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The Racist PB and J we eat!

You know what the cheapest and fastest sandwich my parents or even me as a parent could put together was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Kids love them!  Well actually only “privileged white kids” love them it seems.  This according to a Principal in Portland Oregon  that is a racist sandwich you are eating there.  Here is an excerpt from the Portland Tribune.

Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.

Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

“Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of “Courageous Conversations,” the district-wide equity training being implemented in every building in phases during the past few years.

Through intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives, the premise is that if educators can understand their own “white privilege,” then they can change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.

Last Wednesday, the first day of the school year for staff, for example, the first item of business for teachers at Scott School was to have a Courageous Conversation — to examine a news article and discuss the “white privilege” it conveys.

Most of the staff are on board, but there is some opposition to a drum class being offered to middle school boys of color at Scott School.

Fifty percent of the students at Scott are Hispanic; another 15 percent are black and 9 percent are Asian. Eighty-five percent are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Chuck Barber, who also offers boys’ drum corps at Vernon and Faubion schools in Northeast Portland, approached Gutierrez last year to start up a lunch-time drum class for black and Latino boys once a week. This year, it’ll expand to two classes a week, to accommodate new boys as well as those with experience.

At least one parent has a problem with the the class, saying it amounts to “blatant discrimination and equity of women, Asians, whites and Native Americans.”

“This ‘club’ was approved by the administration, and any girls who complained were brushed off and it was not addressed,” the parent wrote anonymously.

Gutierrez denies that any students were turned away from the drum corps, and vehemently rejects any suggestion that it is discrimination to offer a club catering to minority boys.

“When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem?” says Gutierrez, 40, an El Paso, Texas, native whose parents were Mexican immigrants. “Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.”

Okay you read it do you see it?  Who is really the racist here?  This woman is dangerous and she is being supported by her school district.   Even scarier is that she was trained to think this way by a California Based initiative.

A drum line of Hispanic and Black children, whoops BOYS, this group excludes the girls and every other race in the school.  But that is okay with Gutierrez.

Time to write the Portland School District and remove this hater from her position.  But I fear they took the same left leaning white guilt class she did.

One more point about the Portland Tribune and I will provide the link.  They misspelled her name within one paragraph of another mention.  Check it out


The paper and school district want to make this azzhole a hero but what she really does is hate.  She is not unifying she is dividing with the support of the press and the district.  oh and the published the word “the” back to back in the excerpt too.  I did not edit it.  Check for yourself.

A sad situation!


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Time Black America Woke Up

I follow a web site called the Blacksphere on Facebook.  It is a conservative site run by… well the name says it all.  Today they posted this quote from a representative of CORE.  Not just any Rep but the son of the founder.  Here is the post from Facebook.

Below is the link to Niger Innis’ FB wall. To save you a little time here is his own posting on his wall in response to Biden’s comment about Romney and Ryan “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” For those who may not know who he is, Mr. Innis is the National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). His father, Roy Innis, is CORE’s National Director since 1968. Bravo to the son for A SIMPLY SUPERB response.Vice President Biden’s racial demagoguery has hit a new low. With his “They’re going to put y’all back in chains” comment made today at a speech before a majority black audience in Danville, VA, the Vice President of the United States has continued the pattern of mainstream establishment Democrats making a low, gutter appeal to black and brown voters. Trying to scare them to the polls to vote against the Republicans. I call it the Al Sharptonization of the Democratic party. They are doing this because the Obama er

a record unemployment in black and brown communities, the loss of wealth in the black and brown communities has their base in deep depression. They have an abysmal record to run on. Obama, Pelosi and Reid had control of the Federal Government for 2 years. A Federal Government that (domestically) was already firmly under the Democratic control of Pelosi and Reid, who took over Congress in 2007. In 2007 President Bush was still President, but he was a defacto lame duck, that used whatever political leverage he had left to promote the surge in Iraq.So what does the black and brown community have after the 4 years of Pelosi leadership, 6 years of Reid and 4 years of Obama?

Black unemployment currently at 14.1%
Latino unemployment currently at 11%
Black youth unemployment over 30%
Latino unemployment over 35%
23 Million Americans out of the workforce
Blacks 50% of prison population
Latinos 25% of prison population
Over 40% Blacks and Latino High School Dropout Rate

Urban center killing fields of black and brown youth like Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago — nearly 300 black people murdered just this summer under former Obama chief of staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

With the horrific Democratic record, is it really a surprise that the old party of Dixie that used to use the fear of blacks to racially demagogue whites, now racially use the same tactic and scheme on blacks and browns.

Whatever happened to the post-racial Hope and Change Obama? Seems like Bill Clinton was right when he called Obama a fairy-tale?


It is refreshing that black man can see through the bullshit and understand that this President is no friend to any American and particularly the blacks.  I am sure there are many others but this one has a voice and a public forum. This line of the Republicans wanting to kill granny and enslave the black community only bolsters the pockets of the people feeding this drivel to the masses.  Biden is emboldened by his position as the number 2 guy to the first 1/2 black president. What he did was flat-out race baiting pandering.

Time to see the people using you for what they are.  Self-promoting!   Racism is alive and well and the Democrats are getting a pass on theirs.  Wake up!

P.S.  The dunce in the VP position also told the crowd in Danville, Va that Barack and he can not win the election without them.  Well what he really said was they needed North Carolina.  Which is one state south of where Biden was.  I can’t wait for the VP debates.

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PFD Racism!

Today, Philadelphia Magazine posted an article which will be published in the April edition, it was entitled “Inside the Philadelphia Fire Department: Did Racial Tension Contribute to One Fireman’s Suicide?”.  It is a great story about a great guy from a wonderful family.  Firefighter Jack Slivinski Jr. committed suicide a few months back.  Jack was the son of a firefighter and a caring human being.  The story in the Philadelphia Magazine can be read here.   I believe the article only touches on the issue at hand.  I also know that Jack Slivinski Jr was not the first firefighter to give black firefighters the credit for the job they do. In stations that people want to work, many of the firefighters white and black are there for a reason.  It is a badge of honor.  Here are a few moments in time from my early career.

The guy I am talking to is Bob Horton.  Bob and I have history.  The guy sitting on the apparatus is Charlie (Doc) Palmer.  I watched Doc extinguish three dwelling fires in one night during the time we worked together, I was driving the engine that night.  These guys wanted to fight fires and what color they were never mattered to me or them.  Now some like Lloyd Ayers would want you to think that this was as far as it goes.  Yea Bob, Doc and I worked together and spent time in the same firehouse for over three years.  But our bond went beyond that.  Here is the second picture.  If one of you comment on the tuxedo I swear I will get even.

That was my wedding day and there is Bob right next to me. He was not a groomsman, he was my best man!  I chose the man I crawled the halls with over my real brothers.  Why?  Because we had a bond NOBODY else had.  We depended on each other and knew we would be there for each other. Black or white we were brothers.

With this in mind I look at the Phillymag article and the comments of Eric (correction  I said Stukes)  Flemming.  I still know Eric and watched him go through the Philadelphia Fire Academy.  I challenge Eric to say I was prejudices or in any way hateful of black firefighters and I am no young guy!  I was there when he was a KID and we talked many times.  For Eric to say the old guys are racist is a load of crap.  He is playing games and playing the politics of the Valiants!  I await your reply Eric.

Is there racial tension in the PFD?  You bet.  Is is amplified because white firefighters  don’t want black firefighters around?  Hell no.  One example of the bias of the Valiants is the part of the article that talks about a white firefighter spitting in Lloyd Ayers hat.  How exactly does Ayers know it was a white firefighter? If Ayers hat got spat upon it could have been anyone black or white who did not like his attitude about race.  An attitude that continues today.  Lloyd’s tenure as Commissioner has been marked with many aggressive attacks on both whites and non-Valiant blacks, a pattern that continues.  But at least he got smart enough to start keeping a log.

One wonders if the officer in charge of the engine that failed to yield at the stop sign and sent a police officer and a civilian on a bicycle to the hospital or Rob Wilkins who was arrested and failed to report his arrest,  as was stated in the article in Phillymag is a direct violation of policy, if leniency was given because of membership in a CLUB..  Both are members of the Valiants!  The top spots in the PFD are currently filled, save for Deputy Commissioner of Technical services a position held by one very smart guy, by members of Club Valiant.  That unto itself would be fine if not for the uneven application of the rules that Lloyd justifies by saying he evaluates the circumstances.  In light of the accident that sent a cop and civilian to the hospital and NOBODY was disciplined,  in fact the officer got promoted within 8 months of the accident, we can only surmise that Ayers et al are playing politics with the members of the CLUB!

Racist?  You bet but rampant hate does not exist in the rank and file.  Distrust due to the actions of the leadership?  You bet!

I knew Jack Slivinski Sr and Jr.  both are good men who care about the people and other firefighters.  It was not their race we saw but their dedication. Sadly Lloyd Ayers, Ernie Hargett and many others in the upper level of the PFD see only one color, VALIANT!

Jack Sr and Gerry,  You raised a great guy one who cared about his fellow-man and judged by character not the  color of their face. Thanks Jack for being a great firefighter and Dad and Gerry thanks for showing your son how to care.  God Bless Jack Slivinski Jr. who cared so much for a fellow firefighter that he took his own life because he felt it was his fault another human being died.  That is the mark of a caring human being.  If only Lloyd and his group understood that LOVE!


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What Racism?

(Philadelphia fire chief Lloyd Ayers, at head of table, listens as mayor’s chief of staff Everett Gillison, third from left, makes a point to the PICA board. Credit: Steve Tawa)

There is a picture of two men who are either in denial or outright delusional  Read the story that accompanies this picture at CBS Local

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter’s top point person at City Hall took issue today with a consultant’s report that pointed to a “racial divide” in the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Nutter chief of staff Everett Gillison (third from left in photo) disputes Berkshire Advisors’ contention that the department is “rife with racial division” (see related story).   He says that doesn’t square with the view of a majority of the 2,100-member department.

“It seemed to be incongruent with the analysis that most of the people — eighty to eighty-five percent of the people — felt that the fire division was a great place to work,” Gillison told the board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA).

Gillison called the assessment “overly broad.”

“I’m not going to say there’s not racial tension,” he added.  “I live in the city of Philadelphia.  I live in America.”

But Gillison told PICA, the state agency that oversees the city’s finances, that people in the fire department mostly get treated “based on their performance.”

PICA chairman Sam Katz (back to camera in photo) said he was under the impression that the racial complaints were in response to discipline and transfer practices within the fire department rather than interpersonal relationships.

How is it that Sam Katz knows more about the situation in the Philadelphia Fire Department than does the Deputy Mayor and the man who is perpetrating some of the many of the acts causing this reaction.  Gillison is cherry picking and ignoring the questions on that assessment that point directly at Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and Deputy Commissioner Ernest Hargett.  Yesterday this blog posted a few statistics that show that it is not only the white firefighters who feel there is a problem.  Let’s use Gillison’s distortions against him.

Let’s begin with these on the transfer process which is controlled by Ayers and Hargett

The transfer process is fair  5.9% agree  79.6% disagree

Transfer decisions are made without regard to race or ethnic background  9.3% agree  73.3%disagree

Transfer decisions are made without regard to gender 10.2% agree 65.3% disagree

Seems like a huge failure in leadership and fairness to me.

Surely Everett Gillison and Lloyd Ayers saw these questions before they met with the PICA board.  Obviously Katz did which is why he made the closing comment on the issue of race and punishment

Disciplinary decisions are made without regard to race or ethnic background 10.1% agree  77.7 disagree

Now what Gillison was trying to make out as a lack of racial tension was answers like this

Fire Department employees are professional  71.5% agree  10.3% disagree

Fire Department employees treat Philadelphia residents and visitors with respect 81.8% agree 5.9% disagree

Once again for clarity the makeup of the respondents is as follows

Caucasian 63%

Black    24%

Hispanic  5%

The margins are bigger than any of these numbers.

You bet the majority of the professional firefighters in Philadelphia  not only care about the people of the city but they care about their fellow firefighters.  When you are crawling down a hallway making the front bedroom whether or not the guy with you is Black, White or Hispanic is not important.  What is important is that they want to be there and they know how to do the job.  To most of the men and women in the firehouse this is not race issue.  To a select few of power-hungry men it is.

I am not sure why Gillison is providing cover for Ayers and Hargett but the proof is out there and we can expose them for who they are!


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Fixing what is Broke!

I am somewhat surprised that Berkshire Advisors, Inc.  found any real starting point for fixing what is wrong with the Philadelphia Fire Department  If it were not for the professionalism and dedication of the folks in the trenches the department would already be in collapse.  In fact in the report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the department Berkshire talked with two community groups.  Both had high praise for both the firefighters and the EMS personnel. Interestingly this part of the survey was covered at the very end and was covered in one paragraph.  What needs to be said about the issues facing the men  and women who pound the streets of Philadelphia delivering medical care and fire suppression can not and should not be glossed over in an efficiency report.  Digging deep into the current issues facing the department can be the only way to solve these underlying tensions.  I only say underlying because even though the members feel slighted they continue to do the best job they can.  Here are just some of the issues facing the department.


1. Binding Arbitration agreement not being honored by the city.  The last award (not contract) was challenged by the Nutter Administration and a Common Pleas court judge (Political?  Judges run for election in Philadelphia) threw out the entire arbitrated award.  So the first issue is the firefighters and medics have worked without a contract for almost a year and a half.  The battle still rages.  So strike one, the city voided any pay increase or other stipulations in the contract.

2. The paramedics in the city used to be firefighters who voluntarily underwent the training and initially rotated in the Medic units (rescue Squads for us old guys) and duty on a fire truck.  As time went on and EMS got more prevalent the need to look outside the department for trained medics became apparent.  The ranks of the Fire Service Paramedic (FSP) was born.  The FSP’s were sent to the fire academy and taught basic firefighting techniques, but the demand for EMS did not give them much chance to see fire let alone help in fighting one.  The “efficiency” study commissioned by Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) actually proposed more firefighting for medics.  It should be noted that the units deployed in Philadelphia answered over 250,000 calls last year. and even if you base all that on a 24 hour day ( some units are 12 hour)  that is 16 calls per unit per day.  That does not leave much time for getting to a fire and helping out.  Now, about those 12 hour units, this was a work unit created to cope with peak demand hours, according to the city.  And it was this work unit that was the argument the city used to try to pry the Paramedics from the Union representing the Medics and Firefighters.  They argued they had different schedules and different jobs.  Therefore they should not be in the union.  We all know this was a fabrication as the EMS system in Philadelphia is bolstered by Emergency Medical Technician trained firefighters on Engines and Ladders acting as First Responders.    This system puts the EMS and Fire sides of the equation on equal footing and nullifies the false assumption by the Nutter Administration.  Strike 2  Nutter tries to break up the bargaining unit, a purely retaliatory effort on his part.

3. Race has become an issue.  It is sad to say but right here and now in 2012 the Philadelphia Fire Department is suffering from racial tension.   This tension is not necessarily between the man and women in the stations.  In fact the impression of the members is that race and gender are issues of leadership within the department.   Here are some results from the study of the department.

Race or ethnicity does not affect how staff are treated by senior managers

within the Fire Dept.

Agree or                    Disagree or

Strongly Agree       Strongly Disagree

17.9%                          66.8 %

Gender does not affect how staff are treated by senior managers within

the Fire Dept.

23.4%                          52.1 %

You see that there is deep resentment within the fire and ems workers for the leadership of the department, much of that is driven by what is uneven discipline from the top of the department.  Sadly this is based on real experiences.  The fire service is a small world and everybody knows everything.  If a member is called to the Fire Administration building and disciplined everyone knows the outcome.  And since the current commissioner took the helm there has been a marked difference in treatment of the members.  The disparity in punishment is causing resentment among the members.  As of now I have not discussed with the women in the department why they have the perception of discrimination.  But rest assured the 3rd strike lands squarely on the shoulders of Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

Having already struck out with the Firefighters and Paramedics I find it hard to see how this survey is going to suddenly fix the broken department .  Mayor Nutter is in denial about his role in all this.  IN fact during his 2011 budget address Nutter said this:

This is my city.  I care.

And so do so many others.

Yesterday I visited Firefighter Michael McGuire as he lay in a hospital bed in the intensive care unit at HUP – seriously injured as he searched a burning building to make sure everybody got out.

This is one of our public servants.  And this is our guy.  Our public safety hero.

This is real for me.  Every day.

Fascinating that the caring man who made the above statement would let the fire department punish it’s members for having an occupational incident.  Hero’s get transferred now.

As far as the future of the department the Berkshire Advisors said something in their survey about the vision of the department leadership.  Let’s see?

Diversity and Unity?   Based on all we have seen I think Lloyd Ayers blew the smoke from one or two fires up the butts of the efficiency experts.  It might be a great idea to do some Fire Prevention!  Which leads me to ask just exactly what does the existing Fire Prevention division do?

You want to fix what is broke? Shuffling trucks and people won’t get it done.  Start at the top and replace the leadership of the Department.  They have caused much of the strife.  But it would be Mayor Nutter who would appoint the successor and with the size of the axe Nutter is grinding, I doubt there is any hope for a productive and cooperative relationship between the City Administration and the Firefighters.  Which could be deadly for both the Firefighters and citizens.

Go to this website and send these guys a message. http://www.phila.gov/Pages/default.aspx

There is so much more to show you all.

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