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nikita771
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:04 AM
I wasn't sure it this had been posted already, but I was literally shocked by this article. I thought this was abolished in the 60s. I'm trying to think of a valid reason that these kids were relegated to the back of the bus, but I can't. :shrug:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060824/NEWS01/608240332/1002/NEWS

Black students ordered to give up seats to whites
Status of Red River Parish bus driver is unknown


By Vickie Welborn
vwelborn@gannett.com (vwelborn@gannett.com)

COUSHATTA -- Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children.

The situation has outraged relatives of the black children who have filed a complaint with school officials.

Superintendent Kay Easley will meet with the family members in her office this morning.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also is considering filing a formal charge with the U.S. Department of Justice. NAACP District Vice President James Panell, of Shreveport, said he would apprise Justice attorneys of the situation this week. He's considering asking for an investigation into the bus incident and other aspects of the school system's operations, including pupil-teacher ratio as it relates to the numbers of white and black children, along with a breakdown of the numbers of black and white teachers employed.

"If the smoke is there, then there's probably fire somewhere else," Panell said in a phone interview from New Orleans. "At this point, it is extremely alarming. We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we won. Why is this happening again?"

Easley would not comment much on the allegations Wednesday, saying it is a personnel issue. She acknowledged that she has investigated the claim. And she confirmed that the bus driver did not run her route Wednesday, nor would she today.

Asked if the driver would work for the rest of the year, Easley said, "I'm not going to answer the questions. "» You're getting all that you're going to get from me. I'm sorry."

Red River Elementary School Principal Jamie Lawrence tried to rectify the seating situation when it was brought to her attention. But it was ultimately handled at the Central Office, Patricia Sessoms said.

Sessoms aunt, Iva Richmond, is the mother of two of the children, ages 14 and 15, and foster parent to three others, ages 5, 6 and 10. Janice Williams, who is the mother of the other four children, is Richmond's neighbor. All nine children catch the bus at a stop on Ashland Road.

Sessoms will join Richmond and Williams in their meeting with Easley today. Sessoms said they would ask for bus driver Delores Davis' immediate termination. Davis, who originates her bus route in Martin, has called Richmond to apologize, Sessoms said. A message left on Davis' answering machine late Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

After Richmond and Williams filed complaints with the School Board, Transportation Supervisor Jerry Carlisle asked Davis to make seat assignments for her passengers, Sessoms said.

"But she still assigned the black children to the back of the bus," she added.

And the nine children had to share only two seats, meaning the older children had to hold the younger ones in their laps.

A new solution reached Monday by School Board officials has a black bus driver driving across town to pick up the nine black children.

"I think the whole school system needs to be reviewed in Red River Parish," Sessoms said.

Sessoms, who has two children at Red River Elementary, said she has no problems with her bus driver. "I have a wonderful bus driver," she added. Sessoms' request to have her young children sit near the front because of their ages was granted.

School Board member Gene Longino said Wednesday evening that he had not heard about the situation involving the nine children.

"I don't know anything about that. "» Until something formally comes to the School Board members through the superintendent, we don't know the details," Longino said.

School Board President Ricky Cannon was at work Wednesday evening and unavailable for comment. Board member J.B. McElwee also was not at home. Calls to the homes of Cleve Miller, Kassandria Wells White, Karen Womack and Jessie Webber were not answered

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:08 AM
Back to the back of the bus again?

Cage
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:31 AM
Why does society go back to the middle ages. skin is a color why does it matter if your black or white i just dont get some people!

Volcana
Aug 25th, 2006, 04:15 AM
Well, working on the idea that the intial reports are accurate ....

In all likelihood, this is just one person living out a white supremacist fantasy. That isn't to that there aren't other instances of racial bias in the district, but assigning nine children to two seats, based on race, is too blatant for even the most ardent white supremacist, or racial seperatist, with any brains.

And since the bus driver actually assigned the seats, she hasn't much of a defense. And as soon as the word 'lawsuit' is mentioned, the school district is going to 'throw the driver under the bus', so to speak.

Am I shocked? Not really. Not when Republican presidential candidates make regular pilgrimages to Bob Jones University, specifically because the school bans inter-racial dating. The only people who think white supremacy isn't alive and well in the USA are those with a real commitment to blindness.

But this ... this is as much stupidity as racial seperatism.

Rocketta
Aug 25th, 2006, 05:04 AM
Yeah it's hard to imagine someone is that stupid on top of racist. :lol:

I won't be shocked that in the investigation it will be found that the school district has a very deep ingrained institutional racism in every fiber.

I don't know how many times businesses and institutions have to be caught in these situations before people realize as much as things change they stay the same as well. *sigh*

CJ07
Aug 25th, 2006, 05:14 AM
Either that is out of context, or just stupid.

Erika_Angel
Aug 25th, 2006, 05:16 AM
If this woman is truly racist (and it wasn't because of that woman's young kids needing to sit up the front) then she is a complete dingbat :rolleyes:

tennisbum79
Aug 25th, 2006, 05:19 AM
Either that is out of context, or just stupid.

I am beginning to think it must be out of context. Else, it is hard to believe that
a bus driver for mixed race school would do this

Rocketta
Aug 25th, 2006, 05:20 AM
If this woman is truly racist (and it wasn't because of that woman's young kids needing to sit up the front) then she is a complete dingbat :rolleyes:

where in the article does it say anything about young children needing to sit up front? :confused:

leaving the racial part of it out the driver needs to be fired for making kids sit in other kids laps on a school bus, how safe is that?

Erika_Angel
Aug 25th, 2006, 05:26 AM
where in the article does it say anything about young children needing to sit up front? :confused:

leaving the racial part of it out the driver needs to be fired for making kids sit in other kids laps on a school bus, how safe is that?


Sorry I think I read it wrong. I was referring to the paragraph about the woman who was happy with her driver because her children were young and needed to sit up the front, referring to another bus I guess.

Wannabeknowitall
Aug 25th, 2006, 05:43 AM
Yeah it's hard to imagine someone is that stupid on top of racist. :lol:

I won't be shocked that in the investigation it will be found that the school district has a very deep ingrained institutional racism in every fiber.
I don't know how many times businesses and institutions have to be caught in these situations before people realize as much as things change they stay the same as well. *sigh*

I agree. We know some places in Louisiana and Georgia had segregated dances until 2 years ago.
I'm starting to wonder if many places in Louisiana still have separated but equal ideologies still ingrained through most of their society.
Things are not going to be changed unless someone speaks out.
It makes me wonder if Katrina was more a state issue than a federal one now.

RVD
Aug 25th, 2006, 06:22 AM
I agree. We know some places in Louisiana and Georgia had segregated dances until 2 years ago.
I'm starting to wonder if many places in Louisiana still have separated but equal ideologies still ingrained through most of their society.
Things are not going to be changed unless someone speaks out.
It makes me wonder if Katrina was more a state issue than a federal one now.When the hurricane flipped that rock over, all the vermin were exposed. :mad:

Is it my imagination or did Hurricane Katrina open the world's eye to the truth of the south? It seems like every time I hear a report about that and surround areas, it's always about race. Must have been the best kept secret in America.

Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if this bus driver received orders from her superiors to separate the children this way. There's something about the atmosphere of the article that suggest just that very thing. These poor kids are made to feel inferior just so that the others could feel superior.
DISGUSTING!!

Kunal
Aug 25th, 2006, 06:47 AM
at this day and age

Jakeev
Aug 25th, 2006, 10:48 AM
Yeah it's hard to imagine someone is that stupid on top of racist. :lol:

I won't be shocked that in the investigation it will be found that the school district has a very deep ingrained institutional racism in every fiber.

I don't know how many times businesses and institutions have to be caught in these situations before people realize as much as things change they stay the same as well. *sigh*

LOL I was thinking the same damn thing. Racism is one thing but what is really scary is how that moron got a license to drive a bus to begin with.:eek:

Wigglytuff
Aug 25th, 2006, 11:10 AM
When the hurricane flipped that rock over, all the vermin were exposed. :mad:

Is it my imagination or did Hurricane Katrina open the world's eye to the truth of the south? It seems like every time I hear a report about that and surround areas, it's always about race. Must have been the best kept secret in America.

Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if this bus driver received orders from her superiors to separate the children this way. There's something about the atmosphere of the article that suggest just that very thing. These poor kids are made to feel inferior just so that the others could feel superior.
DISGUSTING!!

yep i have to agree

Lord Nelson
Aug 25th, 2006, 11:40 AM
Am I shocked? Not really. Not when Republican presidential candidates make regular pilgrimages to Bob Jones University, specifically because the school bans inter-racial dating. The only people who think white supremacy isn't alive and well in the USA are those with a real commitment to blindness.

But this ... this is as much stupidity as racial seperatism.
Actually Bob Jones University dropped the ban on inter-racial dating after Bush visited the University. So GW should be thanked for helping the university get rid of this policy. The current director of the University is very happy that the ban was dropped. The university also did not promote white supremacy but rather focused on religion. The ban on inter-racial dating was stupid though.

Infiniti2001
Aug 25th, 2006, 01:08 PM
So this is what the Republican "southern strategy' led to? Words fail me. :tape:

SelesFan70
Aug 25th, 2006, 01:27 PM
When the hurricane flipped that rock over, all the vermin were exposed. :mad:

Is it my imagination or did Hurricane Katrina open the world's eye to the truth of the south? It seems like every time I hear a report about that and surround areas, it's always about race. Must have been the best kept secret in America.

Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if this bus driver received orders from her superiors to separate the children this way. There's something about the atmosphere of the article that suggest just that very thing. These poor kids are made to feel inferior just so that the others could feel superior.
DISGUSTING!!

It's always the South...never California, or New York, or New Jersey, or Oregon... :rolleyes:

SelesFan70
Aug 25th, 2006, 01:29 PM
So this is what the Republican "southern strategy' led to? Words fail me. :tape:

We're all used to that at this point. :)

Wigglytuff
Aug 25th, 2006, 02:24 PM
We're all used to that at this point. :)
as are we to your kkk gaykk support for this type of blatant racism. :shrug:

firehorse
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:10 PM
very sad....racial and profiling still exist BIG TIME

firehorse
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:12 PM
Actually Bob Jones University dropped the ban on inter-racial dating after Bush visited the University. So GW should be thanked for helping the university get rid of this policy. The current director of the University is very happy that the ban was dropped. The university also did not promote white supremacy but rather focused on religion. The ban on inter-racial dating was stupid though.

Didnt they know that we are coming from one species..MONKEY???

Infiniti2001
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:12 PM
We're all used to that at this point. :)

gay Republicans make no more sense to me than black republicans . Actually, it's rapidly approaching the point where SANE people can't be Republicans :help:

Volcana
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:35 PM
So this is what the Republican "southern strategy' led to? In fairness, the Republican southern strategy led to a Republican president, a Republican Senate, a Republican House of Representatives, and, tellingly, a Republican Supreme Court. Considering that up til now, the Supreme Court was above party, you'd have to consider the southern strategy one of the most brilliant pieces of politicking in the history of the United States.

It's a pity it's based on the idea that the majority of white-Americans are racial seperatists, but you can't fault it's success.

Hulet
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:41 PM
This sounds like a red herring to me: when you fight the small and obvious battles like where kids should seat in a bus, etc, the big issues (don't ask me what they are) are silently fogotten.

CJ07
Aug 25th, 2006, 04:42 PM
Hold on a minute. Yes the south has its racists, but don't act for a second that they're not in New York, LA, all over the place.

As for the Republican jab I won't even bother.

But racism is everywhere. And I really, really am 90% sure this story is taken out of context. Liberal papers tend to do that. There is obviously racism involved, but the case can't be that simple, otherwise it'd be all over the news.

Dawn Marie
Aug 25th, 2006, 07:40 PM
It wouldn't shock me if this article was spot on.

I hope that the incident gets investigated and the racist asses lose their jobs.

tennislover
Aug 25th, 2006, 08:08 PM
maybe the driver is mad.......:scratch:

jbeacinu
Aug 25th, 2006, 08:11 PM
Screw them white people! O wait I'm white..

RainyDays
Aug 26th, 2006, 12:05 AM
That driver needs to have her mental state checked. She doesn't seem stable at all.
I'm not saying this because I think she's an extreme racist; many extreme racists are unfortunately intelligent enough to have high end careers such as Presidents of the USA. I'm saying it because it's so incredibly STUPID of her to do that "first half of 20th century" shit with children.
Now, I reeeeeeeeeally don't want to get into gender politics here, BUT...was anyone else surprised when they learned that the bus driver was a woman?
Maybe it's just me. The only evil bus driver i ever had was an old, angry white man who always struck me as an intolerant piece of shit individual who just hated people.

Lord Nelson
Aug 26th, 2006, 12:31 AM
Didnt they know that we are coming from one species..MONKEY???
actually no, apes and humans have a common ancestor. Monkey are not our ancestors.

PatrickRyan
Aug 26th, 2006, 12:49 AM
you got me fucked up if you think i would give my seat up to a white person.

nikita771
Aug 26th, 2006, 01:25 AM
you got me fucked up if you think i would give my seat up to a while person.

Unfortunately these were kids and most kids tend to respect adult authority. It's just horrible that the "adult" in question used her authority in such a degrading way.:mad:

ceiling_fan
Aug 26th, 2006, 05:40 AM
Why does society go back to the middle ages. skin is a color why does it matter if your black or white i just dont get some people!

ON that note...

did you know that if we could scrape the melanon cells from our body, which makes our skin colour the colour it is. It would only be spread out across half of a one-cent piece. That's what racism is based on. Half of a one cent piece of melanon.

ceiling_fan
Aug 26th, 2006, 05:42 AM
actually no, apes and humans have a common ancestor. Monkey are not our ancestors.

We don't know for sure if apes and humans share a common ancestor. But it's definitely not monkeys you're right.

jbone_0307
Aug 26th, 2006, 04:29 PM
This happened really close to where I live.

Pasta-Na
Aug 26th, 2006, 08:10 PM
i think it is alright as Bush is white. :angel: just kidding.

meyerpl
Aug 26th, 2006, 08:15 PM
I read this story with a sense of sadness and astonishment. After thinking about it, it occured to me that in the span of my life, I've seen significant changes. Not so long ago, a black person sitting in the front of a bus was newsworthy, while this incident would have attracted no attention. Now, the opposite is true.