Debutantes need more diversity

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Did anyone notice something wrong with the recently published picture of the Augusta Symphony Cotillion debutantes? Why are there no blacks, Asians, Hispanics or other ethnic groups pictured?

Surely, wealthy white people are not the only ones who like the symphony. There are a lot of doctors, attorneys, business owners and military of ethnic groups, whose daughters would meet the same qualifications as the white debutantes.

In this new century, we should be working to accept all races and be integrated in all aspects of life. As an Irish/German-American, I hope next year the Augusta Symphony will have a representation of all of Augusta's races in its cotillion picture.

B.L. Calloway, Augusta

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a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/20/07 - 11:11 am
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Did anyone notice something

Did anyone notice something wrong with the Augusta parade and the float with the Afericain American debutantes? Why are there no American Americans, American Asians, American Hispanics or other American ethnic groups pictured?

There are a lot of doctors, attorneys, business owners and military of ethnic groups, whose daughters would meet the same qualifications as the Aferican American debutantes.

In this new century, we should be working to accept all races and be integrated in all aspects of life. As a Cracker-American, I hope next year the Augusta parade will have a representation of all of Augusta's races debutantes in it.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/20/07 - 11:15 am
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David Copperfield Monday,

David Copperfield Monday, January 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM at Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA

toppergem
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toppergem 12/20/07 - 11:29 am
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The notion of

The notion of debutantes...black, white or any other nationality is out dated. But if that is what people want to do with their time, their talents and their money...why not????

Tall1
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Tall1 12/20/07 - 11:30 am
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David Copperfield will cut

David Copperfield will cut debutants in half!

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 11:35 am
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The blacks have their

The blacks have their debutantes. The whites have theirs. What's the problem with that? I for one support the black culture, a proud culture that sometimes doesn't need whites to mess it up and vice versa. In most schools, you will see an all white table at lunch, and all black table, and a mixed table. What's the big deal over the all white debutantes. I don't get it.

rufus
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rufus 12/20/07 - 11:36 am
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Some folks just can't take a

Some folks just can't take a joke

oldbutyoung
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oldbutyoung 12/20/07 - 11:40 am
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To GACopperhead: That old

To GACopperhead: That old money was made off the backs of slaves...So think about this? Who does the money really belong to? Would that wealth even be available if blacks hadn't work for free for hundreds of years so that "those daughters could come out.

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 12/20/07 - 11:49 am
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I think the virtues of

I think the virtues of eyecandy are being overlooked.

intheknow
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intheknow 12/20/07 - 11:59 am
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Was it something I said? LOL

Was it something I said? LOL

KSL
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KSL 12/20/07 - 11:59 am
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oldbutyoung, baloney.

oldbutyoung, baloney.

rufus
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rufus 12/20/07 - 12:04 pm
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Come on KathySue. We could

Come on KathySue. We could have been an industrialized nation like Africa by now

sonewall
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sonewall 12/20/07 - 12:22 pm
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Oldbutyoung: I am glad to

Oldbutyoung: I am glad to know that over 140 after the ending of slavery that you still have an excuse for your lot in life. Yes sir, it must be nice to never have to take responsibility for anything, but instead to chalk it up to slavery, or the big bad white man. I'm as liberal as the day is long, but I grow increasingly weary of people trying to blame their problems in life on something that happened over 5 generations ago. If past opressions are a reason to excuse all things, then I doubt you'll find a single person who can't trace their heritage back to a group of people who were opressed in some way or another, black or white. It's time for people to stop making excuses for why they can't do something, or why they are living the way they do. It's time to, in the words of a true black role model, Booker T. Washington: "Get down to the bussiness of getting ourselves up." Only when people stop making excuses and start trying to improve their lives will real progress ever be made.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 12/20/07 - 12:28 pm
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old but young.......... does

old but young.......... does that money belong to you? how long have you been a slave? what is your estimate of proper reparations? when u got your check would you give some to the whiteys that fought to free you? what about the ones who gave up their life, would their decendants be entitled?

condelieeza
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condelieeza 12/20/07 - 12:47 pm
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i still havent received an

i still havent received an invitation. 35 dollars going once. 35 dollars going twice, 35 dollars gone....... down to maryland fried chicken, the best chicken this side of east boundary. mildred, here i come.

dani
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dani 12/20/07 - 12:50 pm
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oldbutyoung. There is no way

oldbutyoung. There is no way to know if these folks ever used slaves. They might have brought white indentured servants with them from Europe to carry the burden. They might have been Yankee carpetbaggers who came South with all the dollars they made off the war between the states and bought up all the land that had been confiscated. Read your history, slave owners in the South were left with zero, no house, no land, broke, bent and hungry and money (if in fact they had any) that was worthless. They paid a heavy price. Why don't we stop the negatives. My family was one of the poor white families during that era and believe me, they were ridden hard too. I don't blame the plantation owners, they were born rich, I was born poor.

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Farful 12/20/07 - 12:53 pm
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what a waste of newspaper

what a waste of newspaper space....nobody cares

dani
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dani 12/20/07 - 01:03 pm
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ghtty..But we have time to

ghtty..But we have time to kill, so we will die from boredom.

sanders20
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sanders20 12/20/07 - 01:18 pm
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slow week for everyone too??

slow week for everyone too??

rufus
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rufus 12/20/07 - 01:28 pm
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Bring on the chicken girl

Bring on the chicken girl

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 12/20/07 - 01:39 pm
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I would like to see a reunion

I would like to see a reunion photo taken five or ten years later after the girls have married some hand-picked rich dude, squeezed out a couple of puppies and sat around the house eating bon bons all day....

KingJames
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KingJames 12/20/07 - 02:11 pm
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How did you all go from

How did you all go from talking about this useless LTE to slavery? Please leave slavery, old money, and (God help us) talk about reparations out of this. Now, I think that the cotillions are voluntary, and if Black girls don't have anything to do with the symphony, then they shouldn't be involved with the coming out party. On the flip side, if a Black girl was into the symphony, and her family had the money and influence to get her into the cotillion, but was denied, then there would be a problem. This thing hasn't been integrated yet and isn't representative of Augusta's diverse cultures because not too many people besides white girls from influential families are interested in it. Black girls from Augusta do have class and are interested in classical things (Jessye Norman is proof of that), but they just don't appear to be interested in this cotillion right about now.

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KSL 12/20/07 - 02:45 pm
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King James's post are always

King James's post are always a bright spot.

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AugustaGA1 12/20/07 - 02:57 pm
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To Oldbut: Hate to break the

To Oldbut: Hate to break the news to you but the symphony guild hasn't been around for that long and is not really comprised of the "old money derived from slaves" you speak of. Whoever writes these rants seriously needs to get either a job or a hobby.

intheknow
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intheknow 12/20/07 - 03:00 pm
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condy, why don't you take up

condy, why don't you take up your own offer. since you are confused about what you want to be.

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 03:08 pm
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Who gives a rip about

Who gives a rip about slavery? Every American has equal opporutnity - even the illegals are coming in here and kicking butt and making a lot of money. The NAACP has done its good work and needs to go out of existence. It is old news, washed up, and a club for the old civil rights geezers who marched 40 years ago. The black kids of today could care less. If you don't believe it, just ask them some of the questions about civil rights issues. Ask them who Jim Crow was, what the Freedom Rides were - 9 out of 10 can't tell you. They are too into rap and walking around with their britches below their **** to care about history and the price paid for their opportunities today. Just look at what happened at Cross Creek yesterday. Is this what their grandfathers marched for???

toppergem
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toppergem 12/20/07 - 03:34 pm
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If you want to have a

If you want to have a multiracial debutantes group in Augusta there is nothing in the world that prevents you from starting one. That is what Rosa Beard did back in the early 70s for young black women. And that is what another group of black women did when they began another debutant group in the early 80s. So maybe the time has come for one more group to be established in Augusta. I am sure some other people in the community would be willing to support this effort.

freedom
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freedom 12/20/07 - 04:02 pm
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i'm just addressing some

i'm just addressing some comments so absurd, the owners of the comments will know who they are:charlieyonce: i never pulled up beside you as with millions of other minorities who listen to classical or as you say symphony music....they probably did..but you didn't recognize what you were hearing. a crazy old man: the african-american debutantes that you are making reference to is a 40 year old organization. the proper name is "the rosa t. beard debutante club" it was founded by it's name sake, retired educator rosa t. beard who saw a need for the mentoring of young teenage girls. the club has been an enriching experience for hundreds of young women. i am an alumnae of this wonderful group. the advisors of the group are all professional men and women and excellent role models.
emphasis is placed on education, community involvement, etiquette, religion, family; just to name a few...never in it's history has the race of the young ladies involved ever mattered. could it be that because the club was organized in the '60's by an african -american woman......others (ethnic groups) could not appreciate it's worth?????.....by the way participation in the parade was an open invitation....

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RichmondCountyResident1 12/20/07 - 05:38 pm
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Greenjacket, as long as their

Greenjacket, as long as their are ignorant people like you, there will always be a need for the NAACP.Look what happened at Lakeside, is that what whites want for their children.What about the mall or Columbine shooters, you really don't have room to talk.When are Augustans going to grow up and act like a city, instead of a bunch of backward, small minded bigots.Some of you need to join the twenty first century!!!

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KSL 12/20/07 - 05:47 pm
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Which is Greenjacket's point.

Which is Greenjacket's point. Discussion of slavery in the 21st century is ridiculous except for a history class.

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WW1949 12/20/07 - 08:29 pm
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oldbutyoung you are a

oldbutyoung you are a complete fool and so is anybody who blames their lack of energy, education and lot in life on someone else. The Augusta Symphony Cotillion is a invitation only orginazition that comes from supporters of the Augusta Symphony. It consists of people who have the same beliefs and morals. The husbands are not hand picked and all are not rich. I'm sure the pictures taken in 5-10 years will look good because these girls do not sit around. They are community minded.

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