Marietta school board wrestles with racial ‘epithet’ — “Negro” — on historic marker …
Debbie G — So what is an African American? What part of Africa are they from? If they were born here in the United States, they are a black American. Simple. Africa has both black and white citizens, so African American and Negro are not the same. My ancestors came from Ireland but that does not make me an Irish American. I was born in American. I am an American who happens to be white.
A Taxpayer — Before everyone gets all worked up, let’s review: [The city wants to place] historical markers at the all-black Lemon Street School, which operated during segregation. The plan was for the city to buy the markers, at about $1,200 each, and for the Lemon Street School Heritage Association to write the script for that marker. The city ordered the sign, but the group’s members then changed their minds about the wording.” If the black group wants to change the wording they have already approved, then they’re on the hook for $1,200. What’s the problem here?
Hobnail Boot — To summarize: A white school board member, who was educated at Walker — the city’s original white flight private school — and who was not alive during the time of Jim Crow laws and segregated schools has the gall to make himself the arbiter of what is and what is not offensive to black people. Brilliant.
Real Time — Let the Lemon Street group decide. Then they are at fault if there is controversy.
Blanco 2 — Negro means black, nothing more. Stuart Fleming would be better off keeping his mouth shut around thinking people.
Huh??? — Let me get this straight. Wording decided upon by a group of African-American people is determined by Fleming to be offensive to African-Americans? Did I read that right? Lol. His arrogance is beyond awesome.
West Cobb Resident — I didn’t realize the word “Negro” is offensive. Mr. Fleming said “Black” and “African-American” are fine with him. But could that change in the future? It’s so tough to keep up with the political correctness of today’s world. So guess what? I don’t!
Proud of my past — I suggest Fleming invest in a dictionary and look up the word “Negro.” It is a race, nothing more! My grandfather was a proud black man who was a negro American, not African American, who went to Lemon Street. Rather than you taking on the role of being the politically correct police, why not ask those who went to Lemon Street which term they prefer? Sounds like Fleming would be surprised at the answers.
Kroger’s beer/wine license suspended for underage sale …
Big Brother Member — The only way to stop the underage from purchasing alcohol from retail stores is to have our wonderful federal government scan all our fingerprints into a data base and require stores selling alcohol to use them. Hey, they could tie it into Obama’s healthcare program!
Devlin Adams — Does Commissioner Bob Ott, or anybody else, seriously believe that this action is going to stop underage drinking? Underage drinking was common when I was underage, over 55 years ago, and it will still be common 60 years from now.
Reno88 — This is ridiculous. Hey, Bob Ott, get over yourself. Kroger should reprimand the employee, and the issue is over. But no. Now Kroger shoppers have to go elsewhere to buy beer.