Black People : What Some Bruthaz Wouldn't Do For A White Girl....

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  1. Ralfa'il

    Ralfa'il Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Mother says yearbook photo of son offensive, wants recall

    Cynthia Kopkowski
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


    BOYNTON BEACH - For a mother who remembered the senior superlatives in her own high school yearbook hewing to "Most Likely to Succeed" and "Best Smile," the picture came as a surprise to Jacqueline Nobles.

    In Boynton Beach High's 2005 yearbook, her son, Robert Richards, is shown with a leash around his neck.

    Click here to see photo: http://img.coxnewsweb.com/B/09/46/39/image_1539469.jpg

    Students voting on superlatives — a staple of yearbooks for decades — elected Richards as "Most Whipped" by his girlfriend, using the slang term for a person who is controlled by another in a relationship. The accompanying photo shows Richards, who is black, on a leash held by Melissa Finley, who is white.

    Nobles wants the books recalled.

    "I know it's supposed to be in fun, but there are people still having trouble with African-Americans' past and this will be offensive," said Nobles, who said the picture reminded her of the poster for the 1970s miniseries Roots, which featured a manacled slave. "This picture, to me, is very distasteful."

    Another photo, of the winners of the "Most Likely To Be On Jerry Springer" category, features a male student pretending to be on the verge of hitting a female with the back of his hand.

    The pictures are inappropriate, school district spokesman Nat Harrington said. The professional standards committee will investigate the situation, Harrington said, and there could be "serious disciplinary consequences" for yearbook adviser Jordan Barenburg and "anyone else who should have brought it to the forefront for review before it was published."

    Harrington said the review likely will include Principal William Latson.

    "We expect the adviser to apply good judgment, good common sense, ethical standards, moral standards and standards that reflect the level of respect and dignity we expect in our schools," Harrington said.

    About 240 copies of the yearbook made it into students' hands before Nobles called the school Tuesday to complain to Latson. The principal is holding an additional 460.

    Neither Barenburg nor Latson returned calls for comment.

    Perhaps least upset by the photo is Richards, 19, who is bound for Florida Atlantic University after graduation next week. In fact, he came up with the idea.

    Richards said he and Finley thought it would set them apart from the other superlative students striking traditional poses. They have broken up since the photo was taken, he said, but remain close friends and have the same opinion of the photo.

    "We don't see a problem with it," Richards said before referencing the Roots character that haunted his mother when she saw the photo. "Kunta Kinte — that was over 300 years ago."

    He also believes his mother and those who might share her anxiety think differently about racism and slavery because of their age. He and his peers aren't as conscious of race, he said.

    "If there was a black girl doing this in the picture, it wouldn't be an issue," Richards said.

    A number of black students were standing around when the photo was taken and nobody protested, he said. "These are people who if they had a problem would have let us know," he said.

    Yearbooks have evolved from their early days as catalogs of smiling students in tuxedos and gowns and cheerleaders in knee-length skirts shouting into megaphones.

    In recent years, yearbook editors at some Palm Beach County schools have had to edit slang and obscenities from senior quotes, ban senior superlatives and study photos closely for indications of drug or alcohol use. At least one yearbook company offers principals the option of using stickers to cover offending photos. The page tears when someone tries to remove the sticker.

    Along with such traditional or uplifting categories as "Best All Around" or "Next Bill Gates," Boynton Beach High's superlatives also featured students under the headings "Biggest Slacker" and "Worst Case of Senioritis."

    The district will explore the feasibility of recalling the first batch of yearbooks and having them reprinted without the leash photo, as Nobles is requesting, Harrington said.

    "I don't want this to be the memory any student has of my son," Nobles said. "Just like these books went into circulation, they can come back out."





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  2. KWABENA

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    It appears some schools cannot handle having fun.

    The craziest thing to understand about this, is that the school is predominantly black, and they were able to let this happen. I wonder if they offer any African History classes?

    ......And I also wonder HOW and WHY the school thought it was okay to do this. I would expect High School students to understand the seriousness of this too well. They need retrospect.

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    thas a got dam shame...
    i hope that picture is preserved so that his children can see how much of a herb he was in high school....that was some horrible taste on the schools part...black/white or whatever...

    one love
    khasm
     
  4. Ralfa'il

    Ralfa'il Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Is that what some of our bruthaz have been reduced to in this society?

    Such a poor image of his own black self that he'd allow a white girl (of all women) to put a leash on him and allow himself to be named the "most whipped"?

    A natural slave, if I ever saw one.
     
  5. FromTheHip

    FromTheHip Banned MEMBER

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    Smart? No.

    Stupid. Yes.
     
  6. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is what happens when people stop thinking of themselves as African American, and start identifying themselves as simply American!
     
  7. karmashines

    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    My generation (those born in the 70s on up) are further removed from the overt racism that our parents and especially our grandparents suffered. So, while some of us may have knowledge of the struggles of our ancestors, (slavery, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, etc.), we don't feel it our hearts as strongly because racism has changed its face in today's era. I think this is more of the problem then how one labels themselves or even how much history they know (because most blacks identify as black and know slavery existed). Many people think racism is dead, so they don't feel offended at foolish pranks such as this.
     
  8. bigtown

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    She needs to recall her son.

    That's my "BIG" opinion.
     
  9. Monetary

    Monetary going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have nothing but respect for you...AND I don't want to start anything...but uhhh ruhhhh...that particular reason for why younger people don't feel racism exists as much as older people is a little disturbing. If younger people actually took a moment to think about things from the older people's perspective, then younger people would actually see that racism is still alive and kicking. Younger people do not need to have waterhoses turned on them or to see "black only" and "white only" signs all across the city or to have a White person call them a ****** to their faces to understand that racism still exists. They just need to know how White people are cheating them out of what they deserve while smiling in their faces like nothing is wrong.

    The problem that we as a people are having is that we want to be accepted in a society that does not accept us....PERIOD. Sure, SOME White people do...but that SOME will not stand up for you when it is time to pay reparations or give some type of recompense for what is happening to us NOW...let alone what happened to our ancestors during slavery which also affects us NOW.

    So, younger people should study their history and open their eyes to the ways of the world. We can no longer stay in this child-like state of oblivion as if we can walk around with a free heart and free spirit and BEHAVE as if no one will harm us. At some point, YOU must stand guard over your children and your people. Yes, I know it is not fair to ask this of you at a young age...but...given the times we are in...those who sleepwalk through life will get got.

    And, btw, I was born in 1969.


    Peace,

    Fam
     
  10. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is excellent brother Monetary, I could not have said any better myself!
     
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