School District in Arkansas Won't Allow Black Valedictorian, Lawsuit Alleges

  • metta

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    Jul 26, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    School District in Arkansas Won't Allow Black Valedictorian, Lawsuit Alleges


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/25/black-student-cant-be-val_n_909163.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&ref=fb&src=sp#sb=1098187,b=facebook
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    This is fucking outrageous.
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    From a dude whose class's valedictorian was a black girl (who I'm also friends with) this pisses me off like no other.
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    sigh.. when will it end lord? when will it end?
  • Ironman4U

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    Jul 28, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    Unbelievable.
  • shred_thegnar

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    Jul 28, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Not surprised considering there are still segregated proms in the south, such as Mississippii.
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    she was made valedictorian. the title of this thread and article is very misleading.



    but also...KIMBERLY WIMBERLY???!?!!? her mother is the true genius in all of this.
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    blackstrap saidshe was made valedictorian. the title of this thread and article is very misleading.



    but also...KIMBERLY WIMBERLY???!?!!? her mother is the true genius in all of this.


    That was the first thing I noticed when I looked it at hah, the rest of it just made me think negatively.
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    A few years ago I was In Alabama, and talking with an elderly lady. And she had just gone on a fox hunt. (She didn't ride a horse, but took a kind of golf cart thing)

    And she said to me, knowing I was from the "Noth" that I was mistaken about our beliefs regarding the South. (I hadn't said anything to her about what I believed)

    "You think we hate the Coloreds. That isn't true. During this hunt, we had this group of Colored boys come to us, and they sang the most lovely songs. And we applauded them. So you see, we don't hate the Coloreds, we like them."

    I didn't dispute her, she was too old and I knew it would be worthless. But I think that attitude still persists in the South. "Colored boys" are meant to entertain & serve the Whites. They certainly couldn't be selected as Valedictorian, or anything of distinction. Not in the US South. I lived there for 14 years, I know what things are really like.
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    what a wildly absurd characterization of an entire region of the country. the inside of your head must be a lovely place.
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    Jul 28, 2011 8:19 AM GMT
    She was a teen mother too. Instead of honoring her overcoming adversity (and a terrible name) icon_lol.gif they've decided to devalue her achievements, because the "outcry" from a teen mother being valedictorian would be too much for a town in Alabama.

    If it was strictly a policy issue, how come there were no black co-valedictorians with lower GPAs all these years there? If the school policy is strictly based on GPA, there's no defense. (Some school districts have policies of appointing co-valedictorians for other reasons)
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    Jul 28, 2011 8:37 AM GMT
    This is why I'm getting out of the South. These people in the south live with deep-hearted racism. They have nerve call people of the north and west unmorally ungodly devil worshipper. You know thats what they think of yall. I keep hearing people say that God is mad us because all these gay people, crime, premiscous people. The real reason God is mad because of all the Hypocracy. God hates people to be Hypocrites. That should be the new gay protest is GOD Hates Hyprocrites.
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    Jul 28, 2011 8:54 AM GMT
    If it were up to me, I would decline to be that white "co-valedictorian."

    At my high school, there is no "valedictorian" per se, but a medal (with some fancy title) is given for the highest "scholarship." The year after I graduated, there were 2 people (one white, one Chinese-American) that would have been eligible. GPA-wise, the white student won (and his classes were not a pushover). And when it was announced, the parents of the Chinese guy raised such a hubbub with the administration that the white guy OFFERED to relinquish the medal (and the Chinese guy accepted it). I would have been ashamed if I were that Chinese dude.

    That's why our school also has medals for other intangible qualities like character, school spirit, leadership and sportsmanship.
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    Jul 28, 2011 8:55 AM GMT
    blackstrap saidshe was made valedictorian. the title of this thread and article is very misleading.



    but also...KIMBERLY WIMBERLY???!?!!? her mother is the true genius in all of this.


    I think the point is that the school district couldn't bear the thought of a single valedictorian who was black. It appears the co-valedictorian decision was arrived at solely because of race.
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    Jul 28, 2011 8:55 AM GMT
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    blackstrap saidshe was made valedictorian. the title of this thread and article is very misleading.



    but also...KIMBERLY WIMBERLY???!?!!? her mother is the true genius in all of this.


    I think the point is that the school district couldn't bear the thought of a single valedictorian who was black. It appears the co-valedictorian decision was arrived at solely because of race.


    Apparently in 1989 the valedictorian was black.

    http://www.eurthisnthat.com/2011/07/26/no-black-valedictorians-allowed/
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 said
    north_runner said
    blackstrap saidshe was made valedictorian. the title of this thread and article is very misleading.



    but also...KIMBERLY WIMBERLY???!?!!? her mother is the true genius in all of this.


    I think the point is that the school district couldn't bear the thought of a single valedictorian who was black. It appears the co-valedictorian decision was arrived at solely because of race.


    Apparently in 1989 the valedictorian was black.

    http://www.eurthisnthat.com/2011/07/26/no-black-valedictorians-allowed/


    Sure. My point was that this time around, it appeared that the school had decided that the typical arrangement of a single valedictorian (who happened to be black) was unacceptable.

    EDIT: Lol it's late. I think you might have been sarcastic about that. My bad if you were.
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:13 AM GMT
    My point is the same as yours. If a black valedictorian in 1989 was possible, there's no excuse for there not to be one in 2011.
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    Actually you might want to read some of the commentary:

    "Whoa, whoa, whoa. How do we know the reason why the "young mother" Wimberly was asked to share her Valedictor­ian spot with someone else? It is vaguely stated that the Principal found something in the handbook.

    Could this have had nothing to do with her being African-Am­erican and everything to do with the fact that at age 17 she had a child out of wedlock? Couldn't THAT have caused a "mess" in the conservati­vely moral Arkansas?

    The arguments listed are weak and speculatio­n without evidence. I would have gotten specifics, statistics­, and found out which part of the handbook the Principal was referring to before submitting this."