Rocky Mount NC Town hall meeting addresses Web photo – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: It appears that these board members didn’t get invited to the meeting when the Superintendent and others met with Spec. Atkinson earlier in the day. Now that is what tickles the hell out of me. It was stated at this meeting that Dr. Jackson had a crew of folks other than these board members who either were present or via phone call conference. Chavis-Battle, Edge and Silvers ought to be outraged that they were not included in the meeting with Dr. Jackson and Board Chairwoman Evelyn Bullock. Talk about a lack of communication, hell if the board is divided, it explains why the community is divided on this issue due to the lack of communication.

It was stated in the meeting last night that a local minister said in the meeting with Spec. Atkinson, Dr. Jackson, Board Chairwoman Bullock and the others that he didn’t have an issue with how the school system responded because he had the largest church in Rocky Mount. And? Let’s don’t get it twisted not every person in Rocky Mount is a member of one church so for me that is irrelevant.

Also this article don’t give Chavis-Battle justice, this woman lost it again with her comments tonight. She began her rant by saying ya’ll ain’t gonna like what I am about to say. She said that people in the room act as if Dr. Jackson posted the photo and that he and the board were not responsible. She said basically that the statistics shown tonight that highlighted Rocky Mount suspensions were as they are because it starts in the home. She said that black boys are in gangs and all other negatives and etc. Well what did that have to do with perception of the KKK inspired photo that I think everyone would agree on was the reason why we were in the meeting tonight. My question to Chavis-Battle is okay your point well taken however what does that have to do making sure all children are being disciplined fairly when it comes to same type or similar offenses because obviously she and the Nash-Rocky Mount School System don’t see what the community is seeing as it relates to why and how students are being disciplined.

I would love to have been in all of the meetings held with the different groups to just see what all groups had to say. Knowing what was said in each group will show just what kind of mentality we have amongst the adults, however some like Chavis-Battle make it appear it is the children when in all actuality some adults don’t want to deal with the truth as it relates to RACISM.

The problem with this whole situation in my ignant opinion is the photo is a fact and the way the school system handled it is a damn serious problem. Not only did they attempt to silence black children whom voiced their opinions about the photo, but their parents and the community at-large has been silenced. It is a damn shame! The KKK inspired photo is real, KKK written in the highway by the school is real so can’t nobody tell me the perception of KKK activity is not real. We all need to be concerned about the recent activities.

A representative from the U.S. Department of Justice was called in by the Rocky Mount branch of the NAACP to address the ongoing issue of a controversial Internet photo posted last fall on Instagram that showed six female Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools students dressed in white and wearing white, cone-shaped hats similar to Ku Klux Klan 
costumes.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said while the picture of the girls was offensive to many given the state’s painful history of racial strife and established KKK groups, the school system didn’t have the power to punish the students based on the where the incident occurred.

Walter Atkinson, senior conciliation specialist at the Department of Justice, said he met with school officials – namely Jackson and Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck – on Monday and also spoke with some local ministers Tuesday to get a better understanding of the events surrounding the troublesome photos of the four female students who attend Nash Central High School and two who go to Southern Nash High School. (Source: Read more)

After reading the article in the Telegram watch the video to see what actually happened at the Town Hall meeting: NAACP Town Hall Meeting Department of Justice KKK Inspired Photo Follow-Up Rocky Mount OIC Tuesday March 10, 2015 6:30 PM

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Rocky Mount NC – The Political Agitator Response To School board urged to take action in wake of Instagram KKK Inspired Photo

I wonder why no one has brought that up. It was brought to my attention from someone who lives in the vacinity that KKK was written on the highway around the same time of the Instagram incident. The DCN resource said that if you go over there you can see where it was painted over. I think I seen the paint when I went to a Nash Central basketball game several weeks ago.

Now I have not stated my opinion anywhere about the so-called party hats that some have stated were attire similar to the KKK. I have not stated my opinion anywhere about the so-called hand signs that some have stated were similar to the KKK.

However I have let others talk about that and I moved beyond that to it being a school issue since the school system has said it was not a school issue. I beg the difference because for me it became about policy and procedures when the system seen a need for the girls to be escorted to their classes.

While others are focusing on their piece and others are focused on their piece, I believe it all is connected. I feel strongly that when the school system did not properly address the issue and tried to cover it up. I recognize and understand because most folks, systems and other do not want the negative publicity and sometimes hope that it just goes away.

The problem is that how this mess has been handled, some children (even) the good children have been disciplined for talking about the mess and therefore have made some decisions in which caused them to break the rules just because they were trying to show how they didn’t approve of the mess. Children were told they couldn’t talk about the mess and therefore some were afraid to go home and talk to their parent about it.

All I want and the others are for the school system is to properly address the issue publicly because on WNCRTV 41 a couple of weeks ago one of the parents of the 6 girls came on and shared his dealings with the superintendent and his story contradicts much of what the superintendent said in the newspapers.

I have sympathy for the girls whom I feel made a very bad decision to post the photo especially during the time frame of the verdict of Darren Wilson that cleared him of wrongfully killing of Michael Brown. It was stated this photo had something to do with the verdict.

If the school system wants the issue to go away all they have to do is to talk about it in a setting where they will respond instead of hiding behind their school board meetings whereby they are not obligated to respond but will freely respond to the newspaper. Hell that ain’t how it is done, they should address the persons in writing that speak to them at their board meetings in a letter to them since they choose not to respond on that night. Again policy and procedures?

It is clear the school system do not want to address the public where there can be an on the spot 2 way communication because they ain’t ready for that. You see by doing that more folks may come out that is against how they have handled this mess so therefore they would look bad so they will continue to hide just like what some would appear to be the KKK way of doing things. You see while they are in their school board meetings they may as well have on KKK attire because they are hiding behind their authority and WILL NOT address the public.

Now for all of you haters, Ignant Racist White Folks and Ignant Safe Negroes, I have shared my opinion so I challenge you to not try to discredit me because, but prove me wrong. You can’t discredit me because I am a Professional and I don’t act on EMOTIONS alone but EMOTIONS based on the facts that are before me.

“Now Run & Tell That!”

See original article in the Rocky Mount Telegram, “School board urged to take action in wake of Instagram photo”

Audio Only: Moving Forward TV Host Bronson William Interview One Of 6 White Parents Involved In KKK Instagram Photo Tell His Side Of The Story Monday January 26, 2015 9:00 PM

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I stated from day one when I heard about the incident that I wondered what did the parents have to say without being quick to judge the parents for the girls ignant moment in history. I didn’t think the girls had done anything to be suspended but I felt something should have been done when it became a school issue. Since what the girls had done happened off campus but escalated into unrest at the school, when the school re-opened after the Thanksgiving Holiday the interruptions began so for me that made it a school issue. But that is just my ignant opinion.

It appears to me that the school’s principal, the superintendent and the board have all failed to do what could have really been a teachable moment but since the superintendent seemed to have been in control of the situation it has really been an un-teachable moment.

Listen carefully to the interview by one of the fathers of the 6 girls to see what happened as it pertains to how he wanted to address the issue at hand but was not allowed to do so.

New Documentary Shows The ‘Moderate’ Klan of North Carolina – The Daily Beast

The Tarheel State had a reputation as the most progressive in the country on race relations. But it also had the biggest Klan chapter in the South.

If you were driving through North Carolina in the mid-1960s, chances are you’d see this billboard:

You are in the heart of Klan country. Welcome to North Carolina. Join the United Klans of America, Inc. Help fight integration and communism!

Klan support in the South was not exactly breaking news. What made these highway signs stand out was the fact that they were fairly common in what had long been considered the most progressive state in the region, where the civil rights movement had been met with a minimum of bloodshed and violence. But the fact is, by 1966 the Tar Heel State had over 10,000 KKK members, more than all the other Southern states combined. (Source: Read more)

Photo stirring emotion – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: I just don’t understand why this is a paid article when so many folks can’t afford to buy a newspaper but could see it free online.

A recent tension-filled Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education meeting continues to produce dissatisfaction and disappointment from community members and parents toward the school board and administration for the handling of a controversial Internet photo of six female high school students dressed similar to costumes resembling the Klu Klux Klan.

The photo was posted on Instagram during the Thanksgiving holiday break in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said while the picture of the girls was offensive to many given the state’s painful history of racial strife and established KKK groups, the school system didn’t have the power to punish the students based on the where the incident occurred. (Source: Read more)

Photo in Klan-like garb leads to threats against Nash Central High students – WRAL

Rocky Mount, N.C. — Six students are being escorted to class at Nash Central High School, officials said Tuesday, after a photo of them wearing what some say are Ku Klux Klan-style hoods made the rounds on social media.

The controversial photo first appeared on Instagram when the school was on Thanksgiving break. Parents of the six girls in the photo then notified Nash Central High officials that the girls had been threatened because of it, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson said.

A investigation by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office determined that the girls did nothing illegal, and school district officials said they didn’t break any school rules. But that hasn’t eased tensions in the community. (Source: Read more)

Nash Central High School Students KKK Activity – Defend The White Girls All You Want

I am going to represent all children, the children who spoke out against the girls actions. It was not Rev. William J. Barber II President NC State Conference of Branches, Rev. Andre Knight local Branch Presidents, myself and others who was 1st offended by the actions of these girls. It was the students who seen the Instagram photo and spoke out against it and some have felt they have been mistreated for expressing their concerns. We as adults are representing these students however all students will benefit from the school following their own policies and procedures in which we feel they have not done so. All we want is for the school to follow their own policies and procedures and the rest will take care of itself.

Now if anyone white, black, brown and other have a problem with this then they too have issues. The issue here is about the school system following their own policies and procedures because I recognize and understand we are dealing with the actions of some children who has created this mess, but they are of age and should have known better.

I have 2 daughters so I can sympathize with the parents of these girls but what I will say is that if these were my children I would want the issue dealt with in a fashion so that it will be a teachable moment for all children that may make a bad choice in the future.