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11/08/2008 03:34 AM ID: 74647 Permalink   

Southern Students Told Not to Say Obama's Name


The ACLU has received multiple reports from parents and students in Mississippi claiming free speech violations. Pearl Schools superintendent John Ladner confirmed two incidents where students were allegedly told to not mention Barack Obama's name.

Reginald Simpson, a student at Pearl Junior High School, MS, was one of two students kicked from the bus after saying the president-elect’s name. Simpson said that the driver told the students to stop saying Obama because she didn't want to hear it.

In another incident, a girl's basketball coach told students they would be suspended for saying Obama. Superintendant Ladner said that both the driver and coach were disciplined and assured that no student will be punished for saying Obama's name.

    WebReporter: vash_the_stampede Show Calling Card      
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  As a Mississippian..  
..I can say that this isn't shocking in the least, sadly. This is one of about a dozen different instanced I've heard since Tuesday's election about people being either physically or verbally attacked over mentioning Obama's victory.
  by: vash_the_stampede     11/08/2008 03:53 AM     
are they still mad that blacks arent their slaves anymore? get over it!
  by: groomsy     11/08/2008 04:50 AM     
  So much for  
respecting the office of the president, like we were supposed to do when we all were mad at Bush for actual bad things he did in the real world, and not made-up fantasies people "learned" through e-mail chains.
  by: Ben_Reilly     11/08/2008 07:35 AM     
I see you are all too familiar with those e-mail chains.. :|

I can't tell you how many I got from family and friends, bashing Barack Obama's family by forwarding a picture of his family with disparaging terms beneath them, accusing him of being a muslim, saying that he wasn't born in America, that he's a privileged elitist.

The worst one though to me was one where they claimed that Barack Obama would repaint the White House black – and in all seriousness too. The message advised voters to vote McCain for the continued “legacy” and don’t let 44 be a “n-word”.

  by: vash_the_stampede     11/08/2008 12:08 PM     
  What a bunch  
of losers! These are the same people who will get mad at you for not being "patriotic enough." Dumb, dumb, dumb.
  by: nephew     11/08/2008 12:20 PM     
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  by: dook   11/08/2008 12:36 PM     
I guess they wouldn't want to hear this spoof song...
  by: nyceplaya2002     11/08/2008 12:54 PM     
What a shame.
  by: NicPre     11/08/2008 02:39 PM     
  It's a good thing  
We've gotten past the race issue in America; that the color of your skin does not affect how people perceive you.

As with all transitionary periods, we're in for some rough social times as people come to grips with the repressed race issue.

While I'd say many metropolitan areas don't see race as much of an issue as it once was, it's very clear that in many rural areas that is not yet the case.

I certainly have some fears about Obama's tenure (for his sake, not mine) but also many hopes that his presidency will help move our nation forward socially, not just economically.
  by: StringBlade   11/08/2008 02:45 PM     
We are far from being past the race issue. Everyday people experience racism, and it has a very long way to go before we can consider being "past the race issue." It's not seen by all, but it occurs in cities and rural towns alike.
  by: nyceplaya2002     11/08/2008 03:17 PM     
  I know I'm racist  
I'm prejudiced against anyone who thinks there's more than one race... human.
  by: opinionated   11/08/2008 03:26 PM     
is interesting, anyone can not make a conversation even on a bus fearing of the driver will kick somebody down.
  by: vizhatlan     11/08/2008 03:37 PM     
  This goes to show...  
the mind set of the people wanting their country run by people like Palin and McCain.
  by: captainJane     11/08/2008 03:39 PM     
this type of racism is going strong in America even today. I know. I was raised to be one. It was Barack Obama that showed me the error of my ways. For that alone, I will always be indebted to the President.
  by: LeroyJenkins     11/08/2008 06:56 PM     
  Land of the free  
and home of the brave, eh?
  by: Mister crank     11/08/2008 08:52 PM     
  More on something similar  
  by: Kaleid   11/08/2008 09:29 PM     
  @ben reilly  
did you read the one implying that obama is the anti-christ?
or the one that said he was going to get rid of christmas?
  by: momto2   11/09/2008 12:26 AM     
  No doubt that there will be many more  
stories about these mental midgets and their ignorance. No doubt as well that most of these will originate in the south. Please don't hold that against all of us ;-)

  by: bbeljefe     11/09/2008 01:25 AM     
My first sentence was tongue-in-cheek sarcasm.
  by: StringBlade   11/11/2008 12:41 PM     
  All i can say about racism.  
Until you simply do not notice their skin colour, you're a little bit racist
  by: thedeeder   11/12/2008 11:11 PM     
  mississippi is messed up  
I've lived in biloxi and on the other end in Mt.Pleasant,MS 20min from Memphis.from what I've seen the education system is real poor.Private christian schools thrive there.Until the kids can be educated to think for themselves and look past their parents prejudice it will continue.
  by: kross10c   11/14/2008 12:55 AM     
I've been here most of my life and while I can vouch for the great food (you don't get to being the fattest state without having great food!) and scenic values of this place.. that's about it =\

This place sucks. We're #48 in education, #49 in deaths of infants per 1,000 live births. We're dead last in children living in poverty...

Funnier still is that we're an ultra "religious" state - yet we're #49 in births to teen mothers.

Those young christians just can't *wait* to defile their bodies evidently.
  by: vash_the_stampede     11/14/2008 01:04 AM     
  can I say  
it's good to be european
no offense
  by: lantalooon   11/15/2008 10:12 PM     
that sounds a bit arse, I didn't mean my 'race', it's just that we tend to be a bit more lucid
  by: lantalooon   11/15/2008 11:29 PM     
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