Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Keep Them Runnin’: The “Corridor of Shame” and K12 Education






Three years ago, I met a man from Sumter, South Carolina.  As he initially struggled in Phoenix, I asked him, “Have you considered returning to South Carolina?”  For over 30 minutes, I heard about his hometown’s school system, and he mentioned how he could not subject his daughter to Sumter’s school curriculum.  We also discussed how his sisters did not truly place an emphasis on education with their children, and he was unaware of their long-term goals.

After reading “At Duke,  I realized how badly many South Carolina schools are failing students like me,” I reflected upon our conversation.  Ehime Ohue, a sophomore at Duke University, attended Lake Marion High School (LMHS).  LMHS is one of the high schools affiliated with the “Corridor of Shame.”  The Corridor of Shame is “a string of rural school districts where students receive inferior educational opportunities.” These districts are located on Interstate 95.

In short, this is an example of 21st century slavery.  I cannot help but think of the phrase, from Invisible Man, “Keep th[ose] nigger-boy[s] [and girls] running.”   Ms. Ohue discusses how she began noticing the disparities in her education, in kindergarten.  Her teacher stated that she “couldn’t do this anymore,” and she resigned.  Sumter, SC African American K12 educators were being paid $3,000-12,000 less than their White peers teaching in neighboring districts.

The legacy of Thurgood Marshall.  Sigh.

Once enrolled at Lake Marion High School, Ohue noticed her teachers’ lack of training and limited supplies.  A math teacher was in the classroom, but he was still “undergoing training.”  The school did not have an adequate number of calculators, computers were not being properly serviced, and instructors were quitting.  Yet, as Ohue notes, her high school was considered “one of the best in the region.” 
During her freshman year at Duke University, the impact of the “Corridor of Shame” slapped Ohue in the face.  Ehime developed an inferiority complex, and she could not be an active participant in conversations pertaining to how her Duke lectures were reviewing information that she was taught while in high school.

I am not surprised by Ms. Ohue’s experience.  A substantial number of minority students, across the United States, can relate.  While teaching in a Phoenix, Arizona high school, that has a large percentage of minority students, I saw many Ehime Ohues.  Some of the worst teachers were sent to a particular high school.  I was told that if they ended up there, and they were White, it was a form of “punishment,” and once they redeemed themselves, they could apply to be transferred.  A former White department chair condemned how our Caucasian colleagues were deliberately “dumbing down” the education for minorities.


In her article, Ms. Ohue states that local businesses have to “give back” to these schools.  She is absolutely correct.  I would like to know which successful, African American men and women attended schools that comprise the Corridor?  How are they attempting to make a difference?  Sumter, SC is also home to Morris College, a historically black college (HBCU).  How is Morris taking these children under its wings?  Have they considered opening a preparatory school on campus?


Mr. Kelvin Lemon, is Lake Marion’s principal.  I question what his reaction is to Ms. Ohue’s article, and how he is trying to implement change.  Are his African American teachers trying to “make that change,” or are they “Golden Negroes?” 


Note:  Information pertaining to Lake Marion High School can be found on their website:
  
http://lmhs.obg3.k12.sc.us/

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"I Want To Kill A Nigger In Your Honor": Charlottesville, VA Protest, Ahwatukee Millenials, and The Face of America's Racists

The Charlottesville, Virginia protest brought back some memories associated with my tenure at Desert Vista High School as well as when Bobby posted blackface photos and tagged me.  As a reminder, the posts were made in the Ahwatukee 411, and the group’s creator elected not to remove this White supremacist from her group.

During my first year at DV, I informed a predominately Caucasian class that their generation is the face of racism. I stated that our country needed to fear millenials.   I did not fear their parents/grandparents as much as these students and their classmates.  The 2012-14 DV administrators, with their famous “Let me mess up Dr. Cobb’s weekend by having a Friday afternoon meeting “ (as IF I was not on to their juvenile tactics), used to say, “Dr. Cobb, you are projecting your views regarding racism onto these innocent children.”

3+3 equals what?  What number do you need to carry?

These are the same students, who during 2013 Senior Week, came to school dressed as Hispanic landscapers for Career Day.  Sadly, even a Mexican-American male student joined in on the “fun.”

Self-hatred is real.  Were the students sent home?  Of course, not.  Teachers commented about it, but of course, the DV way is to comment and then turn a blind’s eye to the racism found on that campus.  It was amazing how Ms. Oompa Loompa, my former colleague, could identify the racism found amongst the students, but she failed to identify when her BFF was mistreating me in our department.

Sigh.

Y’all already know what happened to me.   Please allow me to share with you what one of the young men, who was featured in my Showtime episode, endured.  Last summer, Showtime sent me a message, and they asked me if I knew Q.  I received a screenshot that included his photo and one of the most racist messages that I have read in my life. Q and I did not formally meet until I saw him jogging, and I was walking home.  That was about four months ago.  He remembered me from Desert Vista, but unfortunately, I did not recall seeing him.  Q. said, “Dr. Cobb, you were always so nice, and you greeted me each time that I passed by your classroom door.” 

The screenshot contained a conversation between Q and one of my former student’s brother, Wyn (name changed).   I will be honest – I had zero respect for my former student, and I sensed that he and his brother were one in the same.  The brothers were members of DV’s hockey team, and those “pretty boys” felt as if they walked on water.  Their father is a wealthy Arizona broker. I sensed that he tried his best to discipline his sons, but his wife, a SAHM who spends her mornings playing tennis, always protected her “babies” when teachers contacted her.  The older brother, who I will call Lemuel, terrorized both his Government instructor and myself.  In fact, his Govt. teacher stated how she reported him the school’s Student Resource Officer (SRO) due to his comments associated with President Obama.

Lemuel was not suspended.  Although the SRO officer was extremely nice, when I had to deal with DV students, I always asked for another Phoenix Police officer.  I felt that the school’s SRO was easily manipulated.  Y’all already know that I caught hell for that. 

Back to his brother.  For the purpose of this post, I will say that his name is Wyn.  Wyn, intoxicated, was on Instagram, last summer, and he and another friend posted how in honor of “Nicole” (name changed), they wanted to “kill a nigger.”

Gasp!  DV administrators claimed that racism was not an issue at their school.  Yet, a 2016 graduate stated that he wanted to “kill a nigger.”  Q. tried telling Wyn that he was a “nigger” and that Nicole had allowed him to borrow her phone.   Q. could have been my child.  He started tagging Wyn’s father on Instagram, emailed him, etc. . .   Q. also attempted to contact The University of Arizona regarding their incoming Freshman.

What was Wyn’s response?   He stated that someone had used his phone without his permission while he was attending a party.

Jesus, please be a fence all around me.

I have the screenshots.  They disgust me.  It is the grace of God that I have not seen Lemuel, Wyn, or his parents.  This behavior was learned.   I fault both parents for their son’s behavior. 

Wyn could easily be a Charlottesville, VA protestor.   Both Wyn and Lemuel are prime examples of White privilege.  What scares me is that these men will continue to deflect each time that they are “caught” with their KKK hoods on.  I fully blame their parents. This behavior was learned.  I wonder how many African American employees that his father has employed since he created his company.  Does his wife play tennis with minority women?

Bobby, did you attend the VA protest?



Monday, August 7, 2017

Where Dem Dollars At? : Tax Evasion and the Phoenix Union High School District




10 years ago today, I accepted my first public school teaching position with the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD).  Indeed, I earned my Purple Heart.  My teaching assignment was at South Mountain High School under the leadership of Alvin L. Watson, Soraya Hawthorne, and Sherri Kaplan.

I need a drink just from typing those three sentences. 

I was a novice teacher who came on that campus in a pretty dress and Coach handbag. My aim was to help students graduate high school and obtain a college degree. The black and Hispanic students initially viewed me as a “saltine cracker” who was not “black enough,” and probably only dated White men.  Many black females, in particular, resented me, because sadly I was a reminder of what their mother could have been if teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and jail sentences had not interrupted her life.

South was a learning curve.  I eventually left PUHSD; however, I am still in touch with a significant number of students from my first year of employment with the District. 

PUHSD is NO JOKE.  I look back, and I realize that my Desert Vista High School colleagues would not last one week working there.  A significant number of DVHS employees had taken on this arrogant demeanor, and even though many could not afford to own a house in Ahwatukee, they acted as if they resided in the custom homes located in the Foothills.    

PUHSD taught me how to reach my students at their level; the importance of documentation; how to deal with racist administrators; and black female assistant principals who resented me solely for having a pretty face.

I am still in touch with several PUHSD employees and retirees.  Last Friday, while on the phone with a PUHSD retiree, I was asked, “Cicely, did you know Julie Kendall?  She has been charged with tax evasion.”  I was FLOORED.  Julie was the employee who assisted me when I left PUHSD.  Immediately, I looked up the article on azcentral.com, and I read it. The article is located at:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/08/02/former-phoenix-union-high-school-district-employee-charged-income-tax-fraud/531421001/


Living in Phoenix, Arizona is no joke.  For years, I have tried explaining to people that $100 will last you about 20 minutes in Target.  It is extremely expensive to reside in this metropolitan city; however, I have never thought to cheat the government, my employer, and especially take money, from a District, that could have been used to assist students.

PUHSD, Julie was able to do this because y’all trusted her a tad bit too much.  No controller should ever be able to have access to her W-2 forms, payroll information, etc.  .  . Since a vast number of school districts are now seeing schools as a “business,” then you need to treat it as one, and please consider having companies, such as ADP, serve as your payroll resource.  Quit allowing PUHSD employees to handle payroll.  For five years, Ms. Kendall was able to falsify tax documents. Then, in 2016, an investigation occurred.  How much did that cost the District?  I know what I paid in legal fees, and I know that District attorneys even charge more just to simply milk y’all for being who you are. The misappropriation of funds is a major issue impacting U.S. school districts.  To think that my tax dollars paid for this nonsense saddens me.  Some children could have benefited from scholarships based upon the money that you spent alone in order to investigate Ms. Kendall and her sister.

PUHSD, y’all deal with a lot of children from the hood.  Those babies could have told you, “You never allow an inside person to have that much control of your money.  You always go back and double-check that your funds are accounted for.”

Real talk.

PUHSD’s CTA is a powerful force in the state of Arizona.  The TUHSD’s so-called teachers association needs to take some serious lessons from them.  I have NO respect for TUHSD’s TEA, because many of the representatives are weak, and they were too scared to attend meetings with me involving TUHSD administrators and District leaders. One Desert Vista High School TEA rep said to me, “Dr. Cobb, I am so close to retirement, and I am scared to attend a meeting with you.”    PUHSD’s CTA does not care.  They will go after a principal and/or Superintendent in a heartbeat.

The CTA needs to do the following:

·      Hold Julie Kendall’s boss responsible for this situation.
·      Ensure that the District considers having an outside company handle payroll and tax documents.
·      Have the District monitor how money is being kept on school campuses.  How much is kept in school vaults?  Who has access to those funds?

The word is out that allegedly another Arizona high school district is investigating the misappropriation of funds within their school district, and it has allegedly led to a shakeup in leadership.  I am no saint; however, how do you rob children of money that could assist them with their education?  It is called greed.  Years ago, I asked a former acquaintance, “Did you ever receive money in order for you to live in  _________ so that your son could play ball?”  While sitting at The Olive Garden, she said, “I plead the 5th.”

My tax dollars. Your tax dollars.


Sigh.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I Can't Be A Racist. My Baby Momma Is Hispanic: Bobby, His Interracial Family, and Racism

As I reviewed my notes,  I realized that Bobby stated, in his response to my Ahwatukee 411 review, that his immediate family was "mixed." Bobby informed me that since he was in a relationship with a woman of color, and his children were biracial, he could not be a racist.

Bye, Felix.  As one former acquaintance would say, "This man is ILL."

Once again, please refer to my favorite math equation.  Throughout my unfortunate situation with the Tempe Union High School District, White folk often said to me, "There is no way that certain educators  could have possibly done this to Dr. Cobb, because these individuals are also people of color."

Sigh.

 I do not understand why it is so difficult for White folk to understand that not all black folk are BLACK, and that a large percentage of us do not get along.  I do not care if black folk hired another African American.  They may have merely hired the person in order to destroy them.  Lord, I've had black bosses hate because I have a Ph.D., and they have an Ed.D.; I'm prettier than them, and the fellow male educators are wanting to date me, and not them.

Black women, especially, can be on some true BULLSHIT.


Bobby is an ultimate racist, and it disgusts me that his baby momma is a person of color.  I need to help y'all, especially these Ahwatukee folk, who are following my blog nonstop (I'm like Rockwell - "I always feel like.  Somebody's watching ME!" ) with the following situation:  Simply because Bobby has an Hispanic partner and biracial children does not mean that he loves ALL Mexicans.  He is simply in love with his children's mother, and his children.  Bobby still desires to have Trump build that wall, and he resents black folk.  That is also like the Caucasian female, from the Desert Vista Six, who spelled out the word, Nigger, with their t-shirts.  She had a black boyfriend; that does not mean that she is absolved from being a racist.  I am so SICK of Caucasians using that as their rebuttal.

The same goes for black men.  An African American man can marry a White woman, but remain a bigot.  He happens to just love the Caucasian woman that is his wife.

Also, please allow me to break this down to y'all.  Black folk cannot be racist.  We can be bigots, but not racists.  In order to be a racist, we would have to be able to gain something from oppressing Caucasians.  Educate yourself about systemic racism.  Quit lovin' Golden Negroes.

Swallow.  Say that I am crazy and ignorant.  That's fine.  However, this framed diploma, on my wall, from Purdue University,states that I have a Doctor of Philosophy from a Research One institution, and that degree is in American Studies.  I *think* that I may be an expert regarding race in America, especially since I have written articles, which have been published, regarding race in America.

Dr. Cobb is a LIAR. I have heard that a lot over the past five years.  Please refer to my math equation and articles about my Showtime "Dark Net" episode.  Showtime spent thousands of dollars on a so-called liar.  What does 3+3 equal?

Sigh.

White men, like Bobby, are dangerous. I date men, from all races; however, I will tell them in a minute that if you are a racist, do not even waste your time with me.   Bobby is a prime example of a Caucasian man who sees a woman of color as his sexual conquest.  He is NOT about supporting his children's mother and the struggles associated with her people.  She is the equivalent of a mail order bride.

I will now refer to Bobby's supporters as the "Bobbettes."  They are mostly Caucasian females, with the exception of one Latina. For the Latina, I have the following questions for you:

1. Do you realize that you are Mexican?  Although your children can "pass," and you dress them in a manner that appears more White-oriented than Hispanic, do you not realize that Bobby still sees you, and your family, as Mexican?  Do you understand that this community has identified you as an ultimate sellout?
2. Both local residents and the Phoenix Police (local) are now on high alert about Bobby?  Do you still support him?
3. For Bobby's significant other,  your partner is a racist that masquerades as the same race as your mother.  How does this make you feel?


Bobby needs to be in Tent City.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

GO DUCKS!: Jeff Clayton, Internet Trolling, and the Racism Associated With Ahwatukee 411





I joined the Ahwatukee 411 in 2014, and I was removed in June 2016.  The only good thing, that emerged from my membership, was forming two, strong friendships.  Both women would take a paper clip beating for me.  Otherwise, if you want to send my blood pressure up, mention Ahwatukee 411 to me.  Aside from Bobby’s blackface photos, I saw a man post a thread about how Ahwatukee does not need to grant individuals Section 8 housing, because it would possibly lead to Hispanics, from Guadalupe, moving to Ahwatukee.  This particular thread went on for over 24 hours.  Residents asked the administrator to remove the thread, and it appeared that their requests fell onto deaf ears.   Concerned members reprimanded participants, and eventually, a man said to me, “My attempt at a joke obviously offended some so I would like to apologize.  If I had an idea that anyone would have taken it to heart, I wouldn’t have.” 

Guadalupe.  I used to pass through Guadalupe daily, and for the most part, the homes’ exterior were well kept.  Oh, if I could tell you about some of these Ahwatukee houses!  When purchasing a home, I would have to shower after viewing the properties with my realtor.  The cat urine stench.  The dirty tubs and showers. 

Yet, Mexicans are filthy and bring down property value.

That mathematical equation, readers.


The Ahwatukee 411 has become the perfect group for Bobby.  This is a conservative, pro Trump community.  I have no issues with people being Republican; however, I have a fierce problem with you being racist and targeting people of color.  In 2016, I saw many posts that denounced Black Lives Matter and the possibilities of Hispanics wanting to relocate to Ahwatukee. This group has allowed him to “test” his aliases as well as share his racist and misogynistic views.  When I reported the pickaninny photo, an admin said that she would contact Bobby; however, Bobby, one year later, is still in the group, along with Jason Alexander and Regina Maples. I am sure that Antonio, Charles, and Kel are also members.  One friend, in her Ahwatukee 411 review, said, “  I am saying politely that this group has too many hateful individuals, and they are allowed to stay and make racist postings while those of us who are floored by them and speak up get bullied, told we are crazy, and get banned, deleted, and blocked.” 

Many members left the Ahwatukee 411 due to Bobby and the administrators failing to prevent the racist comments. Some are Republicans, and although they support Trump, Bobby’s comments were too White supremacist for their liking.

My friend does not use the private message feature on Facebook.  Something tells me that Bobby, Charles, Antonio, Regina, and/or Jeff have probably messaged her.

I am a woman of color.  Some of the administrators are POC.  Therefore, I was floored that they allowed the conversation to occur. Do y’all remember my Senor Pocho post?  Senora Pocho also exists.  Some folks don’t want to be black, and some folk don’t want to be Latina/Latino or Asian. I cannot force anyone to embrace his or her ethnicity; however, fair housing is a federal law. 

I shared my concerns with the administrators’ pastor.  He is the Senior Pastor of  “We Like to Change Our Name All The Time” Church, which is located in Ahwatukee.  I received no response.  He and his wife adopted two, African American children.  Yet, when that color line is drawn, y’all. . .  I heard that members are leaving the church left and right.  I was recently informed that an associate pastor led a sermon regarding racism.

3+3 equals what?


There is this misconception, in Ahwatukee, that I do not have any friends. :Drumroll:  I DO have friends.  An Arizona certified teacher took my photo, last Fall, while I was in Target.  She uploaded it to an Ahwatukee Facebook group, and a conversation occurred where a local business owner said that I was “bitter” and did not have any friends, and she felt sorry for me.  Mind you, I had just left breakfast with friends, and I was checking messages, while sitting in Target’s café area.

I bring this up, because Jeff Clayton sent me the screenshots a few days ago.  He warned me that not everyone was my friend.  Basically, Clayton was targeting this particular Facebook group, because he was fully aware that 1.) They hated him, and 2. He was seeking revenge and 3. He needed to deflect, and he was trying to throw anyone under the bus in order to get the attention off of himself.


Please allow me to say the following:  For the most part, I am hesitant to be friends with a substantial number of Ahwatukee residents.  I have been burned, and my guard is up. Showtime asked me, “Cicely, we saw the post where someone said, “How does it feel to be expelled from your community.  How does this make you feel?” I said, “Do you really think that I have the desire to befriend individuals who embrace White supremacy and deem that Ahwatukee is not the community for poor Hispanics?  I don’t want them in my house.  One Ahwatukee 411 administrator was my photographer, and when she showed me who she was, I literally was on my hands and knees scrubbing this house.  In fact, I had my cleaning crew come and do a deep clean. I went from one room to the next, and I asked that the Lord remove her spirit from my residence.  Said person had been inside of my home, and this house felt filthy after I realized who she truly was. I have no desire to break bread with my so-called neighbors.  Also, do you think that I want to befriend adults whose children, high on drugs at 6 AM, are following me, in their car, and screaming crazy-ass bitch to me?  I was walking to a bus stop, and a former student, high as a kite, had her friend, who was also under the influence, put the car in reverse as I was walking down the street.  My grandmother was on the phone, and she was nearly hysterical.  I had a woman, who lives around the corner, side with an Ahwatukee administrator, because when that color line is drawn, you know where folks, who SWEAR that they love black folk, will be. When I told her about the blackface issue, she said, “What do you want me to say? I don’t know what to do?”  I said, “What would Jesus do, Christian?” I had to cut her off. I felt as long as  I was the “good black” then she wanted to associate with me.  Once I got “out of line,” then I became “too much.  F*ck that.  I associate with two women out here, and that’s it.  From my experience, many of these White residents see befriending black folk as the “perfect accessory” to compliment their image.  I am a human being, not a damn purse.” 

Showtime, at times, was really surprised by my rawness.  An acquaintance had warned them.  She stated, “Dr. Cobb is RAW, and I am telling you that when you interview her, get ready, because she does not mince her words.  She will startle you, because she gives zero f*cks.”

As aforementioned, several members, of this community, have declared that I do not have friends.  Please allow me to tell you that my dearest friends happen to live out of state, and when I posted about Jeff Clayton and Miss Curley, the Tempe Elementary school teacher, one friend said, “I want names.”  Another told me to give her a synopsis about Jeff Clayton.   J. contacted Miss Curley, and she berated her for taking my photo, which led to Clayton harassing me.  Of course, she received the typical, “I do not know what you are talking about” message.  My friend said that she was contacting her employer, and J. blocked her.   Miss Curley then had the audacity to message me and tell me that I was “confused” and that she had nothing but “respect “ for me.

Girl, BYE.

Can y’all imagine how she is teaching children how to add?

I am from East Chicago, IN. This is a city that contains some “real folk.” We treat our friends like family, and if you mess with them, it’s on.   My friends have been itching to get Ahwatukee residents told since they saw the video of the young man hitting me.  Residents supported his actions, and they claimed that they wanted to know his name.  Of course, I could not release that information; however, they are the stalking type themselves.  They scoured Twitter, and they eventually found a tweet that said that the “highlight” of my attacker’s high school experience was hitting me and having his friends record it.  I had to beg them not to communicate with him.  Tempe Union High School District, in an official statement claimed that they disciplined each student that cyberbullied me.  If the discipline was that strong, would this person have felt confident enough to post his message onto social media?  If he had been expelled, as what was the proper procedure outlined in the TUHSD handbook, he would not have received the opportunity to even think that his disrespectful act was the “highlight” of his high school experience.  By not effectively disciplining these students, people, like Bobby, think that they can get away with trolling me.  As a reminder, I am a “crazy bitch,” and if a powerful school district allegedly ignored my cries for help, then Clayton thought that the Phoenix Police would too.



Another friend contacted Jeff Clayton.  A. was tired of the nonsense.  Jeff Clayton is most definitely Bobby.  Last year, a friend sent me a photo of Bobby.  When I looked at it today, I noticed that he was standing in front of an Oregon sign.  Please make note of Jeff’s profile photo.  Then, pay attention to the following picture:



Go Oregon Ducks!

Jeff responded to A’s message, and he tried to deflect.  He informed A. that "the only time [that he] ha[d] communicated with [me] was a couple days ago [in order to share] sensitive info about people that are two faced."  Apparently, A. and I "had the situation all wrong."  He requested that we provide him with proof that he has harassed me. 


Sigh.

Patti Baker, are you still willing to support your friend?  

Y’all do recall my favorite mathematical equation. 

Bobby aka Jeff Clayton derived the name, Jeff Clayton from a local businessman’s first and last name.   Last Thursday, I called this individual, and I profusely apologized.  People were getting confused between Bobby’s alias and this man.


In her June 2016 private message, an Ahwatukee 411 admin said, “I really think that this is [a]ffecting you (I do not know why people struggle so much with “effect” and “affect.”) tremendously, and I worry that it’s going to turn into something that i[t] is not.”

WELL, this is what Bobby’s terror has “turn[ed] into” – an Injunction document; me speaking to a judge about his aliases, and people concerned for my welfare. It has also “turned” into a substantial number of female Ahwatukee residents being terrorized by this troll.

Virtual racism and sexism does have real consequences.








Friday, August 4, 2017

"Boo, I Want To Eat Your P*SSY": The Sexualization of the African American Woman and Internet Trolling



Two weeks ago, I woke up, and I realized that I had a Facebook new message request.  A troll, by the name of "Monica Harris," informed me that he was actually a man, and he wanted to engage in a sexual act with me.

Let me be blunt.  The man wanted to "eat [my] pussy."  Read the screenshot in its entirety.  Process the information.  Then, close your mouth and swallow at least twice.

Immediately, I knew that "Monica" was a Caucasian male.  The troll failed to successfully code switch.  Code switching involves shifting between the usage of two (or more) languages (http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/04/08/176064688/how-code-switching-explains-the-world).  In this case, it would be the African American vernacular and Standard American English.  Since the word, "boo," became popular, I have never heard a black man use this term of affection.  Typically, it's "Baby" or "Bae."  Black men have been using "Bae" well before "hip" White children thought that it was the best slang word to "mark" their significant other.

The message is longer; however, I am only uploading this portion.  It is most definitely someone from Ahwatukee.  This man apparently sees me often.

I have to concur with Anita Samuels, a leading cyberbullying expert.  A large number of online bigots have a sick obsession with African American women.  In her article, "Online Trolls' Special Obsession With Black Women Needs To Stop" (https://newsone.com/3705515/anita-samuels-rants-retorts-author-on-internet-trolls-and-black-women/), Samuels explores how African American women are being targeted by aggressive Caucasian Internet trolls.  Samuels is correct - "no matter how educated and credential they are, Black women can never be free of racist stereotypes that continue to undermine [their] legacy."

I am Dr. Cicely Denean Cobb; however, this troll sees me as a black "boo" whose "pussy" needs to be "eaten" by him that night.

Sigh.

Today, I Feel Like Being a Nigger Troll: My Experience With Bobby and His Obsession with Masquerading As An African American






Last Summer, after I was notified that Bobby had tagged me in two, racially offensive photos, I proceeded to write a negative review of the Facebook group, Ahwatukee 411.   I would share this review with you, via a link,  but since I have been blocked from seeing the reviews, I cannot.  Readers, you may be able to locate them, but I suspect that the week that Showtime aired, those reviews may have disappeared.

Bobby attempted to convince readers that he had apologized to me.  As one former Desert Vista High School student said to me,  shortly after "Dark Net" aired, "Dr. Cobb, it's as if these racist folk actually believe the lies that they create."

WORD.

This was definitely confirmed when Bobby's supporter, last Sunday, who happens to be an Ahwatukee 411 administrator, attempted to convince myself, and others, that one of Bobby's aliases, Regina Maples, is an actual person.  Regina, per Ms. Patti Baker (Note:  Her name has been changed), is a good woman.  Also, Mrs. Maples' is from the same town where Baker's mother resides.  Fortunately, Ahwatukee residents came onto the page, and declared Ms. Baker as a liar.  They showed how Regina's Facebook account's photo was nothing but stock images that were obtained from Google.  Baker said, "I would like for you to prove that Bobby has been messaging Cicely from Regina's account."  Mind you, no one had mentioned Bobby's name in the thread.  The "clap back" was so fierce that Baker removed her post.

Do y'all remember the mathematical equation that I shared with you?  This heffa is definitely someone who carries the 1 after adding 3+3.



I shared the racially charged photos, with the community, in my response to Bobby, and surprisingly, an Ahwatukee 411 administrator responded by thanking Bobby for being a valuable contributor to the community.  Antonio Plummer began commenting, and he was rather vocal when it came to branding me as a liar.  Something about Plummer's writing style was absolutely off.  Also, I looked at his photos, and I said, "This has to be the most backwards African American man in the state of Arizona!  What black man would have photos of Hitler on his Facebook page? This Golden Negro is just LOST."  I found myself asking several people if they knew Antonio.  No one did.  I showed his photo to local residents, and they said, "Cicely, I have never seen this man before."

A year later, I realized why:  Antonio Plummer is Bobby.  Bobby has an obsession with creating African American trolls.  Ahwatukee residents have received messages from Charles Johnson, also.  Charles is allegedly a black man.    Antonio's profile photo is a stock photo.  Simply copy and paste it into Google, and voila!  Stock photo!

Hmm, maybe single, African American AZ women should go to Bobby for dating advice, since it appears that he knows "brothas" so well.

Lord.

My question for Bobby is:  Do you just wake up and decide "I feel like f**king  with niggas today?" I use that term, because per my experiences with Bobby, he does not see me as black, or African American.  Bobby views me as an uppity, educated nigger who had the audacity to be a Black Lives Matter supporter, and gasp, a Democrat.

Bobby is all about Blue Lives Matter, yet he dodges the police and is waisting these officers' time by failing to be served.

I digress.

In "Barbershop: Internet Trolling,"  (http://www.npr.org/2017/07/08/536197350/barbershop-internet-trolling) Michel Marten talks with Anita Samuels, Michelle Ferrier, and Adrienne LaFrance about trolling and masquerading.  Indeed, Bobby is a troll.  He is an individual who thrives from "chaos."  He is "utterly hateful, provocative, [and] really wants a reaction" from his victims.  Bobby masquerades.  By that, he becomes the ethnicity of the person that he is trolling.  From my experiences, Bobby has a hatred of African Americans, yet he is fascinated by us.  Honestly, he reminds me of the police officers in the film, "Monster's Ball."  I question if Bobby loathes black women, yet he is also physically attracted to them. It is as if he is playing a tug-of-war with himself. If the police had a search warrant, and they were able to seize Bobby's computer, I wonder how many images, of myself, would they find on his computer as well as his cell phone.

Bobby defies the "mythology" that trolls are teenage boys.  He is a mature man who has rallied female supporters - - - Caucasian and Hispanic women, to support him when he feels that he is under attack.  It is as if Bobby has created a huge vat of Jim Jones Kool Aid. Ms. Baker demonstrated that not only does she drink it, but she returns for a second serving.

I wonder if it is cherry or grape Kool-Aid.  I digress.

A significant number of Ahwatukee residents believe that Bobby is harmless.  Some have told me, "Cicely, Bobby is too lazy to get his ass up and actually hurt someone.  He's just bullying from the computer."  I do not believe that whatsoever.  When trolls feel cornered, their brash online behavior does transfer to their offline existence.






Thursday, August 3, 2017

45,000 Visitors, Bobby, and Show Me The Money: Video Reflection



Stick to the FACTS, Ma'am: The Incident That Sparked Me Being Trolled


I have noticed a surge in the number of visitors that are frequenting my blog.  I highly sense that it is due to Ahwatukee residents visiting, this blog, in anticipation of today's episode of:  "That Crazy Bitch Ain't As Crazy As We Thought."  I do not want to disappoint my fans; therefore, here it goes.  Please allow me to reiterate that there are some genuinely good Ahwatukee residents.  I cannot paint the entire community with a splash of scarlet paint.  As aforementioned, a substantial number of people have reached out to me due to my issues with Bobby, the Ahwatukee Internet Troll.  Once again, thank you.  I am also aware that he has supporters who are on high alert due to exposing this poor excuse of a human being.  Do y'all remember the song, "Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say?"  Well, for some of these folks, it should be more like, "Be Careful Little Fingers What You Type!"

Clap! Clap!  Oh, the songs that I learned in Sunday School.  Indeed, there is a Father up above looking down with tender love.  .  ."

I digress. Here are the facts regarding how I met Bobby:

 In June 2016, I met Bobby in the Ahwatukee 411. Bobby and I have never been formally introduced.  In fact, I sense that Bobby does not leave the house often.  From my perspective, he spends his days trolling the Internet and creating aliases.   Our "introduction" was him posting the following photos:





Before you continue reading, please pause and digest these images.  A White male, who has served in the United States military, went to the Internet, and he selected these two photos. This man also has children. Hmm, can you imagine what they are being taught about black folk?

He tagged me, in an Ahwatukee 411 thread, and sat back and waited for my reaction, as well as others'.

 By that time, the administrator had sent me a message where she informed me that "Although it really hurt her heart," she had to remove me from the group.  By that time, an Ahwatukee resident, sent me a private message saying, "Did you remove yourself from Ahwatukee 411? I'm sitting here in [dis]belief."   The woman sent me a screenshot of Bobby's post as well as the responses to Bobby's post.  The comments included:  "Oh, geez.  Here we go." (female); "Truth hurts" (male).

I shared these remarks with an Ahwatukee 411 administrator.  Contrary to what has been shared in the Ahwatukee 411 forum, I was not given an apology for these horrific remarks.  The person asked me to have the person, who sent me the screenshot,  contact her.

Fat chance.

I was not divulging that information, and to this day, that person's identity will not be shared.  The Lord said, "Keep this.  You are going to need this one day.  Sit back."

One month later, while sitting at work, I received a private message (Facebook) from Showtime. Although it was 115 degrees outside, I had to leave my desk, go outside, and compose myself.  I am not Beyonce.  Who ever expects to be on Showtime?

Showtime was aware of the bullying that I endured with DVHS students and their parents.  What they were absolutely sickened by were the images above and the fact that Bobby was not dismissed from the 411 for inciting racism.

Bobby, in my review of the Ahwatukee 411 on Facebook, informed me that he had talked to people, and the one photo was not a picture of a person in blackface."

Yeah, you are right!  3+3=9 and carry the 1, Bobby.

I have been trolled by people such as:  Antonio Plummer; Charles Johnson; Regina Maples; Jeff Clayton; Kel Dhan; and Monica Harris.  These profiles contained nothing but stock photos of either African American or Caucasian men and women.  Also, I received an anonymous message on my blog.  The commenter posted a screenshot, about the NAACP and me.  What is comical is that Mr.  Commenter made sure that the screenshot contained nothing but Bobby's comment. Bobby fails to realize that I know his writing style.


Sigh.

Other are now joining the "Ahwatukee 411 needs to get rid of the aliases" bandwagon.

GOOD.

Please let me say the following, because I am *sure* that some of "dem folk" are probably saying, "Oh, this is libel!"

My response:  Please see my mathematical equation found above.  Screenshots exist, and I may be an allegedly crazy bitch, but I don't know how to duplicate your Facebook profile photo, hijack your computer, and respond on your behalf to myself.

Three plus three equals what?  What number do we need to carry over?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Injunction Against Harassment GRANTED!: My Experiences With Obtaining an IAH in Maricopa County



Dear Ahwatukee and Followers:

I would like to thank the community for rallying to support me against Bobby. Yesterday, I was issued an Injunction Against Harassment against him. Please know that I received it against him. The judge believed me!!!!!!!!!!!

For 30 minutes, I had to discuss Jeff Clayton and all of his aliases. I mentioned the messages where I was asked to engage in specific sexual acts. I also discussed how he masquerades as minorities. 

This troll is a COWARD. At 5 AM, the Phoenix Police sent two vehicles to his home. I hope that everyone clearly sees how serious I am about this. Please refrain from messaging me saying that I was disturbing his children; I am someone's child, and so are his victims. The man and his woman refused to open the door. The police knew that he was there.

Trust and believe that he will be served.  Bobby, and his female posse, have branded me as crazy. Well, I have their  crazy right in my purse - this Injunction notice.  I will help ANY Ahwatukee resident who needs assistance with filing an Injunction against this individual.  

To Bobby's partner, there is something seriously wrong with you to support a man who does this to women.  You are a mother, and you literally lay in the bed next to a man who is fascinated with tormenting women. How do you sleep next to him?  How do you allow him to touch you?  Your children?  May God bless you, because you are in need of some serious counseling.  I question your self-worth.  Do you value yourself?  

For those who have supported Bobby and have claimed that they are friends with his aliases, I have absolutely no issue with returning to the Phoenix Municipal Court and filing an Injunction against you.  It has absolutely disgusted me to see women supporting a man who is out here trolling women.  There is an Ahwatukee Facebook group member, who, claims that she is a devout Christian.  My questions for you are:  What would your congregation say if they knew about your tactics?  The pastors adopted two, African American children. What would you do if he started trolling them?  These same ministers believed and supported you against me.  

When God shows up, He will show OUT.  

I am a Cyberbullying victim, and maybe God is calling me to become an advocate. 

Once again, thanks for the ❤️.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My GoFundMePage

Dear Readers:

I hesitated sharing this link with you, but the time has come.  The incessant trolling has made me realize that I truly need to consider leaving a community that I have lived in for 12 years.  A person has the right to want to feel safe in her home and surrounding streets.

If you can, please donate.

Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/new-start-for-cyber-bullying-victim

Note:  A friend, touched by my Showtime experience, created this page on her own.  I did not ask her to create this campaign.




Dear Ahwatukee 411 Administrators: The Chickens Have Come Home to ROOST!






Dear Ahwatukee 411 Administrators:

There are some of you that I have not met.  By way of introduction, my name is Dr. Cicely Denean Cobb.  I am a victim of cyberbullying and stalking.  It pains me to see those words, on a computer screen, but it is the truth.

In June 2016, I reached out to the creator of the Ahwatukee 411.  I shared with her about how Bobby, a right-wing Tea Party White Supremacist had posted photos of pickanninies, in the Ahwatukee 411 forum.  Instead of removing Bobby for spewing hate speech, I was dismissed, from the group, and Bobby has been allowed to flourished.  Over the past year, the administrators were fully aware of the hate speech that Bobby spewed from his fingertips.  Liberal Whites were removed for "race baiting," and Bobby, and his multiple aliases, were able to thrive.  One of these aliases includes Jason Alexander.

Your cover has been blown.  In another Ahwatukee Facebook group, a resident, out of concern for me, demonstrated how some of your administrators engaged in discourse with "Jason Alexander."  She shared the screenshot. Therefore, you cannot deflect nor say that we are engaging in slander.  Nope. Nope. Nope. NOPE.

Your mask has been removed.  From my perspective, you engaged in discourse, with Alexander, in order to "authenticate' him.   Some of you are maestros when it comes to deflection.  That strategy will no longer work.

In April 2016, I warned an admin that unless she got a strong grasp of her group, it was going to fall apart. I stated that God had given me this vision, and as a Christian woman, I am coming to fellow Christian and revealing what He had shown me.  It disgusts me how this individual has bamboozled her congregation and pastors into believing that she is this innocent, pious woman, and that I was "aggressive" for not reason.

Since my Showtime episode has aired, Bobby has trolled me under the aliases that you see in this photo.  A local educator, last Fall, took my photo, and it led to a conversation about me.  "Jeff Clayton" contacted me with screenshots.

Bobby aka Jeff Clayton aka Dhan aka Charles Johnson.

I lay this burden on your shoulders - my safety,  my parents' and friends' stress.  You have provided Bobby with a breeding ground that enabled him to feel secure enough to "test" these aliases.

Administrators, you are key players in a dangerous game.  As mothers of daughters, I lay this burden on your shoulder. Do not waste our time posting messages about how you do not condone bullying or aliases.  This community knows better.

Your White supremacist supporting ways has put my life, as well as others, at risk.  I have seen the screenshots where you have attempted to act like "victims" when it came to removing me last summer. That is a completely different story than the communication that I shared with the creator.

The truth is finally coming out.  Sadly, it has emerged due to Bobby's trolling of me.  You cannot "whitewash" your role in this.  We live in a "Screenshot Mafia" society, and members, of this mafia, are fed up with the filth that is located in your group.  Despite their differences with me, this Mafia is saying ENOUGH, and they are rising together to stop this troll.


Sincerely,


Cicely Denean Cobb, Ph.D.






Friday, July 28, 2017

Dionne and Friends, I Need Your Type of Support System: Facebook’s Ahwatukee Friends and White Women’s Deflection








Today, after I literally cussed a woman out (Note: I have never said that my mouth was a prayer book), Dionne and Friends’ song, “That’s What Friends Are For” popped into my head. I have been humming the tune for the past hour. I can hear Elton singing, “For good times, for bad times. Know that you can always count on me. For sure. That’s what friends are for.”  I can also hear my cousin, Stevie Wonder, playing his harmonica.



That’s not true for an Ahwatukee social media group called Ahwatukee Friends.  Showtime showed me with the Ahwatukee 411's Facebook page on my office computer.  They genuinely deserve the negative reputation that they have earned; however, the Ahwatukee Friends, a branch-off of this right-wing, racist group, showed me their true colors today. The 411 is most definitely in good company when it comes to exposing race relations and which side its administrators will be on. I would like to provide you with a background history of Ahwatukee Friends. Last year, after the Ahwatukee Friends’ founder, a Caucasian female, was removed from the Ahwatukee 411, another Facebook group, for “race baiting” (due to wearing a Black Lives Matter (BLM) t shirt), she took the advice of the Ahwatukee 411’s founder, and she created her on social media page. Her aim was to prevent the group from being fodder for racist and ultra-conservative comments.  Considering that I was removed from the Ahwatukee 411 due to commenting about the blatant level of racism found in the group, I was happy to join the Ahwatukee Friends.



My joy ended today. I was removed from the group due to asking someone about his identity due to the trolling that I endured from “Bobby.” The leader asked me to remove the comment, and I immediately did.  Per my private message today, she said, "Cicely, I'm sorry.  We have decided as an admin team to remove you from the group.  Accusing someone by name in a group of 7k people is not acceptable, especially because it was after I told you he was someone else. . ."

She must really think think that those three letters, behind my last name, are solely for decoration, and that I am dumb,  The administrator knows that there is evidence that supports that the comment was removed at the same time that she requested that I do so.


My removal is due to the following:  Last night, after being trolled by “Monica Harris” (a troll), I posted the following comment in Ahwatukee Friends:





Admin: Please remove if not appropriate. I am typing this message out of absolute fear. There is a troll, amongst our community, who is taking on various aliases. One troll, who is Caucasian, harassed me last summer under the alias of an African American man. He is also known to take on aliases of Caucasian females. He started trolling me again two months ago. Said troll has also harassed other Ahwatukee women. This is not me being "crazy;" this is me being logical and factual. Recently, I have had someone troll me under an alias' name. It was a woman's name, and he privately message me some rather profane things. These Ahwatukee groups were created to be informative to our community; however, from my perception, as well as others, we have some people who are starting to play rather dangerous games. I am asking that everyone please be careful. If you do not know the person, do not friend him. These "games" are dangerous, and I am extremely worried about the consequences when they go too far. Please be careful. Pick and choose your battles in these groups.



The troll came out, and people messaged me out of concern. One man, whose wording and photos were similar to said troll, caught my attention. An Ahwatukee Friend member messaged and told me to tread cautiously with responding. I asked this male member if he was the same person who trolled me. Let me tell you – when that color line is drawn. Around the same time, the comment was made, the page creator asked me to remove it, and I did. Hours later, I received a message stating that I failed to remove the comment when I had been asked to do that.



Apparently, this person must fail to understand that she is dealing with a woman with effective critical thinking skills. When that color line is drawn. . .


Sigh. Heffa, bye. Please save the games for someone who could not teach a critical thinking class in her sleep.



I have zero tolerance for deflection, and I am starting to understand that a large percentage of White women, especially those who consider themselves liberal to the point where they make the conscientious effort to purchase BLM apparel succumb to deflection when a black woman “checks” them for their ways. Sometimes, I do not know if they realize what they are doing. Here are examples of deflection:



· I am a liberal, and because of that, my family has disowned me. Therefore, it hurts me that you are saying that I am not pro-black.

· Consider the things that you are going through. Is it really worth fighting this battle?

· I have a family, and I really do not have time to deal with this matter. My family needs me.


Please allow me to segway to today’s lesson entitled How to Deal with Black Women 101: Intersectionality. The one thing that will set a woman on fire more so than a hair relaxer is deflection. When you start deflecting, I will literally shut down and create a wall. We are done. I will be polite, but I will get off the phone, and I will call a person of color and share the situation with them. Deflection is real, and honestly, I encourage White women to read up about it, especially if they are befriending women of color. It’s physically and emotionally taxing to keep trying to educate Caucasian females about the importance of Intersectionality. Therefore, I am going to ask you to please read Riley H’s essay, “Unique Ways White Women Enact Racism” (https://medium.com/@dtwps/unique-ways-white-women-enact-racism-57af128a03f7º). Please pay close attention to #5:  White women gain rapport and standing with WoC only to cause long-standing harm.


In regards to the points above, please allow me to respond:

· Do not wear BLM apparel unless you are truly willing to stand on the color line WITH me. Instead, keep on wearing your Rosie the Riveter shirts.
· Yes, it is worth fighting. You go through things. How would you feel if I reminded you of that. I can hear the, “But, but, but” now. STOP.
· I’m glad that you have a family. I also have someone trying to consume my time. His name is Jesus. Thank you.


If White women are going to continue to create these social media groups, they need to consider the values and mores of their members and lead accordingly. When they continue to employ the same techniques that they use on their peers, a person of color is going to eventually set them straight, and without having the knowledge on how to proceed, they will immediately succumb to the “Woe is Me I am a White woman, and it is time for me to victimize myself” role.

Black women ain’t having it.

There is one minority administrator associated with the group. My message to her is: If a White woman did this to me, what do you think that she will do to you when she feels as if you are confronting her? Do not EVER allow a person to see you co-sign on the disrespect of a person of color.

Now, what will happen is:

* Chief administrator will get upset.  She will deflect, screenshot, and share this link with everyone.  

My response:  Do that.  I have my popcorn ready for when the private messages hit my inbox.  Also, I will brew some tea.

Call me Kermit.

Over the past 24 hours, two people have said, “Cicely, you get race theory. You really should be the President of a local NAACP chapter.”

The devil is a lie. I am going to stick to presiding over this blog.

Get me that Mahalia Jackson church fan, please!








Thursday, July 27, 2017

Can't We All Just Get Along? Reverend Oscar Tillman, Mr. Charles Fanniel, Dr. Ann Hart and the "Legacy" of the Maricopa County NAACP




In 2013, when my harassment at Desert Vista High School was close to reaching its peak, a dear friend, said, “Cee, it is time for you to contact the NAACP again and see if they can assist you.  Your civil rights are being violated on that campus.”  My favorite Ahwatukee 411 troll, “Bobby,” posted a comment, two months ago, suggesting that if my concerns were valid, the NAACP would have assisted me.  WELL, Bobby, a notorious Ahwatukee racist, who has trolled me as both Bobby and under an alias named Charles Johnson, an African American man, you are about to truly understand the “delicacies” associated with the Maricopa County NAACP.  Two days ago, I came across Ms. Frank’s article pertaining to Dr. Ann Hart and Mr. Charles Fanniel (http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/07/22/naacp-leader-files-protection-order-against-another-executive-officer/501555001/),  Allegedly, an irate Fanniel inappropriately touched Hart, and she was bruised.  As a result, Dr. Hart filed an Order of Protection (OPP) against the Arizona state NAACP President.

Two months ago, I told friends, “The Lord is not pleased with this Maricopa County NAACP chapter.  Rev. Oscar Tillman did nothing to assist me when I went to him about the disgusting treatment that I received at DVHS.  Instead, he gave the leaders, associated with the fiasco, an award, knowing full well that these students were attempting to lynch me online.  I do question what type of donation that TUHSD may have given the Maricopa branch.  If I were to see a 2014 Freedom Fund banquet program, where would TUHSD’s name be under the donor list?  God is going to show up, and He is going to show out.  Sit back and wait.”

On Monday, I shared this story, and friends said, "Cicely, you told us to get ready, and here it is. You were right!"

When you truly allow the Lord to fight your battles, you eventually see how He does via organizations such as The Arizona Republic and young journalists such as Ms. Frank.

Ms. Frank wrote a wonderful article where she fully demonstrated black-on-black issues.   Both my friends and foes have thought that I was crazy to even suggest that black on black problems actually exist.  They have largely embraced this rather strange theory that all black folk collectively hold hands and sing “We Shall Overcome.”  Let me tell you something – we are not all sitting around the dinner table, on Sunday afternoons, post a glorified church service, passing around platters of fried chicken, greens, mac and cheese, and cornbread.  Norman Rockwell never even thought to create such a “masterpiece.”

Since the Maricopa County NAACP is being fully exposed, please allow me to share with you my experiences.  Initially, I had a lot of respect for the former Maricopa County NAACP President, Rev. Oscar Tillman.  I was first introduced to him at an upscale Phoenix, Arizona bar in downtown Phoenix.  Since I took the Express bus, I spent a lot of time in that hotel, and I formed friendships with the “regulars.”   Tillman was always kind to me, until one day, he was extremely drunk, and he literally tried to pull my breast out of my bra.  Another time, he tried to place my hand on his crotch. 

Please note that this is not slander.  There were witnesses to these incidents, and from what Arizona leaders and constituents have shared with me, Tillman has a history of engaging in these tactics.   Both black men and women have informed me that if you wanted his help you had to give up the “cookie.”   

No dice. 

Tillman, while working in Arizona, had a catchy voicemail greeting.  His message said, “Before you need us, please join us.”  Rev. Tillman, I joined your organization, and I needed y’all.  What happened?”

Sigh.

When I failed to receive assistance from Rev. Tillman, I contacted Dr. Hart, who at that time was a Deputy Supt at the Arizona Department of Education.  Hart stated that she was unable to provide me with help. I reminded her of her role at the Maricopa County NAACP, and she said, “duly noted.”

It is “duly noted” that this same organization is now being discussed across the state, and considering that this OPP was enforced prior to the start of the 2017 NAACP Convention (Baltimore, MD), I am sure that it is “duly noted” that about 20,000 black folk are discussing how two Arizona African American leaders cannot get along well enough to ensure that AZ black folks can lean on them for assistance.  If there is an OPP in place, that means that Hart and Fanniel cannot collectively sit near each other and discuss strategies on how to improve race relations in Arizona.

I really need that Mahalia Jackson church fan.

In her article, Ms. Frank states that Fanniel questioned Hart’s leadership.  Lord, Hart has not been in her position long.  Therefore, what possibly could he question?  Tillman’s replacement was making inappropriate comments about a reporter’s breasts, but Fanniel has issues with Hart?

I had to place the Dr. Cobb title on the back burner and say, “Little black girl, from the 219, what possibly could these black folks be arguing about?  Use your common sense!” 

M-O-N-E-Y.  From my perspective, one of the biggest dividers amongst black folks is money.   As Gansgster Boo would say, “Where dem dollars at?  Where dem dollars at?”

I want to know how my NAACP dues were accounted for.  I am waiting for journalists to consider the following questions:

·      Why does Fanniel have issues with Hart?
·      Over the past five years, how has the Maricopa County NAACP spent their money?  How have leaders been able to access the funds?
·      How aggressively has the Maricopa NAACP financial officer overseen the spending of funds?
·      How was my $25 annual dues spent? 
·      Who were some of the larger donors for the Maricopa NAACP over the past five years?  Did any of these donors have pending lawsuits involving people of color? 
* What assistance does Ms. Carmen Watkins, a regional NAACP leader, truly provide members who cannot get any help from Maricopa County NAACP leaders?  Does she promptly return calls, or does she ignore them, yet then attempt to send callers Facebook friend requests?



You could not pay me to seek Presidency, of this chapter, after the last two so-called leaders led to many African Americans losing faith in the organization. I saw Dr. Hart two months ago, at a gathering, and Mr. Fanniel and I spoke at length regarding several issues. Until I moved to Arizona, I had never witnessed so many examples of black-on-black turmoil. How are we going to continue to argue that White people are out to get blacks when there are so many issues amongst us? It is an epidemic in Arizona. We have two leaders embroiled in conflict. Therefore, I question how do they think that fellow African Americans would feel comfortable turning to either individual for assistance when their is turmoil in their "house." Mr. Fanniel, if these allegations are true, and you did touch Dr. Hart inappropriately,  I can see why I did not truly receive any assistance from you. I have zero tolerance for any man to abuse a woman. Our foremothers took enough beatings from men to last a lifetime. I am praying that this matter is resolved. Jesus, do not simply take the wheel. Please take the ENTIRE car.