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Economics or Racism? Your Thoughts Re: One Charlotte School Holding Snow Make-Up Day On MLK Holiday? (888 hits)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- SURVEY Do you agree with CMS holding a snow make-up day on Martin Luther King Jr., Day? Yes (or) No
The decision to use the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday as a snow makeup day for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has drawn some criticism. There's a lot of emotion involved in the controversy. After passionate opposition to the closing of some west side schools last fall, the decision to use holiday as a snow makeup day caused some to say it's another slap in the face to the African-American community.Do you agree with CMS holding a snow make-up day on Martin Luther King Jr., Day?
Choice Votes Percentage of 3,696 Votes as of January 13th 7:32AM
Yes 2,154 58%
No 1,542 42%
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http://www.wsoctv.com/news/26461830/detail.html
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Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 7:40AM
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BAd decision. Offensive. The calendar is full of all sorts of days to choose from. Anyone who made THAT particular decision should have expected real anger.


Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 8:08AM
Richard Kigel
naacp, bia whomever; should have always had the courage to STATE the this Holiday has the MOST importance as a HOLIDAY to Celebrate the slaveAmericans' rejection in American History-----not the short life of a preacher for paganChristianity.

The audacity of a people asking another people to treat them as Human!

Everyone knows that America's RESPECT should be for the slaveAmericans' rejection in American History-----not the short life of a preacher for paganChristianity.





Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 8:23AM
powell robert
@ Brother Rich,
Indeed a "very" bad decision. That decision was the equivalent of putting salt on a fresh wound or taking a bandage off a wound before its healed. You wait. Let's see what the rest of BIA has to say.


@ Brother Rob,
...naacp, bia whomever; should have always had the courage to STATE the this Holiday has the MOST importance as a HOLIDAY to Celebrate the slaveAmericans' rejection in American History-----not the short life of a preacher for paganChristianity...

You know that you're my inspiration, but what you have said is the equivalent of someone criticizing a leader of high calibre like Barack Hussein Obama, president of these United States of America.

I must say that I do see your point regarding "oppressed people" using the Holiday as a day of remembrance for to celebrate slaveAmericans' rejection in American History. Moreover, I think once we truly see past slaveAmerican era and concentrate and focus on how the late MLK wanted tolerance, equality, and peace to be themes of his legacy for ALL mankind/ALL God's children then perhaps school districts like CMS will see the importance of the Holiday.
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 8:48AM
Jen Fad
very bad decision...what is solution...all kids boycot school that day?
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 9:24AM
@ Brother Mozell,
I don't think boycotting school is a good idea after all, King wanted kids to have intergrated education. The kids could still honor Dr. King by using the day to show what he stood for. Perhaps the school could use part of the day to do assembly commemorating MLK or talk about unity and peace. I don't know, but boycotting school will only hurt them, not the school.

@ Sister Irma,
You are so right about snow being like Santa Claus in the Carolinas. I spoke to my grandmother in SC and she's all shut in and can't get to the mailbox. She's waiting for someone to come and check it for her. I emailed a friend in NC and the Mecklinburg county schools are on a 2 hour delay. My friend her daughter emailed me pictures of the snowcream they made. So you are right!
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 1:34PM
Jen Fad
but if the administration had decided to take the day for...education...how can the students/family take it back without some kind of contemporary action?
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 1:49PM
@ Brother Mozell,
It's up to the parents and the students to get signatures on a petition and call for a school board meeting if they really value King Day. The problem is that many Black people depend too, much on the NAACP and Rev. AL to get things done for us. We have our own voice both as individuals and collectively as a group. Real power comes in building coalitions with across ethnic lines like what occurred with the Underground Railroad, the ending of Slavery, the ending of segregation in the South, and the ending of Apartheid in South Africa. Many of us allow things like Race to polarize us with emotion and feelings that we can't think straight... all we see is RED. No one can organize under that type of duress.
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 2:25PM
Jen Fad
I think it shows a sign of disrespect for MLK...after all the man was about peace...
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 2:33PM
Siebra Muhammad
I see and understand your point(s) sheep are sheep. Who will stand? I really think the folk at King Center should have a thing or two to say to that School District. The parents and students....my thoughts as of recent who cares enough to stand up? Who has time to delegate to African American cares...if the African Americans effected don't care.
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 2:54PM
ps economically speaking it's cheaper to keep the school system closed if the monitor utilities and transportation/fuel ...Staff pay...is iffy you know work day before and after holiday to get paid for holiday...someone wil miss the day and not get paid another saving to the school system. That's just a logical look at it.
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 2:58PM
@ Sister Siebra,
What would the parents and students in your school district do if this was a decision brought in LA?

@ Brother Mozell,
...Who has time to delegate to African American cares...if the African Americans effected don't care. ...

I agree with you on your point. We are by large become an Apathetic people who make a bunch of noise with no real actions to substantiate the noise.It's probably more about economics than anything. I don't believe the school is being Racist, but have used a lack of judgment. CMS Distreict probably see forgoing the King Day as a way of saving money for the district.

Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 3:14PM
Jen Fad
I am mixed on this one. Many of us black folk do more to disrespect the day ourselves. We don't vote, we don't educate ourselves, we don't read, and we don't spend the day itself at least reflecting on the things King did that led to this honor in the first place. That's the truth. For many of us, its a day off from work, work that many of us wouldn't even have were it not for the trajectory King put the nation on, with respect to civil rights.

If you're not going to spend the day doing something to honor the legacy of Dr. king, you may as well be working, in school, etc., and honor his name that way, doing the things that King himself fought to make sure we could do. Sure aren't honoring him laying around "on holiday."

On the one hand King deserved the honor of a national holiday, but do we as a people deserve it? Would King want to see us doing nothing on that day, or doing something to further his legacy, even if it is excercising rights that he died to help see us have?

Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 3:47PM
As for the school boards decision, why do take away a "holiday" to do this? Typically snow days are added to the end of the school year. At least that's how they do it here.

Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 3:53PM
yes and there are lots of activities in most of our neighborhoods commemorating the life and death of Dr. King...When was the last time...you participated...open question for yourself. for me Last year at King Center Atl. Yes I took a friend, We had a great time...what you doin Monday...For the cause?
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 4:07PM
Jen, while I don't doubt that parents and students here would be outraged if this was a decision brought in LA...knowing the kind of man MLK was and what he stood for all students should be excused from school...instead of holding school on MLK day how about adding a few extra days to the end of May/June (depending on when school year ends in that state) to make up for time lost?


Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 4:16PM
Siebra Muhammad
@ Brother Clark,
... For many of us, its a day off from work, work that many of us wouldn't even have were it not for the trajectory King put the nation on, with respect to civil rights. ...

I can always trust you to keep it on the "real". You are so correct in what you have stated. You ask any given number of Black people to talk about who MLK was to them it would be so BANAL. I thought I'd add that one in there that they woulld put you to sleep with their trivial view of such a complex and deep soulful man. Most of us know him to be for Civil Rights and the one who did the "I Have A Dream" speech but beyond that many can't see his global effect. In my opinion at least of the Black people I know it's just another day off work but instead of it being off because of a White man, it a day off because of a Black man. That's real shallow.

@ Brother Mozell,
...When was the last time...you participated...open question for yourself...
I'm going to take my 5 year old to a MLK event this year as well as tell him about MLK, but Nelsom Mandela as well for Black History month.
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 4:32PM
Jen Fad
We''ll be doing the same thing we've done for the last 8 years, and that is participate in the Chicago Park District's Martin Luther King Jr "Fun Day" for kids ages 6 - 12. My daughter used to participate in it as a 'park kid" in the afterschool program. But now that she's too old for that, she volunteers for the day with me. Its a lot of fun and educational. The kids learn about Dr. King, the civil rights movement. Parents volunteer to do readings and presentations, and organize skits. Then we let the kids play.

I look forward to it every year because its great to see the other parents and the kids and see how they have developed and what their plans are. To me this is a real grass roots reflection of what the work of Dr. King means in every day life.

Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 5:00PM
@ Sister Irma,
...the young minds are a terriable thing to waste playing the victim 24-7, 365...(
What do you mean by this statement?
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 6:22PM
Jen Fad
Sister Irma,
Can you say that again but this time in layman terms? Who is playing the victim 24/7-365?
Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 9:36PM
Jen Fad
jenFad

Barack Hussein Obama was an Muslim Student in America and His Son Barack Hussein Obama, president of these United States of America was 8 years old at the DEATH of MLK a paganChristian Preacher.

President Barack Hussein Obama --- The Greatest American President and mlk should NOT even be mentioned in the same sentence.

mlk was of NO significance to the Majority of Americans in 1968 and in 2011-----that is WHY NC will make up THAT day from a snow day.

BUT everyAmerican will tune into President Baraka Hussein Obama



Barack Hussein Obama,


Friday, January 14th 2011 at 8:14PM
powell robert
@ Brother Rob,
The reason the CMS District will make up the snowday on King Day is because of Apathetic parents. If the CMS had tried to do the same for say a Jewish Holocaust Day or Anne Frank Day, I shutter to wonder what our Jewish sisters and brothers would do?
Friday, January 14th 2011 at 8:33PM
Jen Fad
Living the Legacy: MLK Day in 2011
Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a day that provides Americans with the opportunity to reflect on our ongoing struggle for social justice and equality and a chance to renew our vision of what kind of country and people we want to be.This year, MLK Day falls in the middle of a profound period of grieving - not just for the victims of last weekend's tragic events in Tucson, but for the entire country.

Yet many public voices fell short this week as politicians and pundits continued pointing fingers and putting each other on the defense. However, a few remarkable and unsuspected voices did emerge this week, giving us hope and reason to believe that we can rise above our worst instincts and learn from our mistakes. Read more...
http://immigrationimpact.com/2011/01/14/living-the-legacy-mlk-day-in-2011/


Friday, January 14th 2011 at 9:02PM
Jen Fad
please, we at BIA CRY about Revisionist History of some of our fellow Americans.

yet on 4/4/1968 the 4 TV Stations went off the air at 10pm est.

the morning of 4/5/1968 an aide to the mayor knocked on my door and asked me to join other Leaders to help STOP imminent RIOTING and BURNING.

THERE IS A MLK DAY because AMERICA wanted to stop the RIOTING AND BURNING>>>>>.

not to honor a paganChristian human apologist

I have NEVER honored mlk, but I think I did stop some BURNING in my city.

LET THE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL and TEACH realHistory........

and Let the kids know that BECAUSE a Muslim African Came to America, AMERICA was REWARDED with the GREATEST PRESIDENT of AAAAAALLLLL TIME.






Friday, January 14th 2011 at 9:16PM
powell robert
Alright. At least you did help somebody that day, not so?
Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 12:32AM
Jen Fad
Follow Up: Charlotte NAACP Votes To Proceed With Protest Over MLK Day Classes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The board of directors of Charlotte's NAACP chapter voted unanimously Tuesday night to proceed with a letter-writing campaign to urge three major sports organizations not to bring events to Charlotte. ... CMS designated the MLK holiday as a possible make-up day on the 2010-2011 school calendar which was adopted TWO YEAR AGO, and activated that plan after last week's winter storm shut down schools for three days.

Nantambu told almost 100 protesters Monday morning outside the Government Center in uptown Charlotte that the city is "a racist bastion" and he urged them to write letters to the CIAA, NCAA and the PGA urging the organizations not to come to Charlotte. Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon and other local leaders said Tuesday evening before the NAACP vote that Nantammbu's claim of racism will not endanger Charlotte's bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Cannon, a black Democrat, said he doesn't think Nantambu's statement will scare off any events. "You can look at me, for instance, and know that I got elected citywide not just by African Americans but, obviously, by those that are of other descent," said Cannon. Another city council member told Eyewitness News privately that Nantambu's fight doesn't have any legs, and that Democrats at the national level are more interested in choosing a convention site that will help re-elect President Barack Obama than they are in Charlotte's dispute. ...
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/26534993/detail.html
Wednesday, January 19th 2011 at 10:25AM
Jen Fad
I am not being pro or con on this matter, only want to say this as one from the state...when it snows in N.C. about less than an inch, schools close....for children who have never seen snow it is like seeing santa claus and school out and birthday all rolled in to one. lol (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
what a shame...but it would be nice if someone would be concerned taht these schools should only have one day / one month a year to teach BIA history in their schools and not be wanting it taugh each school day...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ONLY IN AMERICA....WAKE UP MY PEOPLE WAKE UP.....(NUP)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
...the young minds are a terriable thing to waste playing the victim 24-7, 365...(nup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
@JEN IF THE SCHOOL YOUR CHILD(REN) GOES TO OR YOUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACH BIA HISTORY EVERY SCHOOL DAY THAN I AM SURE YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR OVER 3 YEARS NOW...YOU KNOW LIKE THOSE THINGS OUR FIRST LADY SAID TO TAHT MEXIAN DECENDANT'S CHILD YOU WERE SO AGAINST THE COMFORT SHE OFFERED THIS INNOCENT CHILD THAT COULD HAV MAYBE SAVED THIS YOUNG MEXICAN DECENDANT GAY YOUNG MAN NOT ONLY FROM SO MUCH SUFFERINGS IN TEH CHURCH SERMONS AGAINST GAYS, BUT IF THEY HAD AHD THEIR WAY THIS YOUNG MAN WOULD HAV EBEEN DEPORTED (OUR PRESIDENT OUT OF OFFICE) ALREADY AND NOT HERE SAVING THE VERYLIF OF A POLITICIAL PERSON BACKING HIS DEPORTATION'S AND TRYING TO KEEP THESE GUNS AS THEY ARE'S LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO CAN NOT CALL PALIN WRONG AND THEY ARE THE VERY ONES WHO HAVE NO CONNECTION WITH BIA AS A POSTIVVE FORCE OF WORHT LEARNING ABOUT...

ANY MOE QUESTIONS ABOUT BIA FROM TEH LOCAL BIA VIEW POINT???????????? (SMILE)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
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