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Ava Barlow 
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Re: “The call from Pullen Baptist: Put Raleigh 2010 in the civil rights history books as the place school resegregation failed

I find it really ironic in this fight that when you consider reconstruction after the Civil War, a bunch of "Yankees" came to the South to ensure that people would abide by the law and to facilitate certain civil rights of the freed slaves. Southerners resented these people and called them "carpetbaggers." During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, many of the white people helping with voter registration, participating in sit-ins and marches, were also northerners. White southerners resented them again and called them carpetbaggers and outside agitators. Now the Yankee carpetbaggers on the school board want to undo all the hard-won progress that has been made, and I'm just scratching my head in confusion. But one thing does become clear: it is for us, the citizens who live here in Wake County and in this state, to stand up and say no to segregation in the schools or anyplace. We should not rely on the school board to tell us how it's going to be. They need to listen to us, the citizens, as we tell them how it needs to be.

Posted by Ava Barlow on 06/23/2010 at 9:01 PM

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