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Broward School Board Worries Over Racist School Names, But Silent On Ann Murray’s “N***er-Heaven” and “White Privilege” Comments

On Saturday, the Sun-Sentinel reported the Broward County School Board will discuss, “Potentially racist school names” in the City of Plantation. Reporter Scott Travis wrote School Board Member requested the matter be discussed this week. Osgood stated “she’s open to reviewing any school names that have ‘any racial undertones or any type of connotation that causes hurt for a group of people.’”

In addition to the schools with “Plantation” in its name, Osgood wants to discuss schools with “Broward” in its title. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Osgood claimed Napoleon Bonaparte Broward was a “racist governor.” Are Broward public schools even teaching students about Florida Governors?

Osgood’s attacks come after media stories about one man starting a petition to change the name of the City of Plantation. While Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner and the vast majority of residents oppose the name change, School Board Chair Donna Korn stated the school names could be changed. “Every city doesn’t necessarily have a school named after it,” Korn told the Sun-Sentinel. “Regardless of what the city does, we can determine what our community is looking for when it comes to naming schools.”

School Board Member Robin Bartleman, a candidate for the FL House of Representatives, welcomes the name change discussion. “We need to have a conversation with the community and stakeholders,” Bartleman said.

Funny, did Bartleman, Korn, and Bartleman ever have a conversation with a fellow Board Member about her racist comments?


In March 2011, Bob Norman broke the news regarding School Board Member Ann Murray’s admission to using the N word while working in the school transportation office. “But that didn’t stop her from letting racial slurs fly out of her mouth, according to complaints and testimony from several school district transportation employees, both black and white. Murray admitted to using the n word and was issued a written reprimand for ‘a serious breach of conduct that will not be tolerated’ that violated the board’s antidiscriminatory rules,” Norman wrote. The incident occurred in early 2007 near the Super Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium.

While working at the board’s base of operations at Calder Race Track for that game held between the Giants and Patriots, Murray — a white woman who speaks in a heavy accent from her native Boston — was speaking with fellow supervisor Lisa Spince, who is white, about going to a previous Dolphins football game at what is now called Sun Life Stadium. Nearby were three black school bus drivers.

Spince reported in a written statement to the board that Murray said: “Do you remember when a group of us from transportation came down to watch a Bills game? Yeah, they had us up in nigger heaven.”

Spince, who now works for a school district in Georgia, told me that she was “shocked and offended” at what she’d heard and that the black bus drivers appeared visibly upset. She asked Murray, “What did you say?”

According to Norman, Spince stated she tried to comfort a visibly upset black employee who overheard Murray. I

“I put my arm around her to comfort her,” Spince wrote in her statement to the board. “The [driver] told me that she was very mad because that was not the first time that Ms. Murray had used the ‘N’ word. She told me that she was going to report Ms. Murray.”

Following an investigation, the Transportation Department issued its findings.

“During the investigation, sufficient evidence existed, including your own admittance to corroborate that you did indeed use a derogatory term, ‘nigger,’ in the presence of subordinates,” wrote then-school district Transportation Director Lucille Green. “You have failed to meet the performance standards required of your position as Terminal Supervisor… Please be advised that any further failure on your part to perform to the standards… of your job duties will result in further disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.”

One year later, Murray was elected to the School Board.

So what happened after Bob Norman revealed Ann Murray’s use of racial slurs?

Esteemed local reporter Michael Putney called on Murray to resign.

Then, a local member of the Democratic Black Caucus spoke to Murray. According to the New Times, Murray said, “You all do not know if I have black blood in my family. I cannot make up for what happened 400 years ago. I know that some of you all are just sensitive but I have been called names, whitey and honky. I just brushed it off.

But the Democrat Party was silent.

Even worse, the members of the Broward School Board did nothing. In 2011, Robin Bartleman, Laurie Rich Levinson, Nora Rupert and Jennifer Gottlieb served with Ann Murray.


Flash forward to June 2020. Last week, the Sun-Sentinel reported Ann Murray posted a “white privilege” meme on her personal Facebook page. According to Scott Travis, “About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Murray’s Facebook page shared a post from another user with the meme, ‘When I was born, they must have ran out of white privilege because I had to work my ass off to get where I am.’” Murray made the incredulous claim that a “hacker” posted the meme on her Facebook account. Ok.

So what do Ann Murray’s fellow Board Members have to say this time?

Radio silence as usual. Except from Rosalind Osgood. She may think Plantation is racist, but Ann Murray is just swell in her book.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Rosalind Osgood, the only Black member of the Broward School Board, said she didn’t know Murray back when she used the “n-word” but has found her to be supportive of Black children and community members.

Osgood said she was surprised Sunday when she saw the post on Murray’s Facebook page.

“I called Ann and said I was not happy. She said she was hacked,” Osgood said. “I have to go by my interactions and dealings with her and have not found her to be racist, so that’s how I can accept she was hacked.”

And these are the leaders in charge of our children’s education?

But wait, there’s more. Lots more…

Stay tuned.

Broward GOP Leaders: “Promises Made, Promises Kept”


Broward Republican Chairman Richard DeNapoli and Vice Chair Colleen Stolberg released the following statement to grassroots activists all across Broward. Titled “Promises Made, Promises Kept”, it details achievements made over the last two years including growing party membership, modernizing technology and social media tools, increasing fundraising and supporting local Republicans in county, state and Federal races.

“Dear Fellow Broward Republicans,

When Colleen Stolberg and I ran for Chair and Vice-Chair two years ago, we issued an Eight Point Platform for the Almost Eight Hundred Precincts in Broward County. Below, we detail the Platform and how the promises we made were the promises we kept.

All the Best,
Richard DeNapoli, Chairman

“1. GOP Unity. By focusing on our shared conservative values and what unites us rather than on what divides us, we can build a better organization. Together, we can accomplish anything.”
Together, as an organization, we grew our membership and built the largest REC in the State of Florida…in the most Democrat-dominated county in Florida. Together, we had over 300 people at every meeting. Together we pulled in crowds of 450 at Lincoln Day 2011, over 600 at the Grand Old Party BBQ, and almost 500 at our Lincoln Day 2012. A growing membership and blockbuster attendance at meetings and events is a sure sign of a united organization.
“2. Growing Our Membership through the “800 Club.” There are almost 800 precincts in Broward County. For the upcoming elections, we should try to fill these precincts with active Committemen and Committeewomen. Only through an active and large membership can we achieve our long-term goals of getting more Republicans elected.”
We added almost 200 new members in the last two years thanks to our outreach efforts. Thanks to Vice Chair Colleen Stolberg for her amazing work building our organization.
“3. Empowering our Members and Local Clubs. The Board of the BREC exists to serve its committee members, and servant leaders are what we aim to be as your Chair and Vice-Chair. We should also provide our committee members with the opportunity to make public comments at every meeting. We must strive to give each and every committee member and club the tools they need to succeed in organizing their precincts. The stronger our local clubs and organizations are, the stronger the Executive Committee will be. Our local club Presidents should meet regularly and elect a Chair of the Club Presidents on a yearly basis that sits on the dais with the rest of the Board and participates in Executive Board meetings. …”
At our very first meeting, we allowed public comments and motions…and continued this for the last two years.
We provided all of our members with training manuals and precinct lists in 2011 – far in advance of the elections.
The Weston Club was restarted and the Republican Club of Central Broward was created. Both quickly became very successful. The BREC Jewish Outreach Committee was also started which in turn became very successful.
We offered our members a way to reach out to the Republicans in their precincts via our Precinct Letter Project. This allowed our members to contact over 50,000 Republican households and provide them with a customized voter guide to help all of our candidates on the ballot. Though we won’t know turnout numbers by registration for a couple of weeks, in precincts where members sent letters, there was higher performance compared to neighboring similar precincts. Additionally, the BREC sent out 40,000 of these letters and guides to areas not represented by REC members to help turn out the vote. This assisted our preferred candidates in the nonpartisan races tremendously. An example is Coral Springs: Every precinct in Coral Springs was covered, where Vincent Boccard and Dan Daley won election. The entire city of Margate was covered, and our two candidates there came very close to winning their races.
We held regular Club Presidents meetings, and the club presidents elected Chairs of the Club Presidents (though they didn’t want to sit on the dais).
“4. Fundraising. We need active fundraising throughout the year through regular Lincoln Day, Reagan Day, and other functions that will enable us to hire an Executive Director to run our operations and headquarters as well as to provide more resources for our members and candidates. As your Treasurer, Richard took it upon himself to focus on fundraising to keep our organization going through the November election. We need to remain diligent throughout the year so we always have enough money to achieve our goals.”
The total of all monies raised during the last two years was revenue of $385,144.
Less than three months after our election, we held our first Lincoln Day, featuring Keynote Speaker Governor Scott and Special Guests RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day and Congressman Allen West. We netted $90,000.
In June 2011, we held our Grand Old Party BBQ featuring Congressman Allen West and just about every Republican candidate running for office in Broward County. We netted about $15,000.
In September 2011, Presidency 5 we had more than 170 attendees from Broward. This resulted in some $30,000 netted for the Republican Party of Florida, which in turn referred $4,000 to the BREC.
We held our second Lincoln Day in May 2012 with Keynote Speaker Attorney General Pam Bondi and Special Guests CFO Jeff Atwater and Congressman Allen West.
We collected tens of thousands of dollars throughout both years in our regular fundraising appeals and monthly sponsors at meetings.
We opened a Federal Account thanks to the hard work of Treasurer Mark McCarthy – this enabled us to make purchases of Romney/Ryan signs, bumper stickers, etc. We distributed over 8,000 Romney/Ryan signs and bumper stickers throughout Broward – mostly paid for through contributions to the Federal account.
“5. Committees. There is a lot of talent among our Executive Committee members. We are all leaders of our own precincts. We need leaders for (a variety of) … committees…”
We appointed various members to various committees. Colleen Stolberg managed our Membership Committee, and we added almost 200 new members
….many of our members went out doing voter registration. The RPOF set a goal of a little more than 12,000 new Republican registrations. Together, Broward exceeded our goals with new Republican registrations of over 18,000 since the 2010 General Election.
Richard focused on Candidate Recruitment, and we had more candidates than at any point in recent memory, and appointed members to various leadership councils and outreach committees.
We held monthly charitable drives that were spearheaded by Heather Moraitis, wife of George Moraitis, our State Representative.
“6. Technology. As the county with the second largest number of registered Republicans in Florida, we need a website that is second to none. Campaigns have become increasingly focused on technology, and we need to keep up with these advances while remaining focused on the time-tested, effective grassroots techniques.”
Richard redesigned our website and updated it regularly over the past two years.
Richard established our Facebook Fan page in 2011, and it has over 20,000 fans today. We also utilized Facebook advertising to attract attendees and new members to our events and meetings.
Our email list has attracted over 20,000 contacts.
Utilizing sign-up forms online, we referred over 500 volunteers – many first time volunteers – to the Romney and Broward GOP Victory offices.
Richard also reached out to new people via robo calls.
We received accolades in local press for our advances in technology.
“7. GOTV Training. It can be overwhelming when someone first gets involved in our organization. Through regular precinct training, we can help our members succeed.”
The Board created and designed, after consultation with the Club Presidents, the Broward GOP Precinct Training Manual, which was presented at four different training sessions throughout the four corners of Broward in November 2011.
This training manual was presented by Richard at an RPOF meeting and it quickly became the model for all the RECs across the state of Florida.

“8. Shared Celebrations. Recognizing the efforts of our local clubs, volunteers and members will promote more goodwill throughout our organization.”
We have thanked our members with mentions at meetings, presented lifetime achievement awards to our long serving members, presented awards to our elected officials, presented member-of-the-year awards, Young Republican of the Year awards, and recognized our host committee members for our various fundraisers in print and online advertising.
Lastly, beyond the Eight Point Platform, we also accomplished the following as an organization:
We garnered national news attention when we unearthed evidence and were successful in having thousands of dead voters removed from the rolls in Broward.
We fought the Broward Supervisor of Elections and successfully restored an Early Voting Site to the east side of Broward (this site had the highest percentage of Republican voters of all the Early Voting sites in the August 2012 primary).
We fielded candidates in more races than ever in recent memory throughout the county.
We had the liberal League of Women Voters Guide removed from the Broward Supervisor of Election’s website.
We chased absentee Republican voters with robocalls, mailings, and phone banking, and had a higher return rate than the Democrats.
We distributed 85,000 palm card voter guides for Early Voting and Election Day, and online recommendations were downloaded over 1,000 times.
We remodeled the BREC HQ, and opened it up to all candidates.
We defended Congressman West and multiple other candidates during redistricting hearings that many of our members and officers attended.
We opened two Broward GOP Victory offices South of I-595, where tens of thousands of calls have been made to turn out the Republican vote.
Broward saw the first Republican elected to the School Board since the year 2000 when Katie Leach was elected in August, and all of our recommended candidates either won their August races outright or made it to the November election.
Though is was a tough year, redistricting hurt our prospects and the National Democrat surge claimed as many as five GOP incumbents (some in what many would consider “safe seats”) from the Florida State House (including the incoming Speaker Designate), two State Senate seats, and three Congressional seats, there were some bright spots in Broward County….
George Moraitis was reelected by 10 points in a district that went from having a 7.5% Republican registration advantage to only a 1.1% Republican advantage after redistricting.
Vincent Boccard was elected Mayor of Coral Springs, and Dan Daley is a new Coral Springs City Commissioner. Republicans now hold 4 of 5 seats in Coral Springs. Patty Asseff won reelection to the Hollywood City Commission. Jeff Nelson was reelected in Southwest Ranches and Jeff Green was reelected in Cooper City. Congressman Mario Diaz Balart will also continue to represent a portion of Broward County.
Donna Korn won election to the School Board in the at-large seat, an amazing feat in Broward County against the former Democratic Leader of the Florida House!
While there may be good election cycles and bad election cycles, you can be assured that our promises made have been our promises kept. We will always work hard on behalf of our Republican candidates and the BREC.

All the best,

Richard DeNapoli & Colleen Stolberg”