Callin’ ’em out!

5-25-2006-11-09-17-AM-9854180.05.28.06.protest.murray.gif.jpgSo after reading more information into grape throwing incident at the last School Board meeting, I did a little research on the perps with the help of some commenters. It turns out they’re called the “Call ’em-Out Coalition” and they’re really pissed about a bunch of stuff and have awesome protests with saxophone players.

Some of the stuff they’re upset about seems pretty legit though – shady contracts given out to a firm called Aramark by the Board. I would presume that was part of the reason for the grape throwing, besides that they were forbidden from speaking at said Board meeting. Maybe it was because they had a saxophone player on one of the Board member’s front porches.

I’m still waiting for the video of the grape incident to show up on YouTube but so far, nothing yet.

4 Comments so far

  1. Kim (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    It makes no difference what the reason, that woman had no right to assault another person over a difference of opinion. She’s an embarrassment to organized protesters, and African Americans. She severely diminished the credibility of the “call ’em out coalition” and she’s a poor example for our youth. What she did was a crime, and our children need to learn that physical assault is unacceptable and punishable by law.

    The reason we as black people are so quick to assault, and demean each other is because we don’t pursue remedies afforded us by law when it happens to us. We should be more dilligent in pressing charges against those who violate us and we’d be less likely to result to physical violence as a means to settle disputes.

    I work in a suburban police department and I see white people pressing assault charges for far less and I also see that they are less likely to result to violence.

    Make an example out of the fool that threw the grapes. Give her the maximum sentence for her crime and finally allow her to set the right example for our kids.


  2. Frida (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    focusing on this grape incident stinks of racism and creates a smokescreen which covers the real issues that are at stake. I would argue that the only reason the grape is such a big deal is BECAUSE it is an African American woman who ALLEGEDLY threw it, and because it can from someone who is, rightfully so, against the school boards irresponsible decision.

    I don’t know who this woman is personally, but to call her a “poor example for our youth” is ironic given you (KIM) and others are reducing her activism and her voice to a grape.

    Further, Please show me where the law represents the interests of black people (think Katrina, cuts in Affirmative Action, cuts in social welfare programs, cuts in school funding, etc). Throwing grapes is NOT as violent as state reforms that keep African Americans poor. White people are NOT less likely to resort to violence…your racism is repulsive.

    I don’t know what the “maximum sentance” for throwing grapes a greedy facists is…but I’m willing to pay it.


  3. Tom (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

    This whole ordeal looks like merely like a conflict between activists and the Board. Activists want publicity so they throw grapes and make a lot of loud noises. I’m pretty sure this kind of business has been happening since THE BEGINNING OF CIVILIZATION.

    Also, I hope the “Maximum Sentence for her Crimes” somehow involves grapes. I love creative punishments.

    So far, their campaign has been pretty successful. I mean, I wouldn’t have even thought to see what the School Board was up to if it wasn’t for them. So kudos to them for having some cahones.


  4. max (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    “focusing on this grape incident stinks of racism and creates a smokescreen which covers the real issues that are at stake. I would argue that the only reason the grape is such a big deal is BECAUSE it is an African American woman who ALLEGEDLY threw it, and because it can from someone who is, rightfully so, against the school boards irresponsible decision.”…?

    i may be WAY of base on this but from what i know of the situation is that the “alleged” thrower of said grape was an African American woman and it struck another African American woman who is the one pressing charges…where’s the racism?



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