Gwinnett superintendent lets NAACP twist in wind

Per page 231 of the “Race Baiters Handbook,” the local NAACP chapter demanded their “meeting” with Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks to discuss his “racism.”

A meeting between the Gwinnett County Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and members of the Gwinnett branch of the NAACP apparently ended Monday in a stalemate.

Gwinnett NAACP branch president Jorge “JP” Portalatin said Wilbanks has refused to apologize for comments he made about the disproportionate discipline of minority students in Gwinnett.


  1. umustbekidding says:

    Mr. Wibanks, the City of Gainesville schools are looking for a new Superintendent who won’t put up with the race baiting. Please apply. Our last Super had the NAACP yelling “racism” over a deficit. (He was white BTW)
    Good to see someone who won’t put up with that stuff.

  2. tb says:

    sorry- disagree, he shouldn’t have said it in the first place, whether he meant it or not.. he can man up and apologize. I don’t think this story is going away either

  3. EAVDad says:

    In its context, the comment wasn’t racist, but it was “racial.” I think he should explain his comment further and simply apologize to anyone who was offended by it. What’s the big deal?

  4. tb says:

    EAVdad, the best thing for the superintendent to do is apologize….it appears he has all of gwinnett riled up over this gaffe. Who cares what he meant or did not mean, a leader would apologize so the rest of the community can move on.

  5. Rogue109 says:

    I know people very upset with it.

    And I know people who think the people who are upset are ninnies. So what?

  6. John Konop says:

    This is why the NAACP is no longer heard. I am sure MLK would be disappointed with all the issues in the black community that this would be a focus for the NAACP.

  7. tb says:

    If you’re going to be a leader, act like one. we all make mistakes. so fess up, say your sorry and be done with it. Of course the hard liners will think the ones that are upset with it are ninnies. Typical

  8. umustbekidding says:

    Sounds like Wilbanks was being a leader by not falling in line with the NAACP. He believes he did nothing wrong. The NAACP needs to stop jumping at every chance to cry “racism.”
    Oh wait, they have nothing else to do to get their name in the papers.

  9. Dave Bearse says:

    EAVDad is right. The situation is tailor-made for a non-apology apology where Wilbanks says he sorry if anyone was offended by his remarks, not that he’s sorry he made them.

  10. tb says:

    It is always better to say an ‘I’m sorry’ rather than be pig-headed. We do have a culture in a lot of school systems that not every child can unlock the same potential and succeed. It has to end. When we get some innovative thinkers in GA to change people’s mindsets, we will see education improve. Hartford schools in connecticut were failing miserably, with poor disadvantaged children, with a 70% drop out rate, now boasts a 98% graduation rate. The kids didn’t change, the leadership did.

  11. tb,

    You’re mixing two different things. Yes public schools have big problems, but Wilbanks apologizing for no reason, just to appease a bunch of hyper-sensitive people won’t fix the schools.

  12. tb says:

    Sorry Buzz, some republicans (me) don’t think it’s appeasement in the least. It’s doing what is right and doing what is right sometimes is what you wouldn’t normally do. Leadership is doing things that are right, not necessarily appeasement. I think the appeasement word has been thrown around a bit too much. And Buzz, I do know plenty of parents upset with that particular school system for a myriad of reasons. Parents can turn school systems around, if they want to. Educrats have a poor track record in this state of remotely doing anything that resembles improvement in public schools. The governor just appointed some bureaucrats to his task force for education improvement. And in my view the task force seems a bit lopsided…too many bureaucrats. Bring in some business leaders, parents, special ed attorneys and advocates as well as others, then you will see improvement. This comment was allegedly made during a work session to improve the school to jail pipeline.. and the comment in my view was not necessary to improve the public discourse on the subject. Not one bit.

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