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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?

ANN MURRAY: NOT HAPPY WITH “N***ER-HEAVEN” SEATS

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.

ANN MURRAY ENOYS “WHITE PRIVILEGE?”

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.

Will Broward Elections Lawyer Skip Airport Diversity Conference Sponsored By “Awful & Racist” County Commission?

Dale Holness, left, owes big bucks to Florida governments

Dale Holness, left, owes big bucks to Florida governments

It’s been a busy week for Broward Supervisor Of Elections private lawyer Burnadette Norris Weeks. First, she attempted to quash all questions regarding her partisan political activities as “awful and racist.” She sent out a mass email urging community support for her plan to keep Broward County Commissioners from asking her boss, Dr. Brenda Snipes to be the “leader” of ethics.

Later this week, Broward County will play host for the 2015 Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) conference at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Last October, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport honchos wanted nearly one million dollars of public funds to pay for the event. The mission of the Airport Minority Advisory Council is “to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation industry.” One woman with big contracting opportunities in the aviation industry is Burnadette Norris Weeks.

Last year, REDBROWARD exposed Norris Weeks’ lucrative contract with Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport through the Paradies company.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program is supposed to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned small businesses to operate as concessionaires in airports around the country. Locally, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) “works to certify local firms as ACDBEs and to establish annual ACDBE participation goals for the County’s airport projects.” In order to retain its food and concession contracts at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, TheParadies Shops needed to comply with the ACDBE guidelines. In 2006, Paradies formed Paradies-Broward LLC. According to State of Florida corporate records, Paradies-Broward LLC was comprised of four members: The Paradies Shops, JD Ruffin Associates Inc., Maria Soldani Consulting LLC and Right Consulting LLC. Burnadette Norris-Weeks is listed as a member of Paradies-Broward LLC.

REDBROWARD obtained photographs of Norris Weeks attending the June 2014 AMAC conference in Denver. Norris Weeks and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness were pictured dancing at the AMAC conference.

One month later, Norris Weeks fought a lawsuit seeking to remove the boyfriend of Dale Holness’ daughter from the County Commission District 2 ballot. Write-in candidate Tyron Francois admitted he did not live in the district. Still, REDBROWARD witnessed Norris Weeks take the lead role in the courtroom to keep Francois in the race.

County Commissioner Mark Bogen won the District 2 race. Last week, Snipes admitted to Bogen she was unaware Norris Weeks has supported Lisa Aronson, one of his opponents.

Bogen wants Snipes to keep employees to support candidates from playing an active role in those races.

Instead, Snipes and Norris Weeks went on the attack. Snipes called Bogen a bully. Norris Weeks labeled the ethics proposals as “racist.”

In a nasty email to Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan, Norris Weeks admitted to filing Florida Bar complaints over his attempts to speak with Dr. Snipes.

Last week, Bogen told Snipes that Norris Weeks threatened to do the same to him.

Is Norris Weeks above questioning? Can anybody dare to speak to Dr. Snipes directly?

Broward deserves answers.