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What I find troubling in

What I find troubling in this article is the Interim Superintendent who says the boy's suspension will be upheld even though there is an appeal that presents new evidence. This is troubling from a purely legal standpoint. Apparently, it doesn't matter if you have evidence that could prove your innocence in Bladen County.

Moreover, having a child (a minor) write a statement without having that minor's parent or guardian present is definitely not right. And, if the account is truthful, having to write it under duress is even worse.

To those who doubt the story, I ask... why is it so unthinkable that racism still exists?

I am as white as Casper the ghost and a real estate agent. I have been around some of our inland areas that are a little less 'advanced' (for lack of a better word) than Wilmington proper, while showing properties to clients.

You'll be amazed to see so many people lock their doors as soon as they see me walking to their homes with minority (be they hispanic or African American or American Indian) clients. And you'll be surprised at what some prospective sellers will tell me. A prospective client in a nearby county specifically requested that her property not be shown to certain people fitting a certain (racial) profile.

Needless to say, these prospective customers were told to go elsewhere.

You are naive if you don't think racial discrimination still exists. In fact, add to that ethnic discrimination (people with accents, even different regional accents of the same English language) and family status (single parents with children), not to mention gender (such as a prospective client who told me he only wanted women to buy properties around his main house).

I cannot verify if Tarquan's story is true or not. That's not my job. But I also cannot dismiss it because I've seen some stuff with my own eyes that makes you think we're still stuck in the early half of the 20th century, much less the 21st century.

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