Skip to comments.NYC leaders support black girl who read white nationalism poem
Posted on 03/16/2006 12:10:52 AM PST by beaversmom
NEW YORK -- Autum Ashante, a 7-year-old black girl who caused a stir at two Westchester schools by reciting a poem she wrote about white nationalism, received support from some New York City leaders on Tuesday.
First, she stood on the City Hall steps with Councilman Charles Barron, who denounced what he described as attacks and harassment since Autum spoke last month at a middle and high school. Barron said he planned to ask Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office to look into whether the girl's free speech rights were violated.
Later, she had an appearance scheduled with the Rev. Al Sharpton.
On Feb. 28, Autum delivered a poem titled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage," in which Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin are likened to pirates and vampires. She also asked students to stand and recite the "Black Child's Pledge," an oath of responsibility and black pride.
When white students at the Peekskill High School assembly stood with black students, Autum told them to sit down, the school district's superintendent said. The Peekskill City School District then sent recorded messages to parents of its 3,000 students apologizing to anyone who was offended.
Barron said he couldn't understand why anyone would be offended. He characterized the girl as "brave" and "outspoken in telling the truth," and he defended her 162-word poem, praising it as evoking "peace, power and pride about her heritage."
"Someone decided to call parents and apologize," Barron, a former Black Panther, said at the news conference. "Some are talking about banning her from speaking in the school system. You don't have to agree with everything we say, but we have a right to say it. We are very, very proud of you, Autum."
Barron said he couldn't cite specific incidents of harassment of the girl since she read...
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Wonder what Hillary thinks about the little poet?
This clown says she has the right to say whatever she wants and then complains that she is being harassed. I guess he doesn't support free speech after all.
Shame on them for using this little girl for their agenda.
Um, she GAVE the speech.
Africa is now just one quick plane flight away
Cute little girl but already a radical.
Having heard Mr. Barron on Hannity's show on more than one occasion, I'm not at all surprised that he couldn't site any incidents; they aren't necessary for his agenda.
Where is it written that this little girl is guaranteed a forum? Put some Nazi children up there if it's a free for all nut/hate fest.
What, no mention of " the Joooooos" ? The girl's speech writers are slipping.
Black Child's Pledge
I pledge allegiance to my Black People.
I pledge to develop my mind and body to the greatest extent possible.
I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to my People in their struggle for liberation.
I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances which weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family and my Black brothers and sisters.
I will unselfishly share my knowledge and understanding with them in order to bring about change more quickly.
I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them in idle hatred.
I will train myself never to hurt or allow others to harm my Black brothers and sisters for I recognize that we need every Black Man, Woman, and Child to be physically, mentally and psychologically strong.
These principles I pledge to practice daily and to teach them to others in order to unite my People.
The Black Panther, October 26, 1968
by Shirley Williams
White Nationalism Put U In Bondage
White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirate and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
Drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel, tricks and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look in our streets
The mis-education of she and Hegro -- leaves you on your knee2grow
Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse
They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers
They took the black women, with the black man weak
Made to watch as they changed the paradigm
Of our village
They killed the blind, they killed the lazy, they went
So far as to kill the unborn baby
Yeah White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirates and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
They drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel laden feet, throw in the tricks alcohol and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look at our streets.
"Councilman Charles Barron, a former Black Panther"
That says it all. I equate that with KKK scum. Next
they'll have a councilman named muhammed, whom is a former hamas memeber...
and he'll be supporting a childs 'free-speech' rights in a PUBLIC SCHOOL, when the child talks about how good terrorists are for the world!?
Yeah, that's how you demean the system of public funding. Just support the agenda of public funding for a forum of any opinion.
Public schooling is so backwards.
I'd like to show this councilman my free-speech rights: with a middle finger.
The most absurd and laughable contentions were that this little nincompoop is a poetic "genius". Where are you now that we need you - author of the "poem of the century" - T.S. Eliot? Yes, we're indeed in an intellectual "Waste Land."
Instead of complaining and acting like jackasses the black people of America should kiss the ground every day and thank their slave ancestors for being caught and sent to America. For enduring life in America so that they could live here. Not a single American black would want to live in Africa. I believe many Blacks are grateful but the misfits and complainers get in the news
My grandparents immigrated here in 1900, worked like slaves in sweatshops. I thank them for leaving Europe so I could be living here and be an American
The day that Charles "Mugabe" Barron and Al "Slim Shady" Sharpton are leading anything in this city is the day I move to Jersey City.
And away we go!
And noted closet case and all-around moonbat.
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