A bit of sloppy journalism was on display in the pair of articles titled “Back to Charter Schools” (8/2/). The Telegraph thought that demographic information was important enough to share for the Academy for Classical Education, but not for the Macon Charter Academy. The writer for the ACE article stated: “Demographics remain something of a concern, though, as about 72 percent of the student body is white. Bibb County schools are about 18 percent white at the same grade levels.”
Whether the school is 1 percent white, 99 percent white, 18 percent white, or 72 percent white does not cause concern to people not looking to become concerned. Who is concerned? Is it a school official? Is it an unidentified group of racial bean-counters? Is it writer Jeremy Timmerman’s personal opinion, or is it The Telegraph editorial board’s opinion? The writer should state who is concerned. If it is the newspaper’s opinion, this editorial viewpoint disguised by a passive sentence structure should be relegated to the editorial page where the reasons for concern can be expressed. Otherwise, the writer should state the facts and attribute quotes to identified people.
-- John Fry
The pundits are coming
As a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party, I wish to thank John Brogden for his important information on the condition of the party nominees. I notified party headquarters of our Middle Georgia pundits thinking on this issue. Hillary is done for and going to Leavenworth or the ladies wing, which is called Heavenworth. All the rest of the possibilities are just no good, especially that Vietnam veteran. Keep in mind that our pundit likes draft dodgers like Saxby Chambliss and Donald Trump. The party answered me by pointing out the absolute circus of Republican characters running. I have to agree, so I will keep an eye and ear out for any more Middle Georgia pundits who speak on this matter. I am looking forward to this election, thanks to the hilarious TV coming from the Republican race for president.
-- Alfred J. Graham
The real root of racism
In a July 19 Viewpoint by Elizabeth Moore titled: “Always have racism,” Moore suggest that racism is rooted in the negative actions of black people. Her thoughts are ignorant and flawed. Racism is the unjustified dislike of another race coupled with the ability to control the perception of others toward that race and the circumference of that race’s activity. The negative actions of black people are not the cause of racism, but serves instead as reinforcement of the prejudice and preconceived notions that many white people have about black people. And that is the true root of racism.
Those negative and preconceived notions are at the heart of the relationship between blacks and whites that white people developed to justify their negative actions against black people (slavery, Jim Crow, etc.). The actions described by Moore that (blacks) manifest are indeed a travesty and very counterproductive.
There is no excuse for us to continue on this path as a people with the amount of knowledge, access and means we have at our disposal. However, those negative actions are the result of a people acting out what they have internalized. Being ripped away from Africa, sold into bondage and used to build this nation also denied us the ability, over time, to identify with our true past as kings and queens and the head of civilizations. With no proper frame of reference, no help with remaining in an elevated state of existence and oppressed day and night, some black people have been reduced to a beastlike state of existence. They act like the only thing they know -- violence and disrespect.
Blacks are not the only race acting out negatively; however, those preconceived notions paired with our actions constantly being projected more loudly than other races because of racism gives off the appearance that we are hopeless and deserving of whatever treatment we get at the hands of other races. That’s why it’s incumbent upon black people to be better than the litany of what she described in her submission as “punks.” Then we as a people won’t give people like Moore any excuses to say, “See, I told you so.”
This coupled with white people acknowledging that the actions of a few are not indicative of all black people; white people attributing the actions of a few black people to them not taking personal responsibility for their actions and white people assisting black people to improve their conditions when and where we are deserving of it will guarantee a reduction of negative activity by black people and nullify of Moore and those like her.
-- Clarence Thomas Jr.
Last month the Republican government of the South and its corporate backers started pulling down Confederate flags faster than the KKK can put them back up. So who are Southern Republicans shaking their old Dixie war flags at: Obama and liberals.
-- Pat Fair
I must admit up front, that I am not a hunter. I served as my dad’s two-legged retriever when he hunted doves many years ago, but that was more bonding than hunting. I was 9 years old at the time. I truly cannot see what there is to be called hunting when you travel to an expensive reserve, sleep in a luxurious bedroom, eat and drink from an extensive menu, get into an air conditioned vehicle and chauffeured into a “well-groomed” jungle where you are accompanied and protected by armed staff and wait comfortably for this beautiful “wild” animal to stroll into your vicinity and into your sights.
I can understand fishing miles from shore or on the banks of the Tobesofkee. You catch something on your hook and wrestle it in. Sometimes it’s your supper and sometimes it lands on your wall. I can even understand hunting when you leave home in the early morning in 2 degree weather, climb up a tree and wait. Sometimes, a beautiful free roaming animal enters your vicinity and becomes supper for many, many nights and those gorgeous antlers land on your wall.
These are hunters I can understand, not those who pay to be coddled and delivered sitting in comfort to wait for their prey to find them. Oh, how I wish these wealthy people could find sport in helping those around them, maybe providing free health treatment or food perhaps, but then, there would be nothing to hang on their walls.
-- Dee Mitchell