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New head named for language, Tinsley programs

JLS administrator takes district-wide role for English learners, Ravenswood transfer students

A Palo Alto middle school administrator has been named district-wide "coordinator of academic success," with responsibility for the English Language Development Program and the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program.

Judy Argumedo, a teacher and administrator at JLS Middle School since 2007, will replace Danae Reynolds, who recently was named principal of Escondido Elementary School.

Argumedo has served as a principal and assistant principal in Palo Alto's summer school and has worked with beginning teachers through Stanford University's online preparation program. Before coming to Palo Alto, she taught in Sunnyvale for three years and in Los Angeles for 10 years.

Argumedo holds a bachelor's degree in Native-American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in education from Santa Clara University.

"Mrs. Argumedo has been an enormously successful teacher in our district and has broad experience with issues related to English language learners, our Voluntary Transfer Program and teacher support," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said.

"We look forward to having her wisdom at the district level."

Palo Alto's English Language Development (ELD) Program offers specially designed academic instruction in English for student acquiring English. The program is offered at every elementary school and, for older students, at JLS Middle School and Gunn High School.

The Voluntary Transfer Program, often called "Tinsley" after the name of the 1986 court settlement that created it, brings minority students from East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District to Palo Alto and several other districts in San Mateo County.

Each year, 60 students from Ravenswood are assigned to kindergarten, first or second grade in Palo Alto and may continue through the system. Under the court settlement, new students are not permitted to enroll beyond the second grade.

Currently, there are about 560 Tinsley students, from kindergarten through grade 12, enrolled in Palo Alto schools, according to the school district.

Chris Kenrick

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Posted by carlos
a resident of Green Acres
on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

Given the current budget/resource difficulties in our school district, I've always felt it was time to reconsider and start phasing out the Tinsley program. Talking to other parents, I'm sure there's quite a majority of people who feel this way.
I imagine there's a legal/political cost to address it, and nobody at the school district has been willing or able to do it so far.


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Posted by Brian
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

Carlos,
You may be correct about a majority of people feeling the way you do, but I am not so sure. Whenever it's brought up on Town Square, there are people who post in favor of keeping the VTP, and I count myself among them. And considering the apparent disconnect between the two sides of the political spectrum on Town Square and the general Palo Alto population, I wouldn't presume that your ideas about VTP are so common.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

I agree that the Tinsley program should be phased out. San Mateo county has plenty of resources with which to help these kids out. They need to step up and take responsablity for their own students.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

The Tinsley Program is not an elective or voluntary program sponsored by PAUSD. It is a legal agreement that was settled after a lawsuit was brought against PAUSD among other "west side" school districts.

I do not know all of the details, but suffice it to say that PAUSD cannot just "phase out" the program on it's own decision. There are several legal steps to take - which includes agreement with the plaintiffs side of the deal.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

The legal settlement has a specific exemption for budget limitations. PAUSD does not have to continue to accept new out of district students for a K-12 education at Palo Alto expense.
DId you know that the East Palo Alto School district retains the money from the state for these students?
Did you know that PAUSD pays all of the busing costs?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I am really indifferent about the Tinsley effect on our schools, I see some pros and cons. But, I don't think that considering the number of students we are talking about, it is worth putting the effort and especially money into changing the status quo. It would not be simple to get out of and we would probably find a lot of bad feelings as a result.

It is probably better to let things continue as they are and deal with issues that are higher on the priority list, like how to deal with the increasing enrollment year after year (something that Tinsley doesn't alter).


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Posted by parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

We are lucky to be in a district that will not receive as many cuts as many of the neighboring districts. We are lucky to be in a district that is still able to maintain reasonable class size. It's too bad that we live in a community that can't share with those who are less fortunate. If you take out the children that participate in our schools through the VTP program, you remove a little dose of reality out of the Palo Alto children's lives.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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So, forever and ever, Palo Alto is stuck with educating out of county students? The original settlement was a shuck, made possible by a Board that did not defend our interests. Ever since, irrespective of changed circumstances, Tinsley is "Set in Stone". It is only because the Board still lacks the guts to defend our rights.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Perhaps, Walter should read this:

Web Link

but we know why Walter is against Tinsley


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Posted by Serenna
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

It doesn't seem right to allow children from EPA into our schools when children from PA can't get into their neighborhood school because of over enrollment. I know quite a few families that live in PA that were not accepted into Addison because of over enrollment and forced to go to another PAUSD school outside of their neighborhood.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

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svatoid, my eldest daughter was in the last graduating class from Ravenswood. If predominantly black schools are so horrible, why the continuation of the United Negro Colleges? If Ravenswood had been left in place and improved to a magnet school, children would have enjoyed a continuity of education now denied them. The diaspora that scatters the community leaves behind the majority of the students to a few charter schools or busing to one of the out of the neighborhood schools, where more often than not they self-segregate. svatoid, are you afraid of a majority black school? Do you really believe that blacks can learn only when surrounded by their "betters"? Or are you secretly relieved that Blacks are scattered beyond companionship?


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Posted by Buzz
a resident of University South
on Jun 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

If this is a newly created position, I must ask the question: does the PAUSD need aother admiistrive position, at the cost of classroom teaching monies? All those chiefs, so few indians . . .


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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I was also curious about the whether this was a new position, so I actually READ THE ARTICLE! What a concept.

"Judy Argumedo, a teacher and administrator at JLS Middle School since 2007, will replace Danae Reynolds, who recently was named principal of Escondido Elementary School."

So this is an existing position, and given Palo Alto's record with ESL and VTN kids, I think a vital one.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

"If predominantly black schools are so horrible, why the continuation of the United Negro Colleges? "
You are comparing apples and oranges. wE all know that people can attend universities anywhere--K-12 education is a different story.

"svatoid, are you afraid of a majority black school?"
That is what was previously in place prior to Tinsley. Remember it was the ravenswood parents that pushed for this.

"Do you really believe that blacks can learn only when surrounded by their "betters"? "
Hardly, Walter. But I am glad that you are finally admitting to the issues you have with minorities and referring to whites as their "betters". The truth comes out in the end.

"Or are you secretly relieved that Blacks are scattered beyond companionship?""
On the one hand you say that minority students self-segregate when sent to other schools on the other hand you ask about being scattered beyond companionship. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

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svatoid, you are so into maligning me you loose sight of the argument.
My daughter attended Ravenswood and was happy there. I used quotes around "better". In general grammatical usage this implies that the cite is inaccurate. "Scattered beyond companionship" suggests far from home and clustering for comfort.
By accusing me of racism you are denying the possibility of any other response to the question of school assignment. By defending United Negro Colleges you are suggesting that voluntary segregation is just fine; except for whites. You are denying the individuality of students and making their racial characteristic the primary, if not the only criterion of selection. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm

"By defending United Negro Colleges you are suggesting that voluntary segregation is just fine"

You clearly do not know how to read or else you do not understand what is written or else you chose to interpret people's comments through your narrow view of the world. BTW, what is United Negro Colleges? ARe you referring to the United Negro College fund?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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The United Negro College Fund is to support tuition at "Negro" colleges. That is racist.
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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Ummm, you guys do know that the ethnic make-up of East Palo Alto has changed, right? That Ravenswood would not be a black-majority high school.

Though, ironically, high school isn't the issue. Menlo-Atherton is a fine high school and that's where the EPA kids go, though parts of unincorporated Menlo end up at the less-illustrious Sequoia.

EPA needs solid grade schools and a solid middle school. I think there also needs to be more outreach within the community about the importance of finishing school.


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Posted by Svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Too bad the editors deleted walters comments to me. It shows his true colors. Also too bad that walter does not understand why the united negro college fund was established. These colleges are open to everyone, unlike the all white schools, that forced the formation of black college system. Notice how some old white men have no problem with discrimination when it is minorities being discriminated against, but dare to even suggest that a good old white boy is being discriminated against and they will scream bloody murder


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm


The demographics of EPA have changed dramatically over the last 30 years

--Blacks are now a small minority

It is time that EPA had its own K 12 program

- It is a matter of pride in their own community


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

OhlonePar et al - EPA kids don't all go to Menlo Atherton and would actually be great if all the kids from Ravenswood went to one HS. They actually feed into 4 different schools (maybe 5). Sequoia, Menlo Atherton, Carlmont and Woodside HS. Just doing a search for address on University in EPA lists 4 different potential high schools, my guess is they are all at least a 30-45 minute bus ride away.


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Posted by Svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm

African-americans make up about 18% of the EPA population, hardly a small minority


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

So Svatoid's accusations of racism stand but my rebuttal is erased? Well, nobody ever said it was a fair world.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

Too bad, but not surprising,that walter has a problem with the UNCF:

Web Link

"In 1943, Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, president of what is now Tuskegee University, urged his fellow black college presidents to raise money collectively through an "appeal to the national conscience." The next year, on April 25, 1944, Dr. Patterson, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and others incorporated the United Negro College Fund with 27 member colleges. Early supporters of UNCF included President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. That first effort raised $760,000, a sum that would be worth approximately $8.6 million today.

Over the years, the idea and mission of UNCF have attracted hundreds of thousands, who through their gifts and their goodwill have helped us to keep our students focused on achieving their college degrees. Numbered among our friends was Sen. John F. Kennedy, who later became president of the United States. In 1959, he donated the proceeds from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, to UNCF.

In 1972, Forest Long, an executive at Young and Rubicam, the renowned ad agency, created the UNCF motto "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." He explained that it represented a "plea to everybody to reject the prejudices of the past and consider the inner person." The motto has become one of the most recognized slogans in advertising history.

Buoyed by the whole-hearted support of individuals, foundations, organizations, groups and corporations who have generously volunteered their time and donated their resources, our schools have achieved inordinate successes. Graduates of UNCF schools have made lasting contributions to our nation by building successful careers, supporting their families and changing their neighborhoods. They now enjoy freedom and independence that only a great education can provide."


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

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And yet they still identify as Negros. You and svatoid just don't get it.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

Walter-- I guess you have a problem with this as well:

Web Link

"The UNCF administers the Gates Millennium Scholars Program in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars."

I guess you also feel that Bill and Melinda Gates are racist as well.
Are you against any fund/charity/organization that supports people of specific ethnic origins?

As I said, some people had no problem with racism and do not understand why these organizations needed to come into existence. In a perfect world we would not need them, but in a Walter Wallis world they are needed. There is nothing so viscious and mean-spirited as an old white man who feels that he is being discriminated against,.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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Yes, Bill & Melinda Gates are racist. ANY racial specific boon is racist, even if and specifically if the beneficiaries are white. [Oh, excuse me, a whites only benefit would be declared illegal.]
If you still classify people by race then you are a racist. I do not classify people by race thus I am not a racist.


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Posted by Svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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Posted by The Anti-Racist.
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 2, 2011 at 6:06 am

Walter, there are folks who are so deeply enmeshed in their racism that no matter what you say, they can not see.

Remember, there are "none so blind as those who will not see" and "Don't throw pearls before swine". There is ancient wisdom concerning humans..and at some point you quit trying.

BTW, I love your comments. They are right on. I agree. How horrid to classify folks on color, then assume based on color that one color needs the "help" of the other color. And, of course, in the process destroying the schools and families of the "helped" color.

Our social "justice" policies have been an abject failure, unless the goal was to create a victimhood mentality that demands dependence on others. In that case, it has worked.

And, yes, I have noticed that PAOnline editors often don't understand the point of what one is trying to make in response to a post..and let stand one absurd post while deleting the retort that points out the absurd.


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Posted by The Anti-Racist
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

BTW, PAOnline, I gotta ask...Read svatoid's last post and I wonder...

if someone writes "nothing nastier than an old black man who feels he has been discriminated against" is that racist? What if someone writes "old white man ..."etc? Is that racist? or, "ignore the white sheets hanging in their closets" ..is that ok? If so, is "ignore the watermelon and fried chicken in their closets" in reference to an old black man ok? At least that doesn't refer to violence.

Just wonderin'


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 2, 2011 at 9:32 am


The anti-racist:


"if someone writes "nothing nastier than an old black man who feels he has been discriminated against" is that racist? "
You seem to be seeing racism in everything? i guess you also feel that people of a certain race that help people of that race are racist, because they are not helping white people. What you and Walter fail to understand or chose to ignore is the reason why we have these kind of organizations.

"What if someone writes "old white man ..."etc? Is that racist?"
So any criticism of a person based on his ethnicity is now racsim. Get a grip.

" or, "ignore the white sheets hanging in their closets" ..is that ok? "
What do you think I was referring to?

"If so, is "ignore the watermelon and fried chicken in their closets" in reference to an old black man ok? "
Why would a black man keep watermelon and fried chicken in a closet???


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Posted by Racism
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

Yes, svatoid, criticizing a person based on his race feeds racism. Loosen your grip. This should be obvious.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 2, 2011 at 11:05 am

RAcism:

"Yes, svatoid, criticizing a person based on his race feeds racism. Loosen your grip. This should be obvious."

I am not criticizing based on race--I am criticizing based on comments that person made.
Funny, how some white people have made it a habit to cry racism every time they are criticized for their outdated views. So now, if an Asian-Pacific organization gives a scholarship to an asian-pacific person, some white people will cry "racism" because a white man did not get the scholarship.
How come none of you where protesting at all of the all-white country clubs???


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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"How come none of you where protesting at all of the all-white country clubs???"
Where is there an all white country club, svetoid? They are illegal, you know. While I do not believe they should be illegal AS LONG AS PUBLIC FUNDS ARE NOT INVOLVED, they are. I believe that private discrimination is entirely legal, but others outvoted me. I have always objected to ANY government racial identification, because I believe that no use of race by government is legal; again I am outvoted. I even object to Obama's identification as Negro or Black, since he is half white, but I guess that is his choice. [are there any greys?]


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm

"Where is there an all white country club, svetoid? "

Here is one Walter:
Web Link
"A federal bankruptcy judge, George Paine II, belongs to an all-white country club in Nashville. "

Here is another, Walter:
Web Link
"It turns out former SCGOP Chairman Katon Dawson never really resigned his membership in a "whites only" South Carolina country club"

They are apparently not illegal (not sure where you came up with that)--as you say as long as they are not public funded they are free to discriminate.
Of course if that is the case, why do you call Bill and Melinda Gates racist? They are using their private money to fund scholarships for minorities.

"I have always objected to ANY government racial identification"
Did you go down South in the 50's and 60's and tell them that. You had no problem with the Confederacy identifying black people for second class citizenship.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

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In 1951 I was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas during Exercise Longhorn. At that time I witnessed Jim Crow first hand, complete with 4 bathrooms and two drinking fountains; the red painted one for Negros. I have been an enemy of segregation and racial identification every since then, way before it became chic. Along the way I was, for about 10 years, a Director of Aire Sheet Metal, a Black owned enterprise. I am surprised there are still white only country clubs, perhaps one of the disadvantages of living in California. I sincerely hope those clubs enjoy no public funds and am surprised government workers are still allowed to belong. And Bill and Melinda are still racists.


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Posted by Svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Everyone is a racist except you, walter. And you are the only real patriot around also and of course your are not a republican either. Amusing that you consider the Gates family as being racist. It must grate on you that they help people in need- you must believe the glenn beck claim that white people have it so hard these days.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 3, 2011 at 4:55 am

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I am prod of my service but it was 60 years ago. I was a republican only long enough to vote for Shirley Temple Black in the primary against Pete McCloskey. I have never listened to Glen Beck, some white people, some Black people, some Yellow people have it hard, others not.

"Racism is the belief that there are inherent differences in people's traits and capacities that are entirely due to their race, however defined, and that, as a consequence, justify the different treatment of those people, both socially and legally. Moreover, racism is the practice of the different treatment of certain a group or groups, which is then justified by recourse to racial stereotyping or pseudo-science.

Those who disagree with the proposition that there are races or that there are such inherent (i.e., non-personal, social, or cultural) differences regard any differences in treatment of people on the basis of those criteria as being racial discrimination. Some of those who argue that there are such inherent differences also argue that one race is inferior to another race. In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or receive preferential treatment.

Racial discrimination typically points out taxonomic differences between different groups of people, although anyone may be discriminated against on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of their somatic differences. According to the United Nations conventions, there is no distinction between the term racial discrimination and ethnicity discrimination." [Wikipedia]


Bill and Melissa are racists - and so, Svatoid, are you.


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Posted by Svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 3, 2011 at 11:22 am

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