Sunday, December 18, 2005

An Interesting Story

The Courier Journal ran an interesting story on December 5th about activist Christopher 2x speaking to youth at a local school about drugs and violence. Many of you know him from the local media, wherein 2x is usually present at some event, along with Rev. Coleman and others, where some murder or other tragedy has happened. According to the Courier, Christopher 2x is a former drug dealer, and ex-con. In a recent WHAS 11 news report, Mr. 2x, who is unemployed, depends on donations from the community to do his community activism. Ok, that's not to unusual. A lot of former addicts and inmates have sought to give back to the community for all the misery they've caused.

However, what made this story unusual was that 2x, himself a minister, was speaking to black males only at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Now, perhaps I'm wrong, but I've always been under the impression that schools could not segregate the student body by race when it came to allowing a speaker to come and talk to kids. A speaker could, for instance, request to speak to just the girls, or just the boys, but not to just the white males, or Hispanic males or black females. In short, the Jefferson County Public Schools were not to allow speakers to discriminate in choosing their audience. Now, like I said, I could be wrong, but I don't think so. I would also think that a topic such as this, dealing with gangs, drugs, and violence would benefit all the students, not just one population. Yet, Mr. 2x was allowed to do just that.

Secondly, I mentioned that according to the Courier Journal, Christopher 2x is a minister. In deed, he is a member of the Nation of Islam. According to Tolerance.Org (http://www.tolerance.org/), which is web project of the renowned Southern Poverty Law Center, the Nation of Islam, headed by Rev. Louis Farrakhan, is registered as a hate group. For those of you unfamiliar with the Southern Poverty Law Center, these folks have been around since the 1970s. They routinely seek out and prosecute hate groups such as the Neo-Nazis and KKK, inflicting as much financial damage as possible.

If this is true, so why was someone like Christopher 2x being allowed to speak to such impressionable school children as a bunch of middle schoolers are? Granted, the message may in of itself be good, but I'm concerned about the messenger, and what kind of message that sends to these kids. Would the JCPS allow, say someone from the local Klan or Neo-Nazis to come and speak to white youth only, even if it's strictly dealing with issues like crime or drugs? Keep in mind that the message in this case is already racial because of the segregated student population. It would appear that JCPS may have no choice since they've already set a precedent.

I emailed Courier Journal reporter, Chris Kenning (ckenning@courier-journal.com), as well as Mr. Marty Bell (mbell1@jefferson.k12.ky.us), Director of Communications/Government Relations/Parent Relations for JCPS. I wanted to know if meant any organization would now be allowed to come and speak to whatever racial or religious group for that matter, they wanted to, as well as JCPS's position. I also wanted to know what parents had to say, especially the parents of those children who were left out. To date, I've received no response from either. As for me, all I can say is that we have no time for hatred or intolerance, no matter how innocent or subtle it is presented.

16 comments:

Sandy said...

Paul, As a mother,I don't understand a man like 2X not paying child support. The Courier said his exwife is understanding and wants him to do his ministry. But he is still a father with responsibilities to those children. Volunteering to speak to other children is great, but volunteering to pay your child support is even better.

Sandy

Another Opinion said...

Absolutely Sandy. If he wants to be a role model, he should start with this own children.

Betty said...

That's appalling. Couldn't agree more on this one.

Betty

Anonymous said...

I do agree with the child support issue. As far as him speaking at TJ however, I would like to add that he was ASKED to come there by The Neighborhood Place, a family social service organization.

Another Opinion said...

Thanks Anon. Looks like a case where either the Neighborhood Place or the School Principal didn't know or follow procedure. Sadly, it could open the door to any other racist wanting to do the same thing.

Anonymous said...

I think that for those who call 2x a role model need to open there eyes and wake up. He clearly isnt what a role model should be-for starters a role model is someone who stands up for what is right at all times and supports all people, not just a selected few. A role model doesnt pin point on the color of ones skin either. Christopher 2x could start with acting like a father to his children.Aslo I'd like to add this question--------Why in the world are we addressing this man as "Christopher 2x"......??? Anyone who wants respect wouldn't answer to such a rediculous name like that to begin with.

Anonymous said...

What was Mr. 2x's name before he became Mr. 2X ????

Another Opinion said...

His name was Christopher Bryant. He was born in Jeffersonville, IN. According to KET's "Louisville Life with Candyce Clifft" (episode #106), he was dealing drugs at age 14 and dropped out of school in the 11th grade. He ran with gangs and dealt drugs, for which he served time. He later went to prison for theft. When he got out in March of 1999, and joined the Nation of Islam, he changed his name to Christopher 2x (at the time, there was already someone named Christopher X as a member).

Troy said...

First of all, How can you people judge anybody? Who made you judge? Mr. 2X was judgedand serve his time. What if, it was someone you throught highly of and did the same. It would be a shocker to you, right? Hmmmmmmm but your feelings would not go out the door because of the love or the respect for that person. See the world needs to be more open-minded, first and foregiving. It's no secret about the man's pass..... But you guys act as if he's tryin to cover up something..... Mr. 2X made some bad decisions or choices in life. We all have.... Some more than others.... and yes he had his run in's with the law..... How would you feel if you got searched, pulled over, or worst even killed..... Well two of those things happed to me because I was in the wrong place.... Can someone tell me where this place is that gives police the right to do any of the above because its the wrong place... Think it's called the GHETTO.... or what you call low income housing communities.... How many of you have lied on your tax returns or even have told your children to tell the person on the phone or at the front door that you wasn't home? But you wanna weigh in on whats bad or whats not so bad..... Give me a break..... See, you have all ready planted a seed into your child's head to lie and for him, he thinks it's OK because you told him to. So what make's his wrong doing any different that yours? I know....... The different is Mr. 2x got caught and realized that he needed to change his life and some of the people around him. But you? what change did you make? Dont worry I'm not knockin on your door, so no need to lie to me.... Just tellin you in it's tax time again.......


Troy P. from radio station WLOU

Another Opinion said...

Thanks for your interesting comments Troy. I think you missed the point though. 2x wanted to speak at Thomas Jefferson on crime, gangs and drugs. That's a good thing. I wish more people would do so. However, he only wanted to speak to the black kids there. That's not a good thing. One should never segregate the school population along racial lines, and secondly, I think it's a message all the kids should have heard since crime, gangs, and drugs effects everyone, not just one segment of the population.

Anonymous said...

Christopher 2X's ignorance resonates loudly through his "ministry" and public relations. Racism and hatred are wrong in every context; and we as parents and teachers must stand boldly in opposition these things, and fight that these men have no opportunity to breed hatred in our young people.

Drew Berry

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks Troy for your insight on Mr.2X. Sure everyone has a past(not pass), some better than others. And I believe that everyone deserves a second chance in life, no matter where you are from. But what I don't believe in is alot of the reverse discrimination that we see so much of today. If (like one of the other writers said)it had been a white person, not even a member of a hate group, but just a normal white person coming into a school and asking to speak to "only" white children it wouldn't happen would it? Oh Lord! Rev. Colman would be at the door! And I've seen instances like that a thousand times! And it's a shame. I believe everyone should be treated with respect no matter what your race,gender,or
location. So if we're talking about "planting seeds" then what kind of seed did 2x plant in the minds of the children by segrigating them for his visit? Hmmmmm, I'd say, on some level it was that of discrimination. And if your not part of the solution, your part of the problem.

"G" said...

When Jesus was first found doing his mission, he was working with his own people first, then he went to the gentile. Today, you see more black on black crime, not white on white. All races need the word of God and healing, however if Christopher 2x has a desire and a gift to serve and begin the process of healing towards his people, then let him do so.I'm sure no teacher or principle would allow someone to come in thier school and teach "hate". The Nation of Islam is not a hate group, it's an organization that is giving the word of God in a way that is healing the Black Man of 400 years of servitude slavery. That's why he has the 2x; x stands for the unknown and the name he had, was given by the former slave master and oppresor. Since he doesn't know what his original name is, he has taken the x until he recieves a more fitting name. As for his child support, remember that child support is designed for men who neglect their responsabilities. If he is handling his responsability with the mother of his children and not through the courts or the system then that is thier perogitive and you should leave them alone. Let the man do his work... those of you that critique him wouldn't care about the healing of Blacks anyways.

Another Opinion said...

Thanks "G" for the comment. The Southern Poverty Center, which is a well known national anti-hate watchdog organization (and has gone after the likes of Neo Nazis, and the KKK) reports that the Nation of Islam, is in fact a "hate" organization. You can check it out yourself by visiting their website online.

As for not knowing his "orginial" name, it's Chrisopher Bryant. It should be on his birth certificate. Oh yeah, slavery ended in the US with the Civil War in 1865. However, it does continue in Africa and parts of SE Asia.

Anonymous said...

I don't critique, but I do question. I question the motives of a man who appears to be consistent in only one way- getting his name and face on television or in the newspaper. He speaks for victims and murderers with no clear agenda. What exactly are his goals and vision for this community? What is he doing to make that happen other put his face on the news? There are many more positive black men serving as true role models for our youth. They do it everyday by showing respect for others, providing for their families AND spending time with them (just one or the other is not enough) all while holding a consistent job with a positive mission. Christopher 2X should not be seen as an authority on anything other than how to gain personal publicity.

Heaven Bryant said...

Wow. Looking things up on my Daddy and I see this. I think you all are ignorant because you think "know" you dont have an idea. But a opinion is a opinion and people talk about Jesus. No matter what he did or what he's doing now he's the perfect Father and that is what matters the most