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story.lead_photo.caption John Walker, civil rights attorney, speaks at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock Monday. Walker gave a lecture titled "From Civil Wrongs to Civil Rights" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. - Photo by Rick McFarland

A state legislator on Monday accused state historic preservation officials of failing to be strong advocates on behalf of black causes and questioned why the state needs to replace a bridge to “let more white people out of Little Rock to Cabot.”

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Arkansas, Pages 7 on 02/15/2011

Print Headline: State failing black history, lawmaker says


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  • roadkill
    February 15, 2011 at 7:23 a.m.

    What Walker is missing, is that history stands on it's own. History is not created by legislative mandate. It just happens. He has become a millionaire by dragging the LR schools case on and on and on and on, you get the drift. He should have no complaints.

  • capt44
    February 15, 2011 at 7:54 a.m.

    Hey mister president what do you say, when are we whites gonna have our day, the blacks had there's for such along long time, I'm white and it's time that I have mine.
    After all the cencus says we're the minority now.

  • VEN
    February 15, 2011 at 8:23 a.m.

    History stands on its own when it is shared, embraced, and supported by everyone. Walker may be a bit over the top in his line of reasoning, but his some of his points are valid. Glad I left Arkansas for Virginia.

  • tiger10
    February 15, 2011 at 8:33 a.m.

    I am offended by this racist remark of "let more white people out of Little Rock to Cabot". Why is he thinking in such a racist manner? People of all races are free to come or leave as they see fit.

  • Erbirt
    February 15, 2011 at 8:34 a.m.

    Let me see if I understand this, the state bought and rebuilt this building in 2005 for 8.3 million, an out of state company now owns it and is asking 2.1 million for it and the state is saying it is worth only 1.8 million, does anyone else see any discrepancy in all of this?? I know the housing market is hit hard, but the property lost 6.5 million dollars in worth in 6 years, wonder what legislator got wealthy over this?
    As far as the state doing this a second time, why are there no raffles or donation requests out there for the people to save part of their own heritage, instead of the state having to buy it for them, see if they are really interested by digging into their own pockets, if not, then why should the rest of the state be interested!
    So Mr. Walker would trap all the people that have money in an area so they can't leave, razor wire would work better, that way they couldn't drive the long way round either! Myself, I always thought it was part of the American way of life to move whenever you wanted. Seems as if Mr. Walker should work on finding ways to enrich neighborhoods and get rid of crime instead of penning up the people, ie, start pushing the daylights out of education and social responsibilities instead of what is thought to be owed them, so they can work their own way over that bridge, or better yet NOT WANT TO LEAVE.

  • TheGoodGuy
    February 15, 2011 at 8:50 a.m.

    Walker is nothing but a complete moron that runs his mouth. He is far more racist than any white person in the entire state. He will not be happy with anything until EVERY white person has been run out of the state. He is so obviously racist I can't believe he isn't being restricted. Every word coming out of the mans mouth is anti-white. He couldn't possibly be happy unless anything and everything said or thought about were about black people. All he is missing is a black robe for the black version of the kkk, but then again, I am sure he has something like that already. He really needs to be removed from being a state representative. It is scary to think that this moron has ANY influence over our laws. I would say he should be disbarred as well, but he is enough of a weasel to figure out a way to prevent that from happening.

  • ToTheLeft
    February 15, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.

    What a jack@$$ comment.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.

    Walker is talking about the "white flight" that people in LR complained about in the 90's. He also is apparently pretty clueless when it comes to physics. You see, there are many ways in and out of white folk, black folk, brown folk, purple with little yellow dots folk can all leave any time they want to. Unless the entire white population of LR wanted to do a mass exodus across the same bridge at the same time......

    And why is there even a black caucus? Why not a white one? What about white history month? You know, the best way to make racism go away....STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!

  • hot
    February 15, 2011 at 8:59 a.m.

    it seams to me that this" black" is crammed down our throat's have you ever thought that it took more than the blacks to make history STOP all this garbage and do some real work

  • dearlo
    February 15, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.

    I too what to see a white history month if they are going to keep playing this black history stuff. My gosh that is all I have heard in my 57 years on earth. It will never end with them. People like Walker time has come and gone. People live where they want and if a certain color of people pick LR then that is their problem not the rest of ours. People need to take pride and clean up their own areas and stop blaming others.