F amily Evicted from page A1
"The same little girl came to
my door later and asked if my son
could go to MacDonald's with her
and her farniiy," says Brownr
"They're evicting me because
of kids getting into squabbles."
She n6tes that there are only a
few black 'families in Woodsmill.
Her childreH are the only blacks that
play outside'. 1 '
Mullican says, "She was
evicted because of numerous inci
dents that her children weren't
supervised* Slje says she mailed
Brown thrjejjbr^four letters warning
her to control her children's behav
ior. One letter was certified, she
said. Brown verified that she
received a yellow slip in her mail
box but never went to the post office
to retrieve the letter.
Mullican agrees that white chil
dren were involved in Jthe same or
similar behavior as Brown's chil
dren. But she argues, 14Our point is,
the incidents kept on happening. It's
been different children in different
cases. We also asked her about their
language, not to use certain lan
Mullican and McGrady verified
that other tenants were notified
about their child" s behavior, but
were not given Eviction notices.
According to Brown, she vis
ited office ' manager Kimberly
McGrady iafct month and told her
that she felt she and her children
were being unfairly singled out.
"She said that every time some
thing happcjis;to black people, they
say it's racism," said Brown. "She
said she couldn't help it that more
black people can't afford to live
tore, and That The had "allowed'
more black families to move in than
Brown says when she asked
McGrady why the other children's
families were not evicted, McGrady
answered that they had complained
and Brown hadn't.
Asked if white children were
doing the same things that Brown's
children were, McGrady answered,
"I believe they were all doing the
same things, but they had been
warned just like her children had,
and we have to send so many
notices and then we take care of the
problem, and that's what we done."
Mullican says she sympathizes
with Brown. "I think Brenda's a
very concerned mother, but children
have to be looked after. It's unfortu
nate for single, working mothers.
She tries to do the best that she
Mullican vehemently denies
that either Vista Realty or the white
families who complained about
Brown's children were discriminat
ing against them because of race.
"Her children seemed to be
involved in something," she pauses
and laughs, "shall 1 say, more fre
quently." Then, in a ftiore somber
tone, she added, "We've not had any
racial problems out there.
Woodsmill's a nice place to live.
We have asked other families to
move because of their children. It
has nothing to do with race. We
don't even keep percentages. We
have nothing to hide, it's just that
things get blown out sometimes."
Brown is a secretary in Sara
Lee Corporation's health care
office. When her co_ workers heard
of her plight, they raised more than
S500 so she could consult an attor
Dr. David Rice, who manages
Sara Lee's health care plan and
supervises Brown, said of her, "She
is a model employee, one of the best
secretaries in the building, bar none.
It would be really difficult to believe
that the problem is with Brenda. It is
so incongruous. So many people
here are absolutely astounded."
Vicki Lathery, who works in
Sara Lee's human resources office,
said, "Something's not right about
this. If they have a problem with the
kids, they should let the parents
work it out."
Brown worries that the eviction
could mean that she will be perma
nently labeled an undesirable tenant
and a negligent mother.
"That's what bothers me the
most. My kids have been disciplined
well. I have very little tolerance of
misbehavior from my kids," she
says. "I tried to instill in my kids
that things are not just handed to
you. You have to work hard. And if
you're black, you have to work
As she packed her belongings
several weeks ago/she saw two of
the children involved in the inci
dents watching her, laughing and
asking the mock question: "Oh, are
Brown hopes to have the infrac
tions removed from her tenant file
and reclaim her good name,
although McGrady says she has no
intention of doing so. Mullican said,
"that would be discrimination, to
remove the infractions from her
Brown is disappointed with her
first attempts at retaining legal rep
resentation. Last week, attorney
Mickey Felsenburg agreed to repre
sent her and accepted a $225
retainer from Brown. But Felsen
burg, a senior partner at Elliot,
Pishko, Gelbin & Morgan, called _
Brown on Oct. 12 to say that the
other senior partners felt it would be
best for the Human Relations Com
mission to handle her case. Felsen
burg stated that the magistrate could
not instruct Vista Realty to make
changes in their tenant files. Brown
has been unable to reach Human
Relations Commission Chairman
Emery Rann, who has been out of
town for the past three weeks
Debate Reaction from pkge A1
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have been where Perot had an edge.
Perot responded more from the gut,
and did not appear to be as well-pro
grammed from the standpoint of
how to make the most out of the
media. Perot's ability to answer
questions ?hci give analogies that
people could relate to made him
clearly more of the person who
related to day-to-day issues of
the namele^fuid faceless masses.
? Nat tevia, WSSU director of
development: I wasn't that inter
ested in what Clinton and Bush had
to say; without Perot, this would
have been a boring rehash of pre
planned responses. I think this
shows that Americans are looking at
whether we need a manager rather
than a politician for president. Who
knows who that person will be?
Perot's value is that he challenges
the status quo.
A comedian recently said what
we really need is a black woman for
president: She'd say, 'Congress
won't do what? Don't make me
come out of my Oval office!'
Geneva Brown, school board
member-elect: Bush looked the
same. I'm not for four more years of
that stuff. Perot, I don't know
where he's coming from. He doesn't
have a plan. He was real flippant. I
hope the next debate will show us
some real issues and answers. I hate
in campaigns when they get nega
tive. I'm looking for somebody to
lead the country; I don't care what
Clinton did in 1969. I think Clinton
would do the most for education.
Bush hasn't done anything for edu
cation. Look at the things they've
cut, Head Start and all, even through
Nixon and Reagan years, it's still
Dr. Brian Blount, interim
chairman WSSU mass communl
cations department: 1 was disap
pointed that the whole debate
seemed to be a rehearsal. I think of a
debate as allowing insight into the
candidates' plans of actions for
solving problems. This seemed to be
repetition, and reflection of the past.
It wasn't a debate of ideas, it was
more of a character assisination.
I don't think anyone edged out
the othepDne. Perot was fresher with
his responses than the other two. He
was more down-to-earth in terms of
talking about what should be done
for the U.S. Clinton's proposed pro
grams would have more favorable
impact on black community. Perot's
programs get more at big business
Al Spain, national fleet man
ager for Flow Automotive: Mr.
Perot looked good, I liked what he
said, but he didn't tell me how he
was going to accomplish anything.
Clinton held his own. I think the
president should get off of what
Clinton did as a young man, and get
on with the issues of today. What
Bush said about the Civil Rights
Bill deterred me, because it didn't
do that much for civil rights. He
watered it down and tried to kill it,
then he was tried to take credit for
the bill itself. But the president did
good, considering he was the one
everybody had to shoot at.
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