A lack of book sense

Glenn Hills High yearbook's crime theme is appalling

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The KKK couldn't have done a better job of stereotyping black youths.

The Glenn Hills High School 2010 yearbook this year had a "crime theme," in which seniors were depicted as criminals and their photos as police mug shots, along with listings of fake "charges." One entry talked about a student being most likely to become a porn star.

With so many young black males imprisoned in this country, and with their image too often associated with antisocial behavior -- and with "gangsta" culture sadly celebrated in young African-American circles -- the Glenn Hills yearbook episode isn't just outrageous, it's damaging and hurtful and counterproductive.

The exact opposite of what a good educational experience should be.

In other hands, such a product would be deemed undiluted racism.

Now, we were young once, and we know that kids can have some pretty off-the-wall, even horrendous ideas. So we don't blame the students for this debacle.

It should have been stopped in its tracks by loving, attentive, knowing adults.

As we grow and mature, most of us have a kind of chip implanted in our brain that says, "No, that's a bad idea. Don't do it." Somehow, a committee of teachers and parents at Glenn Hills that oversaw this abomination never had that chip implanted.

What on God's green Earth were they thinking?

District Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden said the incident "created discomfort and disappointment" for Glenn Hills parents. In truth, it has to disappoint anyone, anywhere, who is concerned about the image and self-perception of young blacks in this country. Millions have been working against this sort of stereotyping for decades.

"We will continue to work to find out at what level the lack of supervision occurred," Bedden said in a written statement. "The administration will address any personnel deficiencies with the appropriate action and take the necessary steps to clearly articulate the school system's expectations."

District officials say they'll reassess student publication policies, as well they should.

They owe it to all those who have devoted much of their lives to fighting prejudice. They owe it to parents and taxpayers.

But they owe it, most of all, to the kids -- who, whether they realize it or not, are in desperate need of adult guidance.

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GAterp
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GAterp 06/06/10 - 12:48 am
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Someone could even say that

Someone could even say that ACES is in need of some guidance as well. Why does one throw gasoline on a fire unless they want to increase the intensity with time. This article is in poor judgment as well as the Yearbook. ACES are adults and they do not evidentally practice what they preach. Poorly done once again.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 06/06/10 - 05:29 am
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Editorial Staff, there are

Editorial Staff, there are many problems with this article. Opening with a comparison to the KKK was so far off base as to be in the range of government manipulation. Then referring to the black students as African is another problem. It gives them an excuse to act in an unaccountable and irresponsible way, separate from the socially acceptable behavior necessary to exist in polite society in America. Going out of your way to isolate the black students with politically correct terminology ends the conversation before it starts. Until this situation can be discussed in an honest and straight forward manner, no progress will be made. I don't mean the "ignore the situation" concept that Gaterp suggests either. What is needed here is a cultural change that will insist the Africans that have been born in America and have live here for multiple generations be referred to as Americans ... with no prefix. Bring them into the society as a part of it. Hold them accountable to the same standards as those not called African. In their current state of isolation, they feel free to establish their own culture with different definitions of right and wrong, socially acceptable and unacceptable, and different goals.

While it's not all about the politically correct classifications, it is all about different efforts to isolate them. The black race pimps have their own reason to keep the students in the African community and the politically correct crowd have their own reasons and the left wingers have their own reasons.

What ever the reasons for the isolation, it's a little hard to take a stand with the isolationists and then criticize the students for taking the opportunity and expounding on it.

No school I ever attended would have allowed this book to be assembled, let alone published with taxpayer money. No further conversation would be necessary to clearly articulate the schools expectations. No personnel deficiencies would need to be discussed. The obvious responsibility lies with the adult employees in charge of assembling the yearbook for publication and the adult that gave final approval before the book was published.

NewHere
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NewHere 06/06/10 - 06:11 am
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Well done aces.

Well done aces.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/06/10 - 07:59 am
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That's right GATERP, ignore
Unpublished

That's right GATERP, ignore the facts and the problems of AA's in America will go away. Oh, I forgot, it's all Bush's fault. My bad.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 08:40 am
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Agreeing with some of the

Agreeing with some of the comments and disagreeing with others: I would have left the story alone. I would not have used the KKK comparison. Using the African American terminology was okay as you wanted to show sensitivity along with your criticism.

I'll take your bet, Dodo. These kids finished high school when many blacks don't. They won't end up in jail.

dodo1234
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dodo1234 06/06/10 - 08:55 am
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You definitely got a point I

You definitely got a point I overlooked Riverman. You may have won the bet! Thanks! I can tell you are one who looks at both sides of the coin. You have instilled in me to look at both sides alot harder. Thanks again!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 09:00 am
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Dodo, they pulled your post.

Dodo, they pulled your post. Now no one knows what we are talking about. In any case, thanks for the thanks. Hey, you can help me the next time I miss something...which happens often enough.

dodo1234
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dodo1234 06/06/10 - 09:15 am
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Why would they pull my post,

Why would they pull my post, it wasn't offensive,was it! Whatever happen to freedom of the press?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 09:52 am
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I'm going to get a trademark

I'm going to get a trademark on that one, too.

"Why would they pull my post?™

bettyboop
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bettyboop 06/06/10 - 10:18 am
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Well said

Well said johnston.cliff..........but falling on deaf ears....sad

corgimom
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corgimom 06/06/10 - 11:20 am
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The idea of a black culture

The idea of a black culture in which crime and prison are the norm puts far more blacks in oppression and slavery than white people ever did.

It was deeply disturbing to have to tell a group of 5 year olds, when getting a class picture made, "Nobody do that nonsense of making signs with your fingers, you'll get in trouble if you do" because they think making gang signs when you get your picture taken is NORMAL and acceptable.

It's sad and horrifying. And it starts with young children and just continues.

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Concerned2007 06/06/10 - 02:10 pm
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johnston.cliff: You have hit

johnston.cliff: You have hit the nail on the head. I agree with everything you have said. But what I would like for everyone to understand is that the parents who purchased this yearbook is more upset about this than alot of people realize. There were no parents involved with this yearbook. The article keeps mentioning parents being a part of this situation and agreeing to this mess, when they had no idea. There were two people responsible for this. The teacher over the yearbook and the principle. I wish that the paper would do their homework about this. If I have to start mentioning names I will. Maybe I should get in contact with the person who wrote this article and put them on the right track. Hmmm.

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RunningMan 06/06/10 - 02:54 pm
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I agree that the Glen Hills

I agree that the Glen Hills HS yearbook incident was misguided, however, from reading the ACES article and postings from many, I get the felling that blacks are the only ones committing crimes in this country. There are young black males in state (LA) prison for the rest of their life. Not for killing anyone, but simply because they violated the states three strikes law. Their only crime was being caught stealing three times or more. Yes, they were wrong, but they surely doesn’t deserve to spend the rest of their life in jail. For those of you who think blacks commit most of the crime in the US, you are partially right. However, I can guarantee you that whites are committing there share of unlawful incidents as well. You should also know that many of the worst crimes committed in the US are done so by whites. A few facts are listed below. Yes, the black community has a lot of work to do, however given that it was not that long ago that blacks were not even allowed to vote, or enjoy many of the opportunities afforded to whites, one can somewhat understand while some blacks are still struggling. That being said, given the advantages whites have had over blacks in terms of opportunities, education, and financial status, one cannot help but to wonder what are the reasons for stats below? Additionally, some on you should really come down from your mountaintop for a while.

• 84% of American serial killers are white. 16% are black.
• The average age of rapists at arrest is 31. Fifty-two percent are white.

The Mass Murders List
DATE COUNTRY VICTIMS NAME
1829 Scotland 16 Burke & Hare
1873 England 15 Mary Ann Cotton
1895 USA 27 H.H Holmes
1908 USA 14 Belle Gunness
1921 France 11 Henri Landru
1924 Germany 27 Fritz Haarman
1927 USA 22 Earl Nelson
1928 USA 21 Carl Panzram
1944 France 27 Marcel Petiot
1948 Japan 12 Sadamichi Hirasawa
1949 USA 13 Howard Unruh
1958 USA 11 Charles Starkweather
1964 USA 13 Albert DeSalvo
1966 USA 16 Charles Whitman
1973 USA 27 Dean Corll
1973 USA 10 Edmund Kemper
1973 USA 13 Herbert Mullin
1978 USA 22 Ted Bundy
1979 USA 33 John Wayne Gacy
1981 England 13 Peter Sutcliffe
1983 USA 200 Henry Lee Lucas
1986 USA 14 Patrick Sherill
1986 Colombia 28 Campo Elias Delgado
1987 England 16 Michael Ryan
1987 USA 16 Ronald Gene Simmons
1989 Canada 14 Marc Lepine
1990 Russia 53 Andrei Chikatilo
1991 USA 22 George Hennard
1992 USA 17 Jeffrey Dahmer
1996 England 17 Thomas Hamilton
1996 Australia 35 Martin Bryant
Bombing committed in the US
•1865-1877: Over 3000 Freedmen and their Republican Party allies are killed by a combination of the Ku Klux Klan and well organized campaigns of violence by local whites in a campaign of terrorist violence that overthrew Reconstructionist governments in the south and reestablished segregation.[57][58]
•1868 October 22: James M. Hinds, Arkansas congressional representative, assassinated by a member of the Ku Klux Klan in Little Rock
•1898 November 10: In the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, White supremacists overthrow the biracial Republican government of Wilmington, North Carolina, killing at least 22 African Americans, marking the beginning of the Jim Crow era in North Carolina.
•1927: The Ku Klux Klan launch a wave of political terror in Alabama, attempting to undermine African American rights.
•December 21, 1951: Harry T. Moore, NAACP state director, and his wife are killed by a bomb planted in their home in Mims, Florida by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
•1963 June 12: NAACP organizer Medgar Evers shot in front of his Mississippi home by member of the Ku Klux Klan.
•September 16, 1963: 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. A member of the Ku Klux Klan bombed a Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls.
•June 21, 1964: In the Mississippi civil rights worker murders, three civil rights workers are murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi by the Ku Klux Klan.
•March 25, 1965: The Ku Klux Klan murders Viola Liuzzo, a Southern-raised white mother of five who was visiting Alabama from her home in Detroit to attend a civil rights march. At the time of her murder Liuzzo was transporting Civil Rights Marchers.
•1966 January 10: Vernon Dahmer dies in the firebombing of his own home in Mississippi at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan.
•1979 November 3: Members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party fire on meeting of members of a Communist group who were trying to organize local African American workers in Greensboro, North Carolina, killing five. See Greensboro Massacre.
•March 20, 1981: Michael Donald was randomly selected to be lynched by two Ku Klux Klan members near his Alabama home. He was beaten, had his throat slit, and was hung.

elcee
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elcee 06/06/10 - 04:02 pm
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I am a middle-aged Black

I am a middle-aged Black person. It doesn't matter to me whether i am referred to as Black, African-American or just American. My ancestors (Black, White and Native American) have been in this country for hundreds of years and I don't feel that I need to be brought into society and made a part of it. I already am and so are the young people being referred to in this article. We already live by the same rules and laws that govern everyone else--contrary to scurrilous rumors to the contrary, there are no separate laws which allow Blacks and other minorities to do anything and everything they want to with no consequences. We already are held "accountable to the same standards as those not called African". Just look at the prison population and you'll see what I mean.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/06/10 - 06:08 pm
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riverman... that could be

riverman... that could be construed as vulgar "why would they pull my post?"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 08:08 pm
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Emerydan, watch out, I've

Emerydan, watch out, I've already claimed a trademark on "Why would they pull my post?"™ Heh.

Dodo, seriously, I don't have a clue why they pulled it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 09:07 pm
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Runningman, I don't get your

Runningman, I don't get your post. What do the 16 murders in 1829 Scotland by Burke & Hare have to do with anything? Lots of faulty logic in that post where you draw conclusions from your numbers.

dodo1234
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dodo1234 06/06/10 - 09:47 pm
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Runningman, since you have

Runningman, since you have the time to write lengthy comments, why don't you inform everyone about modern day Rwanda,
Sudan and Zimbabwe. These are just a few, but if you dig deeper into modern day African nations, you would say America is Kindergarten.

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