused Racism in Paris.. I SAID THAT YOU DO!! I bet if you went to Burger King and ordered the chicken sandwich, & the employee asked if you wanted it fried, you'd call a RACISM excuse on that TOO!
But YES Creola caused REVERSE racism in Paris. I used to own a small business here and I was never treated so bad in my life by African Americans as I was after the whole BABY cotton incident. Who is the BAFFOON NOW?? Crayola??
Crayola. Now that's funny. Old CW jumped right back on the racist bandwagon since being back. Sounds like she's about to blow since she hasn't been on here in a while. LOL!!!!!!!!!
justdealwithit

Powderly, TX

#6 Jan 28, 2008
I find it interesting that people who spend so much time stirring up crap in the community and very little time bringing up their children to be leaders and good citizens always manage to bring in the race card to get their kids out of trouble. If you would invest half as much energy into teaching your children right from wrong and beating that ass when it is needed you will find that you don't have time to stir up crap everywhere else. My grandma used to say that you should sweep your own porch before you worry about somebody else's. Put on your big girl panties and just deal with it.

This girl committed a crime and she should have to pay for it. Maybe her punishment was excessive but she and other kids need to realize that they cannot just run around hurting people. There are consequences for bad behaviors and eventually you're gonna pay for your evil deeds.

Since: Oct 07

Mckinney, TX

#7 Jan 28, 2008
Cibil War wrote:
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I'm not Creola Cotton you buffoon
There was a brief moment that I had doubts but then when I heard that Creola was married to a hispanic now and I saw on another topic where you'd stated that YOU were married to an illegal those doubts disappeared. You're a hate filled racist no matter what you're mama named you!
Anonymous

United States

#8 Jan 28, 2008
Razzle wrote:
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There was a brief moment that I had doubts but then when I heard that Creola was married to a hispanic now and I saw on another topic where you'd stated that YOU were married to an illegal those doubts disappeared. You're a hate filled racist no matter what you're mama named you!
Right. There has never been any doubt in my mind who she is. For one she made the mistake of saying " let her sue ME" when it was suggested that Cleda might want to sue Creola.

But most inportantly, Creola is a very loud mouthed ,obnoxious , and "in your face" type individual who is extremely racist and belligerent . This type person is not content to stay behind the scenes with all the crap going on about the "unfair treatment" (lol) a black girl supposedly received. There is np way she would not have voiced her opinion. I realized a long time ago that it was " Cibil " and "Comparison "( CREOLA COTTON) who was spewing the hatred and racism. I missed the post where she said she was married to an illegal, but I am thinking that was an accident too. lol
comparison

Paris, TX

#9 Jan 28, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text> Right. There has never been any doubt in my mind who she is. For one she made the mistake of saying " let her sue ME" when it was suggested that Cleda might want to sue Creola.
But most inportantly, Creola is a very loud mouthed ,obnoxious , and "in your face" type individual who is extremely racist and belligerent . This type person is not content to stay behind the scenes with all the crap going on about the "unfair treatment" (lol) a black girl supposedly received. There is np way she would not have voiced her opinion. I realized a long time ago that it was " Cibil " and "Comparison "( CREOLA COTTON) who was spewing the hatred and racism. I missed the post where she said she was married to an illegal, but I am thinking that was an accident too. lol
Anyone who reads my post can tell that I'm not spewing hate or racism you on the other hand are a hypocrite quit accusing me of doing what you're doing.
Cibil War

Paris, TX

#10 Jan 28, 2008
get_over_it wrote:
UM no.. i am not using a different name. I didnt even get on this TOPIX thing until last night and I have been using the same name SINCE! Racism just occurred? UH.. I think that's been going on for hundreds of years.. & You tell ME to put on my thinking cap? I didnt say that Creola Cotton caused Racism in Paris.. I SAID THAT YOU DO!! I bet if you went to Burger King and ordered the chicken sandwich, & the employee asked if you wanted it fried, you'd call a RACISM excuse on that TOO!
But YES Creola caused REVERSE racism in Paris. I used to own a small business here and I was never treated so bad in my life by African Americans as I was after the whole BABY cotton incident. Who is the BAFFOON NOW?? Crayola??
LOL. Now lets see. You owned a business in Paris a few months ago and a claim of racism caused the African Americans to treat you bad? Are you freaking serious? LOLOLOL!!! Which of your civil rights did the black folk violate? Chances are you were being ignorant and impolite toward them and they decided they weren't going to take your sh)t. Probably cussed your azz out. Since there is no fried chicken sandwich offered at Burger King, if I went there and asked for one of the sandwiches on their menu and the employee asked me if I want my chicken fried, it could quite possbly be a racist. Who knows. I will decide if and when such an incident happens. Whos the buffoon now? Well obviously its still you.
Cibil War

Paris, TX

#11 Jan 28, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text> Right. There has never been any doubt in my mind who she is. For one she made the mistake of saying " let her sue ME" when it was suggested that Cleda might want to sue Creola.
But most inportantly, Creola is a very loud mouthed ,obnoxious , and "in your face" type individual who is extremely racist and belligerent . This type person is not content to stay behind the scenes with all the crap going on about the "unfair treatment" (lol) a black girl supposedly received. There is np way she would not have voiced her opinion. I realized a long time ago that it was " Cibil " and "Comparison "( CREOLA COTTON) who was spewing the hatred and racism. I missed the post where she said she was married to an illegal, but I am thinking that was an accident too. lol
Oh my gawwwd. That old dried up billy goat, Cleda Brownfield isn't going to sue anyone because she has no grounds. Shes the one who is subject to a lawsuit. Creola married to an illegal immigrant? ROFLMAO!!!!!!!
Cibil War

Paris, TX

#12 Jan 28, 2008
REL wrote:
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Crayola. Now that's funny. Old CW jumped right back on the racist bandwagon since being back. Sounds like she's about to blow since she hasn't been on here in a while. LOL!!!!!!!!!
Evidently you missed me since you've been keeping up with my comings and goings.
Wyatt Earp

United States

#14 Mar 16, 2008
Well, apparently the program has done some good. Another meeting is scheduled for the summer to have events for all races along with public safety (Fire,Police,EMS). I think the kids get a new outlook on public safety and realize a lot of what is being taught to them is not exactly right. Public Safety does not say Hispanic safety, black safety, white safety....etc. We are all human.
Realnews

Circle Pines, MN

#16 Mar 16, 2008
A New York Post survey of readers sampling nearly 20,000 people ranks Bill Clinton second to Adolf Hitler as the most evil person of the millennium.
Hitler received 8.67 percent, or 1,664 votes, and Clinton received 8.47 percent, or 1,625, placing him well above mass-murdering Soviet leader Josef Stalin, who got 6.69 percent, or 1,284 votes.

What makes the president's appearance on the survey more astonishing is respondents had to write his name in, while Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Dr. Josef Mengele and others were listed on the survey. First lady Hillary Clinton came in sixth on the survey, with 3.99 percent and 765 votes -- all write-ins.

Others on the list included Saddam Hussein, Charles Manson, Idi Amin, Genghis Khan, Jeffrey Dahmer, Benito Mussolini, Ayatollah Khomeini, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Ivan the Terrible, Fidel Castro, Vlad the Impaler, Timothy McVeigh and Marquis de Sade
A mom

United States

#17 Mar 17, 2008
anonymous wrote:
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I took my two children to the diversity event at the church and they had fun but I didnt see what it had to do with diversity. The children ranged in age from 5 to 10 and played on a bouncer and ate hot dogs and the police huddled together talking. There were no speakers so no safety issues or any other issues were talked about. But it was nice for the children to have fun.
I saw the police talking too. But, a couple of them came over to me and my baby girl. She was so scared of the police cars. HThat one let her sit in the drivers seat and talked to her for a little while. She is too young to express how she felt but it was apparent that it helped her. We are going to take her to kids safe Saturday also. I think it's at PJC but i'm not sure. I think we need to have more involvement with police and kids. I don't know why it has to be for diversity though. Why not just have it for everyone?
Anonymous

United States

#18 Mar 17, 2008
Realnews wrote:
A New York Post survey of readers sampling nearly 20,000 people ranks Bill Clinton second to Adolf Hitler as the most evil person of the millennium.
Hitler received 8.67 percent, or 1,664 votes, and Clinton received 8.47 percent, or 1,625, placing him well above mass-murdering Soviet leader Josef Stalin, who got 6.69 percent, or 1,284 votes.
What makes the president's appearance on the survey more astonishing is respondents had to write his name in, while Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Dr. Josef Mengele and others were listed on the survey. First lady Hillary Clinton came in sixth on the survey, with 3.99 percent and 765 votes -- all write-ins.
Others on the list included Saddam Hussein, Charles Manson, Idi Amin, Genghis Khan, Jeffrey Dahmer, Benito Mussolini, Ayatollah Khomeini, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Ivan the Terrible, Fidel Castro, Vlad the Impaler, Timothy McVeigh and Marquis de Sade
Now THAT is the most asinine thing I beleive I have ever heard anyone say. Granted Bill Clinton had some faults ( who doesn't?), but to say he is the secomd most evil person is just plain ignorant. Regardless of what people think about his personal life, he does not even belong on that list at all. let alone placed second. I think you are trying to be funny here and just made up a load of crap. lol. Hell, even Rev. Wright needs to be on the " list". Definitly Cibil War needs to be on there. But Bill Clinton? LOLOLOLOLOL
Anonymous

United States

#20 Mar 18, 2008
Realnews wrote:
A New York Post survey of readers sampling nearly 20,000 people ranks Bill Clinton second to Adolf Hitler as the most evil person of the millennium.
Hitler received 8.67 percent, or 1,664 votes, and Clinton received 8.47 percent, or 1,625, placing him well above mass-murdering Soviet leader Josef Stalin, who got 6.69 percent, or 1,284 votes.
What makes the president's appearance on the survey more astonishing is respondents had to write his name in, while Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Dr. Josef Mengele and others were listed on the survey. First lady Hillary Clinton came in sixth on the survey, with 3.99 percent and 765 votes -- all write-ins.
Others on the list included Saddam Hussein, Charles Manson, Idi Amin, Genghis Khan, Jeffrey Dahmer, Benito Mussolini, Ayatollah Khomeini, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Ivan the Terrible, Fidel Castro, Vlad the Impaler, Timothy McVeigh and Marquis de Sade
LOL. Pastor Wright and Louis Farrakhan make the Marquis de Sade look like a choirboy.
hannitygay

Circle Pines, MN

#21 Mar 18, 2008
After South Carolina, Hillary knew she had lost the African American vote, so her campaign started a “black/brown debate” kicked off by whispers from her staff of “will Latinos vote for a black man?” She beat Obama with Latinos. She’s out of Latinos now.
So now we hear the beginnings of the Black/White debate, kicked off by the Hillary supporting Governor of PA whispering about white Pennsylvanians who will not vote for a black man.
No democrat wins in November without the African American vote, and Hillary’s campaign is now dumping on them twice. That’s very short thinking. That’s destroying the party to get the nomination, but then lose the general election.
Cibil War

Paris, TX

#22 May 25, 2008
Task force continues push for diversity
By Mary Madewell
The Paris News
Published May 25, 2008
A Diversity Task Force, formed last year after the community was labeled by some national media sources as “racially divided,” continues its work to improve relationships.
Five community leaders, who first sat down around a dining room table about eight months ago to get the task force off the ground returned to the home of Marva Joe one afternoon last week to spend time in retrospect.
“Food just brings us together,” joked Mary Clark as Joe served cake to Clark, Suzy Harper, Vanessa Preston and Rev. James Price, who make up the task force steering committee.“That first meeting Marva fed us lunch.”
As the five worked on the project, they would meet in one another’s homes, usually for a meal. At Tuesday’s gathering, talk quickly turned to food and fellowship as a relationship builder.
There was talk about the possibility of a diversity cookbook as a fundraiser and the mention of the task force’s next big community event —A Great American Barbeque scheduled Sept. 6 at the Love Civic Center pavilion.
More details about of the community-wide event should be forthcoming June 12, at a monthly meeting of the combined task force.
St. Paul Baptist Church is to prepare food for the 6 p.m. meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3105 Lamar.
In the meantime, work continues by about 60 participants in three work committees — Law Enforcement; Youth and Education and Communication and Public Relations.
As more people become aware of its existence — and the food and fellowship at general meetings —, the group continues to grow.
At Tuesday’s steering committee gathering, members shared thoughts about the purpose of the task force and where the group might be headed.
First, Joe explained the task force’s origins.
“The idea came through the local NAACP chapter,” Joe said.“Joann Ondrovik (president) asked at a meeting,‘who will volunteer?’ I finally said I would it, if I could get help. Suzy Harper was there and Rev. Price, and they volunteered to help. I saw Mary at a church picnic and she said ‘yes’ and I had already asked Vanessa.”
A steering committee in place, the group had met with representatives from churches, school and community organizations. Its first public meeting was in late January, with 63 people in attendance.
The three work committees began working that night. The task force’s first public activity came out of the Law Enforcement Committee — a youth “Meet and Greet” event Feb. 23 to give youth a chance to get acquainted with firemen, law enforcement officers and rescue personnel.
“Some people may have wanted us to jump right into the ‘race’ issue, and we will need to do that, but we thought it would be best to start with small projects and start developing relationships where we trust each other and work together.”
Joe said the divisiveness she sees in the community is more than about race.
“Paris is divisive in ways you don’t think off — not necessarily race,” Joe said.“It is where I live; where I grew up and what side of town I lived on and where I go to school. If you could just get that out of people’s minds.
“Getting people to trust is huge,” Joe said.
Harper pointed to an African American exhibit being created at the Lamar County Historical Museum as a step in the right direction as was the African American history section in a Lamar County Chamber publication “The History of Lamar County.”
Cibil War

Paris, TX

#23 May 25, 2008
The group agreed activities that benefit children, families and the schools are key to making progress.
“We need to model what we want our kids to do,” Clark said.
“We are losing a generation of kids and we have to do something about that,” Joe added.
“We’re seeing so many of our youth, both black, white and Hispanic in jail,” Price said.“We need to draw the Hispanic community in as a part of this.”
One of the group suggested building upon mentoring programs currently in the community in churches and through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.
“It might be pie in the sky, but we need a mentor program where every kid in the whole school district who need one has someone following them all the way through,” Preston said.
“I think it is doable,” Clark remarked.
When asked about racism in the community, Joe replied.“We have never said there is no racism here.
“There is racism everywhere, I don’t care what part of the world you live in. There’s racism among people of the same race.”
Joe continued.
“We can find a lot of ways to divide us,” she said.“It is human nature to be divisive.”
Preston talked about helping schools.
“I am excited about this group because I see in the long run the group doing a lot to help teachers,” she said.“If we help our school system, we are going to be able to do a lot of good for the community.”
Preston expressed concern about what she termed “recreational fighting.” On her way to Joe’s house, she said a large group of youth were fighting at the corner of Fitzhugh Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive.
“We’ve got to get it stopped or somebody is going to get killed,” Joe said.
Price, who at times seemed “out-talked” by the women around him, made the observation that some kids think they are tough or “bad” and that kids have it bad in Paris.
“Kids here have no concept of bad,” he said.“When I was young and lived in Dallas somebody died in the neighborhood every day. The police wouldn’t come across the tracks at night.
“These kids have no idea about what bad is,” Price concluded.
“Kids here don’t have a bad situation but I agree this task force can do a lot for the community,” Price said.

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