Dear Parents of Students at Paterson Public Schools (PPS):
It is no secret that PPS is headed for another year of excruciating budget cuts. From staff to vital services, cuts will be made. There's no escaping it unless some serious decisions are made to scale back the amount of political patronage jobs the district readily hands out.
I want to speak to those of you who have children enrolled in the district's special education program. I need you to be vigilant. I need you to be aware. I need you to pay attention to the budget and ANY cuts being made to special education.
If your child doesn't receive every ounce of services prescribed in the Individual education Plan (IEP) you must take legal action. It's not about a lawsuit. It's about protecting our children’s educational rights and making sure our children are receiving the services to which they are entitled. Don't be intimidated by anyone or anything, especially when it comes to advocating for our children.
This year will be a rocky one to say the least. But, that doesn't mean parents should just lay down and accept whatever is handed to us. Push back! After all, it's OUR children who will suffer if we sit back and do nothing.
Corey L. Teague
I haven't made any real comments about Bill Cosby because quite frankly I think it's a waste of time and energy that could be directed to talking about the REAL issues for black people. It’s all a big distraction to me. I will say unequivocally that don’t support, defend, nor do I condemn his actions because I wasn’t there. I have read most of the deposition and it appears his actions were questionable at best, criminal at worse. I do, however, give him the side eye for trying to be the morality police of African Americans while at the same time (continually) abusing women. Preying on women and taking advantage of his fame is a horrible thing and he didn’t have to drug them to get what he wanted because it was obvious that some of the women may have already been obliged to appease him (which is how some of them got in the position in the first place).
My mother used to say there is always some truth to every rumor. Cosby may not be totally guilty but he ain't innocent either. Cosby may have done something to those women but I do believe it is possible that he could have been set up ("the man" always knows your weakness when you reach that level of success because they have to keep a way to reign you back in if you get too rich, powerful, or outspoken) and if Oprah starts talking black liberation, she'll be next…lol. I think it’s foolish for black people to believe
that it’s not possible for Cosby’s moral weakness to not be exploited and hidden for just the right moment to keep him in line. More sinister things have happened in the black community to less powerful people than him.
The bigger question for me is: WHY NOW??? If there were so many women for so long, what kept them from exposing him a long time ago? There has to be something to this that is not being shared in the media, that we don't know, and is bigger than what appears on the surface. If his money, power, and influence have kept him insulated from justice this long, why the sudden failure now? So many women have come out of the woodwork now after over 30 years of almost complete silence, you have to wonder what was holding their tongues and why are they speaking now? That does not make them or their claims fallacious but it is a question that should be asked by any reasonable mind.
As much as I hate that I spent so much time and energy thinking about this, I had to ask:
1. Is it possible that Cosby is a sick individual who went around
2. Is it possible that Cosby is a sick individual period?
3. Is it possible that SOME of these women are lying?
4. Is it possible that there is some kind of grand conspiracy?
5. Could the timing and release of this information be purposely raping mostly white women for over thirty years with impunity?
...positioned for us to be distracted from Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and others?
And the answers in my mind are not all black and white; there is a lot of gray in there. If fact, some of the answers can be both yes and no but they must be asked and sorted out in a criminal court of law (which should have happened thirty years ago). Our justice system says a man is innocent until proven guilty (not liable for damages in a civil court with sealed records which is where the case was disposed of last time). So I’m not making any judgments and frankly my dear Scarlet, I DON’T REALLY GIVE A DAMN!!
By Nikki Ward