On Friday, March 22, the United Community Bank Junior Board toured the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as part of a trip rewarding their service this year. The Junior Board is a leadership and community service organization co-sponsored by UCBI and FCHS. Throughout the year they participate in school and community service events including raising money for scholarships for FCHS seniors. This year’s spring fundraiser is a BINGO night sponsored by the Kiwanis Club on April 27. Tammy Thomas is the FCHS Sponsor and Jennifer Dalrymple is the UCBI sponsor.
The junior board also visited the Gullwing Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Picture left to right: Hannah Ladd, Macy Galloway, Morgan Blaine, Hannah Dickey, Sydney Collins, Bailee Cobb, Hope Parris, Evelyn Doss, Walker Gregory, Ramtin Doroodchi, Cole Roberson, Chase Culpepper
If there are any current slaves held by the U.S. Government or members of Congress or if there is anyone living in the United States that was brought here as a slave during his or her lifetime, those people MAY be entitled to something from you the taxpayers.
BUT, if there is no one fitting that category then there is NOTHING OWED. What happened in the U.S. prior to 1865 is not the responsibility of the citizens residing here now. And, considering that approximately 32 percent of the citizens of the U.S. are black or Hispanic, who would be collecting from whom?
Furthermore, think back to the history of that period. The slave traders would go to Africa and buy people that were already enslaved in Africa and bring them to the U.S. Yes, some were mistreated, but many more were well taken care of, especially when you consider the life they were rescued from. Enslavement of one human being by another is wrong, TOTALLY WRONG. It was never right, but it is history.
And, IF, think about this, IF the slave traders had not gone to Africa and bought slaves and brought them to America, all of those people transported here AND their descendants would still be slaves in Africa. And, it’s not just a black issue, those white children from Europe sold into slavery as indentured servants would still be in Europe. They, nor their ancestors and descendants, would have become freemen in America and would not have the lives and opportunities they have built today. That doesn’t make what happened right, but the people, black, white, Hispanic, Asian etc. living in the U.S. today do not owe anything to anyone. Our heritage is our heritage and you cannot and should not be held responsible for the sins of your parents.
If the politicians trying to make this a campaign issue would spend half of their time, energy and money on issues that are important today, our Country would be a better place. Instead those choosing to bring reparations back into the forefront, candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, are determined to keep race relations boiling because they think it will produce votes for them. Think twice before you vote for someone so divisive.
Senior Math Finance students at Fannin County High School enjoyed learning more about the real world of finance on February 12. Cory Callihan, assistant Vice-President and loan officer at United Community Bank gave an enlightening talk to students about everything ranging from purchasing a vehicle or home to how credit ratings have an effect on your life.
A special segment on Medical Marijuana. BKP meets Rick and Melisa Searcy whose daughter, Angel Searcy, has Cerebral Palsy and Microcephaly. BKP also talks legislation with Dale Jackson from Hope United.