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Man claims racism at conference

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Vernal45, May 29, 2005.

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  1. Vernal45

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    Posted 05/24/05
    BAKERSFIELD - In a recent effort to tackle race relations, some county social workers were sent to New Orleans to a conference held by the National Association of Black Social Workers.

    Brian Parnell said he and his co-workers attended the conference, but Parnell said he wasn’t allowed inside because of the color of his skin.

    Parnell is Caucasian, and he said he never made it in the conference.

    “I approached the registration table and was greeted by a very friendly fellow who looked me in the eye and said, ‘Are you black?’” said Parnell. “I told him that I'm not and he told me that the conference was only for people who were black and so I wasn't able to register to attend the conference.”

    Convinced the individual had mis-spoke, Parnell said he contacted his fellow co-workers and his superior in Bakersfield.

    “I was able to speak with a conference chair at the conference who basically reiterated to me the same thing that Brian has been told,” said, Parnell’s supervisor, Pat Cheadle.

    “I was shocked,” said Parnell. “I was surprised that in 2005, I could be singled out because of the color of my skin.”

    The organization’s website is down, but the Dallas Chapter website is running. While it doesn’t overtly exclude other races, it does focus on empowering the black community.

    Local attorney Richard Papst said since the organization is non-profit and tax-exempt, if the discrimination occurred, there could be huge consequences.

    “They could lose their tax-exempt status and then be subject to all the usual tax obligations that everybody else has,” said Papst.

    Parnell hasn’t decided whether to take legal action, but he has filed a civil rights claim with the federal government.

    No one from the National Association of Black Social Workers were available to comment at this time.
     
  2. Sindawe

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    IMAO, the crux lies with their status and funding. If they are a private .org that takes no federal funds, they may admit or deny anyone they wish to. If they take federal $$$, they have violated the mans civil rights by discriminating against him based on the color of his skin.
     
  3. Standing Wolf

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    Did he arrive from Mars Thursday or Friday? Skin color is more important in America today than it ever was during Jim Crow times.
     
  4. larry starling

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    I think this a great example of reverse discrimination! I think it happens a lot but people are scared to report it! Im not in favor of racism, but I feel that there is a lot of black on white racism that just gets swept under the carpet!
    And if there found to have violated this guys civil rights they should be punished! :scrutiny:
     
  5. garyk/nm

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    Yeah, but just try setting up the "National Association of White Male Social Workers" and see where that gets you. Sued into oblivion, no doubt. :barf:
     
  6. thorn726

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    exactly the problem.
     
  7. The Rabbi

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    Y'all are missing the point: Blacks by definition cannot be racist because they were discriminated against in the past. Ergo they are free to exclude anyone they want without being charged with racial discrimination. Racism by definition is a white person's failing.
    I have actually heard this argument advanced.
     
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    I have heard that exact garbage before as well.
    It makes me want to vomit every time I hear something like that.
     
  9. Fly320s

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    No offense, Mr. Starling, but there is no such thing.

    If one person makes an assumption or opinion or judgement based on the color of another person's skin that is discrimination, plain and simple.

    Whether that discrimination is illegal is another matter.
     
  10. dolanp

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    About time someone dragged the justice system into this mess that's been developing for a while now. We are going to relive the past only the roles will be reversed.
     
  11. joab

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    Not to split frog hairs Rabbi but the theory of Black people's inability to be racist is not due to the fact that they experienced racism against them, it's because they have no power to dominate and oppress only whites can be racists everybody else has to settle for being prejudiced
     
  12. The Rabbi

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    You are, of course, correct. I forgot that Blacks have no power.
     
  13. Andrew Wyatt

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    Joab: i think this incident safely blew that theory out of the water. well, that and all the incidents i witnessed in HS and jr high where black yard monitors would give preferential treatment to black students who liked to beat up white students.
     
  14. Waitone

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    Racism in support of diversity is cool! :scrutiny:
     
  15. Jeff

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    How did social service offices send anyone down to the conference without knowing the status of the organization holding the conference?

    Something seems odd.
     
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    Colin Powell...Condoleza Rice...
     
  17. 38SnubFan

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    GOOD! It's about time someone brought to light that THE ROLES HAVE BEEN REVERSED!

    Personally, I feel really bad for what happened in the 50s and 60s and before, segregation and all. BUT....it happened then, NOT NOW!

    It's time they get over it, and allow for all of us to live with respect and oppurtunity for EACH OTHER!

    If "Black Empowerment" is OK, then so should "White Empowerment," "Latin Empowerment," "Jewish Empowerment," etc.

    -38SnubFan
     
  18. winstonsmith

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    This whole overpowering the victim thing is going to destroy our country, especially when the victim is misnamed.
     
  19. joab

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    I never said I agree with the theory.
    First time I heard it I didn't know whether to laugh or throw up
     
  20. Matthew748

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    I don't know why this surprises anyone. There are very few organizations interested in promoting equality. Organizations like this are not interested in equal rights, they are interested in special rights.
     
  21. fletcher

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    It looks to me he said that just for show. That same line has been used by various racist groups against whites for quite some time. IMO, he knows that and is using it for effect.
     
  22. The Rabbi

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    They're not really Black.
     
  23. RealGun

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    I cannot think of one thing positive to say about this subject. Such conferences are more about being black than being a professional. The same is true about the Congressional Black Caucus.
     
  24. Barbara

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    It's ok when a white person complains that they are discriminated against because they're white, because its about time, but its not ok when a black person complains when they're descriminated because they're black, because we're tired of hearing about it?
     
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    Black and White

    I would love it if someone could define "Black" and "White."
    I'm a biologist and I can define a bigger genetic difference between a man and a woman, than I can between Black and White.
    Please somebody, prove me wrong.
     
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