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David Hardee

This "local News" item is a difficult read. The interspersing of quotations with evidently editorial comments jerks the reader from what was said in quotations to then reading a description of what was the intended meaning.

Why did you not post the entire "manifesto" and let the reader judge it on the face and content?

The comment/quotations from Yancy are suspicious. There have been more than enough of Yancy's diatribes to know she is an overzealous racist advocating the destruction of the courthouse statue (Yancy said “Such a sad day in race relations in Galveston County. Now, it’s time to tear it down. We will not allow our tax dollars to maintain a symbol of hate any longer. The time has come.” ). That is a Yancy threat and differs with the quote you included (“It’s been sad, really sad,” said Kimberley Yancy, president of the NAACP Bay Area Unit. “It’s not that we don’t scream and shout about it, we do. No one listens. But I think now is a time, a good time, to bring this up because of the audience we have.”)

Yancy is a resident of La Margue where youth murders have been ongoing for years. Yancy is needed in La Marque.

There is a model for a manifesto at the Woodson Institute. Adopt it.

donate and recommend the Woodson Institute.

David Hardee

Whoops! The Manifesto is available - I apologize for not seeing the attachment

Gary Scoggin

I know Kim Yancy. She is not a racist, overzealous or otherwise. Period.

Megan Wang

Agreed! Kim is an amazing advocate and a very good human. She is working hard for changes that are imperative to creating a fair and just society. The world is a better place with her in it.

David Hardee

See below and read recent articles by Yancy. They are racist. "White Skin Currency " is the Systemic White Superiority Yancy attached to every person without dark pigmentation. Denigrating Jefferson - fathering children of Demings and cleaving to her and the children exclusively and those children became citizens of good standing in the White community was a role model for all. The NAACP representative can advocate for the colored people without denigrating the whites. Yancy's denigration is racist.

Every citizen of goodwill is working to arrive at a society that is the best we can be. Yancy's articles segregating society by bombarding whites as the source of all the ills is pure racism. If it was coming from an individual it would be demisable but from a highly paid President of the NAACP is inexcusable.

I donate and promote donations to the Woodson Instituten.

RECENT YANCY ARTICLES

Slap in the face' over Confederate statue will prompt action

By KIMBERLEY N. YANCY Aug 27, 2020

It's time to change the narrative of hate in this country

By KIMBERLEY YANCY Jul 10, 2020

Carlos Ponce

Calling it a "manifesto" has a negative connotation. While the word means "a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer" the first thing that comes to mind is the "Communist Manifesto".

The term "Manifest Destination" is now considered by many to be equivalent to "White Privilege".

Martin Luther statements are called "95 Theses"

Thomas Paine called his "Common Sense".

Our forefathers called theirs a "Declaration" [of independence].

God had the "10 Commandments".

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s was called "I have a Dream". And from there they could have called theirs "Dream for a Better Galveston County" or something similar.

Jose' Boix

Perhaps because my Cuban born background, I agree with Mr. Ponce and the connotation and selection of the word Manifesto. The English language is "language rich." According to Merriam-Webster, these are Synonyms & Near Synonyms for “manifesto:” Announcement, declaration, proclamation, pronouncement, decree, directive, edict, fiat, ruling, conclusion, decision, determination, opinion, resolution, verdict. Just my thoughts.

Jim Forsythe

Manifesto: It is derived from the Italian word manifesto, itself derived from the Latin manifestum, meaning clear or conspicuous. Its first recorded use in English is from 1620, in Nathaniel Brent's translation of Paolo Sarpi's History of the Council of Trent.

The word “manifesto” has a negative connotation for some, but it certainly gets your attention. It reflects the urgency of the Big Ideas proposed in a document. Would the words get the same reactions it they were called notes?

Many notable manifestos have been written--some are listed below.

The SCUM Manifesto (1968), by Valerie Solanas

Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1969) written by Vine Deloria, Jr.

The Southern Manifesto (1956), opposing the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (2009) by Mark Levin

The Revolution: A Manifesto (2009) by Ron Paul.

Carlos Ponce

"but it certainly gets your attention" It certainly does but it's not good.

Jim Forsythe

If all you see is negative words written in a Manifesto, why would you ever read one. Since Manifesto is such a bad word for you, these must also be bad.

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (2009) by Mark Levin

The Revolution: A Manifesto (2009) by Ron Paul.

Carlos, what in The Galveston County BLM Too Manifesto is so bad that you are trying to link it to the "Communist Manifesto" and to "Manifest Destination".

Please detail what you Carlos, has read in The Galveston County BLM Too Manifesto, that has you so upset!

Carlos Ponce

Most people think of "communist Manifesto" when they see the word.

Jim Forsythe

Please detail what you Carlos, have read in, The Galveston County BLM Too Manifesto, that has you so upset!

Carlos Ponce

The name, "manifesto" should have been something else.

Jim Forsythe

A Rose By Any Other Name Is Still A Rose

Carlos Ponce

The name is still negative.

Jose' Boix

An interesting repartee. However, given that it took forethought to develop the content of the referenced document, so the title. It is my belief that the title was selected with a purpose in mind. Given the trying times we are going through, where we should be focusing on unity, the authors should have searched our rich language for more appropriate words; i.e., Memorandum of Understanding, Resolution, Proclamation, or Pronouncement, just to name a few. Presumably, the authors valued the dramatic impact to be best. To me, just the title tilted my opinion. Just my thoughts.

Charlotte O'rourke

Don’t let negativity get you down. Helping others to have better opportunities in life is a wonderful mission.

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” - John Holmes

Bailey Jones

Oops - I believe I dropped this in the wrong place earlier.

Having read the manifesto - and who doesn't like a good manifesto - I have these comments:

First, [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

Education:

Item 1 - "All County High Schools incorporate the TEA African-American History course as an elective for students beginning in Fall 2021." Absolutely. My only issue with this is making it an elective rather than a standard part of the curriculum. If my couple of years on this forum have taught me anything, it's that county residents have a woefully poor understanding of American history. And the history of America is the history of blacks in America (and other people of color as well).

Item 6 - "Allow Dickinson graduates to obtain free tuition at College of the Mainland." The solution to crime and poverty is education and jobs. That we live in a society that wastes human potential simply because the some people lack the cash to buy an education is unacceptable. Education benefits everyone, and pays for itself in increased economic development and taxes.

Item 7 - "Increase Black Teachers and Administrators in all ISD’s to reflect at least the local demographic population." Absolutely. Emphasis on "at least". There is no greater indicator for the post secondary success of black children than the number of black teachers they have. There is plenty of science that bears this out. And having white kids exposed to people of color as mentors and authority figures is good for society as a whole.

Housing/Business/Banks/Reinvestments:

Item 1 - "Increase financial lending to African-Americans in housing and business. Increase awarding contracts to Black Owned local companies within the County." Disparencies exist, and they need to be corrected. I'd love to see more reporting on this. The same for items 2-5.

Social Justice/Police Reform/Criminal Justice Reform:

Item 2 - Bail reform. Absolutely. A thousand times yes.

A new report out just this week by independent monitors appointed by the federal judge overseeing Houston's bail reform found:

An increase in the use of Personal Recognizance Bonds.

A reduction in racial disparities in pre-trial release.

No increases in recidivism.

A decline in pretrial jail days for most defendants, with along with detention costs.

https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txsd.1360805/gov.uscourts.txsd.1360805.722.1.pdf

Item 3 - "Increase Black Police/Sheriff Patrol in County Sheriff Department and local municipalities through Intentional recruiting practices; train and promote from within." Absolutely. Just as in education, the instruments of government power should reflect the diversity of the community they serve. It's good for everyone, regardless of race. I would also add the addition of social service workers to the ranks of the police.

Item 4 - "Create policies that mandate that All Policemen and Sheriff Dept. should have Body Cameras when dealing with the public." Duh - how can this even be a question anymore? Transparency, diversity, accountability, civilian oversight - these should be requirements for all law enforcement, everywhere, forever.

Medical/Mental Health/Pandemic Response:

Item 1 - "Creation of Short-term and Long-term Mental Health Facility in Galveston County." Absolutely. If you don't believe that there is a need for mental health services in our county you haven't been paying attention.

Not everyone is going to agree with everything on this list, and some will use that as an excuse to thwart progress on every item. But this is an opportunity to make Galveston County a better, more just, more free, more prosperous, more American, version of itself. I hope the powers that be will do the right thing, and take a giant step forward.

Kudos.

Carlos Ponce

Here are the graduation requirements for a Texas High School Diploma:

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/SidebySideGraduationPrograms_030114.pdf

With the exception of a Foundation diploma, four credits of Social Studies are already required: U.S. History (one credit)•U.S. Government (one-half credit)•Economics (one-half credit)•World History (one credit)•World Geography (one credit).

Topics pertaining to African-American contributions were already incorporated into each.

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/ch113c.html

Gary Scoggin

Bailey -- Regarding Item no. 6. Under the leadership of COM President, Dr. Warren Nichols, the COM Foundation is instituting the Promise Scholarship Program with the goal of allowing all graduating high school seniors from the COM taxing district to attend COM tuition free. They are being funded, school district by school district, by either charitable benefactors or local EDCs. The program is now available for students from Texas City, Lamarque, Hitchock and Santa Fe. If a financial sponsor could be found for Dickinson, it would be made available to these students as well. (Full disclosure: I am President of the COM Foundation.) A similar program exists at Galveston College for Galveston ISD grads.

Bailey Jones

I think that's great. It would be greater if it was a nationwide tax payer provided program.

Carlos Ponce

Local is better.

Gary Scoggin

I agree with Carlos. Local funding is a way for businesses and others to get more skin in the game.

Bailey Jones

Gary, local is great, if local is able. But local tends to reinforce the structural inequalities in our society. This is a perfect example - Texas City students get access, Dickinson students do not. Now look at a county that isn't as blessed economically as Galveston, one that may not even have a community college. Those that can always will. Those that can't need our assistance. It pays for itself.

Carlos Ponce

Different local groups including the Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation contributed so Hitchcock students could participate in the program. Dickinson has more resources than Hitchcock.

Jose' Boix

Here's another two-cents for local management of education related programs. Education foundations have proven to be extremely successful in Galveston County. Just to consider that out of the 8 County ISDs, 7 have education foundations (High Island excepted), all supported locally; plus, Galveston College and COM.

Carlos Ponce

"College of the Mainland is pleased to announce $40,000 in donations for Hitchcock students to participate in the college’s Opening Doors Promise Scholarship program. Generously funded by the Hitchcock Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Associated Credit Union of Texas [ACU] and the Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation, these donations will allow COM to expand the scholarship program to 2020 high school graduates of Hitchcock schools. Through the scholarship, every qualifying student will be able to attend COM full time with all tuition and fees covered for Fall 2020."

https://www.com.edu/news/article/2020-06-03/college-of-the-mainland-expands-tuitionfree-scholarship-program-to-hitchcock-students

Christopher Smith

These are some great ideas for the county. Doing these things would help not just the Black community but everyone in Galveston County. Hopefully, these ideas can be implemented.

David Hardee

The GDN article

“Manifesto raises longstanding issues Black community wants addressed in Galveston County” is

Another journalistic manipulation

This is not a local interest Article. This article is an advertising promotion produced by the Galveston News using the reporter Matt deGrood: .

The NAACP president Yancy wanted this manifesto introduced/published into the public. To have this manifesto published under any other method would have cost (750 words times the publishing rate for this article's format).

This manipulative method of getting the Manifesto published raises several other suspicions:

1. it is suspicious that the Manifesto does not reveal any authorship. The statement “Members of the NAACP Dickinson Bay Area Unit this week unveiled a list of possible reforms in what they call the Galveston County BLM Too Manifesto” is not a reasonable definition of authorship. NAACP boasts 500,000 members in 2200 chapters. That is an average of 220 members per chapter. Were 220 people authors of the Manifesto?

2. Another suspicion about this article is its method of construction. -The many quotations gives readers the inference of complicity or endorsement from several people on specific Manifesto statements. To get those quotations the Manifesto must have been read by the person quoted. Looking particularly at the Manifesto’s title we see its title indicates it is a “Galveston County” endorsement FOR “Black Lives Matter.” The title is “ Galveston County BLM Too Manifesto” The word “Too” commonly means ALSO or ADDITION. Ergo – A previously unknown entity called Galveston County BLM is ALSO or ADDITION Manifesto. Another concoction from the progressive liberal lexicon inventions.

3. The quotation by Galveston County D.A. Jack Roady (how and where did he get the Manifesto) says “The document raises some legitimate concerns,” District Attorney Jack Roady said. “I’m optimistic because Galveston County public and community leaders have already been working to address a number of these matters for some time, particularly as to criminal justice and mental health issues.” Roady hoped the document might spur more productive conversations, and residents and leaders can work together to bring more improvements, he said.” Is D.A. Roady endorsing BLM?

4. There are quotations from the following individuals embedded in the article. The inference is they endorse the Manifesto in totality. Is it true each has endorsed and supports the Manifesto? Quotations by: -

- Kimberley Yancy, president of the NAACP Bay Area Unit 6280, -

- Johnnie Simpson Jr., pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in Dickinson, -

- La Marque has had 17 homicides since 2015, said Lt. Chad Waggoner, - spokesman for the police department,

- The Texas City Independent School District Board of Trustees, -

- Melissa Tortorici, spokeswoman for the district.

- Sue Johnson, director of the Nia Cultural Center in Galveston, when asked whether she thought the recent protests would lead to sustained change.

Are these individuals endorsing the Manifesto? And who are the authors?

Bailey Jones

Not a lot of discussion here about the issues mentioned in the manifesto. Lots or irrelevant discussion about people, and words, and nonsense. The unwillingness of Americans to take systemic racism and racial inequities seriously (or even acknowledge their existence) is what prevents us from becoming the country our forefathers promised. And it guarantees that there will be more cases of unjustified murder at the hands of the police (and vigilante wannabees), which will spark more protests, which will be further co-opted by far right and far left criminal elements, and more cities will burn. Rinse and repeat.

These problems are real. Solutions are available. It's a shame there seems to be so much more interest in name calling and distraction than in discussing those solutions. I hope our local leaders are willing and able to do more.

David Hardee

Bailey, I did not critique the elements of your manifesto, intentionally. If you want participation in the Galveston County BLM tell us who they are, when and where they meet. There has not been or seen any announcement of a meeting posted in the GDN announcement area for the Galveston County BLM.

I critiqued the devious method of the GDN and the NAACP putting “Galveston County BLM Too Manifesto” into the NOTICE of the broad spectrum of the public (GDN subscribers). There is reasonable suspicion that there is a concerted effort to generate a BLM demonstration big enough and with a devastating effect to bring the results seen in Chicago, New York, the National Guard has been deployed in 15 states and Washington, D.C.,

BLM has had 2 demonstrations in Dickinson, peacefully. The last demonstration had weapons on both sides of demonstrators The destruction of the courthouse statue rejected by commissioners drew a threat from NAACP president Yancy. These are precursors to the potential of a physical battle.

Go and discuss your solutions to the SYSTEMIC WHITE SUPERIORITY and WHITE SKIN CURRENCY that is causing all the problems. Only do it without journalistic manipulations by the GDN, And tell whether the QUOTATIONS were endorsements. Identify the Authors. Be transparent. And who is the “Galveston County BLM” that is attached to “Too Manifesto”

I support and subscribe to the Woodson Institute. Ask one of their representatives to consult with the “Galveston County BLM” on how to remove oppression by white skin.

Gary Scoggin

Baily -- I'll offer a few thoughts on the manifesto itself. There is an mixture of the practical and the impractical.

For example, there is a theme around increasing investment and economic opportunity in the Black community that is on point. Increasing opportunities, home ownership and economic development activities in the Black community is how you make lasting change. I can quibble some over the details here but certainly not the intent.

Changes to the county (and state) mental health systems - like returning to a local mental health facility as opposed to one in Houston -- is very important for all County residents, not just the Black community.

With regards to community policing, I think we ask much - too much -- of our police. The local chiefs will be the first to tell you that. Building on the existing good foundation to better communicate, hire and train a diverse law enforcement force that relates to the community it serves makes sense. I know it's on Chief Stanton's agenda in Texas City and I'm willing to bet it's on others. A support staff of social workers and other professionals will do nothing but help.

Regarding the statue in Galveston, it's not changing anytime soon, that is clear, so I consider it a "wish list" item and, frankly, shouldn't cloud the other issues right now.

As I mentioned earlier, COM tuition for DISD students is doable, but interested parties have to step up and make this happen.

Just a few thoughts to return to the main subject.

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] Thanks for your substantive response, Gary. I'll just add that, if we look at the motives for those organizations that are sponsoring these scholarships - and you can tell me if I'm wrong - I imagine they would say that it's money well spent, and in the long run will produce more than it costs. More investment than charity. I'd just like to see it applied universally.

Gary Scoggin

Yes, many do see it as a worthwhile investment. In fact, that's the rationale for the participation of several Economic Development Corporations in the program. Hopefully, a sponsor for Dickinson will emerge.

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