From Stan Jester’s Fact Checker blog >>
John Evans, President of the NAACP DeKalb County Branch, pled before the school board this week to look past qualifications and a “straight forward bid process” and hire a “black firm”.
Evans said, “I know that realistically that in a normal straight forward bid process [black firms] won’t make it. I know we won’t make it.” Evans went on to suggest they “massage” the process to make sure we have black representation.
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It’s about race. In DeKalb, it’s always and forever about race. The school district is only 10% white and 70% black, and in fact has more Hispanic than white students, yet the white/black race issue is and will continue to be the central focus of the school system leadership. And Evans continues to be rewarded for his antics, so he will never back down. This is in spite of the fact that our superintendent is black, most of his high-ranking administrators are black and in fact an enormous number of system employees are black (try to find 2 or 3 Hispanic employees though!)
As the local leader of the NAACP, John Evans does not care about equity or civil rights for all – he only cares that black people get ahead by advocating for manipulating the hiring and bidding processes legally required for spending tax dollars. In fact, he did so boldly at a microphone at the recent televised public school board meeting. He even called it a “mission of mercy”! (Pitiful that he thinks blacks cannot win contracts based on merit.) Nevermind that we already have the Josie Alexander (black) firm as one of our two main firms (instead of just one, as suggested by our accrediting agency, SACS). That’s not enough for Evans and his black ‘rights’ strong arms. He wants it all – everything should be about black access. Everything.
It’s all so ridiculously tiring. All white, Asian and Hispanic people need to leave this school system. You are not welcome. In fact, you are despised by many black leaders. Former board member Zepora Roberts once said publicly at a board meeting, “We don’t care about white children in the north end of the county.” Pam Speaks (a former black DCSS administrator and board member from New York, removed by the Governor) publicly complained about the pressure she was getting from black school leaders to hire a black superintendent strictly based on race. And we all know Gene Walker’s famous declaration, “I see color. I love color.” … Gwinnett is very welcoming – we recommend that if you are able, make the move ASAP.
You can see the video of John’s Evans public comments on FactChecker by clicking here. Below is the transcript of his speech to the DeKalb Schools Board and Superintendent which was received with applause from the mostly black crowd in attendance.
John Evans (President of NAACP DeKalb County Branch)
I’m here on a mission of mercy. I know these legal services are floating around somewhere. We’ve heard the ones you had retired. We want to know where the process is. The one thing we have as a problem at the NAACP is that we can never be sure blacks are going to be represented. We want to make it clear that we are expecting that process to work.
If you know you don’t have all the ingredients, you have to do something to make it work. The makeup of this board and the makeup of this county almost demands that we have good representation from black law firms. We are not talking about who, what or where, but we are certainly talking about having some. I think you all understand what I mean.
If we don’t do it, nobody else is going to do it. If we have control and we don’t use it, nobody else is going to work it out for us. We have to take what we have and mandate that we want some black firms in that process. I know that realistically that in a normal straight forward bid process we won’t make it. I know we won’t make it. So, we’re asking that those believe in doing the right thing to make sure that the ingredient of black law firms is involved in the process.
I don’t know what you have to do. I don’t know what you’ve done to date. But that process needs to be looked at to make sure that we have representation. We can’t say it too many times that we need black representation in the legal matters of this system. I hope that you all will certainly put your minds to it, whatever you need to do to massage it.
Make sure you do that, for if you don’t, I say it will be an injustice to this district. We’ve had black representation most of the time here recently. We hope and expect you to do it again this time.
Sickening. Enlightening, but sickening.
UPDATE: Read Stan Jester’s report and the transcript and video from Evans’ interview with Channel 2’s Richard Belcher.
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Belcher – But in the same interview today, Evans told me something he did not tell the school board, that black people need to “stop letting people do things for us all the time. It makes you more dependent.”
Evans – Foodstamps and vouchers and this and this and every time you look up it’s a grant or some CID. That’s all they’re doing, is doing the things for us.
Belcher – But isn’t this asking for something you might not win in open competition?
Evans – Yes.
Belcher – How does that help?
Evans – It helps somebody make some money for Christ’s sake.