Eddie was the impetus for many of us who became involved in efforts to improve education for the children of North Carolina. He is truly an inspiration--even today!! One day I saw Eddie walking the halls of The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State. I stopped him and learned that he has family in Virginia. That afternoon, I shared with my students the achievements of a truly great man who is modelling the values of social work!
What bothers me about the first two entries is that they criticized The Independent for its story because it is about Judge Changey, a prominent Durhamite. How do you know it is not true. So many systems botched up the job of learning the true!
My concern is that there were red flags being hoisted by many people for almost six years, and no one seemed to perform his/her duty: i.e., to either clear the Judge Chainey or to charge him with inappropriate behavior.
With the Independent article, perhaps, someone will be moved to learn the truth. If an investigation reveals that Judge Chainey's behavior was inappropriate and/or that he assaulted teenage girls, then action must be taken(his resignation is not the action that should be accepted as clearing up the situation). If the investigation reveals charges that are unfounded, then an appology should be given to Judge Chaney.
Finally if the investigation reveals Judge Chaney to be a child predator, then I blame the systems in Durham that did nothing to protect these girls discussed in the article and/or perhaps many more young women who did not come forward for this article. These systems are: the Durham Public Schools, the Durham Police Department, the Social Services Department and all of the involved lawyers, etc who protected "one of the good old boys". These systems should be made to pay for the anguish that I am sure these young women continue to suffer.
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