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NAACP calls for mass Wake schools protest

Posted June 22, 2010

— Civil rights leaders upset with changes to North Carolina's largest school district say they'll stage a mass demonstration in protest on July 20.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber made the announcement at a meeting in Raleigh on Monday.

Barber was arrested last week along with three other people for disrupting a meeting of the Wake County Board of Education.

The groups are upset that the board voted to scrap a 10-year-old policy of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity.

The activists say the effect of ending the policy will be the reintroduction of racial segregation.

Leaders of the school board disagree, saying they want to give families more say in where their children go to school.

"There is a tragedy unfolding in Wake County, but it is not confined to Wake County," Barber said in an "open letter" to the community Tuesday.

"It represents a clear call to our community-Black, White, Latino, Asian-to employ all the moral, political, and legal means at our disposal to stop it before it's too late," he continued.


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  • Tawny Jun 24, 2010

    Don'tLike: We vote in districts in Wake County, so not all voters had an opportunity to vote on the most recent school board members. Only a very small percentage of the entire county voted due to district voting.

  • ginaosbo Jun 24, 2010

    My advice would be for Mr. Meeker et al, to not involve themselves is the administration of duties by duly ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS!

  • stoop24 Jun 24, 2010

    The NAACP is a joke. Everything is about race to them which makes them the racist. If they turn everything into racism then they can stay in the spotlight which is best for them (NAACP).

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 23, 2010

    If I was an African American child, I would be insulted to be told by the NAACP and the supporters of the failed previous school board that I can't learn unless I'm the only African American child in a school in the suburbs.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 23, 2010

    It's good to have change.

    The current policy of Socio-Economic diversity (race) based busing is failing the African American children based on the high number of African American dropouts that keeps increase every year.

    Reverend Barber should be more concerned about helping the African American children get a high school education instead of push for the continuation of the socio-economic diversity (race) based busing that's failing the African American community.

    The goal of the policy is to dilute the effect of the African American children through all of the schools in Wake County so that we have no failing schools in Wake County. The goal is not to help the African American children.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 23, 2010

    The NAACP doesn't like the Hope and Change that the voters voted for during the last School Board election.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 23, 2010

    The NAACP is a marxist organization that's trying to undo the will of the voters.

    We have a Democracy that's based on the will of the voters. Marxists like the NAACP believe in trying to undo the will of the voters.

  • colliedave Jun 23, 2010

    This thing has NOTHING to do with improving the education of minority children and has every to do with political control and politically correct thought.

  • edith wharton Jun 23, 2010

    I'm looking forward to the rally. I expect more than 4 people will be out protesting the careless and irresponsible actions of the slim majority on the school board. Hopefully they won't mess with my children's school assignments in the meantime!

  • enigma1469 Jun 23, 2010

    I guess no black people live in thew nice neighborhoods. What a joke.