Kane Co. (ECWd) –
After months of attempts in forbidding certain elected officials from listening to recordings of past closed meetings, it appears the naked monkey has finally been put on the table. Yes, U46 Board member Traci O’Neil Ellis will get her chance to prove Board Member Ward lied and can do so by voting YES to release the recording on Monday’s agenda. Or she will vote NO and claim Ward lied without taking any steps to prove it. The reference to putting the naked monkey on the table is one from Ellis during a past meeting. We covered that escapade in this article.
We are placing our bets on Ellis voting NO on this matter but do hope we are proven wrong.
The agenda item states:
A motion is requested to release to the public the audio recording of the Board of Education’s self-evaluation which took place in closed session on January 25, 2014 because the need for confidentiality no longer exists. Said audio recording must exclude any mention of any matters that are legally exempt from public disclosure, including but not limited to individual student information and/or information related to specific employee/staff evaluations, and the Board directs Administration to supply the January 25, 2014 closed session audio to the Board’s outside legal counsel to review and redact those areas exempt from public disclosure prior to the release of said audio.
I find the write up on this matter quite interesting. They have sent the tape to outside counsel instead of using their own counsel and directed him to make redactions of applicable information. Considering we have seen this move before with other public bodies, we would not be surprised to find more than just exempt information getting redacted.
Ellis insists she made no reference to members of the public nor any reference to certain politics being similar to a 21st century brand of the KKK, however, past board members have confirmed such references were made.
After seeing Ellis’s public Facebook post where she makes reference to the GOP Convention as the “Klanvention”, I suspect the truth of the matter is she probably did make such a reference during the past closed meeting. The racial overtones in her facebook post are clear, so, Ms. Ellis, please put the Naked Monkey on the table and encourage every board member to Vote YES to release the audio in question so the people will know the real Traci Ellis.
Of interest is those who “liked” her comment, of which the Board Attorney was one of them. What kind of School Board member, who happens to be an attorney, and Board Clerk, who is also an attorney, refers to an entire group of people exercising their rights as a Klanvention? Is this what we want in the position of leadership in an institution responsible for educating children? Seriously, what message did Ms. Ellis just send to every student in that school? I believe a message of hate and racism. Considering she was not at the GOP convention, nor ever met the vast majority of those there, what other possible justification can there be to refer to Americans exercising their political rights as a Klanvention?
Ms. Ellis, you are what is wrong in American right now! Do us all a favor and resign.
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Danni SmithPosted at 21:12h, 14 August
TRACI-THERE’S a lot of black people RIOTING right now IN Milwaukee, RIGHT NOW. A black man armed with a gun, shot at police, black police, and now he is dead. Don’t you want to be there with Sheriff Joe Clark????? Get your naked monkey movin, quickly! Your people need your dumbness.
SafeLibrariesPosted at 22:41h, 14 August
“she makes reference to the GOP Convention as the ‘Klanvention'”
Obviously she knows nothing of history.
Danni SmithPosted at 10:34h, 17 August
Obviously traci knows little about little. Here she is, an elected black school board member. How did that happen? By her attitude against white people, one would think she was elected by blacks, only. So here is a little history, from Arkansas, no less, the political earth that grew the Clintons, no doubt, traci’s picks. In 1957 the democratic governor of Arkansas, orval faubus, called out the National Guard to block entry of nine “Negro” students from entering Central High in Little Rock Arkansas. The then Republican President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower, sent in Federal Troops to install the integration. And now traci, who is black, sits on a school board where the school integration is as American as apple pie, and calls Republicans, the GOP, klans people. Start looking at this person, traci, as having a thinking process that is abnormal. School Boards need healthy and rational thinking people, no
t unhealthy and twisted thinking.
Warren J. Le FeverPosted at 09:54h, 15 August
This is really an interesting article and something all those interested in public matters should know about. It shows that recordings of closed meetings kept from the public can be (and are) altered by sending them to outside counsel. That’s why I wanted the recordings checked by a forensic specialist to see if they had been altered and that’s why I filed the lawsuit against the City of Marshall. I not only lost the lawsuit but the local media NEVER told the public including local residents about that specific problem. Despite the recent amending of the Open Meetings Act, there’s plenty of wiggle room for attorneys to cover up crooked deals This is something that needs to be fixed in the Open Meetings Act so wrongful secrets in secret meetings against the public good can be exposed. We need to amend that part of the Open Meetings Act and correct this problem.
Danni SmithPosted at 22:20h, 15 August
There is genetic defect I see in a large number of the black rioters in Milwaukee. It has to do with thinking, which is necessary to process information. traci does not know the klansmen were all democrats. (A point of information processing). traci doesn’t know the Republicans fought and died for black freedom. (A point of information processing) traci doesn’t know that in America black people get to high levels of authority-like doj, potus, senator, congressmen, even attorneys, (another, point of information processing). I wonder why black people in Africa, Haiti, have not advanced through the process of progress? Are there klansmen there? Still unable to thrive? Why? Sometimes I see a genetic defect even in those who made it here in “white America”. So where is the oppression? traci has a boulder on her shoulder.
DavidPosted at 06:42h, 16 August
Oh my goodness. This has got to be the most rascist comment I have read on the Wathchdog site. This comment is just so crazy and just so so wrong. Anyway congrats go to Simone Manuel, the first African American women to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming!!!
Danni SmithPosted at 09:03h, 17 August
Apparently you do not read the Watchdogs routinely. You think it’s racist to say black riots are demented actions? The Watchdogs reported that traci said the GOP convention was a “klansvention”. If you had read that comment and did not view that comment as racist, one can only muse about your understanding of racism. Sheriff Joe Clark said the rioters are “jungle animals” and the result of indiscriminate breeding into “fatherless homes”. Is that racist? I shall repeat it. Is that racist? The problem with traci is her racism. This is a person on a school board where the school has in attendance, white children with white parents. traci’s attitude toward a board member has been so egregious as to clearly show her racist attitudes against white people. If you cannot see the term “klansvention” as beyond ignorant or traci’s genetic defect, take your pick, you too have some issues. And I add this; in my work career there several black people whose careers I catapulted. Because, I do not have a racist bone in my body, but a total understanding of damaged thinking/deficit processing. If you think traci is on the right side of the argument, then where is her progress? I see only her damage, to white parents and children, to tax payers, to the operation of the school board, to community and board intra-relationships.