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Re: “Mike Anderson hired as new basketball coach at St. John's

Congratulations, Mike, and best wishes for even more success than you can imagine. I hope you get St. John's to win an NCAA Men's Championship. You've already won a championship as a person of outstanding virtue.

St. John's wins. Mike Anderson wins.

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Posted by Thinking on 04/20/2019 at 12:32 AM

Re: “The blackface yearbook search turns up a 1967 photo at the University of Arkansas

Gerald Jordan's comment was spot on, but one might add another.

Black students at the University of Arkansas (and elsewhere, I suspect) didn't think minstrel shoes were funny at all. We understood, all too well, that they were part of post-Reconstruction deliberate and persistent actions to dehumanize and demean black people.

White minstrel shoes and blackface escapades were local variations on D.W. Griffith's Birth of A Nation.

And yes, we who were students with you remember what you did and why you did it. To quote Maya Angelou, "when people show you who they are, believee them." Oprah Winfrey adds, "believe them the first time."

You showed who you were. We haven't forgotten what you showed. It wasn't funny then and hasn't become funny over time. Neither have you.

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Posted by Thinking on 02/22/2019 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Local control of Little Rock School District farther away than thought

A Forum on Re-Segregation, Privatization, and De-Funding of Public Education will occur January 24-26 at New Millennium Church in Little Rock. Check it out at www, Speakers will include Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock 9 and Dr. Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains.

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Posted by Thinking on 01/12/2019 at 10:05 PM

Re: “A prayer for Little Rock

Preston Clegg is a prophet and patriot in the best sense of both titles!

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Posted by Thinking on 01/03/2019 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Proposal coming to end teacher fair dismissal law for all of LR School District

Wishing you a full recovery, Aqua Blue!

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Posted by Thinking on 12/11/2018 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Frank Scott Jr. elected mayor of Little Rock, topping Baker Kurrus in runoff

History made.

Frank Scott, Jr. will be the next mayor of the capitol city of Arkansas.

Eric Higgins will be the next sheriff of Pulaski County.

Terri Hollingsworth will be the next circuit clerk of Pulaski County.

Definitely this is historic. This may even surpass Reconstruction Era electoral gains by black people in Pulaski County and Little Rock.

Now, let's work on fixing the undemocratic city board of directors by abolishing the at-large director positions.

Let's regain local control of the Little Rock School District.

Let's change the "patrol and control" Little Rock Police Department to a true public service law enforcement agency focused on community engagement.

Congratulations, Mayor-Elect Scott, and best wishes!

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Posted by Thinking on 12/04/2018 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Setting the record straight on Baker Kurrus and local control of Little Rock schools

Call it whatever you like, Benji, if it makes you (and other Kurrus fans) feel better). But Frank Scott didn't fabricate anything.

Baker Kurrus opposed reinstatement of the democratically elected school board. He was content to run the Little Rock School District, despite being (like Johnny Key) statutorily unqualified for the job he accepted. Talk about affirmative action! Now, when called out about that history by a black man Kurrus and his supporters want to dismiss by faint praise, Kurrus gets indignant.

He wasn't indignant when democratically elected school board members were deposed.

He wasn't indignant about taking the job of running what was then the state's largest school district without having the required education.

He wasn't indignant about shutting the deposed school board members out of being reinstated.

He wasn't indignant about doing Johnny Key's bidding until he realized what the deposed school board members already knew, that Johnny Key doesn't care about public education in the Little Rock School District and doesn't care about being accountable to Little Rock School District patrons.

Baker Kurrus took a long time to become indignant, and it is telling that he directed his ire at Frank Scott, Jr. for exposing history Kurrus (and his fans) would like people to not remember.

Frank Scott, Jr. called Kurrus out, but many other folks (aside from Scott and Jim Ross) remember that Kurrus was content to work for an unqualified white man (Johnny Key) and run the Little Rock School District as his hand-picked overseer. However, Kurrus was unwilling to work for and with the democratically elected, qualified, and majority black school board that the unqualified white man replaced before installing him (another unqualified white man) as school superintendent.

Like it or not, (and you shouldn't like it), that's the history Baker Kurrus will never outlive, and that the rest of us should never forget, even if some people (including the Times and Kurrus) would rather we not mention it.

Hooray for Frank Scott, Jr. for forcing Kurrus to face that "inconvenient truth." As for Kurrus, his indignation is both misguided, unconvincing, and proves his hypocrisy about supporting local control of the Little Rock School District. Kurrus was for local control after he got fired, but against local control when he wanted to get hired.

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Posted by Thinking on 11/28/2018 at 4:34 PM

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