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Mom Lets Son Wear KKK Halloween Costume, Says It’s A Family Tradition

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A Virginia mother let her 7-year-old son wear a Ku Klux Klan costume this Halloween because, she insisted, it’s a family tradition.

Jessica Black of Craigsville, Va., let her son, Jackson, dress as a Klansman with a floor-length white robe and full-faced white hood, according to local ABC affiliate WHSV. The outfit garnered media attention after a photo of the boy dressed in the KKK regalia was posted to the WHSV Facebook page. When Black was confronted by the news network, she defended her decision.

“My brother has [worn it] when he was in Kindergarten and when he was 13,” Black said. She went on to claim there is nothing wrong with the costume or with the White Supremacist group, which she says still exists in their Virginia town. “It’s supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That’s what the KKK stands for.”

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Jackson Black’s costume. Screen grab courtesy of WHSV.

Facebook users were not happy about the attire.

“A mini kkk costume??? In our area??? Sounds like something we should ALL be concerned about. #noroomforacistsonthisplanet,” one respondent wrote on the WHSV Facebook page. Another defended the child on the station’s “Daybreak” Facebook page, saying he probably thought it was a ghost costume.

Some users were angry that the town was being criticized for the act of one individual, but others criticized these people for missing the larger point.

“The fact of the matter is that this event could have happened anywhere in the US and you all being more outraged that your town has a bad name than the actual issue at hand is extremely disappointing,” wrote one woman. “A few of you have missed the point completely. Just because we are in a new century does not mean that racism is a thing of the past. Racism is alive and well and if you opened your eyes, you’d see it clearly.”

It’s been quite the Halloween season for offensive costumes. First there was actressJulianne’s Hough’s major mistake of going out in blackface to portray “Orange Is the New Black” character Crazy Eyes. Then, two men thought it would be funny to go out as Trayvon Martin (in blackface) and George Zimmerman. And the latest adult to face backlash on Twitter is the young woman who decided to dress up as a Boston bombing victim.

So much for setting a good example for our kids.

Mom Lets Son Wear KKK Halloween Costume, Says It’s A Family Tradition.

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Florida school named after KKK leader won’t change name despite petition, longstanding protests  – NY Daily News

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	A portrait of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the original grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and namesake of a Florida high school that still bears his name, despite long protests to change it.<br />
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A portrait of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the original grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and namesake of a Florida high school that still bears his name, despite long protests to change it.

It seems a difficult task to get a Florida school board to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, the namesake of a Confederate general and first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

A petition on Change.org boasting 75,000 signatures calls on Duval County School District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to rename the school, at which more than half of the students are African-American.

“I’m shocked and outraged that in this day and age, any student would be forced to attend a school named for Nathan Bedford Forrest. I urge you to immediately change the school’s name,” Jacksonville resident Omotayo Richmond wrote in the petition.

But the school board does not respond to petitions, spokeswoman Marsha Oliver told the Daily News Friday.

“We have a school board policy and processes that we follow,” Oliver said. “The petition is not the starting point for that process.”

 Rather, the board’s advisory council must inititate a name change, she said.
Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., named after the legendary   Confederate general who  became the first grand wizard of the KKK.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., named after the legendary Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the KKK.

The council is made up of students, parents, businesses and members of the community, she said.

The large number of area signatures on the petition makes no difference to the board’s process, she said.

Asked if the council will bring up changing the school’s name, Oliver replied, “I can’t answer that.”

The school board was asked by the School Advisory Council in April 2007 to change the name, but the panel voted it down 5-2 in 2008.

The high school bearing Forrest’s named opened in 1959 and had only white students.

Forrest’s name was prevalent on buildings throughout the South, but those titles have been changed over the past decades.

Forrest became the Klan’s first grand wizard in 1867 and later distanced himself from the racist organization.

Florida school named after KKK leader won’t change name despite petition, longstanding protests  – NY Daily News.

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Oregon: Pacific Architectural Wood Products faces racial discrimination suit

 

A Fairview man is suing a Portland door maker, contending he was forced to quit after finding a noose hanging at work and being referred to as a slave by a co-worker.

Tyree Jackson, who is African American, has accused Pacific Architectural Wood Products Inc. of violating his civil rights in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland. He also said the company retaliated against him after he complained to Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.

It’s at least the third allegation involving a noose at a Portland-area workplace since 2011, records show.

Jackson twice complained to BOLI about discrimination at Pacific Architectural Wood Products, once in August 2011 and again in December. In the latter instance, he said, supervisors assigned him to menial work after learning he lodged a complaint. He was then transferred to a different manager who told him to hold a nail gun “like a white guy,” according to the complaint.

He withdrew both complaints before the state completed the inquiries, spokesman Bob Estabrook said.

In the federal suit, Jackson alleges that co-workers hung crosses and talked about the Ku Klux Klan. He was eventually assigned to work for the supervisor who hung the noose, he said. He quit in December 2011, according to the complaint.

Pacific Architectural Wood Products did not return repeated calls seeking comment. Jordan Ramis attorney Robert Blackmore said he could not speak about the allegations against the company. The Lake Oswego-based law firm is listed as the company’s registered agent in Oregon corporation records.

Jackson declined to comment until speaking with his attorney, Kerry Smith. He is seeking lost wages and attorney fees as well as damages or reinstatement to his former job. He also asks for assurance that he or any other worker isn’t subjected to future discrimination.

It’s unclear whether the case will be delayed because the summons was issued to an Oregon lawyer who represented Pacific Architectural in the past but died two years ago.

The allegation is the third in recent years involving a noose at an Oregon workplace. In June, an Oregon Liquor Control Commission employee filed suit after he said he found a noose hanging above his work area at the agency’s Milwaukie warehouse.

The case was dismissed from Multnomah County Circuit Court in September after the state countered it should be tried in Clackamas County instead. It has yet to be re-filed.

In March 2011, the attorney general’s office announced it had reached a settlement with Tualatin’s Valmont Industries Inc. and Barrett Business Services Inc. The Portland staffing company placed a worker at Valmont, where he said harassment eventually escalated to a noose hanging above his workstation. The companies agreed to pay damages and to complete BOLI anti-discrimination training. Valmont also offered the man a full-time position.

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/10/northeast_portlands_pacific_ar.html

 

 

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