TPS superintendent interview is a must-listen

TPS Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant was interviewed this morning on WSPD by Fred LeFebvre.

After listening to the interview, I have one message for anyone who lives in, works in, owns a business in and/or lives near Toledo--be afraid, be very afraid.

Once you get past Durant's speech impediment and his propensity to say "in regards to" every 20 seconds (not to mention the difficulty he has with subject/verb agreement--e,g. "There need to be..."), the context of his ideas are scary.

He indicates that TPS needs to provide a "Cradle to career" experience for Toledo children and that poor-performing students represent a "Community issue that's going to take a community solution." What?! How about parents accepting the responsibility to motivate their children to value education and respect teachers? It's as if he's come to the decision that TPS parents can't be expected to carry through on even the most basic parental duties.

It's going to take more than monogramming TPS on your shirt collar (yes, check out the photo at the podcast for that tidbit of socialist branding) for a superintendent to succeed, and Durant just doesn't appear to have innovative ideas. It's the same liberal "it takes a village" mantra.

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Durant can't be so ignorant to not know that he was put in place as an emergency measure to pass the next few levies.

That's all that matters to the Paycheck Collection System otherwise known as the Toledo Public Schools: Passing levies to get money to pay themselves handsome salaries, big benefits and absurdly large pensions.

Durant's pulling the "we're all the community" scam while his teachers and administrators are conniving to be part of the Golden Class, what a friend of mine calls the Praetorian class. That elite class has nothing to do with our community. That's what it means to be elite. You're not one of the commoners, the unwashed masses, the useless eaters of society, to which most of Toledo must be consigned. TPS teachers and administrators largely don't live in Toledo and don't send their kids to TPS schools... except for that one "public" school, Grove Patterson or whatever it's called, where TPS teachers send their kids to be safe from Blacks.

That is why your parents sent you to private school because they like you like Fred and most other right wing closet queers who frequent this board are afraid of blacks.

"conniving to be part of the Golden Class"
Just like you and other right wing closet queers who frequent this board , want to be part of the one percent . You're a bunch of cunts.

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Once again, your thoughtful insight is only surpassed by your command of the language.

I never went to private school in my K-12 period. My family was working class and it never occurred to them to do so.

You don't even have the IQ necessary to feel ashamed at your unwarranted assumptions.

When I grew up in this town the whole community took responsibility for raising and educating children. Some very successful people benefitted from that concept.The Euro design to divide and conquer has worked well. The first thing Euro's did was to destroy Black businesses under the umbrella of Urban Renewal, which in reality was Urban Removal. The second thing they did was to place inferior curriculum, teachers and materials in inner city schools. Then they came up with this idea of vouchers to tear apart any power base the inner city had and also destroy the inner city athletic programs. This has substained the Euro concept of Manifest Destiny instead of including all Americans the opportunity to obtain the American dream. In response to criticism of the new TPS Superintendent, he could have spoken the King's English and you would have found something else to critisize. Us Euro's like to do that to demonstrate that anyone unlike ourselves is always flawed and not competent.

Please enlighten us with examples of:

1. A Black business in Toledo that was destroyed by Urban Renewal

2. How the Ohio Department of Education has specified a different and "inferior curriculum" for inner-city schools

3. How TPS has used a voucher system to destroy the inner city "power base" of athletic programs (frankly, that idea seems racist)

P.S. Yes, I think that the superintendent of any school system should have a command of grammar--silly me.

Black Knight Mens Wear
Crown Cleaners
The Family Nook Resturant
The Spot Resturant
The Sherwood Hotel
Hacknys Diner
Bob's Gulf Station
Bibbs Cleaners
Papa C's Pool Hall
Sasportas Drug Store
Johnson's Market
Belmont Enterprises
Jacks Market
Slacks Barber Shop
Jimmy's Shoe Shop

You only answered one question and you didn't show how Urban Renewal destroyed them.

I am still waiting to see how you prove this. "The second thing they did was to place inferior curriculum, teachers and materials in inner city schools. Then they came up with this idea of vouchers to tear apart any power base the inner city had and also destroy the inner city athletic programs."

How is a voucher program that's only been active for two years has "destroyed" inner city power base. Likewise, who cares what it has done for athletic programs when it means good kids in failing schools are suddenly able to get a good education.... you know... the goal of voucher programs.


Members of Toledo’s black community say the Dorr Street area used to be their city within a city — a place they went to shop, see friends and unwind. The neighborhood, they say, was a bustling metropolis filled with black-owned shops, restaurants and nightspots. But most of all, the community was full of pride.

“We were like a little village,” said Kenneth Richardson, 54. “Dorr Street was a bustling community of people.”

“Everything before desegregation was vibrant,” he said.

All that began to change when social unrest that led to the civil rights movement of the 1960s spilled into Toledo July 25, 1967, when riots broke out in several parts of the city. Shots were fired, buildings were burned, and stores were looted as gangs wreaked havoc on the Glass City and dealt several of its sections, most notably Dorr Street, a permanent black eye.

The riots, some say, were the beginning of the end for Dorr Street as a commercial and social hub for Toledo’s black community. What was not claimed by the violence and chaos was ultimately laid to rest later in the decade when urban renewal changed the landscape of the neighborhood to what it is today — a route from the city’s west end to Downtown with little in between.

“Maybe the riots were the end of our Dorr Street as we knew it,” said Toledo resident Diane Flaggs, 67. “When I ride down Dorr Street today, it’s kind of distressful.”

Dorr Street’s former state may be lost, but its memory remains, especially for those like Ricardo Jones, 42. Though he was a young boy during Dorr Street’s heyday, Jones remembered the era as a time when he and others gained an identity they could be proud of. A second-grade field trip to watch an African-American-themed movie at a theater on Dorr Street served as his catalyst.

“I felt so much black pride that day,” Jones said. “It was like I went from being a little colored boy to a little black boy.”

George Ransey, 58, agreed.

“That’s when we started making changes,” he said. “That’s when black pride came about. You started going from colored to being black.”

Ransey, who said he was once a member of the Black Panther party, said the 1967 Toledo riots were a result of what people saw on television during the much larger uprising that occurred in Detroit two days before.

“You knew this was a time about change,” Ransey said. But “the riots really were not necessary.

“I see sadness because of what we lost,” he said, noting the Dorr Street community’s ability to self-sustain vanished after rioting ended. “Dorr Street was never the same.”

More violence

Violence again shed a negative light on Dorr Street Sept. 18, 1970, when Toledo police Patrolman William Miscannon was shot in the head at close range while his patrol car was parked near the corner of Dorr Street and Junction Avenue. The shooting sparked a shootout between police and persons inside Black Panther headquarters, 1334 Dorr St., a half-block from the crime scene.

Delores Bates, 61, said she remembers the Black Panthers doing work in the late 1960s and early 1970s to benefit the community.

“They were actually doing a lot of good things at the time,” Bates said. “For whatever reason, it went astray.”

Local photographer Thomas Vines said he has a much different viewpoint of the Dorr Street area and of the violence that helped lead to the neighborhood’s demise.

“I lost a lot of friends to Dorr Street,” said Vines, 65. “They came up here and got caught up in the lifestyle.”

Though several others recalled Dorr Street as Toledo’s black core, Vines offered a much different outlook.

“Black people never owned Dorr Street, they were just participants,” he said.

Leola Green-Haynes, 76, said she often came home to “action” in her neighborhood after getting off work as a second-shift nurse at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She said though the riots helped destroy the Dorr Street neighborhood, they served a purpose on a grander scale.

“The reasons for the riots, I think, were to achieve some kind of justice — we just didn’t have it all the time,” Haynes said.

“We all enjoyed the benefits that came out of it,” she said. “People felt more respected because nobody liked [the violence]. Nobody wanted that kind of activity. People began to respect each other more.”

Hoover Liddell, 88, disagreed.

“As far as I can see it, they didn’t do anything,” he said of the riots.

Clifton Beasley, 44, was a young boy during the civil rights movement, but his memories of the time and of Dorr Street are vivid.

“I have thoughts of encouragement and bitter thoughts of disappointment,” Beasley said of the Dorr Street area. “That was the Black Mecca of the city.

“Now when you drive down Dorr Street you’re driving to get to another place. When you remember the past, it’s somewhat depressing.”

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Zeyadcharles better check his facts. Several of the businesses on the list were not owned by Blacks.

All the businesses on the list were located in the Black Community and contributed to the economy in the Black neighborhoods.

Why are you so stupid? You claim that black businesses were destroyed, you are asked for a list, you provide a list of names some of which are proven to not be black owned businesses. So your tact is to change the original parameter of your statement. Doesn't work like that fool. You are held to what you post, and you have been proven wrong so many times it must be playing with your mind.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Walmart is a black business under his new definition.


Walmart isn't located in the Black Community , Fool.

Then you rarely venture outside of Toledo.

Walmart does its best business in poor communities. Unfortunately this means its then the main retail store in many black communities.


I travel all over the country to poor neighborhoods and never have I ever seen a Walmart in a poor community.

Why don't you tell me which ones on the list aren't Black bussinesses.

I haven't been proven wrong one time. It is you who has taken what I've posted and twisted it to suit your agenda which appears to me nothing but the inability on your part to understand anything.

The emblem on the collar of a brown shirt was frighteningly similar to early 1900s Germany!

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