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NAACP files complaint against Wake school board

Posted March 5, 2010

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— The debate over halting a policy that diversifies schools in a North Carolina county is turning strident with accusations of racism.

Officials with the North Carolina NAACP filed a complaint Friday against the Wake County Board of Education, saying that a comment by Chairman Ron Margiotta referring to opponents of the policy as "animals" indicated that the board has "racist attitudes."

At a news conference Friday morning, Al McSurely, an NAACP attorney, also questioned Margiotta's educational background and referred to the members halting the diversity policy as "clowns."

Board Chairman Ron Margiotta has said his "animals" comment was out of line but not racial. He is part of a new board majority looking to roll back a school busing policy in favor of focusing on neighborhood schools.

Margiotta could not be reached for comment Friday but admitted Thursday that his comment was out of line.

He insisted, however, that is was not racial, but was a response to how rude people in the crowd at Tuesday's school board meeting were following a comment by Bill Randall, a black congressional candidate speaking in support of the school board's proposed policy.

The NAACP has been an outspoken critic of the school board's idea for community-based schools, saying it is a "racially discriminatory policy" that will segregate poor students and keep them from receiving the same quality of education as more advantaged students. The group has threatened legal action against the school system.

School board members, however, have insisted that they have no plans to segregate students and that student achievement is their top priority.

Friday's complaint was filed with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is an accrediting organization but has no formal governance over the Wake County Public School System or the school board.

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  • Coach K is still GREAT Mar 10, 2010

    I know why, b/c WRAL/GOLO agrees with Mr. Barber, no FREEDOM of speech, while Obama is the president of our country, I don't see the need to call him MY president...

  • Coach K is still GREAT Mar 10, 2010

    You mean like when "OUR" president called police officers stupid?
    Coach K is still GREAT

    Hey, GOLO thanks for adding my post, but I see that you
    changed what I said. I didn't say "OUR" president, I said YOUR president, why the change???

  • Here We Go Again Mar 5, 2010

    "I, as a black man, would rather not have to have an organization like NAACP, but because of some narrow-minded peoples in the U.S. this organization exists. Mr. Margiotta should apologize or step down for the comments he made! I'm tired of the double standard that exists between white and people of color! - nc911tc"

    But there is an organization entitled NAACP and at one time it had a purpose...now however, thanks mostly to Barber, it serves only one purpose...to stir the pot and scream racism every chance they get. Grow up and come out to the real world with the rest of us. I am tired of not having an association to help with the advancement of everyone else. This guy has given the NAACP such a black eye and until he is replace it isn't going to get any better. I have visited the websites and can't seem to find any links for "contact us". Wonder why that is? I sure would love to write a comment to the national board and let them know just how big a joke Baker is!

  • injameswetrust2003 Mar 5, 2010

    Mr. Barber should step down from the NAACP. He is an embarrassment.

  • Nancy Mar 5, 2010

    " Mr. Margiotta should apologize or step down for the comments he made! I'm tired of the double standard that exists between white and people of color!
    Click to view my profile nc911tc"

    Do you feel the same way about asking Mr Gatewood to step down for his rhetoric as well? You do know what he said and did, I'm sure.

  • mindspeaker Mar 5, 2010

    Do not understand why Rev Barber doesn't channel his energy into helping clean up the neighborhoods of the very people he represents, instead of trying to polarize a community with his claims of race. It's always the same old thing with those people.

  • North Carolina Home Mar 5, 2010

    Remove the cap on Charter Schools....give parents a choice!

  • beachlvr0804 Mar 5, 2010

    GROW UP BARBER!!!

  • skcuslarw Mar 5, 2010

    Objectives

    The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution — the principal objectives of the Association shall be:

    * To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
    * To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
    * To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
    * To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
    * To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
    * To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.

  • skcuslarw Mar 5, 2010

    To nc911tc:

    Obviously you know nothing of the NAACP. Read their mission statement taken from their website.

    * Home
    * » About the NAACP
    * » Mission

    Our Mission

    The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
    Vision Statement

    The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.
    Objectives

    The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution — the principal objectives of the Association shall be:

    * To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
    * To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
    * To remov

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