Is the Wake County school system going to get some negative attention as the "national villains" of resegregation?
That's a charge made today during the public comment section of the school board meeting by Matthew Brown of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children. He said the national media is looking at Wake as a potential example of school resegregation being the top underreported story in 2009.
Brown told the school board members that a "very prominent writer for The New York Times" is working on a story about Wake. He said the writer is waiting for the school board to officially dismantle the diversity policy.
“When you load the gun, he will pull the trigger," Brown said. "Others will follow.”
"This new board will be known nationally as the new face of segregation in America," Brown said.
Brown said the negative coverage won't help Wake's image.
"It’s not in any of our interests to be seen as national villains," Brown said. "It’s bad for business."