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'Steve Harvey Show' Actor Shot To Death (Merlin Santana )
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Posted on 11/11/2002 10:58:35 AM PST by chance33_98


'Steve Harvey Show' Actor Shot To Death
Santana Played Romeo On Show

POSTED: 8:33 a.m. EST November 11, 2002 UPDATED: 11:54 a.m. EST November 11, 2002

The man who played Romeo Santana -- a showboat student on "The Steve Harvey Show"-- was shot to death over the weekend.

Police say Merlin Santana was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car early Saturday morning in South Central Los Angeles when at least one person came up and fired.

The driver wasn't hurt. He drove off and flagged down police. Paramedics responded but Santana was dead at the scene.

Santana was 26.

His performances won him nominations for the NAACP Image Awards and the ALMA Awards -- which honor Hispanic performers.

One of Santana's earliest roles was that of Stanley -- a young suitor of Rudy Huxtable on the hit television series "The Cosby Show."

Santana also had guest appearances on several television shows, including "Major Dad," "Moesha" and "Sister, Sister."


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1 posted on 11/11/2002 10:58:35 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
A murder in South Central LA? I don't believe it.
2 posted on 11/11/2002 11:01:43 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: chance33_98
*random* shootings a rare

But I'll assume that was the case untill/ IF further evidence surfaces......

RIP

3 posted on 11/11/2002 11:04:21 AM PST by TeleStraightShooter
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To: chance33_98
Police say Merlin Santana was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car early Saturday morning in South Central Los Angeles when at least one person came up and fired.

The driver wasn't hurt.

It sounds to me like he screwed somebody over on a drug deal. For a guy that rich to be hanging out in South Central LA, I doubt he was there to scope out a good restaurant or buy records. He got killed because of something he was into.

4 posted on 11/11/2002 11:05:30 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
early Saturday morning

This is really late Friday night. I also believe some kind of illegal activity, most likely drugs.

5 posted on 11/11/2002 11:11:23 AM PST by Betty Jane
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To: chance33_98
I've never watched Steve Harvey, but I have every episode of the Cosby Show videotaped and always enjoyed Stanley. Very sad.
6 posted on 11/11/2002 11:14:19 AM PST by Otta B Sleepin
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Most young people who get out of the projects, still have family there. Most likely, a case of mistaken identity.
7 posted on 11/11/2002 11:16:15 AM PST by JohnGalt
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To: Otta B Sleepin
I never watched much Cosby and was unaware of this "new" show. Wasn't Cosby's son killed?
8 posted on 11/11/2002 11:22:43 AM PST by js1138
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To: JohnGalt
Either that, or maybe the thug was simply acting out of jealousy of Mr. Santana's success.
9 posted on 11/11/2002 11:23:58 AM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
It sounds to me like he screwed somebody over on a drug deal. For a guy that rich to be hanging out in South Central LA, I doubt he was there to scope out a good restaurant or buy records. He got killed because of something he was into.

That's a ridiculous assumption bordering on racist. Do you know anything about South Central LA? Do you live in LA or the surrounding area? Because you know plenty of people do, black, white, and mexican. Some of those people even have friends, neighbors, and relatives and they might actually travel to South Central to visit them.

A friend's mother lives there. It is certainly comforting to know that if I traveled to South Central to visit my friend or his mother, and became the victim of a drive-by shooting, robbery, or other random act of violence, I would be villified by my fellow FREEpers as a drug user/dealer before the casket was lowered. The sickening implication being my actions somehow warranted death.

10 posted on 11/11/2002 11:27:45 AM PST by Smogger
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To: js1138
Yes, Cosby's son Ennis was shot and killed a number of years ago. IIRC, he was the victim of a carjacking or attempted carjacking. Maybe someone else will remember the details.
11 posted on 11/11/2002 11:28:44 AM PST by Otta B Sleepin
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To: Betty Jane
LOS ANGELES — Merlin Santana, a television and film actor who appeared in this year's Eddie Murphy movie Showtime , was shot to death while sitting in a parked car, authorities said Sunday.

Santana, 26, was killed early Saturday in South Los Angeles, police spokeswoman Lucy Diaz said.

He was sitting in the passenger seat shortly after 2:30 a.m. when at least one person approached the car and fired, Lt. Clay Farrell said.

The driver escaped injury, drove off and flagged down police. Paramedics responded but Santana was pronounced dead at the scene, Farrell said.

No arrests were immediately made and investigators had not determined a motive for the attack.

The New York-born Santana had a recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show , playing Romeo Santana. The role won him nominations for NAACP Image Awards and ALMA Awards, which honor Hispanic performers.

One of his earliest roles was as Stanley, the faithful admirer of Rudy Huxtable on the hit series The Cosby Show.

He also had guest appearances on several television shows, including Major Dad, Moesha and Sister, Sister.

He later joined the casts of Getting By and the short-lived James Earl Jones drama Under One Roof.

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South Central L.A., 2:30 A.M. Nothing suspicious here. I'm sure he was visiting his grandmother and handing out sour candy to the neighborhood kids.

This crime will probably never be solved. There's no way that the driver will ever admit what he was doing there at 2:30 A.M. He was more than likely in on the killing. Otherwise, they'd both be dead.

12 posted on 11/11/2002 11:34:06 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Smogger
As a matter of fact I do know something about South Central L.A. You couldn't pay me a six-figure salary to live there.
13 posted on 11/11/2002 11:35:40 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
As a matter of fact I do know something about South Central L.A. You couldn't pay me a six-figure salary to live there.

Then you should know plenty of hard-working people live there in single nice family homes. It is a popular misconception that this is the worst (most dangerous) place in southern California to live. I can name plenty of places more blighted and dangerous in so. cali. Lesse: North Hollywood, Compton, Watts, Rialto, Baldwin Park, East LA, Pico-Union. It's all relative.

14 posted on 11/11/2002 11:48:51 AM PST by Smogger
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To: Smogger
Don't forget a certain "killer" who lived in Brentwood... *cough*
15 posted on 11/11/2002 11:54:12 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: chance33_98
I could scarcely tell that was Stanley from Cosby... It's truly a shame, nonetheless. Condolences to his family.
16 posted on 11/11/2002 11:59:30 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
South Central L.A., 2:30 A.M. Nothing suspicious here. I'm sure he was visiting his grandmother and handing out sour candy to the neighborhood kids.

This crime will probably never be solved. There's no way that the driver will ever admit what he was doing there at 2:30 A.M. He was more than likely in on the killing. Otherwise, they'd both be dead.

Dude, you dont know sh/t. You dont have a clue what he was doing there nor do I. Thank god you not a cop because your one ignorant sob

17 posted on 11/11/2002 11:59:52 AM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: chance33_98; mhking; St. Clair Slim
All I can do is shake my head. Not in disbelief, mind you. Just out of disgust.

No mercy.
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18 posted on 11/11/2002 12:03:29 PM PST by rdb3
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19 posted on 11/11/2002 12:04:59 PM PST by mhking
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To: Smogger
Compton, Watts

While I agree with what you are saying, you'll have a hard time convincing me that these two places are NOT in South Central LA.

20 posted on 11/11/2002 12:51:43 PM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Otta B Sleepin
Was this the boy that Rudy called "Bud"? He was such a cutie.
21 posted on 11/11/2002 12:53:23 PM PST by tippytoes
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To: Otta B Sleepin
Ennis Cosby didn't die in Compton. He was shot to death by the side of the road, on the off-ramp from the 410 North to Mulholland Drive -- at the top of the hill, within an easy walk of the exclusive University of Judaism. Mullholland Drive and its environs are about as far from "the 'hood" as it is possible to be in L.A. in terms of street crime -- lotsa of million-dollar-plus houses, swimming pools, and spectacular views.

I lived in Sherman Oaks for five years and never experienced any trouble (except for the earthquake). But there are plenty of places in L.A. that are just as dangerous as Compton. I'd guess that more people get robbed at Hollywood and Highland (i.e. in front of the Chinese Theater) every year than get robbed in most small towns over the same number of months. Tourists are easy to spot -- just look for pasty white corn-fed people wearing khaki shorts, Ohio State sweatshirts, and sandals (with socks) while gawking at the "sights" with their mouths hanging open, fat wallets and fanny packs bulging out on every side and $500 camcorders dangling loosely from their sweaty hands. If you are dressed or acting in a manner that makes you stick out like a flashing neon sign that blinks VICTIM, you are a target no matter what neighborhood you're in.

Therefore, the rule of thumb is to stay within your own ethnic enclave as much as possible and you'll be okay. For us -- non-Hispanic whites -- that meant Sherman Oaks, Studio City, and Burbank in the Valley, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Fairfax, and Silverlake in the city, and Irvine and points south in O.C. North of us, Panorama City, Van Nuys and Reseda were OK by daylight, but at night there are drugs and gangsters everywhere, so that was a no-go area; ditto Hollywood, WeHo, Culver City, and points south.

It's a rough town. That stereotype California lifestyle from the movies only exists if you've got the bucks to escape to the hills, the palisades, or the periphery. If you're poor or middle-class, living with crime is just another fact of life in La-La Land.

I live in Texas now, by the way. Things may have gotten better (or worse) in L.A. since I last lived in California (1998). My impressions are drawn from the the Riot-Earthquake-OJ (1993-1998) period, so please take them for what they're worth
22 posted on 11/11/2002 1:14:36 PM PST by B-Chan
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To: chance33_98
So where is Jessie Jackson and Maxine Waters, why are they not screaming about the murder of this young black man?
23 posted on 11/11/2002 1:16:24 PM PST by luckodeirish
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To: chance33_98
His performances won him nominations for the NAACP Image Awards and the ALMA Awards -- which honor Hispanic performers

Wow, what prestigious awards! < /sarcasm>

I see that they even have affirmative action in acting awards, so when you're not good enough for the real awards you can always win SOMETHING to help your self-esteem as an oppressed minority.

24 posted on 11/11/2002 1:19:34 PM PST by montag813
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To: rdb3
Just out of disgust.

It most be wonderful to be standing on that mountaintop.

In the meantime, we lesser ones need to look back to MLK's statement about "not the color of someone's skin, but the content of their character". Otherwise, it's each one for their own, and we can tribalize Americans. Let's see, there's the Hispanic vote, the Asian vote, the Black vote, the White vote. the Native American Indian vote, the Gays, ....get real, we have to determine what America stands for, and the "my group is the best" business will destroy us all.

25 posted on 11/11/2002 1:39:47 PM PST by xJones
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To: mhking
Sad news. He seemed like a nice young man. We always enjoyed his role on the Cosby show.

Equally sad,.. are some of the racist assumptions on this thread.

People just "ASS'ume" things before they KNOW the facts.

Prayers for Stanley and his family and friends.



26 posted on 11/11/2002 1:45:36 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: xJones
Help me out here. Are you disagreeing, agreeing, what? I'm having a problem following your logic here.

No mercy.
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27 posted on 11/11/2002 1:52:54 PM PST by rdb3
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To: tippytoes
Was this the boy that Rudy called "Bud"?

No, it wasn't "Bud", whose name on the show was actually Kenny. The character of Stanley joined the cast several seasons later.

28 posted on 11/11/2002 2:13:25 PM PST by Otta B Sleepin
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To: chance33_98
Murder. South Central.

Yep.

29 posted on 11/11/2002 2:17:22 PM PST by FeliciaCat
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To: B-Chan
Ennis Cosby didn't die in Compton. He was shot to death by the side of the road, on the off-ramp from the 410 North to Mulholland Drive

I thought I remembered it was an upscale neighborhood of some kind. Thanks for the additional facts.

30 posted on 11/11/2002 2:49:11 PM PST by Otta B Sleepin
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To: Otta B Sleepin
Ennis Cosby was shot by a Russian immigrant/illegal right? Guy was cold hearted the way he went about it as I recall.
31 posted on 11/11/2002 2:52:08 PM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: B-Chan
When you lived in Sherman Oaks, did you ever meet the Baker family, in particular, Tiffany Baker?
32 posted on 11/11/2002 3:01:56 PM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: Mr. Bird
Watts is in Los Angeles. The Watts District. South Central is the South Central District. There is Mid Cities, Hollywood, etc. Those are all City of LA.

Compton is a completely seperate city.
33 posted on 11/11/2002 3:23:37 PM PST by Smogger
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To: montag813
Wow, what prestigious awards! < /sarcasm>

I see that they even have affirmative action in acting awards, so when you're not good enough for the real awards you can always win SOMETHING to help your self-esteem as an oppressed minority.

Gee! I didn't know you were the arbiter of "real" awards. So tell me Leonard Maltin are the Golden Globes "real" awards? What about the Sundance awards? The MTV awards? I wasn't aware that there was only one set of "real" awards out there. Everyone who has ever received an award should consult with montag813 to make sure their award is authentic and of "value."

34 posted on 11/11/2002 3:37:48 PM PST by Smogger
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To: mhking
I didn't know this actor but his death is a shame. Heard on another site that a woman was arrested in connection with this murder. God rest his soul.
35 posted on 11/11/2002 5:14:44 PM PST by mafree
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To: B-Chan
just look for pasty white corn-fed people wearing khaki shorts, Ohio State sweatshirts, and sandals (with socks) while gawking at the "sights" with their mouths hanging open, fat wallets and fanny packs bulging out on every side and $500 camcorders dangling loosely from their sweaty hands.

Glad to see some fellow Buckeyes (Ranked #1 in BCS, somehow) are out there enjoying themsevles...

36 posted on 11/11/2002 6:54:47 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: Smogger
Gee! I didn't know you were the arbiter of "real" awards. So tell me Leonard Maltin are the Golden Globes "real" awards? What about the Sundance awards? The MTV awards? I wasn't aware that there was only one set of "real" awards out there. Everyone who has ever received an award should consult with montag813 to make sure their award is authentic and of "value."

You only hammered home my point with your response. Every one of the awards you mentioned do not restrict nominees to racial or ethnic categories. Did you somehow miss this distinction?

37 posted on 11/11/2002 9:51:49 PM PST by montag813
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To: montag813
You only hammered home my point with your response. Every one of the awards you mentioned do not restrict nominees to racial or ethnic categories. Did you somehow miss this distinction?

No I miss your point. There are millions of awards and almost all of them restrict nominees in some form or another. Some are only for women, some are only for men, blacks, Indians, little kids, college students, Jews, whatever.

Your only point was denigrate the accomplishments of a dead man who was murdered.

38 posted on 11/12/2002 8:12:16 AM PST by Smogger
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To: chance33_98; mhking; rdb3; All
I am wondering at the assumptions some on this thread have made. The simple fact of being in an area known to have a rough reputation at a late hour does not equate automatically with criminal intent or activity. I myself keep odd hours, and have since my mid-teens. I myself have been known to drive and walk through rough neighborhoods at all hours. Yet I myself am in no way connected to the drug trade or any other form of illicit activity.
Why assume this actor was?
He could have been out clubbing - hardly an unusual Friday night activity in most American metro areas.
He could have been out visiting friends who keep late hours, also not unusual.
He could have been out profiling to enhance his street-creds - a necessary activity for many celebs who depend upon popularity among black fans.
He and the driver might simply have been cruising - not at all unusual for late-teen/mid-twenties males of any race.
Why then this sudden leap to condemnation, based on evidence so slight and circumstantial that it is evidence of nothing at all?
It looks like racial bias. Is it?
39 posted on 11/12/2002 10:01:44 AM PST by demosthenes the elder
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To: Smogger
I would be villified by my fellow FREEpers as a drug user/dealer before the casket was lowered.

No. You may be villified by the one person that made the comment. You just broadbrushed Freepers, while complaining that people in SC LA were unfairly maligned by a single incident.
40 posted on 11/12/2002 10:06:45 AM PST by No Left Turn
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To: demosthenes the elder
Why then this sudden leap to condemnation, based on evidence so slight and circumstantial that it is evidence of nothing at all?

That's the million dollar question.

It looks like racial bias. Is it?

I won't jump to any conclusions...

No mercy.
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41 posted on 11/12/2002 10:07:13 AM PST by rdb3
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To: No Left Turn
No. You may be villified by the one person that made the comment. You just broadbrushed Freepers, while complaining that people in SC LA were unfairly maligned by a single incident.

Your right of course. I stand corrected.

42 posted on 11/12/2002 10:45:29 AM PST by Smogger
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To: demosthenes the elder
All good points in your post, thank you. Why then this sudden leap to condemnation, based on evidence so slight and circumstantial that it is evidence of nothing at all? It looks like racial bias. Is it?

Welcome to the "underbelly" of FR. Enjoy. :)

43 posted on 11/12/2002 11:05:40 AM PST by FourtySeven
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To: demosthenes the elder; rdb3; FourtySeven
It looks like racial bias. Is it?

Have not posted anything on it all as of yet but I don't think it has to be racially biased in a total sense. We have had people like tupac and other high profile black men involved in things which have led to their murders (ie associating with some shady folks). When we see another famous black man in the news getting shot in LA with no apparent motive and the driver was ok once suspects that they were not after money or the car but were instead targeting the individual.

If that is true one could make that leap that drug problems seem to be the norm among people of fame for whatever reason and hence that were probably drugs involved.

It does not make it so, but if one had to make an educated guess (educated by past history of individuals of fame who are black and met with an untimely demise) you would at least be in the statistical ballpark.

My first thought was it was an obsessed fan, or just some freak who hated him for some other reason (he seems to have been targeted IMHO). I have not kept up with the story and am not sure what the outcome was - although I heard mention from someone (I think) that he was killed by a woman. If anyone has updates please let me know.

As far as the underbelly of FR comment I posted a thread about an Israeli soldier killing (murder in the title) a palestinian kid. Everyone said it was either propoganda (which I felt to, but now have 2 sources for the story) or it did not matter and I must have some agenda for posting something negative about Israel. Truth is I thought it was a horrible story if true, regardless of who did it and why, and if it was a lie then it needed exposed and refuted. I have been quite villified over it. Such is life.

44 posted on 11/12/2002 11:26:19 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
once = one
45 posted on 11/12/2002 11:27:05 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
As far as the underbelly of FR comment I posted a thread about an Israeli soldier killing (murder in the title) a palestinian kid. Everyone said it was either propoganda (which I felt to, but now have 2 sources for the story) or it did not matter and I must have some agenda for posting something negative about Israel. Truth is I thought it was a horrible story if true, regardless of who did it and why, and if it was a lie then it needed exposed and refuted. I have been quite villified over it. Such is life.

Yes, God forbid any FReeper anywhere, at any time, say something bad about Israel. After all, it's obviously a country that's more important than even the U.S. < /sarcasm>

I was wondering though if you could do me a favor and provide a link to that thread/story; it sounds interesting and I don't think I saw it on the first go-around. If you have time. Thank you.

46 posted on 11/13/2002 9:05:54 AM PST by FourtySeven
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To: FourtySeven
Israeli army murders child in Nablus as he was playing in the street across his home
47 posted on 11/13/2002 10:53:08 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
Thank you.

You might find this interesting as well, if you haven't seen it already.

48 posted on 11/13/2002 12:09:20 PM PST by FourtySeven
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To: chance33_98
This is what happens, when you don't escape the bucket full of crabs when you have the chance? I don't know, but far too many "successful" blacks who take the "give back" stance wind up dead these days.
49 posted on 11/13/2002 12:11:45 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Smogger

You have a damn good point, and it is sad that this is the way the majority of our society thinks. Well put.


50 posted on 12/03/2008 9:58:41 PM PST by JonnyDoe
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