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Minority Achievement Celebrated at Local Middle School Stirs Controversy

SPRING HILL – It was standing room only at Saturday’s Scholar Day Event, organized by the Black Educators Caucus of Hernando County.

The controversial event drew dozens of Hispanic and Black students from Hernando County Middle and High Schools to recognize their achievement of reaching the honor roll at least one time during the school year.

“Achievement! Achievement! Achievement!” rang out from various speakers as they rallied students with gratitude and inspirational tales of successful minorities.

Some of the special guests included Rev. Clarence Clark of Shiloh New Beginnings Pillar of Truth, Dr. Emery Ailes of Pasco Hernando State College, Paul Douglas, President of the Hernando County Chapter of the NAACP, and even Hernando County School Board Member, Linda Prescott. Candidate for School Board Jimmy Lodato and his wife were also seen among the overcrowded room of student’s and proud family members.

One by one an equal number of Hispanic and Black students made their way to the stage to shake hands with dignitaries and receive recognition for their accomplishments.

But despite the festive atmosphere, there were still several residents who felt the event only worsened the racial divide by condoning the segregation of young achievers.

Several commenters voiced opposition of the event, after minority achievers received notice earlier this month.

“Winter Kid” says, “Unity is the only way this racism will end. The government keeps it alive and well, so they stay in power. When the people (all races, genders……) realize this, then united change will happen.”

“I’ve got your back” says, “This is bull. This kind of stuff is what’s dividing this country. If you put all the kids of color together, it’s the white kids that are the minority… The whole school board should be fired.”

Even a few members of the Hernando Board of County Commissioners spoke out against the event. Chairman Steve Champion says, “Our School Board needs to put an end to this segregated event. Champion followed his comment by tagging all current school board members. Commissioner Wayne Dukes says, “I think every honor roll student and their parents should be proud part of the event. I think it’s unfortunate that we’re not having all the honor roll students from all the schools there to recognize everyone. Let’s not divide, let’s work together.”

The Black Educators Caucus of Hernando is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is affiliated with the Hernando County Teachers Association.

The BEC strives to advance the interest of the teaching profession, promote the welfare of the Black educators throughout Hernando County, and insure that the educational needs of local Black community are met.

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  • That is the problem. So sorry you had to deal with that Shane. The county should not have allowed this event. Every school has an award ceremony so this was not needed.

    Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:20 pm
  • Amen!

    Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:09 pm
  • Jose Marti Scholarship for people of Carib. Mexican, Spanish, Latin American, or South American descent
    Seminole and Miccosukee Indian Scholarship (obvious who wins)
    Korean American Scholarship (obvious who wins)
    Minority Teacher Education Scholarship..for African, Hispanic, Asian, and/or Native Americans
    Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Scholarship (obvious winners)
    The Polish American Congress offers multiple scholarships for Polish Americans only as well as scholarships for all
    The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (obvious winner)
    The Former Majority Association for Equality Group offers scholarships for white men only.
    The Sons of Norway offer scholarships exclusively to Norwegians
    The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation offers a $10,000 to only people of Hellenic descent.
    The Shamrock Irish Heritage group offers scholarships to those of Irish descent only.
    Here’s my point….I hope when these organizations announce their winners there is the same uproar. There is nothing racist or segregationist about this black caucus event nor any of these scholarship awards. Segregation involves systemic incorporation of the law to keep groups involuntarily separate based on religion, race, gender or socio-economic status. That’s not happening in any of the above scenarios.
    Racism involves prejudices, discrimination and disdain towards a different group of people because YOU believe you are superior or by default YOU believe they are inferior. Again, not happening in any of the above scenarios.
    School is almost done for the year so winners will be announced. Get your keyboards ready Hernando County residents so you can go on the attack; the racists from all walks of life are giving away awards and money for hard-working people who happen to look like them. Come on Hernando we have to be better than this.

    Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 7:10 pm
    • Any recognition due to race is racist. Thank you for alerting me to these other racist scholarships. If we want to stop racism we must speak out against all racist activity.

      Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 7:37 pm
      • Clearly we have differing views of racism. All of the scholarships I mentioned have websites and contact info so good luck on your quest to tackle racism one scholarship at a time.

        Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 4:55 pm
        • Yes we do. I consider it racism if anyone is given preferential treatment because of the color of their skin. That by the way does include us Caucasians as well.

          Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 9:03 pm
  • Seems like you all have had a drink of the Orange Kool Aid. As a “good” Christian I will pray for your future enlightenment.

    Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 5:29 pm
  • First of all, they have a ceremony at the end of the school year for honor rolls kids anyway. So he’s not being left out of anything.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 11:41 pm

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 6:35 pm
  • So if I held a white only honor roll celebration. How many people would be up in arms and call me a racist. Celebration for all not just the few.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 11:50 am
  • Strong male provider, authority figures are what a lot of kids are missing in their lives.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 10:46 am
    • You have a very valid point. Regardless of race kids need parents to nuture them. The biggest problem we have in society today is a family structure. Women need to be stronger and make sure they are in a loving supportive reñationship before they start breeding regardless of color or income bracket. Sadly for the children today that doesn’t happen the majority of the time. We can’t blame it solely on either party.

      Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 2:21 pm
      • Amy, you and Brittney are correct. Racism will end if parenting becomes a priority!

        Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 9:05 pm
  • I wish these kids all the best, and hope they make meaningful contributions to our society. If this helps them achieve this result, goody gumdrops!

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:41 am
  • This is just another example of the left trying to minimize and marginalize White achievement.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:30 am
  • These kids will be fine! What about the minority’s with low to average IQs, they’re the ones who need more help and support.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:02 am
    • IQ is not based on race and it is a proven fact that every race has the same mixture of high and low IQ’s

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:25 pm
      • I didn’t imply IQ had anything to do with race. 🙄

        Monday, 14 May 2018, 3:28 pm
  • I think if I were a minority, I would feel like I was being patronized by this “special award for minorities” celebration.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 5:44 am
    • But you are not a minority and therefore cannot speak to how you “WOULD” feel. Take a seat. Your post was patronizing.

      Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:13 am
  • Who cares. You must really have no life if you care about what race is having some event that you weren’t invited too. It should be up to the kids anyway. They are the ones being honored. If they want the ceremony then have it.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 2:22 am
    • You care. You commented.

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:51 pm
    • Here’s a question for you…. my son who is in 2nd grade an has gotten straight A’s all threw school asked me why 2 of his best friends went over the weekend to a special ceremony for also be on honor role. Why he wasn’t invited to it? What do YOU think I should say to him????? I’m sorry son. Your skins not the right color????? If you don’t see a problem with this….. You’re the racist!!!!!! All I said was. I don’t know buddy. Don’t worry. I’m proud of you!!!!! Their going to have a ceremony at the end of the year

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:22 pm
      • That is exactly the problem Shane. How do we tell our kids that they are not welcome because of their skin tone. This racism needs to end!

        Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 7:17 am
      • Whatever you say to him is fine, but do not teach him how to spell please.

        Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:02 am
  • Congratulations to all those high achieving kids. Glad to see the community celebrating and supporting education.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:55 am
  • First, only those who feel threatened are having a fit about this. Racial divisions have existed since the Mayflower landed in this country. No one made it worse, it ALWAYS existed & until the “majority” stands up for the minorities it will continue to grow.

    Second, any event that celebrates positivity should be welcomed.

    Third, Cracker… you r lying, your kids not Hispanic or you would get it, unless you are a poser.

    Next, Jim, … that’s a nice world you live in but it’s not reality. Their achievements are important because they have succeeded in a system designed for students other than themselves to excel.

    There is nothing wrong with celebrating cultural achievements . The difference is when those outside of that circle can recognize and applaud.

    I truly wish that Whites in this world could live as a minority for 5 years and endure the insensitive comments, looks and insane commentary because of what is noticed first.

    This little county is but s blip on the radar screen. The ignorant comments and uneducated rankings regarding “we are all the same” is typical of small town, small minds behaviors.

    Amazing but, 20 years ago, this county and most of its citizens were more in tune.

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:55 am
    • Jana, please,your overbearing virtue signaling is nauseating at best. It makes you sound like a CNN brainwashed simpleton.

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 11:49 am
      • Poor Trisha… can’t understand words beyond a third grader so she resorts to her dictionary. 😂Did you getvhelp writing this? 🤣🤣

        Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:16 am
    • Jana, Those of us that truly wish to abolish racism know that until people of every race are treated the same with the exact same opportunities we will not abolish it. I would applaud any and all students who make the honor roll without concern for their skin color. Your comment about cultural achievement is disheartening as if a culture does not believe it can achieve anything then the parents in that culture need to change their mindset.

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:24 pm
    • You are joking right!!!! Dear Lord above. Live 5 years as a “minority”. Do you hear yourself??? It’s people like you Jana that keep this racism alive. Always thinking white people are out to get you. We are ALL equal!!! It doesn’t matter what our skin color is. May I remind you that everything that happened a long time ago is in the past. Move forward. Stop teaching hatred. Try teaching love. Or move out of this “small town” cause your not worthy of living here.

      Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:28 pm
  • Beautiful event. Letting the kids know to keep up the great work they are doing. God bless them

    Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:10 am
  • The real issue should be the fact that we are all indoctrinated in to a system that says 13 or 14 years of Pre K – 12 isn’t enough. When you are finished with that ridiculous brainwashing prison sentence, then go to college for 4-8 years and start off your career $100,000 in debt. Then if you are “lucky” enough to find a 60 hour a week “slave” job, accrue 30 years of debt via your mortgage and credit cards. Have children so mom and dad can go to work 120 hours a week while the state indoctrinates your kids for 8 hours a day just like you, your parents and your grandparents have been.

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 11:00 pm
    • Nobody said life and being successful is easy cupcak. Being successful is tough and the tough excel in life, that’s why there will always be the haves and the have nots.

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 11:42 am
  • They call white people racist if we do anything that excludes any other race yet they segregate themselves and we are the racists.

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 9:20 pm
    • This is not segregation. You truly have only an 6th grade education.

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 8:49 am
      • It is segregation when you only honor someone because of the color of their skin and refuse to give the same honor to another.

        Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:19 pm
      • Jana,you sound like a bitter old single cat lady that could never get or keep a good man around. Have a nice day! 👊🏻

        Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:57 pm
        • My days are amazing because I don’t hide behind a nickname and a keyboard!

          Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 12:19 am
      • Nana, It’s “a” not “an 6th grade education” not to mention your syntax is just appalling. Chortle!

        Monday, 14 May 2018, 1:06 pm
  • Im surprised white ppl didnt call the cops on them

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 8:49 pm
    • Are you serious? Yes they are racist however the constitution allows free speech and expression. Why call the police when they have a right to be idiots?

      Sunday, 13 May 2018, 9:41 pm
      • you’re dumb

        Sunday, 13 May 2018, 11:14 pm
        • If that is the best you can come up with Mike maybe you need to go back to school and finish the second grade.

          Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:18 pm
          • Dagashi, if you didn’t get the reference to white people calling the cops on black people who aren’t doing anything wrong, you need to watch the news a little more.

            Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:22 pm
            • I got the reference just fine. However as long as we accept poor behavior and allow stereotypical generalizations we perpetuate the racial divide.

              Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 7:15 am
  • Holy … Tell me this didnt happen…. this is why keeps happening. You want an event to celebrate. … celebrate all kids that made the honor roll not just people of color. WTF is going on with this world. WE ARE ALL THE SAME!!!! STOP MAKING IT A RACE THING!!!!! Hernando County School board better get thier together or a lot of kids will be pulled out of their schools.

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 8:47 pm
    • No one is pulling their kids out of The schools. Get a grip! I would explain about encouragement among minorities but it’s obvious that you are too busy crying foul. It’s not about you.

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 8:54 am
      • Actually there are more home schooled each and every year so people are pulling their kids out of schools. Also encouragement among minorities is fine however when you separate two groups of kids by skin color and honor one above the other for the same achievement it is racism. Only a fool can justify segregation and not see it as racist. If the event honored white students only, what would your feelings be? Simply put if you would be offended if the roles were reversed then the event is wrong!

        Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:17 pm
      • And it not about you honey. I have a full grip on what’s going on. You don’t seem to. You live in the past of what happen you your ancestors, and can’t see that everyone gets treated like crap from the cops and “white people”.

        Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 9:36 pm
  • Well my kid is Hispanic and makes principal list and stuff. She wasn’t invited. I wouldn’t have let her anyway because it’s a racist bull event. When you recognize the youth for their achievements, you recognize them all alike. Not based on color or financial diversity. Maybe my kid wasn’t invited cause she’s a half-breed who lives out in the middle of nowhere.

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 8:37 pm
    • Did you really just refer your “kid” as a half breed? Shameful. You are probably lying because no decent parent would say that about their own child. Or is it that you don’t have a child at all and are just stirring the pot?

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 8:57 am
      • Yes I did refer to my child as a half breed. In fact I have three wonderful children and they are half breeds. They have heard it , they accept it. They are proud of it. People can not hurt you when you are proud and accept what you are. They are all respectable contributing members of society. I love them and wouldn’t want the any other way.

        Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2:45 pm
  • Entirely racist event that should not have occurred, This causes further racial divide and removes progress that has taken years to produce. In order to end racism we need to first abolish segregation in every form! One of my children was invited while another was not. That in and of itself made my decision to boycott this event. They both had made honor roll by the way one is just darker than the other!

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 7:46 pm
  • I’m trying to forget the guy in pink pants. Congrats to the white people congratulating all the non white kids. NOTE: If you are white, your success doesn’t matter.

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 7:25 pm
    • Oh no, I think the guy you talking about is a gal, lol I have been having trouble with my eyes today after looking at the beached whale all in black , wow thunder thighs , ewww who dresses like that to go out somehere. Oh well takes all kinds, maybe she was in a hurry for this ” special p racial event” and forgot her skirt or pants. .

      Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:37 pm
  • Last week I met a guy. When I got home I was describing him and I couldn’t remember if he had a beard or not. Events such as this only deepen racial divide. What makes these students special is their achievement, not their melanin. Hopefully someday someone will describe a student and say I can’t remember if she was black or white. Most of us, both black and white, see color first. Not an accident. The last thing the leftists in this country want is racial harmony. See above article for exhibit 1 concocted by our leftist school establishment.

    Sunday, 13 May 2018, 7:20 pm

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