Letter to the editor

The KKK protests the novel, “The Slave Players”


Recently we have come under extreme fire for being a hate group. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We follow the teachings of the Bible and only wish to keep the white race pure as God intended for His chosen people. Only those who live in ignorance call us hateful. We wish no harm to anyone if they just leave us alone.

It is loud-mouth literature that poisons society against us. And we must all stand together against it. A novel is out titled “The Slave Players,” which was clearly written just to agitate the college educated who always think they have a better answer for the woes of the world. The author – a white woman who seems to know little about white society – even states in response to a church bombing incident in the novel:

“There will come a time when blacks stop praying for salvation and start praying for bombs of their own.”

Who says that? That’s the kind of hateful talk that can start a racial uprising, and is about as un-American as you can get. Most Americans we talk to support the banning of this book. Brown or colored or white, it should make no difference. Hate is hate. Contact Google at http://www.google. com/contactus and tell them how you feel. Or go to www. theslaveplayers.com and leave a comment on their board. If enough of us complain, Google will tear the site down, just like they do to so many of ours, even though we profess only truth and peace.

Contact me and I’ll tell you about other harmful literature, and how you can help us eliminate it for all mankind. Loyal American Patriot.



Editor responds

By Theresa Rothmiller

Oct. 2 The Communitarian received a letter to the editor from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The purpose of the letter was to inform the DCCC community about a newly released novel, titled “The Slave Players,” which they suggest should be banned.

The novel, written by Megan Allen and released through Burn House Publishing, was published on Sept. 15, and is available for purchase at Amazon.com for $7.

According to Burn House Publishing, the novel, “The Slave Players,” by Megan Allen, is facing harsh criticism by the Ku Klux Klan. “We’ve recieved dozens of angry emails, some border on threatening,” said a company spokesperson on their website. Photo courtesy of Burn House Publishing

It begins with 12 young black girls being murdered, and the lead politicians try to cover it up as an accident. If that isn’t motivation for mayhem, then anything less than that would be a picnic.

The novel has approximately 40 chapters, each chapter consisting of about four to six paragraphs that go into slight detail about the same injustice, discrimination, and police brutality that people of color face today. By the 20th chapter some things get out of hand. After news gets out regarding the cover up by the sheriff and governor, black southern state residents riot like never before.

General Anthony Sedgewick, commanding an army of all African-American men, has the bright idea to get vengeance by taking control of Colby County, Ala., where the murder incident occurred. He orders his soldiers to enslave, beat, and even kill Caucasians and any race other than their own. Sedgewick goes as far as gathering 200 plus white slaves to pick cotton after the harvest.

“But as the general knows there is very little to pick, and is getting to be less and less everyday,” said the general’s aide. “We’re already re-picking rows we’ve hit before. I’m not sure what the general wants.”

These Loyal White Knights claim that the literature describes what life would be like if Caucasians were enslaved and put in chains by African- Americans today.

The book’s premise may seem flawed, but not enough to justify a ban. For starters, there are hundreds of movies and television shows that reveal racism, injustice, and discrimination. Yet, there are no riots. If one book could cause mayhem, we would have been doomed decades ago.

As an African-American and a journalist, I admit I was a little disturbed by parts of the book. For instance, Sedgewick beats a female white reporter with a switch on national television, after discussing a resolution with the president. The general wanted to make an example of the reporter.

Did the book motivate or offend me to the point of my resorting to violence? Absolutely not.

The bottom line is, “The Slave Players” is harmless. It’s just fiction. The author has freedom of speech, just as the KKK does.

For what it’s worth, I enjoyed the book and encourage others to purchase it.

Contact Theresa Rothmiller at communitarian@mail.dccc. edu

Community college: a place to start

Friday, May 6, 2016

By Alicia Stearn 

While attending DCCC in my first semester, I received two of the worst insults: “Community college isn’t a real college” and “community college is really easy.”

What those critics don’t know is that there are many more advantages to starting at a community college then most people realize.

First of all, tuition is cheaper. At DCCC, for example, if you take five classes a semester for two years it will cost about $16,000 (not including fees). Just in tuition, earning an associate’s degree at Penn State University will cost about $33,000 (not including fees). Temple’s tuition for an associate’s degree is roughly $29,000.

Second, you get to learn time management you become responsible for getting to class by driving or taking the bus, much like in the real world. You aren’t living within a 20 minute walking distance from everything.

As a case in point, I’ve had to attend classes at different campuses for my second year at DCCC. One campus was just 10 minutes from my house while the other was almost an hour away.

More community college students also work, so they have to be more responsible with multitasking. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 62 percent of full- time students work a full-time or part- time job.

In fact, you can keep the same job you had in high school. Instead of trying to work on campus you have the ability todrivefurtherandworkatmoreplaces. Also you still have the opportunity for a work-study job on campus.

My sophomore year of high school I started working at a local grocery store and have been able to keep the job ever since. Being there for so long I’ve achieved seniority among my coworkers and created a workable routine for myself.


Another benefit is that community colleges have dual admissions and transfer agreements with four year colleges so students have that time to

figure out where they want to go and what they want to major in without spending a ton of money.

The agreement has to be signed before the completion of 30 college credits and this guarantees admission to the four year university of your choice if you complete your associate’s degree with DCCC and maintain a minimum GPA required by the university.

I have signed the dual admissions agreement with Temple University and am eligible for renewable scholarships from DCCC to Temple. With Temple’s transfer agreement if your GPA is within a certain range you are eligible for a certain amount of scholarship money.

“It’s good if you are unsure of what you want [to major in],” said Erika Bair from the transfer office. “We have partnerships and signed agreements so students aren’t totally in debt when they go to a four year school.”

The flexibility of changing classes and discovering which major fits appropriately is another benefit of community college.

“If I went to a university first, I would have no idea where to start,” said Sequista Wilson, a health studies major at DCCC. “You get there and they make you stick to a major.”

There is also more opportunity for switching classes to switch to a different major.

Another advantage is when you transfer to a four year institution with an associates degree, you already have that degree to help you get jobs and start working with a status higher than just a “current college student,” Suni Blackwell explained in a branding workshop he hosted at DCCC’s Marple campus on March 29.

Getting involved on campus makes the transition to a four year institution easier because you already have experience with clubs, possibly even in a leadership role. Community college is smaller so when you get involved in organizations you are able to participate more.

I am a member of Student Government Association at the Pennock’s Bridge campus and there’s more opportunity for everyone to express their thoughts and ideas. When you go off to a university you are able to take the skills from being an active member and apply them in a new setting or bigger group.

And lastly, you’re not homesick. Instead of being sick from being away from home, you get sick from being AT home.

At first it was great. I lived with my mom and I only had to worry about keeping my bedroom clean. I saved moneyfromnothavingtopayrenttolive in an apartment or dorm.

However, we all reach a point where we are ready to get out of the house and take the responsibility off of our parents’ hands.

The closer I got to my second semester the more I wanted my own space and have become more ready to move out.

For all of these reasons, community colleges offer many benefits that can’t compare to what universities have to offer.

Corporate greed wins over clean air in Chester

Monday, April 11, 2016

By Michael Blanche

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver,” said Mahatma Gandhi, who recognized the cost of industrialization and human consumption.

As a county and society, we turn a blind eye to the destruction and desolation created in our collective pursuit of profits and waste provision.

Economists have a word to describe this phenomenon: externalities, which basically means, it’s someone else’s problem, let them deal with it.

Unfortunately, the city of Chester and our neighbors that live there have been the recipients of our externalities for far too long.

The once proud and prosperous city has become the public toilet where Delaware County, Philadelphia and even New York City flush tons of waste, literally.

For the people of Chester to bear the burden of 3,500 tons of trash being burned into their air every day is unacceptable and deplorable. Especially considering the city covers an area of less than 5 square miles and has a population of around 42,000.

John Linder, former Mayor of Chester and councilman, lifelong resident of the city and current DCCC professor, says that the tax revenue brought in by these industries is vital to pay the city’s expansive police force, volunteer fire station, and administrative officials. Linder cited the city’s budget as being “50 million dollars per year.”

In the past, members of the Environmental Justice Network have fought against companies, like Koach Industries and Covanta, who signed a contract with New

York City in 2014 to accept thousands of tons of solid waste that is burned for energy at their Chester incinerator.

Exposing corporate greed and holding polluters accountable for the destruction of the environment has been the hallmark of the grass roots organization.

“In 2008 we were able to stop the world’s largest tire incinerator from being built in Chester,” said Mike Ewall, the founder and director of the EJN.

Among other victories, Ewall and the EJN have been on the front lines fighting fracking, pipeline, and incinerator construction across the state and country.

But the EJN has not been active in Chester lately.

Ewall said that Chester’s poor reputation of high crime hasn’t helped, which could be why more environmental organizations have not been on the front lines with the citizens fighting for clean air and water.

Unfortunately, according to the EJN, Chester residents are three times more likely to have asthma than other residents in Delaware County.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Report of 2010 said the number of people with asthma nationally was more than 23 million Americans. In Pennsylvania, the rate is higher than the national average, with Chester and Delaware County leading the way.

Perhaps this is because industries like Covanta and specifically their waste-to- energy incinerator create the second most air pollutants in the county, just behind Philadelphia International airport.

Waste-to-energy is touted by Covanta as a “green energy,” but it is not sustainable to burn trash.

In fact, the EJN reports that waste-to- energy is worse for the environment than burning coal, releasing large amounts of CO2, dioxins, mercury and lead into the air. In addition, it is more expensive to manage waste this way and produce energy.

“There is a stench that hangs in the air of the Industrial Highway, and it smells like money.”

Worsening the situation is the fact that these industrial companies don’t seem to provide jobs for the people of Chester. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has Chester’s unemployment rate at 7.8 percent as of April 2015, which is much higher than the county averages of 4.4 percent.

“These companies are not big enough to employ the entire city,” said Linder. “But they can do a much better job reinvesting into the community.”

According to Ewall, the celebrated and publicized PPL Park, which hosts the Philadelphia Union, is built on a site that is contaminated with toxic waste. Even worse, Ewall added, “the stadium isn’t even named after the city it is built in.”

Chester has a storied past. Throughout the Civil War era until World War II, manufacturing jobs were abundant and people

moved to the city with hopes of a better future. When those wars ended, jobs became scarce and overseas competition crippled Chester’s economy.

Kaya Benton, an 18 year-old Chester resident, hopes to attend DCCC in the fall of 2016.

“We didn’t have any legal way to stop the trash train from New York, so the company was allowed to bring in tons of trash to burn,” Benton said.

Linder attests that the rail delivery system is better for the city because they pollute more and waste constantly falls out of the trucks.

What Benton says is how many people feel: helpless.

People that are in positions of corporate power often choose profit over living, breathing people, ignoring the impact of externalities. Even when the people of Chester took lawful measures to prevent their air from being further polluted, they couldn’t stop further expansion of the Covanta incinerator facility in 2014.

There is a stench that hangs in the air of the Industrial Highway, and it smells like money.

The EJN is made up of caring citizens much like yourself.

The organization is counting victories for people and communities across the country. The time has come to help our neighbors clean up our mess.

To get involved and informed visit ejnet. org or energyjustice.net.

The lost women of literature want to be found

By Shannon Adams

In 1994, Publishers Weekly ran a story titled “Houses with No Doors,” which listed minorities’ lack of interest in the literary field as one of the reasons for the industry’s “overwhelming whiteness.”6

Eighteen years later, of the 742 books reviewed by the New York Times in that year, only 28 of them were written by women of color, according to Haitian-American author Roxane Gay’s graduate assistant Phillip Gallagher.

This March, in an article titled “Why is Publishing so White?”, Publishers Weekly explained that the industry remains nearly as white now as it was in 1994.

Although the public may recognize J. K Rowling, Nora Roberts and Stephenie Meyer, they fail to recognize J.California Cooper, Esmeralda Santiago, and Bharati Mukherjee, just to name a few.

“As women of color we are underrepresented,” says Oya Bisi, who runs The Women of Color Writers Workshop in Brooklyn New York- “It is as simple as that.”

Bisi adds that the problem is not an insufficient number of minority female writers, but that their work is not always considered for publication by editors, who are predominately white, because of classism: a prejudice against, or in favor of one party, and other related phobias coming from the public.

Furthermore, people who are not of color fear that in describing someone who is, they will offend or “put off” other readers and because of that mindset, minority characters lack dimension and often are misrepresentations of the real thing.

In other words, a white female character may be described as having olive skin, wide green eyes and cascading brunette hair, whereas a African-American woman may be described as only being “black.”

English professor Liz Gray, who has had two poetry collections published, is no stranger to some of the issues faced by minority women writers.

“One of the hindrances that women of color in literature do face is this feeling of imposter syndrome,” Gray says. “Is my success because of things I can’t control, or is it my talent?”

It is a sad truth that there are people who judge others solely by ethnicity, gender or a combination of the two.

“In a lot of ways when people look at me, they may not necessarily think I’m an American [citizen],” Gray shares. “They definitely don’t associate me with so-called ‘white America.’ Before, people could at least associate me with an area of the world, my last name being Chang. Now, they don’t know what to do.”

All the while, publishers avoid publishing authors they fear won’t make any money; unfortunately, many of those authors are women of color: the people who know exactly how to describe themselves and their characters.

“Some of my writers who look to get published or get into MFA programs are rejected because they don’t fit the status quo,” Bisi explains. “Who’s going to buy this? Who is going to want your little stories? Do they fit the model?”

Questions like these are not only a result of discrimination, but they also leave the person on the receiving end asking questions, such as does my story not matter?

Bisi insists that is not the case.

“We are telling the story that is female,” she shared. “Women’s voices are important to the world. If we are stifled that point of view will be lost. ”

As a young African-American woman who considers writing necessary to my own survival, and who aspires to make a living on it, these findings are extremely discouraging.

As much as I read in school, I can only recall two novels written by a woman of color, nor a story that featured an minority character, and I attended a predominately African- American school.

The realization of this raised many red flags for me, as it should for anyone who considers herself a lover of the literary.

Consider the following: Bisi’s workshop is the only one for women of color that exists in the United States and has been for 17 years.

This suggests there is a lack of assistance for minority women who want to pursue writing or receive recognition for their work and therefore they are not being persuaded to continue.

Vendors of their publications are also vulnerable.

Between 2002 and 2012 two-thirds of black-owned bookstores closed.

According to Publishers Weekly’s “A Glimmer of Hope for Black-Owned Bookstores,” of the 400 that remained afterward, only 67 of those bookstores remain open as of January.

These stores close because there is a lack of advertisement or recognition regarding the work.

Publishers assume people won’t care about minority stories because they can’t relate and the cycle goes on; despite the fact that literature, no matter what it may be about, is always relatable and useful to someone.

People like Ariell Johnson, who opened her own comic store on the East Coast, and EvelynBurdette,19,whoin2010self-published seven books, know this and they are the type of women literature needs.

Still, the problem persists.

An executive from one of the Big Five publishing houses HR explained she felt her company did not have a diversity problem; still, the company refused to provide proof to

back up said claim. It is this blind avoidance that compounds the problem. We ignore it and it continues to grow.

“Literary is a very dangerous word,” Bisi explains. “It is a very limiting word because who is to say what is literary and what is not?”

In short, it is just an easier way to discriminate against people of color, especially the women, who are already discriminated against.

Moreover, considering that authors tend to write from different points of view, their stories may not always reflect their own beliefs, so why work so hard to market to specific ethnicities?

That is the source of this issue entirely, our need to classify.

The argument may be made, that women of color don’t write as often as Caucasian women do or that the writing isn’t as “good,” but that isn’t true.

You’ve probably heard of Belinda Mckeon, and her novel “Tender,” but more than likely there hasn’t been a whisper about Sareeta Domingo, Anjali Joseph or Han Kang, who all have books scheduled to be released this year.

This is because studies show 79 percent of the literary industry is Caucasian and unconscious bias is an issue.

The simple fact is this: non-Caucasian perspective does matter and, ultimately, women need to be supportive of other women. We need to start the change.

We need to encourage more programs, such as We Need Diverse books, a grass roots campaign dedicated to honoring the lives of all young people through literature.

Companies, such as the Barbara J. Zitwer Agency, who publish international bestsellers and the newest American foreign authors, are helping to do this and you can help too: Log onto your nearest bookstore’s website and find yourself a book written by a woman of color. Read it and promote it just as you would any otherbook.

“Women of color have as much a right to be a part of the mainstream as everybody else,” Bisi said. “It is important that people know what we felt, what we thought.”