Beaumont’s Black Problem

From the Beaumont Enterprise (in Texas, where I grew up):

West Brook High School administrators on Wednesday defended a black-male-only mentoring session that has prompted a recent inquiry by the American Civil Liberties Union.

So, this high school in Beaumont decides to call an assembly of students to address issues such as education, test scores, crime, family and gangs. Good for them, except… they only invited black males! Now the ACLU is mad, and the school district is puzzled. A lot of people are trying to justify the assembly based on crime statistics, but, as The Bayou pointed out, if school organizers are being surgical with their message, why include ALL black males, some of whom are already model students? I don’t think it can be justified, and I think the ACLU should be all over them. I’m glad they are trying to address a problem, but come on – use a little tact.

Hillary Clinton speaks in Nederland

My tiny Southeast Texas home of Nederland was recently host to Hillary Clinton, Ted Danson, and Mary Steenburgen. 600 people showed up for Hillary’s campaign propaganda. I’d say she’s being pretty thorough to make a stop in Nederland. Maybe that’s how she won Texas. So strange. Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker was in nearby Beaumont doing his thing for Obama.