2002-11-09 / Community

NAACP, Community Outraged Over CSB 27 Official's Comment

By Gary G. Toms

NAACP, Community Outraged Over CSB 27 Official's Comment


"We cannot let 
            this go. If we do, we will be in serious trouble. It's time to show 
            them, and this community, that we have power and that we consider 
            this to be a major issue." Bob Simmons, Democratic District 
            Leader                                                                                        "We cannot let this go. If we do, we will be in serious trouble. It's time to show them, and this community, that we have power and that we consider this to be a major issue." Bob Simmons, Democratic District Leader Photos From the Meeting

"We will 
                  never stand for this. The comment is wrong and unjustified!" 
                  Angry parents at the NAACP 
              meeting                                                                         "We will never stand for this. The comment is wrong and unjustified!" Angry parents at the NAACP meeting
"I went to 
                  PS 198, and I know for a fact that certain kids are at a 
                  disadvantage. They're making these moves, but has anyone seen 
                  the data to support their claims?" Jameel Johnson, Chief 
                  of Staff (Washington), Congressman Gregory W. 
                  Meeks                                                                                                                                                       "I went to PS 198, and I know for a fact that certain kids are at a disadvantage. They're making these moves, but has anyone seen the data to support their claims?" Jameel Johnson, Chief of Staff (Washington), Congressman Gregory W. Meeks

"District 
                  27 has always gotten the short end of the stick. This 
                  statement illustrates a certain type of thinking by certain 
                  types of people. We must stand strong!" Assemblywoman 
                  Michele 
      Titus                                                                                                  "District 27 has always gotten the short end of the stick. This statement illustrates a certain type of thinking by certain types of people. We must stand strong!" Assemblywoman Michele Titus
"We cannot 
                  allow our children to be disrespected in this manner." 
                  Simone Meeks, wife of Congressman Gregory 
                  Meeks                                                 "We cannot allow our children to be disrespected in this manner." Simone Meeks, wife of Congressman Gregory Meeks

"I am 
                  outraged by this statement. Our children can learn if you give 
                  them the tools to learn. This is the only profession where 
                  professionals are paid to do a job, only to turn around and 
                  say that they can't teach your child. That is unacceptable." 
                  Juanita Watkins, Former City Council 
                  representative                                                                                  "I am outraged by this statement. Our children can learn if you give them the tools to learn. This is the only profession where professionals are paid to do a job, only to turn around and say that they can't teach your child. That is unacceptable." Juanita Watkins, Former City Council representative
"It's time 
                  to handle our business. People in this community, and within 
                  District 27, have to realize that when you offend one, you 
                  offend us all." Isaac Parsee, Co-chair for the Education 
                  Committee, Far Rockaway Chapter - 
              NAACP                                                                                                                                     "It's time to handle our business. People in this community, and within District 27, have to realize that when you offend one, you offend us all." Isaac Parsee, Co-chair for the Education Committee, Far Rockaway Chapter - NAACP

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