Again…I have to say it. I don’t want to say it, but I have to.
What the hell is wrong with these White Women who continue to mess with these little boys!!! Come on!!! If this was a black man taking advantage of white children…he’s be put under the jail. This is the second case in a year’s time. In both cases the teachers got some real TIME instead of the standard white-privilege slap on the wrist that I’ve seen in other cases.
In Laurens County, S.C., where the tawdry topic of teacher-student sex is drawing far more attention than any of the townsfolk would like, there’s another issue being whispered out of earshot of the TV cameras – the issue of race.
In Laurens County , a northern South Carolina community of about 10,000 residents – 54 percent of whom are White and 44 percent of whom are Black – Tuesday’s jailing of 24-year-old Allenna Ward for six years marked the second imprisonment of a White female teacher for sex crimes against Black boys in less than a year.
Wendie Ann Schweikert, a former elementary school teacher, began serving a 10-year sentence in June for having sex with an 11-year-old Black boy.
Ward, the daughter of a preacher, admitted to having sex at the school where she taught, a park, a motel and a restaurant after school officials found a note she had written to one of the boys. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison for each of three counts of lewdness against the 14- and 15-year-old boys, but they were reduced to six years in prison, to run concurrently. – BET
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Here’s a great article from Jason George for the Chicago Tribune.
DILLON, S.C.—When it comes to fixing South Carolina’s “Corridor of Shame,” a counties-long strip of underfunded, underperforming and mostly black schools, all three Democratic front-runners possess some life experience that could qualify them as the region’s much-needed savior.
Sen. Barack Obama has a history of helping poor, minority communities as an organizer. Sen. Hillary Clinton once worked to improve the educational options for rural Arkansas students. And John Edwards, who was born in a South Carolina mill village, has made fighting poverty the central issue of his 2008 presidential bid.
No matter who eventually wins the White House, though—Democrat or Republican—the victor will have his or her work cut out. Consider, for example, Dillon’s J.V. Martin Junior High School, where if the students want a real-life history lesson, they need look no further than their old crumbling campus, a cluster of leaky, drafty buildings—the first built in 1896.
The archaic infrastructure is not the only thing in need of repair here: A third of Martin’s 560 middle schoolers read at three or more grades below level. About 10 percent of those 7th and 8th graders cannot identify all the letters of the alphabet.
As the presidential campaign migrates south and west, with far more diverse populations than Iowa and New Hampshire, the issues that drive the campaign are changing. In South Carolina, for the first time, the Democratic candidates will have their fates determined by the party’s most loyal constituency of the last 50 years: African-Americans. And in a state where half of Democratic voters are black and many are highly interested in improving South Carolina’s failing schools, the issues of race, education and poverty prove hot topics leading up to the Jan. 26 Democratic primary. Continue reading
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MTV News | “Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama has added a gay minister to the lineup for his three-day concert series in South Carolina after coming under fire from gay activists for including a gospel singer who has said he believes homosexuality is a choice, AP reports. The Rev. Andy Sidden, who is openly gay, has been invited to the Sunday event in Columbia after Obama reportedly discussed his inclusion with Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which supports gay rights. Solmonese thanked Obama in a statement but said he was disappointed the series will still include Grammy-winning gospel star Donnie McClurkin, whose assertions that homosexuality is a choice led to calls for Obama to cancel the singer’s performance. After saying on Monday that he thought sexual preference “is a matter of choice,” McClurkin told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that his ideals and his ministry were being severely misconstrued. “I don’t believe that even from a religious point of view that Jesus ever discriminated toward anyone, nor do I,” McClurkin said. “Most of the things that were said were totally out of context, and then other things weren’t true.” McClurkin lived as a gay man for 20 years and now says he is straight. He said his ministry is open to those who say they no longer want to live as a gay person, but he added that “there’s never been a statement made by me about curing homosexuality. People are using that in order to incite anger and to twist my whole platform on it. There’s no crusade for curing it or to convert everyone. This is just for those who come to me and ask for change.” …
In other Obama news, in an apparent slip of the tongue, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accused the senator of urging terrorists to congregate in Iraq, according to The Associated Press. In an appearance in South Carolina on Tuesday, Romney said, “Actually, just look at what Osam — Barack Obama — said just yesterday. Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq.” Romney apparently was referring to an audiotape aired Monday in which a speaker believed to be Osama bin Laden called for insurgents in Iraq to unite. A Romney spokesperson said, “He misspoke. He was referring to the audiotape of Osama bin Laden and misspoke. It was just a mix-up.” …”