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Balloon races still lack equality

Published 12:01am Friday, October 26, 2012

Last year, I wrote a letter about the balloon race not being a community event, mainly because of the entertainment.

I found that the bands were mostly white, and this leaves out the black race.

Well, this year, they had a couple of black bands, including a black band formerly named War that now calls themselves the Low rider band, and a few local black bands.

The band drew in a few black music lovers, but it still did not close in the division between the white and blacks to bring them together.

The committee of the balloon festival still has some work to do in making the festival an event for all races of people.

On the other hand, a promoter decided to bring a blues festival to the Vidalia side of the river in order for black people to have some fun.

There should not be two festivals going on at the same time, just because the main event balloon festival bases their music entertainment around white, country and rock bands and a couple of unknown black bands.

Our City of Natchez will never move forward to attract big business or jobs because of the racial division.

If we cannot come together as one body of people at a music festival, we will never be able to work together to move our city to bigger and brighter things.

Music festivals bring people together, but it must be done equally so everybody is welcome to come.

That starts with the type of band you have at the festival. Together we stand; divided we fall.

 

Clarence Anderson

Natchez resident

  • Anonymous

    Wrong Mr. Anderson, bigger and brighter things won’t happen as long as people like you are around to try and destroy them.
    Now let’s see what DAVEDUCE HAS TOO AD TO YUR THOTS.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Anderson- your comments are interesting. At times, this area does seem very divided. But now here is a challenge- start up your own festival for the “black community”, with the kind of music you want to hear, and organize a bunch of vendors to sell food, acquire the proper permits and insurance, and then come back to us with your results. Putting on this HUGE event IS A LOT OF WORK, to be sure. And EVERYONE can’t be pleased ALL THE TIME. So, start up a festival and when you are successful with that, we’ll see if it can all be integrated to form one BIG event that pleases everyone all the time.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t figured out why he says everyone is not welcome just because the music isn’t to his taste? I don’t think rap music being shouted with 4 letter obscenities would draw a white crowd, so I would feel unwelcome there also.

  • Anonymous

    So the guy is complaining about division while saying he will stay away from Baloon Race events because they have “white” music. He is saying that the dislikes the division he actively propagates. Another “I deserve because I’m black” hypocrite. For the record, I didn’t care for the music either.

    I was at the fair in Vidalia for three hours. In that time there were as many fights. All blacks. Take that for what it’s worth.

  • vilou09

    I don’t think the music panel thats currently chosen is so much about getting the “white country band” or “black blues band”, as it is about getting bands that are considered “easy listening.”
    Have you ever been to a department store where they played music overhead? What genre was it? Probably something that 107.1 or 97.3 would play, not 94.1 or 93.1.
    The reason for that is to make the customers relaxed and happy. If customers walked in there to hear Lil Boosie, 2Chainz or Trey Songz’s disgusting lyrics, I guarantee they would walk right back out and not even consider purchasing a product.

    I will add this, though, as a kid I only enjoyed one act at the balloon festival and that was Vince Vance and the Valliants. As an adult it’s been Better Than Ezra. No other act strikes my fancy, but I don’t HATE the sounds that the other bands make.

    Anderson, GET OVER YOURSELF and whatever racist agenda you’re trying to incite among the weak minded. I can see right through you, and so can everyone else.

  • vilou09

    I don’t think the music panel thats currently chosen is so much about getting the “white country band” or “black blues band”, as it is about getting bands that are considered “easy listening.”
    Have you ever been to a department store where they played music overhead? What genre was it? Probably something that 107.1 or 97.3 would play, not 94.1 or 93.1.
    The reason for that is to make the customers relaxed and happy. If customers walked in there to hear Lil Boosie, 2Chainz or Trey Songz’s disgusting lyrics, I guarantee they would walk right back out and not even consider purchasing a product.

    I will add this, though, as a kid I only enjoyed one act at the balloon festival and that was Vince Vance and the Valliants. As an adult it’s been Better Than Ezra. No other act strikes my fancy, but I don’t HATE the sounds that the other bands make.

    Anderson, GET OVER YOURSELF and whatever racist agenda you’re trying to incite among the weak minded. I can see right through you, and so can everyone else.

  • Anonymous

    So there was some black music but not enough, typical excuse.

    Next year I suggest an entire afternoon dedicated to the coloreds, we can all dress with our butts hanging out our pants and let our young children dance to rhymes laced with profanity. I can’t wait.

    Clarance, how bout you write back when the Juneteenth celebration books a white band?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, whatever happened to Vince? He played here several times.

  • Anonymous

    OOoookay, getting a little mad there, bud.

  • Anonymous

    ok, so what is the Zydeco Festival that takes place in Sibley if it is not a festival for “blacks”…. This article is based on ignorance and if you take a poll and I am sure that you will find it is older individuals like Mr. Anderson and not the younger generations that have a problem with this type of “division”. If people would just mind their own business and stop screaming “racial divide” for everything that goes on in our community I am sure we would live a more peaceful life. If Mr. Anderson and others like him, (black and white included) would just look around they would see that the younger generation gets along just fine and mixes quite well. With this kind of ignorance being thrown around the next thing we are gonna hear is that the Cinco De Mayo party that Lafiesta has each year is not fair because it is for “hispanic” individuals. Come on people wake up, we may live in the south but it is not the same south we lived in 50 yrs ago or even 10 yrs ago. Everything is NOT about race until someone like Mr. Anderson starts making it about race. And furthermore, I can’t believe that the Democrat would even allow an article like this to be printed to start such an uproar in the community. What is the point? All it is going to do IS divide a community.

  • Anonymous

    ok, so what is the Zydeco Festival that takes place in Sibley if it is not a festival for “blacks”…. This article is based on ignorance and if you take a poll and I am sure that you will find it is older individuals like Mr. Anderson and not the younger generations that have a problem with this type of “division”. If people would just mind their own business and stop screaming “racial divide” for everything that goes on in our community I am sure we would live a more peaceful life. If Mr. Anderson and others like him, (black and white included) would just look around they would see that the younger generation gets along just fine and mixes quite well. With this kind of ignorance being thrown around the next thing we are gonna hear is that the Cinco De Mayo party that Lafiesta has each year is not fair because it is for “hispanic” individuals. Come on people wake up, we may live in the south but it is not the same south we lived in 50 yrs ago or even 10 yrs ago. Everything is NOT about race until someone like Mr. Anderson starts making it about race. And furthermore, I can’t believe that the Democrat would even allow an article like this to be printed to start such an uproar in the community. What is the point? All it is going to do IS divide a community.

  • Anonymous

    Wow ! Mr. Clarence wrote a letter but I guarantee you didn’t do the thing that would make a real difference . What is that ? Clarence and people like him should simply join the balloon race committee instead of throwing racial divide bombs . Look Clarence ! if you want to make a change join the balloon race committee . This is 2012 not 1950 .

  • Anonymous

    You must realize that most media in this country is liberal and they jump on stories like this . Don’t believe me , all you have to do is pay attention to the type stories they print . This one being a perfect example .

  • Anonymous

    To be fair to The Democrat, it is a public forum and as long as someone writes a letter to the editor signed by its author, they have a right to be heard. On the other hand, Mr. Anderson is clearly trying to foment unrest between the races. This is the biggest event we have all year, rivaling the other tourism-related events. The Low Rider band and a few black bands aren’t enough to satisfy you? Please. Get a life.

  • Anonymous

    Correction, Babaloulou- the balloon race IS THE biggest event! It has no “rival” as far as drawing power, popularity and numbers. Let the balloon races live for years, ’cause we need it!

  • Anonymous

    Poor Mr. Anderson; YOU SIR ARE THE RACIST. I didn’t see a sign ANYWHERE during the Balloon Race that said “whites only” OR “blacks only”. The music DOES NOT define the race. If you don’t like the band; don’t go…it’s that simple.

  • KatieVictoria

    WOW! Are you kidding me! Get over your self! These “blacks” ruin events like this! There are WAY to many “blacks” who go to these events, such as the balloon races, and there is always something that happens, rather its something to do with drugs or fights, the cops always get called on blacks! Now, please note, I am in no way being racist! I have a ton of friends who are black, but they are not into drugs and they sure arnt “thugs”. A few years back, I had this black woman steal my phone right from under me when I dropped it on the ground. I seen her take it and run off. She calls my mom and tells her she “found” my phone and wants a reward. My parents called the cops on her and forced the woman to give back my phone. When I went this year, I went to the vidalia side to the fair, and there were so many people, majority of them are black, and so very rude. They let there kids run wild and running into me, my 10 month old son, and my pregnant friend. They threw trash every where, there were girls fighting very loudly, there was guys smoking weed by the bathrooms, and just the most trashy people I have ever seen in my life! They need to keep them kind of people away from the natchez side so that civilized people can bring there kids to the fair and actually have fun! And just to let you know, they have event for blues shit for people like you. And also the balloon races have been around for years. Why all of the sudden do you think they would change it all up for more trashy black people to come??!?

  • Anonymous

    KatieVictoria, you are gonna give white people a bad reputation! Some of your remarks are very racist, and I AM sorry to say that. Oh well…trash is trash…

  • vilou09

    I agree with you. Not all whites share this girl’s viewpoints.

  • Anonymous

    LOOK LIKE MR. ANDERSON CRAWL UNDER THE SKIN OF SOME RACIALIST THIS MORNING. IT’S SO LOL. SOMEONE HAS THE NERVES TO SAY THE N.D. SHOULDN’T HAVE PRINTED THAT ARTICLE, BUT AS LONG AS THE N.D. IS PRINTING GARBAGE FROM THE RACIALIST I SUPPOSE IT’S ALRIGHT, ANOTHER LOL. THERE’S A BOOK OUT TITLE ” WHATS WRONG WITH WHITE PEOPLE ” IT’S A GOOD BOOK TO READ. NOW BACK TO THE N.D.; “ONE” OF THE REASON NEWS PAPERS WAS SET UP WAS TO KEEP COMMUNITIES DIVIDED. THEY WASN’T SET UP TO BRING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER. AS LONG AS WHITES-ONLY HAD A VOICE IN THE N.D. OR ANY OTHER PAPER, EVERYTHING WAS ALRIGHT. THE N.D. LIKE MANY MORE SMALL TOWN NEW PAPER FEEDS ON DIVIDING THE COMMUNITY. ANYONE IN THERE RIGHT MIND THAT READ THE N.D. DAILY CAN’T SEE WHAT’S IT’S ALL ABOUT GOT TO BE CRAZY. I’VE SAID BEFORE AND I’LL SAY IT AGAIN; THE N.D. HAVE A WONDERFUL STAFF, THE STAFF IS EAGERED TO VENTURE OUT MORE IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT THERE’S *ONE* THING HOLDING THEM BACK > “THERE BOSS” <. I RESPECT THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS, KIDS, AND THERE FAMILY DEARLY. BUT AS A DAILY READY OF THE N.D. I'VE WORN-THIN ON SEENING AND READING ABOU THEM IN THE N.D. THERE'S SO MUCH MORE IN THE COMMUNITY TO PRINT. I STARTED POSTING COMMENTS IN THIS N.D. AFTER THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED. THE REASON I STARTED WAS BECAUSE HOW THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HIM LIKE A DOG. AND WHAT I NOTICE ABOUT THE N.D. THEY WERE LOVING EVERY INCH OF IT. WHEN I CAME IN WITH MY COMMENTS, GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT I WENT THREW TRYING TO POST COMMENTS. I WENT THREW PURE-O-D-HELL. I STARTED MANY TIME TO GIVE IT UP, BUT SOMETHING INSIDE KEPT TELLING ME I HAD THE SAME RIGHTS AS OTHER POSTING COMMENT. THIS *ONE* PERSON SENT ME THREW HELL. THAT'S HOW I KNOW HE LOVES THE NEGATIVE COMING FROM ON HIS SIDE.. BUT GETTING BACK TO THE ARTICLE; MR. ANDERSON HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRINT WHAT HE WANTS, AND FOR THOSE THAT'S HEAD SO HARD YOU COULDN'T DRIVE A NAIL THREW IT WITH A TEN POUND HAMMER, YOU CAN KISS WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE.

  • Anonymous

    You never disappoint, Dave. So, you think Mr. Anderson “HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRINT WHAT HE WANTS” in someone else’s privately owned newspaper? Of course you do. I have no doubt you think some people are entitled to what is owned by others. The Democrat prints a great deal about Natchez public schools and it’s students as well as many, many stories and features about black residents and black organizations. For whatever reason you try to pretend they don’t as some weak justification for your deep-seeded racial hatred. I really do pity you as I pity the blind or the deaf. They have disabilities that cause them to miss some of the most beautiful things in life. Your disability is similar. While some are incapable of sight or hearing, you are incapable of reasonable thought and because of that you also miss some of the most beautiful things in life. But like the fish does not know he is wet, you are completely unaware of your crippling ignorance. I used to make fun of you a bit and for that I am sorry. You can’t help your disability. I understand that now. Hence, the pity.

  • Anonymous

    Hold on, if he started commenting after Obama was elected, we must assume he will quit commenting when Obama is defeated?
    There is a light at the end of the tunnel.