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Members of the Columbia Youth Council board

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 1:35 p.m. CST; updated 10:44 a.m. CST, Friday, February 13, 2009

There is a revival of youth involvement in the NAACP happening in Columbia. The Columbia Youth Council acts as an arm of the Columbia NAACP group. Youth members have participated in joint programs and volunteer their time to assist with the adult chapter's events. Here are members of the Columbia Youth Council board.

Board members not shown here include:

Cameron McCrary — School: Moberly Area Community College; Position: First vice president

Samantha Harris — Grade: Senior at Hickman High School; Position: Treasurer

Stephanie Adams — Grade: Senior at Hickman High School; Position: Chaplain

Shantia Solomon — School: Moberly Area Community College; Position: Publicity chair

Read more about the Columbia Youth Council.

Age: 13
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Assistant treasurer
Interests: Basketball, track
Age: 12
Grade: 7th grade at Lane Middle School
Position: Assistant secretary
Other organizations: MAC Scholars
Age: 14
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Education chair
Interests: Basketball, piano
Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: Second vice president
Interests: Football, track
Other organizations: MAC Scholars
Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: President
Interests: 2008 Homecoming queen, cheerleading
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

Age: 15
Grade: 9th grade at West Junior High School
Position: Secretary
Interests: Cheerleading, dancing, Tae Kwon Do
Other organizations: MAC Scholars, National Junior Honor Society

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Charles Dudley Jr February 13, 2009 | 4:00 p.m.

How come no Asian,Japanese,Korean,Chinese or American Indian students are not on that board to? Aren't they colored as well?

Why only kids of African American Heritage?

National Association for the Advancement of "Colored" People.

Last I checked the above races fall under that category too.

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John Schultz February 13, 2009 | 4:35 p.m.

Maybe no students of those racial backgrounds joined the NAACP? Why haven't you joined yet, Chuck? You and Ray can join and reform the organization from the inside if it matters that much to you.

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Ray Shapiro February 13, 2009 | 4:36 p.m.

Nice "in-your-face" photos.
Aren't there many olive-skinned Muslims and Jews as well?
And, George Farris, a 45-year NAACP member, said the NAACP's mission of equality extends beyond racial boundaries.

"The purpose of the NAACP is to elevate the living conditions of all groups and to raise the level of understanding between them," he said. "We've got to learn to love everybody. God is in the work of the NAACP."

I say God is not a hypocrite. Seems to me that NAACP is still a black separatist group full of its own discrimination and actually perpetuates that which it claims it abhor.
(I commend these innocent youths for getting involved, however I am concerned that they are being indoctrinated into an organization that would be better served by merging with the Anti-Defamation League.)
This is the 21st, century. Get with the program!

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Ray Shapiro February 13, 2009 | 5:20 p.m.

John Schultz:
I usually don't like sharing personal stories over the internet, however, considering that you have been not as of yet accepted my invite to have coffee and have been invited to attend the Obama Change for America meetings, which I and other "Independents" attend, I will make an exception here and share a few things with you, even though I'd really rather prefer that these and other personal "Ray Shapiro" items be shared in private. Tear these stories apart, publicly and it will be the last time I share private anecdotes on the web.
Back in the 60's I walked along side of my "brothers and sisters" for racial civil rights.
Today, things have changed and I walk alone.
After graduating college, I read an announcement published by the NAACP on the East Coast. I was interested in helping with the program. I was "steered away" from participating because it was for blacks only.

Several Easters ago, my girlfriend and I attended services at Second Baptist Church. We were the only 2 whites in attendance. The NAACP was part of their services. It was clear to us that it was a black organization, run by and for blacks.
While we now have a black U.S. president, there is only one black female in our Obama Change for America group. We had one young man, who said he works with Mary Ratiff, and he seemed to have good leadership qualities. I looked forward to working with him. I haven't seen or heard from him since the first meeting.
Throughout my professional life, working with inner-city youths and their families, community organizations and government agencies I have been an advocate for maximizing resources and very concerned about the quality of life for all.
Privately, as a New Yorker for the first 40+ years of my life, I have had good friends of almost every shade and religion. The same can be said for the time I spent in Kansas City, however, I was greatly disappointed with my experiences in St. Louis.
I have spent money, time and given gifts-in-kind to many worthy black community events, causes and individuals.
I'm not the "enemy" or "villian" here.
You, and not I, should be called the partisan one.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 13, 2009 | 7:05 p.m.

John Schultz Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Boone County what don't you get about the NAACP wanting to be totally separate in all of their dealings and not wanting to be truly inclusive of all colored cultures?

It is very obvious to alot of people this is truly how it is. If it wasn't then you would see Mary Ratliff going bonkers when any person of color was harassed as she claims blacks are.

Stop drinking the kool aid and for God's sake take off those Elton John Rose Colored Glasses and open your eyes man.

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John Schultz February 13, 2009 | 10:37 p.m.

The top of the ADL website reads "To stop the defamation of the Jewish people... to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Why don't they work to stop defamation of ALL people? Are they any more "separatist" than you and Chuck claim the NAACP are?

I really don't care who or what either group advocate as I am not a member and it really doesn't chap my hide one way or the other. It's not like we are talking about the neo-Nazi group that came through Columbia. If the NAACP doesn't want to be "inclusive" of others, that is their right if they wish, although they might suffer because of that stance.

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Ray Shapiro February 14, 2009 | 12:10 a.m.

John:
I refer you to the actual programs which the AntiDefamation League administers....
http://regions.adl.org/missouri/programs...
(I counted 19. Three of the 19 could be considered "Jewish Specific."
Due to limited space here, I present five of the other 16.)
1. Give Respect Get Respect
The A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, as a member of the Diversity Awareness Partnership launched the Give Respect – Get Respect Youth Program as 5 years ago, and connected middle and high school students and their teachers from 24 schools throughout the St. Louis region in an effort to address the increasing diversity in today's schools and encourage acceptance and respect among one another. Working with Edward Jones, whose associates also take part in the program, they create a link for the students between school and the workplace.
2. No Place For Hate®
No Place for Hate® is a program that enables people to challenge anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, and all forms of bigotry in their communities and schools. No Place for Hate® in schools seeks to provide a model for combating intolerance, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions to these problems in schools
3. Diversity Awareness Partnership
The Diversity Awareness Partnership is a collaboration of more than 30 St. Louis organizations that have demonstrated leadership in diversity work and have combined resources to create an inclusive community on every level, a community that celebrates diversity and practices equality. Themed Make a Difference by Accepting Everyone Else's, the Partnership's efforts are designed to promote the value of difference and to reduce bias and discrimination in both individuals and institutions.
4. Concepts of Beauty and Bias
The Concepts of Beauty and Bias program, in collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum, provides opportunities for middle and high school students to study selected works of art from differing cultures across various time periods to consider how the standards of beauty vary from time period to time period and from culture to culture. Before visiting the museum, students have the opportunity to develop descriptive, analytical and evaluation skills needed to investigate and appreciate “works of art” from an anti-bias perspective.

5. Preschool Anti-Bias Initiative
ADL's Preschool Anti-Bias Initiative was designed to help create and sustain early childhood classroom and home environments that encourage children to appreciate diversity at an age when the seeds of hate begin to take root. Through curriculum materials designed by the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, the Initiative offers stimulating, experiential and age-appropriate resources and activities for use within the preschool setting.

John, educated, enlightend liberal jews have always been good friends and advocates towards the black community. We need to survive so that we can help others.
In Yiddish, it's known as being a "Mench."

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Charles Dudley Jr February 14, 2009 | 3:59 a.m.

John Schultz Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Boone County how can I be a separatist if I as a concerned citizen of this community when I do speak up,try as best I can to be totally inclusive to the point of what might be best in any suggestions I might present that could or would be the best for all citizens of our community?

Do tell because by your very statement above you have shown all of us here your obviously exclusive view point on this subject by claiming openly "I really don't care who or what either group advocate as I am not a member and it really doesn't chap my hide one way or the other."

This just proves to anybody who will never drink the kool aid nor wear those out dated and archaic Elton John Rose Colored Glasses that you are totally exclusive in your views by nature.

Thank you for being such a fine representative of the local Libertarian Party and allowing us a view into that party's internal beliefs by your presentations as their local chairman/Representative.

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John Schultz February 14, 2009 | 2:26 p.m.

Chuck, I didn't say you were a separatist, I said you and Ray believed the NAACP was one. Maybe it is you who needs the new glasses? The rest of your comments makes absolutely no sense to me, but nice try at getting in a dig about something you don't understand.

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Ray Shapiro February 14, 2009 | 3:16 p.m.

John:
What do you believe about NAACP's exclusiveness?
Would they welcome the Chairman of the Boone County Libertarian Party as a new Board Member?
You did mention that you have one black neighbor in your political party. Would NAACP take a white dude like you into their fold?
You don't need to actually apply to their board.
Just tell me what you believe would happen?
Maybe, if Mary Ratliff reads this, she may actually reach out to the Chairman of the Boone County Libertarian Party and try to recruit you to their board.
Ya' think?

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John Schultz February 14, 2009 | 3:32 p.m.

As a private organization, the NAACP can allow or not allow anyone they like. If they start taking government money (maybe they have, I don't know), that can change.

I have a black neighbor who said they voted for Bob Barr, but she is not a member of the party to the best of my knowledge, just someone who wasn't enamoured of either Obama or McCain during the last election.

Personally, I have no desire to join the NAACP as I was not very impressed by Mary Ratliff's behavior as moderator during an NAACP candidate forum I was part of during the 2002 elections. I also thought her endoresement of the Warrens during their funeral home debacle last week, as opposed to supporting the real victims, was wrong.

Hard to say what would happen if a white man tried to join the local NAACP or their board, but I think the only way to find out would be to try.

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Ray Shapiro February 14, 2009 | 3:36 p.m.

John:
I'll send them my resume if you send them yours.
If either one of us are excepted, we could always turn them down...

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Charles Dudley Jr February 14, 2009 | 5:04 p.m.

>>> John Schultz: Are they any more "separatist" than you and Chuck <<<

Remember what you posted and how it comes across. That statement right there looks to me like you are calling me a separatist now doesn't it?

John Schultz Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Boone County how can I be a separatist if I as a concerned citizen of this community when I do speak up,try as best I can to be totally inclusive to the point of what might be best in any suggestions I might present that could or would be the best for all citizens of our community?

Do tell because by your very statement above you have shown all of us here your obviously exclusive view point on this subject by claiming openly "I really don't care who or what either group advocate as I am not a member and it really doesn't chap my hide one way or the other."

This just proves to anybody who will never drink the kool aid nor wear those out dated and archaic Elton John Rose Colored Glasses that you are totally exclusive in your views by nature.

Thank you for being such a fine representative of the local Libertarian Party and allowing us a view into that party's internal beliefs by your presentations as their local chairman/Representative.

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John Schultz February 14, 2009 | 5:10 p.m.

Chuck, get your reading glasses on and look at the full sentence (which you chopped) again:

Are they any more "separatist" than you and Chuck claim the NAACP are?

The "they" in that sentence was referring to the ADL. Now please show me again where I called you a separatist.

Again, the rest of your rambling claptrap is just that and will get no response from me.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 14, 2009 | 5:39 p.m.

You chop things all of the time John:

>>> John Schultz: Are they any more "separatist" than you and Chuck <<<

Remember what you posted and how it comes across. That statement right there looks to me like you are calling me a separatist now doesn't it?

John Schultz Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Boone County how can I be a separatist if I as a concerned citizen of this community when I do speak up,try as best I can to be totally inclusive to the point of what might be best in any suggestions I might present that could or would be the best for all citizens of our community?

Do tell because by your very statement above you have shown all of us here your obviously exclusive view point on this subject by claiming openly "I really don't care who or what either group advocate as I am not a member and it really doesn't chap my hide one way or the other."

This just proves to anybody who will never drink the kool aid nor wear those out dated and archaic Elton John Rose Colored Glasses that you are totally exclusive in your views by nature.

Thank you for being such a fine representative of the local Libertarian Party and allowing us a view into that party's internal beliefs by your presentations as their local chairman/Representative.

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Ayn Rand February 14, 2009 | 5:58 p.m.

Chuck, how can you claim to "try as best I can to be totally inclusive" when you're always frowning on homosexuality?

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John Schultz February 14, 2009 | 6:26 p.m.

Get a grip Chuck, and learn to read until the end of the sentence. Keep acting like this and more people will continue to write you off as that grumpy guy living at Paquin. Repeating the same blather, comment after comment, doesn't address the fact that you accused me of something I did not say.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 14, 2009 | 6:40 p.m.

John Schultz Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Boone Country why are you getting so upset over something posted on the internet?

Just because you yourself pick apart others postings but then when you get called on the table over it you scream just as loud. Talk about a hypocrite!!

Ayn Rand I have no problems with the people but it is the behavior that I do not have to tolerate.

Hate the sin but love the person. Ayn Rand you should try it someday.

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John Schultz February 14, 2009 | 6:43 p.m.

Chuck, when someone claims I said something I obviously didn't, I will defend myself. If you don't like that, then make sure your comments are more factual in the future.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 15, 2009 | 3:51 a.m.

John Schultz Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Boone Country you should follow your own advise you give.

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John Schultz February 15, 2009 | 4:28 a.m.

Is that because my advice is better than yours?

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Charles Dudley Jr February 15, 2009 | 5:07 a.m.

No because you do not even listen to your own blabbering you spew out into the community nor even follow what you preach.

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John Schultz February 15, 2009 | 12:19 p.m.

Physician, heal thyself, then point me to some examples.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 15, 2009 | 12:50 p.m.

John Schultz not until you stop drinking the kool aid and take off those ugly rose colored glasses.

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John Schultz February 15, 2009 | 1:08 p.m.

"You wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept."

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Charles Dudley Jr February 15, 2009 | 3:00 p.m.

And if you think I would ever believe you then you really are not very bright....lol.

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Ray Shapiro August 28, 2009 | 1:59 a.m.

("Playground remarks precede Attack by group of Juveniles
By BRENNAN DAVID
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The boy responded by saying he was going to “go get his family to take care of her,” Westbrook said, reading from the report. A short time later, he said, 15 black boys and girls returned to the playground and assaulted the victim, who is white.")
source and more:
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009...

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Charles Dudley Jr August 28, 2009 | 10:02 a.m.

Ya that is some really screwed up stuff!!!

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