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Festival hopes to have lasting impact

September 1, 2013

The Rise Above Festival, held Saturday in Brandon Park at the center of Williamsport, was one day of gathering around music, food, games, and testimon....

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Sep-05-13 12:14 PM

WmsptMill- May I respectfully suggest you read Dr. Thomas Sowell's column in the Thursday, September 5 edition of the Sun-Gazette. Then, read it again two or three more times until it sinks in. Pay special attention to paragraph 15. I only regret that column wasn't printed before the "Rise Above" event.

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Sep-02-13 10:06 PM

WmsptMill - proof read before you post. It will help your credibility.

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Sep-02-13 11:36 AM

@ RogerMurdock ... Black fraternities aren't racially discriminatory. It's a culturally based fraternity that values African and Black culture. Whites are allowed in these organizations. For example, black or African American Studies dept at Temple U has white teachers and the class you have to take to grad with the degree is through a Caucasian lady. Racism ... Blacks are disgruntled due to their history which could of had biology effects like the great black athlete we today which is another topic. Blacks can be racist but black racism doesn't effect the lives of Caucasian people because we are disfranchised from owning businesses. We have very limited business ownership but as for Caucasian people your racism has greater effect on us because your culture is dominant and white people own everything. Boss can deny me a job because of race but its hard for a black man to do it cause we ain't in charge of nothing. History has effects on that.

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Sep-01-13 7:31 PM

One more thing. I just took a walk(on Sunday evening, one day after the "Rise Above" event) through Brandon Park near the bandshell where the "Rise Above" event was staged. There is litter EVERYWHERE! It wasn't there on Friday, but it magically appeared by Saturday evening and it's still there on Sunday. When we had a Tea Party event at the bandshell three years ago we left the park cleaner than it was when we got there. Yes, there ARE photos to prove that. Police your own, and pick up after yourselves. It's so easy that it's amazing it needs to be said.

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Sep-01-13 2:21 PM

djzlucky, In my minds eye, exclusivity bases on race is simply racism by another name and doesn't make it any less abhorant to me. It is not something that anyone should be proud of.

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Sep-01-13 1:17 PM

Roger, I'm not sure how up to speed you are on Greek life but fraternities are nothing if not "exclusive", in fact they pride themselves on their exclusivity.

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Sep-01-13 11:33 AM

djzlucky; I did read the whole quote and it sounds like a bunch of whining to me. What, is it hard to handle the truth when it's in your face? Or maybe it just doesn't "feel" right? Pshaw. People need to learn to think with their heads and not with their hearts. And police your own. Irish folks have St. Patrick's Day, Italian folks have La Festa (Italiana), German folks have Octoberfest, black folks have "Rise Above" violence, fear and drugs day. Yeehaw. Once again, police your own. Does that sound harsh? Maybe so. It's the adult thing to do.

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Sep-01-13 10:49 AM

djzlucky, sorry, but to me, any reference to any organization as "traditionally black", smacks of racial exclusivity. In this day and age why would anything "traditionally white or black" be tolerated by the public or by Penn State University? Where is the outrage? If there was a "traditionally white" fraternity on campus I think there would be plenty of outrage and I'm sure it would not be tolerated. Just my opinion.

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Sep-01-13 8:59 AM

The first two comments here by Roger and Art are completely ridiculous!

Roger, traditionally black fraternities were formed for one reason...they were not allowed to join the WHITE fraternities. Look it up.

Art, had you read the whole quote from Ms. Hooper, you'd see that she hereself went on to state that anyone can be a racist. Reading comprehension should be a requirement before posting.

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Sep-01-13 8:46 AM

Prove it, work harder clean up properties clean streets. drive through these streets & what do they look like????? have some pride...

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Sep-01-13 8:03 AM

Bianca Hooper stated; "oh, just white people are racist", which to me sounds like an assumption that ALL white people are racist. Bad thought, young lady. I am white and I know of only a handful of truly racist white people. Also, two of the biggest racists in America today are the "Rev." Al Sharpton and the "Rev." Jesse Jackson. Although I suppose it's a step in the right direction that Jesse "frowned upon" those three punks in the Midwest that shot the Australian student in the back and killed him because "they were bored". Here's a clue; Police your own ranks. Shame and shun the punks who do bad things. Do it in public if you have to and do it everytime you see bad things happening. Stop blaming whitey. The race card has been played out 50 quadzillion too many times. That stuff won't fly anymore. Respectfully, Art Fold

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Sep-01-13 6:55 AM

How many people attended? Can someone explain to me what a "traditionally black fraternity" is and how it gets to be one without being racially discriminatory? Just curious. Inquiring minds would like to know.

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