Now that I have your attention, let me explain. As I sat there during the conclusion of the June 6 Smithfield School Committee meeting, I was equal parts proud and equal parts disappointed in what I had witnessed. Proud because there was a packed room of citizens interested in participating in their governmental processes, but disappointed because I wasn’t sure what was more disgusting ... The constant battle cry of “say the N-word” sometimes even directed toward a black woman in the room, or when a minority youth bravely went up to the podium to speak, and someone audibly lamented out loud “oh here we go.” The torment didn’t end there. When this individual got to the part of their speech about electing to leave the Smithfield public school system because of the consistent bullying, a very loud and sarcastic clap came from the back of the room from an adult. Take a minute to reread that last sentence and mentally digest what I just said.

We are failing. We are failing as a community, and we are failing as parents. And no, I don’t think that the whole town of Smithfield is racist. But maybe by using an uncomfortable word in writing, it may be noticed by the youth in the town. And hopefully that will lead to a conversation with their parents about the subject. Because clearly it’s not being talked about enough now.

Jeffrey Angelo

Smithfield

(22) comments

xrilander

This country has a sordid past where behavior like this was accepted, and common. MAGA, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, have turned back the clock 50+ years. "Making America great again" is not achieved with hate and racism, love and inclusion is.

Lincoln247

Yet the only ones fixated on skin color are the non-MAGA progressives, speaking of misinformation.

albion123

Flag on the field! Lincoln247, with a logical fallacy: tu quoque fallacy (also known as the "Appeal to Hypocrisy"). Look it up, Bob.

Tim 1952

Hello again Lincoln, this is in response to you earlier commenting that I was a progressive with nothing to add, which seems to have been deleted?

Fiscally and government-in-my-business-and-life-wise I am Republican (except being pro choice) but socially and morally I am a Democrat who draws a clear line against the deflection, projection, willful ignorance, hypocrisy and gaslighting that Republicans are known for.

AlfaRacer98

So the Comment Section has become a back and forth Pissing Contest mostly between the same two individuals that are not even close to seeing eye to eye! The Breeze needs to stop this. Make your Best Foot Forward...and then Shut Up! Yes? No?

Lincoln247

Kind of creepy sometimes too.

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Lincoln247

Kids teasing kids for not having a daddy and being the victim of property damage by kids isn't racism, but I guess if you view the world through the lense of race, everything is racist.

Lincoln247

Not being talked enough about?

Just switch on CNN or MSNBC for 10 minutes.

Guaranteed they are lecturing how racist America is. They are obsessed with skin color and dividing us.

Derrick L

That is rich coming from you. We obviously still have issues in this country and going with the ostrich defense has never worked. We are all stronger together, even if 30% of Americans want a violent overthrow of our democratically elected Government to appease their desires of superiority.

Lincoln247

30% were behind the election fraud? I watched 2000 Mules stuff the ballot drop boxes, one after another, but didnt think that represented 30% of Americans. That is a lot of cash at $10 per ballot.

Derrick L

Conspiracy theories aren’t your strength, Lincoln. #bebest

albion123

Wow, Lincoln247 (Hi, Bob!). I thought you might not be the best critical thinker, but you really watched convicted felon Dinesh Desouza's "movie" 2000 mules and believed it? Wow. Just wow. Out country's educational system is severely broken.

BlackstoneValley61

how very very sad for you to live in such a bubble of whiteness aka racism. As for 2000 Mules -- it has been discredited as another QAnon, Christian Nationalist, White Supremacist, and all the other trump advocate groups as being CONSPIRACY WITH NO MERIT DUE TO NUMEROUS COURT DECISIONS. Be very cautious of the charlatans who wish to destroy our freedoms.

Lincoln247

Yes, the same crowd that pushed the false Russian collusion narrative are now playing the race card against those who dare question the integrity of our elections, especially in lawless swing districts that have a history of corruption.

The immediate court decisions were based on process, not merit. The abundance of evidence that has surfaced since then, including whistle-blowers who admitted to being paid $10 per ballot they illegally harvested, speaks volumes to what really happened in the swing state districts run by Democrats and funded by Zuckerberg. It is still evidence, even if the Democrat attorney generals of those districts refuse to prosecute those crimes.

albion123

Lincoln247, you really are detached from reality, but ok, I'll bite. Point me toward the evidence that there were people paid $10 a ballot. Where do you find this stuff, Bob? (BTW, i like how every time I call you by name you remember to post using your alt. [chef's kiss].) Now, remember! The proof you have can't come from a partisan news source-- you said that was bad.

Tim 1952

I don't see it as "racism" but rather the continued growing boldness of terrible people unfit for general society. It's literally the "basket of deplorables" we were warned about.

Lincoln247

Sounds kind of snobbish.

Tim 1952

Good morning Lincoln, I'll happily take being assumed snobbish over knowing that I was ignorant, intolerant and racist anytime!! Now, if you don't care and chose to keep your head in the sand about racism in America that is your choice, but blaming the media for talking about it is just lazy. News media merely reports any story, and even if a writer is biased, it is and always has been up to the reader or listener to process the information to decide what is true or not. Whenever I see people dismissing news media sources I simply take it as they just don't care or don't want to hear about it....and that is your right as well, but just come right out and say "Hey, I don't care about racism" instead of projecting your bias and blaming journalists for bursting your bubble momentarily.

Derrick L

Agreed, Tim. To own something like being a terrible person as a badge of resistance is truly troubling. I genuinely hope these people end up understanding that the rabbithole of being 'deplorable' is a costly prospect.

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