Audience interaction about CUEE @ LCDP 2 May 2011

Speakers pro and con school unification assembled up front to talk about procedures, and a listener took exception to that. Dr. Lee Allen said the important thing was “the simple idea of what we want to do” and then talked about the 1960s and what he didn’t want to hear about that. He never did say what he wanted to do now.

Here’s Part 1 of 3:


Audience interaction about CUEE @ LCDP 2 May 2011 Part 1 of 3:
Debate between proponents of school system unification (CUEE) and opponents,
at Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP), Gretchen Quarterman chair,
Videos by George Rhynes, Jim Parker, John S. Quarterman, and Gretchen Quarterman
for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2 May 2011.

Dr. Mark George responded, saying it is always dangerous for the majority to tell the minority how it’s going to be. Also that if you actually ask members of the minority, their experience of segregation was different from that of the majority, and also different from what the majority may think the minority’s experience was. Here’s Part 2 of 3:


Audience interaction about CUEE @ LCDP 2 May 2011 Part 2 of 3:
Debate between proponents of school system unification (CUEE) and opponents,
at Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP), Gretchen Quarterman chair,
Videos by George Rhynes, Jim Parker, John S. Quarterman, and Gretchen Quarterman
for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2 May 2011.

Audience interaction about CUEE @ LCDP 2 May 2011

Dr. George got a heated response, “How dare he call me a racist!” He proceeded to respond to that, but apparently we don’t have video of that.

Actually, in my experience, everyone is prejudiced to one degree or another about one thing or another, whether they realize it or not. Seems to me the question at hand is what to do to improve the schools, and whether unification has anything to do with that. Here’s Part 3 of 3:


Audience interaction about CUEE @ LCDP 2 May 2011 Part 3 of 3:
Debate between proponents of school system unification (CUEE) and opponents,
at Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP), Gretchen Quarterman chair,
Videos by George Rhynes, Jim Parker, John S. Quarterman, and Gretchen Quarterman
for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2 May 2011.

-jsq

1 thought on “Audience interaction about CUEE @ LCDP 2 May 2011

  1. Leigh Touchton

    Dear Mr. Quarterman,
    In response to the person exclaiming about the situation in the sixties: What many of our members recall vividly from that period of time is how black teachers and black principals were fired or demoted, some even went to work as custodians. Our members and their families all experienced this to some degree. Right now, Valdosta City Schools probably has fewer black administrators that at any time since integration. We have taken complaints whereby black professionals were passed over for promotion or demoted or denied a position which was given to white candidates with less experience, fewer credentials, and even in one instance, an incomplete employment application. These stories are profound and leave lasting impressions which cannot be ignored. It is very impolite for the majority to tell the minority how to feel about this. Integration, as Dr. George has clearly explained, did not solve all problems.
    Our members have valid reasons for feeling the way we do, we feel that the rights of all children to achieve are also interwoven with the rights of all education professionals to be treated with equality and fairness. Since we are having to fight so hard for equality and representation in Valdosta City Schools, where we have several Board members who represent minority districts, and a black Chairman, it is impossible for us to believe that becoming even more of a minority in a consolidated system will be beneficial. The struggles have been lengthy, expensive, and emotional, and they continue today.

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