Tuesday, August 8, 2017
I have consistently followed the steady, drip of the process to disenfranchise Black Folk in 2017 Society. The latest debacle concerns Excellence Academy.
As I passed down Forsythe Avenue yesterday. The marquee read about the Neville Alumni and Friends Association of which the School Board Superintendent is an adherent of.
The bottom line goal of the "Northside Neville-ites" is to seize control of the present and return it to the "days of yore"! There is the golf course, the seasoned community of generations taught the same ideals and the indoctrination of those coming from the outer limits of the area.
In the effort to "back-down" and further demoralize the black community, the underbelly of the real Monroe is re-emerging. From local media, highlighting deathification in the community, but failing to recognize the effects of "media-masturbation" on any subject in the negative of black-folks concerns.
Under any circumstance, Excellence Academy was a "beacon of hope" for the black community. For whatever reasons, Brent Vidrine, the School Board and its unwillingness to fight for the continuance of a "positive venue" in the "Greater-Monroe, West Monroe, Ouachita tradition" has back tracked to lesser gods.
This is a horrid defeat in the ears of A. G. Facen, P. Rayfield Brown, Morris Henry Carroll, Alex Burns, H. H. George, Jimmy Andrews, George Muse Jr., and John I. Reddix.
And, so Negro Citizens of Ouachita Parish have been challenged in their desire for self-determination. It is akin to the abridgements of the fifties. A government jurisdiction, called the Monroe City School Board, led by a former principal of Neville High School; which in the recent past, 2013-14; sought charter school status and was denied, has in the midst of a federal desegregation court moderation; denied funding and did not do all the diligence to bring the Excellence Academy into "school system policy compliances", monetarily. Economicly?
A school, that the Governor recognized in a recent (2017) visit at the Mt. Zion Community Center in the heart of Monroe.
The underbelly, the evilness of 1965 desegregation in Ouachita Parish.
The all of it, is absolute, in the present necessitated appeal process headed to the 2nd Circuit of Louisiana.
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