published Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Thurman spat a handy way to avoid talk of failing schools

The most compelling — and encouraging — thing about the kerfuffle over Rhonda Thurman’s remarks on local schools is not the remarks themselves. By a sensible reading, they aren’t especially controversial. It’s how little traction her critics have gotten in their triumphal assertion that this time she’s gone too far!

If Thurman had a dime for every time some fist-waving somebody pronounced her finished, she could summer at a chalet in Switzerland.

In case you don’t have it memorized yet, she told the Times Free Press, in reference to inner-city versus suburban schools: “I don’t think suburban students have been treated fairly. Poor people learn. Slaves learned to read. I don’t know why poor people can’t learn to read and write. I have a lot of poor people in my family, but they are still expected to learn.”

Some readers may have honestly misconstrued her. But the usual suspects twisted her comments into the claim that she considers inner-city children the equivalent of slaves.

Two weeks down the road, however, the Thurmanators are beginning to sound like a badly scratched Partridge Family record — and even an un-scratched Partridge Family record ain’t exactly a trip to Funville. The true believers, eager to imagine that Thurman is out to get people who look different from her, had their say. And some pro-forma, second-tier tut-tutting continues.

But one absorbs the sense that so far as the general public is concerned, it’s all over but the shoutin’. Thurman attended the next board meeting as planned and wasn’t noticeably burned at the stake. If there is a groundswell in her district for her resignation, it has been drowned out by the soft chirping of crickets, punctuated by the occasional, mellow croak of a frog. I’d be surprised if she faces a significant challenge, should she run again.

Thurman’s point apparently was as self-evident to the silent majority as it was to her: If some slaves — and certainly many freed slaves — learned to read despite a level of oppression to which few modern Americans can relate, there’s no reason why a substantial number of today’s poor, attending schools showered with thousands of dollars in per-pupil spending, have to remain illiterate.

The reluctance of the world to stop turning in response to the ginned-up furor that followed those comments points to the waning power of accusations of racism to silence dissent. The charge has been made illegitimately in so many circumstances that its impact is fading. Boil an egg and you might be a racist. Play Parcheesi and you’re probably a racist. Suggest that children from disadvantaged backgrounds can learn, and wow, it’s time to break out the Klan suits.

The all-purpose use of the race card has destroyed the shock value that those who play it rely upon to halt debate and get their way. The list of potential grievances is endless, and thus bordering on meaningless.

While it’s good that the public is wising up to this manipulation, it’s not good that the manipulators are still setting the terms of the conversation. Every minute spent having to refute frivolous allegations is a minute not spent fixing an educational system that sends too many youths into society academically unprepared.

I’ll bet that lots of folks who indignantly recite Thurman’s comments do not recall this inconvenient fact from the same article: Hamilton County got C’s in academic achievement and three D’s and only one B in student academic progress on its 2010 state report card. And while there is now much merry-making that slightly higher percentages of local students have scored in the advanced or proficient range on standardized tests, a far larger point — that overall, most continue to score at only the basic or below-basic level in the key subjects of reading and math — is lost like a Pomeranian in tall fescue.

If those numbers are cause for celebration, then the real bigotry we face is the soft bigotry of low expectations. Unequipped students will be competing — or rather, not competing — for high-skill technical jobs in a few years. But in an exercise that looks a lot like fretting over who gets the last slice of pound cake on the Hindenburg, the critics are fussing at Rhonda Thurman and putting off, once again, any real discussion of the gargantuan topic of non-achievement.

A lot of parents in Hamilton County are sick of the delay, judging from the schooling decisions they’re making for their children. At a forum on the knowledge that young people will need to get decent jobs, County Commissioner Warren Mackey pointed out that of 57,000 local students, 15,000 — more than a fourth — attend private schools. That’s greater than twice the national rate.

“That’s kind of [a] statement,” Mackey said, “of where we stand relative to our schools and training and what they’re doing.”

And how.

Yet calls for reform have a funny way of winding up on a stretcher in the ER. State Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, introduced a bill in the last legislative session to let poor children in the state’s four largest counties, including Hamilton, escape from some of the worst public schools by using low-cost vouchers to attend better-performing private or public schools.

Similar measures succeeded in Florida and Washington, D.C., and the bill passed overwhelmingly in the Tennessee Senate. But Hamilton County’s former superintendent, among others, sought the defeat of the proposal, and it got buried in committee in the House.

Happily, that may only mean that foes of reform are badly misreading the times. The idea that children should be kept trapped in bad schools is late for an appointment with the trash compactor of history — and tactics that divert attention from the deplorable status quo are eventually bound to collapse under the weight of their own absurdity.

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chet123 said...

STEVE...

MAYBE I CAN GIVE YOU A BIRD EYE-VIEW, IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, THURMAN HAS TO BE THE MOST HATED PUBLIC SERVANT SINCE TOM KENNEDY.. THE BLACK COMMUNITY DISLIKE OF RHONDA THURMAN STARTED ABOUT 13YEARS AGO. THE BLACK COMMUNITY HAVE ENDURED 13YEARS OF RHONDA THURMAN CHEAP SHOTS..THE BLACK COMMUNITY IS SLOW TO ANGER BUT HAVE A LONG MEMORY..RHONDA HAVE THE GALL TO CLAIM SHE IS FAIR.AND NOT BIAS..THE EVIDENCE IS ON TAPE....MANY HOURS..RHONDA THURMAN HAS COMMENTED ON LOCAL RADIO SHOWS IG.(102.3FM)MAKING NUMEROUS OF DEROGATORY STATEMENTS AGAINST LOW-INCOME STUDENT....A GROWN WOMAN (PUBLIC SERVANT) ATTACKING LOW-INCOME STUDENTS(RHONDA SUPPOSE TO HELP) WITH THE SILENCE MAJORITY CHEERING HER ON...THE MAJORITY CONSIST OF MEDIAS(NOT ALL MEDIA), CHURCHES(BIG SUPPORTERS)AND A SEGMENT OF WHITES IN THIS AREA..RHONDA IS DIVISIVE.THE MAJORITY RULE CAN BECOME MOB RULE IF UNCHECK...THIS IS WHY RHONDA THURMAN IS SO BRAZEN .NO MATTER WHAT RHONDA THURMAN DID OR SAY SHE WOULD GET A FREE PASS.BECAUSE SHE IS GOING WITH THE POPULIST(AS LESTER MADDOX, BULL CONNER,GEORGE WALLACE,BLOCKING THE DOOR AT U.ALA ,ALL DID IN THEIR TIME)). RHONDA HAS BEEN ON A MISSION...A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF PEOPLE HAVE WITNESS RHONDA OBSESSION WITH INNER CITY STUDENTS...THERE ARE MANY HOURS OF HER MAKING UNFAVORABLE REMARKS AGAINST INNER CITY STUDENTS....THIS IS WHY NO SEGMENT OF CHATTANOOGA DESPISES RHONDA THURMAN AS MUCH AS THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

July 17, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.
chet123 said...

RHONDA THURMAN IS NOT INTERESTED IN THE BETTERMENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS A WHOLE....SHE IS ABOUT RHONDA.... RHONDA IS INTERESTED IN POLITIC...SHE IS BECOMING DRUNK WITH POWER AND WILL DO WHAT EVER SHE HAS TO DO TO GET HER WAY...IT WAS EVIDENTED IN THE HANDLING OF SUPERINTENDENT REPLACEMENT...

THE STANDARD-BAR THE PAST SUPERINTENDENTS WAS EXPECTED TO MEASURE UP TO WAS LOWER SO IT WOULD FIT RICK SMITH. RHONDA THURMAN AND RICK SMITH ARE PERSONAL FRIENDS. NEPOTISM HAS BEEN IN THE PAST YEARS OF CHATTANOOGA/HAMILTON GOVERNMENT. CHATTANOOGA/HAMILTON COUNTY HAVE GOTTEN PASSED THAT DARK TIME OF OUR HISTORY UNTIL RHONDA THURMAN.

THE SADNESS OF THIS IS RHONDA THURMAN FOLLOWER GIVES RHONDA THURMAN A FREE PASS TO SAY WHAT SHE WANT TO SAY AND DARE THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO RESPOND....WHAT THE BLACK COMMUNITY SEE IS AN UPROAD FROM A LARGE SEGMENT OF PEOPLE WHEN RHONDA THURMAN IS REBUTTAL BY THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN THE REJECTION OF HER HATEFUL MANIPULATING WAYS...ITS LIKE SOMEONE STANDING ON YOUR TOES...AND THAT SOMEONES BUDDY DARE YOU TO TELL HIM TO GET OFF YOUR TOES....THIS IS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!

THE BLACK COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS THERE ARE SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN THE LOW-INCOME AREA WITH IT HIGH RATE OF SINGLE MOTHERS...THEY REALIZE THIS IS A SPIRITUAL PROBLEM THAT THE CHURCH HAVE TO ASSIST WITH...WHERE BIOLOGICAL FATHER ARE ABSENT THEY MUST PROVIDE SURROGATE-FATHERS/SPIRITUAL-FATHERS BECAUSE YOU MUST NEVER BREAK THE SPIRIT OF A YOUTH...INNER CITY CHATTANOOGA HAVE PRODUCED THE MOST PROMISING CITIZEN IN THE WORLD..IE REGGIE WHITE,GREEN BAY FAVORITE SON.USHER RAYMOND WORLD FAMOUS ACTOR,SINGER WORTH OVER 200MILLION DOLLARS.SAMUEL JACKSONHOLLYWOOD SUPER STAR, MANY MANY MORE...INNER CITY EDUCATED..THERE'S RUBIES AMONG THE ROCKS...RHONDA THURMAN IS TOO SHADOW MINED TO SEE THIS....SHE DONT UNDERSTAND YOU NEVER LUMPS ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE TOGETHER...WE ARE DIVERSE AS WHITE AMERICAN ARE DIVERSE....I KNOW MANY WHITE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST THE OPPOSITE OF RHONDA THURMAN.

THE BLACK COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF THIS COMMUNITY AND AMERICA AS A WHOLE....WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE DECENT GOOD WHITE AMERICAN. WHO IS NOT ALIGNING WITH RHONDA THURMAN...TOO BAD THE CHURCH IS NOT ON THE RIGHT SIDE...NOR PEOPLE LIKE JERRY ASCKEW SPORT TALK102.3 WHO ATTACK JO ANN FAVOR ON HIS RADIO SHOW FOR DEFENDING HER OWN COMMUNITY.

THE BLACK COMMUNITY HAVE SEEN SO-CALL RESPECTED ORGANIZATION LIKE TRI-CITIZEN COUNCIL SECRETLY DESSOLVED ITS SOLVENCY IN THIS AREA AFTER YEARS OF LYING, MANIPULATING, AND PROPANGANDA....LAST TIME RESEARCH WAS MADE ON THAT ONE TIME POPULAR ORGANIZATION...NOT EVEN A MINUTES WAS FOUND TO VERIFY THEY EVEN EXIST.

RHONDA THURMAN IS ONLY FOR A SEASON..AND IN THE LONG TERM...GOOD ALWAYS ECLIPSE EVIL...JUST WILL TRIUMP OVER UNJUST...ML KING QUOTED "THE ARC OF THE MORAL UNIVERSE IS LONG BUT IT BENDS TOWARD JUSTICE"

July 17, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.
timbo said...

hey chet123.....it's over , you guys failed again to get rhonda . she smarter than you and she is in the right . who cares that a bunch of racists in the black community I hate her ..blah blah blah blah blah

July 17, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.
sangaree said...

chet123, I don't think it's logical to say everyone in the black community dislikes Rhonda Thurman. In fact, Thurman got a lot of her inspiration from various members of the African-American community who, at least at the beginning, sided with her and even encouraged her demeaning opinions about African-American children and African-Americans in general. I remember Rhonda speaking on a local African-American talk radio show a couple of years back and virtually referring to people in the African-American community as ignorant. {ignorant was the actual word she used}. You'd think the African-American radio host would at least have admonished her for making such a rude assessment of himself and hispeople. Instead the host said: "Thank you, Rhonda, for telling it like it is." My jaw darn near dropped when the radio host made that statement. Was he too ignorant to realize Rhonda was dissing him and other African-Americans right on his show? Or was he just trying to downplay the remark?

All I know is, that members of the African-American community over years actually believed, still believes, that Thurman is actually on their side, and have allowed her to get away with making several derogatory statements against them.

July 17, 2011 at 6:17 p.m.
sangaree said...

timbo said... hey chet123.....it's over , you guys failed again to get rhonda . she smarter than you


timbo, no one really wins in divisive matters like this. Everyone lose. When you grow up somewhat you'll better understand.

July 17, 2011 at 6:22 p.m.
timbo said...

Sangaree. you libs just don't get it . winning is what it's all about . you're probably 1 of those don't want to keep score in a little league games and everyone gets a trophy . that is not how it really is. when a political party or movement wins, you can implement a directional change . isn't it funny when an entrenched political side has had their way 4 years, now wants to get along . when for years they dictated to the the the other side. your the 1 who is immature and politically naive .

July 17, 2011 at 8:36 p.m.
Selah said...

It always gets worse before it gets better...history shows this. Evil will not prevail...no matter who or what it is. Wrong is wrong and it will not prosper. I agree that there is definitely NO WINNERS here. Just a perceived emotional victory for a few. The old folks say dig one ditch for someone and you may as well go ahead and dig one for yourself. It happened with the Scales, Boydston, and others so it is bound to happen here. Time

July 17, 2011 at 8:57 p.m.
chet123 said...

SANGAREE...YOU ARE SO RIGHT...BUT DONT BE CONFUSED...IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN BLACK AS CLARENCE THOMAS,ARMSTONG WILLIAMS,JOE WATKINS,MICHAEL STEELE AND MANY OTHERS THAT ARE COHORT...THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE....THEY ARE 100% BENEFITING FROM THEIR STANCE...ALL OF THEM ARE DOLLARS CHASER...HAVE NO CORE VALUES...JUST IN IT FOR THEMSELVES(MONEY,MONEY)...SO WHEN I SAY BLACKS ARE DIVERSE YOU SEE IT WITH THESE MEN...IN CHATTANOOGA REPUBLICAN HAVE COHORT...THATS OK!...CHESTER HEATHERTON IS A LOCAL BLACK REPLUBLICAN WHO BENEFIT PERSONALLY FROM HIS REPLUBLICAN POSITION...

IT IS CLEAR THAT RHONDA THURMAN IS A REPUBLICAN...THE HOST IS REPUBLICAN TOO...HE KNOW HIS PLACE.....THE PROBLEM BLACK REPUBLICAN HAVE IS THAT THEY NEVER GET ANY TRACTION IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY..BECAUSE OF THEIR SUPPORT OF REPUBLICAN PARTY THEY HAVE ACCESSIBILTY TO A PLATFORM...ABOUT 99% OF BLACK IN THIS AREA ARE DEMOCRATS...I KNOW THE HOST YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT...MOST BLACK PEOPLE LET HIM TALK BECAUSE HE HAS NO INFLUENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY..BUT LIKE JOE WATKINS,CLARENCE THOAMAS,MICHAEL STEELE, HE IS IN LOCK STEP WITH OTHER REPUBLICAN OR HE WILL BE CUT OFF FROM HIS FUNDS(MONEY)....IN CHATTANOOGA REPUBLICAN WORK THROUGH GREEDY BLACK PREACHERS..INVERTLY,THEY ARE MUSLIMS BIGGEST RECRUITER...LOL LOL LOL

July 17, 2011 at 11:42 p.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO...I NOTICE YOU GOING AROUND MAKING THE PROCLAIMATION THAT ITS OVER....MAYBE YOU ARE PRAYING THIS IS THE END...SORRY CHARLIE...ITS THE BEGINNING....WHATS WRONG...ARE YOU GETTING NERVOUS??

July 17, 2011 at 11:51 p.m.
chet123 said...

REYNOLDS,REGISTERAND SCALES...GETTING IN THE LAST SHOTS!....LOL LOL LOL

July 17, 2011 at 11:54 p.m.
brokentoe said...

chet123 said... ...IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN BLACK....THEY ARE 100% BENEFITING FROM THEIR STANCE...ALL OF THEM ARE DOLLARS CHASER

So true, chet___that is until they're not needed anymore and recognize the faces in that mob chasing them out of town are the same faces they once thought were on their side. c

July 18, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
timbo said...

Selah.....there is your perception of evil and there is mine

July 18, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
Leaf said...

I don't know or have a strong opinion on Rhonda Thurman, but this piece was well-written. I agree with the overuse of the race card and low expectations sentiments.

So, who really wrote this? It was so much better than Barrett's usual drunken 3 AM rambles. (I was feeling a little too complimentary there. Had to mix in some snarky.)

PS. Chet, the 'Caps Lock' key is the one next to the 'A' on your keyboard. You should press it once.

July 18, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
Selah said...

Timbo...evil is evil...no matter whose side you are on. Most of the time we chose the lesser of the two, in our own eyes.

A suggestion for all you who SPEAK against the inner city and put them down. I wonder if you spent a year in their shoes if you would even survive? I wonder if you took time to go and sub or volunteer at these schools for a year would you survive or see the real deal of what is happening? I wonder if you lived in the projects or rec'd a welfare check could you even make it?

I wonder??? Inner city schools are given poor leaders on a consistent basis with the turkey trot landing at their door step every year. I wonder if anyone has every experienced HOPELESSNESS or SHAME to the point where mentally you have given up and no one is coming to save you? The poor will always be with us and we are commanded to take care of them.

July 18, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
Legend said...

tnvolssuckbad said...

blah blah blah, I went to school and actually READ BOOKS and learned to READ and do MATH so I don't have to live off the Government Teat

That's a myth, tnvol. There are more whites living off the government teats than blacks. Just like whites are more likely to be drug and other substance abusers than blacks. Although blacks are more likely to be arrested and serve longer jail and prison sentences. There are just as many illiterate whites as there are blacks. In some studies, whites often exceed blacks when it comes to illiteracy. Thurman made the issue a racial issue by stating otherwise without checking out the real facts. If Rhonda is so concerned about all the students, why doesn't she address the rampant drug and alcohol abuse of primarily white students in many of these schools in her district? Why is it that everytime something comes out of her mouth it has to do with inner-city schools and African-American children?

July 18, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
Legend said...

Selah, so beautifully spoken. People tend to forget That for the grace of GOD Hopelessness and despair can happen to any of us. In fact, when white middle-classed America are placed under similar or same stresses in only a shorter time frame the murder-suicide rates tend to jump off the charts for them.

July 18, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
Selah said...

tnvols...like Legend said "check your facts". Evidently, the books you read didn't contain much knowledge or wisdom for you. I gather this just from reading your post. Try going to the local library and checking out some US History books and maybe even a BIBLE.

July 18, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

....and so it goes...again...

July 19, 2011 at 11:03 a.m.
SavartiTN said...

According to the US Government, 41% of Food Stamp recipients are white, 36% are black. That supports Legends statement. HOWEVER, if you consider that whites make up 65% of the US population and blacks are 12%, then proportionately, more blacks receive Food Stamps than whites.

Here's a map that you can click on the see the statistics from 2009 in each county in each state. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/28/us/20091128-foodstamps.html

Note that in Hamilton County, 9% of the white population were on Food Stamps compared to 38% of the black population.

July 21, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.
chet123 said...

LEAF...I HAVE READ ALL YOUR COMMENTS...YOU ARE REALLY A GOOD AND FAIR PERSON....BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO TRUST ME ON THIS ONE...RHONDA THURMAN HAVE BEEN SPREADING HER VENOM IN THIS TOWN FOR 13 YEARS...WITHOUT ANYBODY CALLING HER HAND(THANKS GOODNESS JO AN FAVORS DID)....SHE GOT A 13YEAR HEAD START ON COLLUDING AND CONSPIRING....SHE IS THE MOST DIVISIVE PERSON I HAVE EVER MET IN THIS AREA....SHE WILL THROW A STONE THEN HIDE HER HAND AND SAY SHE'S THE VICTIM(THE WOMAN HAVE NO HONOR...HER BREAD IS NOT COMPLETELY BAKED).....THE WOMAN IS FULL OF DEEP HATRED.....CHATTANOOGA IS A PEACEFUL TOWN....BUT NOTICE HOW THE PEOPLE SHE TOUCH BECOME INFECTED WITH HATE....THE INCIDENT IN EAST LAKE IS NOT A COINCIDENT....RHONDA THURMAN ACTION AND MOUTH MOTIVATE THE WEAKER PEOPLE TO DO CRAZY THINGS.....SHE VISIT 102.3FM ON REGULAR BASIS...NOW JEFF STYLES, JIM REYNOLD,JERRY ASKEW HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH HER HATE.......MAYBE ONE DAY SHE WILL GO BACK TO SODDY AND CRAWL UNDER A ROCK

July 21, 2011 at 7:36 p.m.
chet123 said...

TNVOLSUCKBAD....YOU SAY YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF WELL READ Hmmmmmm LOL LOL LOL WELL MAYBE THATS YOUR PROBLEM....LET OTHER PEOPLE GRADE YOUR INTELLECT AND NOT YOU DOING A SELF-EXAMINATION LOL LOL...

TNVOLSUCKBAD....PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NAACP....SEE YOU WANT TO GO ON THE OFFENSIVE AND EXPECT BLACK PEOPLE NOT TO RESPOND....JUST HOLD YOUR BREATH ON THAT CHARLIE.

I JUST LOVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU STEREOTYPING ME LOL LOL LOL PUT ME AT A HUGE ADVANTAGE....SEE I KNOW YOUR CULTURE...BUT YOU DONT TRULY KNOW MINES LOL LOL I LOVE BEING UNDER ESTIMATED BY PIN-HEAD PEOPLE LIKE YOU...LET ME WARN ABOUT SOMETHING LOL LOL YOU BECOME THAT WHICH YOU DESPISE......YOUR FUTURE GRAND-CHILDREN MAY BE BLACK!...SO BUTTON THAT LIP OR THERE WILL BE A REBELLION IN YOUR OWN HOUSE.. LOL LOL LOL HAVE A GOOD DAY! LOL LOL LOL

July 21, 2011 at 7:52 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Steve Barrett says: “The most compelling. . . thing about the kerfuffle over Rhonda Thurman’s remarks on local schools is not the remarks themselves. By a sensible reading, they aren’t especially controversial. It’s how little traction her critics have gotten in their triumphal assertion that this time she’s gone too far.”

If the concern about Rhonda Thurman’s offensive comment and reference to “slavery” is non-existent and isn’t building the kind of traction that you think it should, why take the time to write a lengthy article re-hashing it? Indeed, what’s the deal? Are you concerned that Rhonda Thurman has been our of the news recently, and the column is an attempt to put her back in the spotlight? Are you trying to taunt the young students that Ms. Thurman was mocking the day she made the offensive comment and “slavery” reference?

As to your “sensible reading” reference, I can only say shame on you. There are many factors that come into play in the learning process and most adults with a little common sense and a little experience with children realize this. There is a high probability that a child who is not receiving adequate nutrition is going to have learning difficulties; a child who lives in a environment where violence is an ongoing occurrence often has difficulties in the classroom; a child who lives in a home where the parents yell, scream, and fight frequently face learning difficulties; a child who is emotionally neglected because their parents are strung out on drugs will most likely have problems in the classroom.

The point is that individuals who serve on school boards are there to serve the children throughout Hamilton County. It is their duty to do everything they possibly can to help children get an education, which means the adults serving on school boards should be aware and especially interested in the kind of factors that can and often do impact the learning process. Instead of seeking ways to better understand these issues, Ms. Thurman opted to play a game of divisive politics by making mean spirited remarks mocking the challenges that many children throughout Hamilton County face. Again, shame on her.

July 22, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
sangaree said...

Thurmans remarks have nothing to do with any love or concerns for African-American students. Her remarks are just another sly way of many that has materialized recently of openly expressing bigotry then trying to appear innocently and ignorantly confused when called out. You can almost picture Thurman and her gang, because they do run in a pack, coming up with new ways to divide and create racial division. Her cohorts would amaze you whenever they decide to come out of hiding and reveal their true colors. It really shouldn't be much longer now.

July 22, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I only see one over capitalized poster on here that seems to be spreading hate.

July 22, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.
Selah said...

chet123...I just love the way you keep showing up...we have to meet!!!

tnvols who said I was black? Your words continue to show your bigotry and stereotypes of the black race. Unbelievable yet very believable here in Chattanooga...

July 23, 2011 at 1:46 a.m.
chet123 said...

StrongSAVATITN....I DO IT ON PURPOSE.....BECAUSE I HAVE TO EVEN THE ODDS WHEN I'M TAKING ON 10 SOMETIMES 20 TO 1 POSTERS...LOL LOL I HAVE THE EDGE! ITS CALLED THE TRUTH AND I KNOW IT CUT TO THE BONES... ITS TRUE...I HAVE EDUCATED MANY OF YOUR BUDDY POSTERS WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT....I HAVE NEVER AND WILL NEVER POST LIES...NOT LIKE SEAMONKEY ,LIBERTARIAN4FREEDOM AND MANY OTHERS WHO WILL SAY ANYTHING LOL LOL LOL....

July 25, 2011 at 8:42 p.m.
chet123 said...

SELAH...WE MAY DO THAT ONE DAY!!

July 25, 2011 at 8:44 p.m.
talkthetalk911 said...

No doubt that years ago the black community was treated in ways that no words can properly describe. I have to say though as someone who is white that goes through life just trying to support a family, i dont think about what color someone's skin is. with that being said. I do have an opinion that the race card has been used way too much. My point is this, no doubt that racism is alive today. we would be fools to say otherwise. we would also be fools to say that racism not only exsist with white toward blacks but blacks toward whites as well. i find it odd that with all the ethnic back grounds here in America the only real racism that is talked about is white toward black. Most people no matter what their color is just want to live a productive life in peace. But just because a white person makes a comment about something black its labeled as racist. when black people wanted equality it was called a "movement" when white people want equality its labled as racism. And as to division of the people. All the seperate organizations that a for a specific group are the things that seprate us. people speaking for the need of these groups seperate us. i believe Mrs. Thurmans comments stemmed from an issue of where money was being spent. why arent these numbers produced to the public so that the public can see what money goes to each school? just wondering...

July 29, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.
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