Emmett J. Jafari 
Member since Oct 17, 2011

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Re: “Mayor Unleashes Preacher

Last year I had the opportunity to participate in a Group of local citizens that met to discuss and suggest ways to improve RPS's community presence and involvment, particularly after normal school hours. Without fail, quite a few citizens broached Richmond's history of inequitable treatment of its communities, and the 2 ton elephant in the room - pandering to racism and negativity through eternal celebration of treason and slavery. Though the elephant was ignored again, the Group's recognition and disscussion attempts signal the presence of an issue that stalemates RPS' overarching education and community goals. We must find the fortitude, seize the moment, and address the addiction to public display and celebration of insult, hate, and animus as regards one particular segment of citizens, and by default the communities inhabited by those particular citizens. As long as Richmond, and its Parent, the Commonwealth of Virginia, stick their heads in the sand and pretend that indignation and seperation are necessarily elemental to maintaining a societal system of of intellectual apartheid, we all can expect continued mediocrity. Yes, replace outdated facilities, but NO, mediocrity won't be displaced by newer buildings, or elections, because the same people will inhabit those places. Letting go of mediocrity starts with getting a grip on mutual respect for all of Richmond's Citizens, and Her Communities.
Emmett Jay

Posted by Emmett J. Jafari on 02/03/2012 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Richmond Courts Gays, Snubs Confederates?

Come on Man - Snub what?
I am a Native born Richmonder. My Family has has lived continuously here in Richmond since before 1860. I walked down aisles with my Grandmother in what was then Safeway and is now a hallway at Style Weekly's Offices on Main St. I used the very same wagon that I took the T-D with at 530 am to take families' groceries home for them from Safeway at 11 am. I and my brother had to run through Oregon Hill to take my Grandmother's tape to WANT Radio Station, amidst slurs of "nigger" and threats of bodily harm from hecklers on porches bedecked with the Confederate Flag. The Confederacy is rooted in the ownership of Africans. Be clear about my sentiments here, this is not an effort to put someone else down - but the same can not be truthfully said of the Confederacy. The Ku Klux Klan was started by Confederate Officers. The Klan's sole purpose is racism, and intimidation of non-Europeans. Richmond was designed to disrespect Africans, and to honor defense of the Confederate ideology; from its street names, building names, statues, highway names, and graves in intersections, to its eradication of African American communities and events. All roads lead to the indignation of Africans. I get that some people thought Africans were not human beings, but let hose people house and pay for monuments enshrining that ideolgy, not other taxpayers. In defense of that belief, the Confederacy undertook to violently overthrow the United States. Tis one thing to love one's ancestors, but another altogether to seperate the selfishness and hate of one group from that of any other hate group. Are there statues of Hitler in Germany? Pic Botha in South Africa? Saddam In Iraq? Qaddafi in Libya? Why then are all the thoroughfares lined with forboding, armed, gigantic figures here? Let me switch the script - if Africans had violently attacked the U.S., and had fought for the right to continue ownership of Europeans, do you think that Richmond's streets would be named and adorned in honor of those Africans? Better yet, would Richmond demand that the abused Europeans, or their descendants, continue to pay homage to and for the upkeep of those African monuments? You know the answer to that. We couldn't even re-name the Blvd in honor of Arthur Ashe; a native Richmonder and world renown athlete who had to leave Richmond because of its racism. Be true to yourself, everyone else knows the truth. Its easy for people who salute the mistreatment of others to dismiss opposing opinions because the abuses never touched them, or their loved ones. Get down off your high horse and walk in someone elses's plight for a moment.

Emmett Johnson Jafari
Richmonder, Since 1860

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Posted by Emmett J. Jafari on 10/17/2011 at 5:11 PM

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