In South Dallas, Blacks and Koreans Are at it Again, and a Girl's Scholarship is in the Crossfire

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South Dallas could soon look something like this, just times 500, and with a lot more sweat.
We all remember the Kwik Stop protests, right? When some black civic leaders led some of their constituents in a picket against a South Dallas Korean storeowner named Tommy Pak, increasing racial tensions in the neighborhood until media braved the Trinity to report on the story and found that, actually, the protests were based on Grade-A B.S., peddled by one particularly racist fringe leader named Jeffery Muhammad? And the DMN's opinion writers opined, and The Observer's Observerers observed, and it ended in a cover story and, somehow, lots of press for Sandra Crenshaw, and black and Korean leaders joining to sing Kumbaya on MLK Boulevard and create financial and spiritual partnerships in the shadow of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Koreatown Riots?

Well, yesterday was supposed to be the culmination, the solidification of racial ties in the form of a selfless act for South Dallas resident Bria Bradshaw. But it it didn't quite turn out that way.

If her name sounds familiar, it's because the 16-year-old made it through elementary school, middle school, three years of high school, disease, boredom, curiosity, puberty and a Mavericks NBA World Championship without ever missing a day of class. Her impeccable record is due, at least in part, she says, to the fact that she remembers Dallas ISD making her a promise in fourth grade that if she made it through graduation having never missed a day of class, ever, they'd give her a $25,000 scholarship to college. She's a year away from graduation, and she'll probably make it to the Promised Land with perfect attendance -- but there's a problem. DISD reneged on the deal. Maybe. We called DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander yesterday, who said in so many words that no one knows what Bradshaw is talking about.

"We've gone back and talked to everyone," Dahlander said. "I spoke to the principal at her school. I talked with the principal that followed him. I talked to the current principal. I talked to teachers. So no one knows what happened. We've never even offered a scholarship like that."

Turns out it doesn't matter -- or didn't matter -- because the new Korean and black alliance decided to give Bradshaw a scholarship for college. It would be the first scholarship given, and it would signify the conception of a scholarship fund, which would help finance South Dallas students' education for years to come.

Yesterday, the new coalition scheduled a presser for 12:30 at the Kwik Stop to announce the scholarship and the healing of racial wounds on the exact spot they were once split asunder. Unfair Park showed up. But there was a problem. No one else was there. No cameras. No Bradshaw. No leaders.

The two sides met as recently as Tuesday, but after a squabble over money and fair shares on Wednesday night, the aspirational coalition can no longer even call itself that. Ted Kim, VP of the Korean Society in Dallas and the most visible Korean throughout the peace talks, tried to play down the breakdown.

"At first I was really upset," he admitted, "but it's a small, little hiccup now, the way I see it."

Mickey Wright of the Justice Seekers didn't see it quite that way, though.

"We feel like they misled us and lied to us," Wright said of the Korean contingent. "We don't feel that they respect us."

According to Wright, Korean business owners only came up with $1,000 total, a negligible amount in comparison to today's cost of college. Apparently the two sides also couldn't agree on who should pay how much.

Ted Kim declined to elaborate, citing the gravity of the subject. But Wright wasn't so cautious: He told Unfair Park that one black paper, Elite News, is even calling for all blacks to boycott Korean-owned stores -- one week after putting Pak on its cover.

What made the Kwik Stop protests fascinating was the speed in which black leaders signed onto fight a racial cold war based on nothing more than lies spewed by one particularly hateful man. Pak, not a saint by any means, was found to be mostly innocent of Muhammad's accusations, yet his business and family still suffered. Four months later, an innocent 16-year-old is suffering because the same biases and egos and distrust were thrust ahead of the girl's welfare.

For now, anyway. There's always time for another round of Kumbaya.


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Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

The young Lady in question is Black, and the commitment ,she said was made by former Supt.Heney if my information is correct.Why don't all the Black Leaders  social and civic groups collect the $24,000.+1,000 from Koreans that  makes $25,000.00. I knew it would be trouble if money was discussed.When will people understand beggin days are over.I hope Koreans put a stop to it all.

Fuckme
Fuckme

The problem with South Dallas is not money.  It's the people, black in particular.   Be that as it may, why is the mostly white educated Dallas Observer always picking on these people.  If it wasn't for scuzzy areas like South Dallas and Deep Ellum, your rag would be out of business.  Any corrupt rich white people out there?  I'm sure Mark Cuban has fucked up somewhere.

cp
cp

Greg, I realize you're new here and trying to fill Shutze's shoes on the subject while he's gone, but a (small) bone of contention: This is store is located NORTH of the Trinity River... 

Mike
Mike

Why would somebody call the press conference without a deal concluded? Why would anyone think a bunch of Koreans had anything to do with what DISD said or did not say 10 years ago?

Same answer to both questions. These Commissioner Price wannabes forgot a needed element: competence. Commissioner Price has many faults, but no one has said he was not a very sharp tool in the shed. South Dallas needs to toss these so-called leaders aside or the city will move on without them until it needs their land.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Ok...so a young sister whos done right, gone to school daily and is in NHS is now being used as a pawn in a "12in on the table" turfwar.. This isnt the way grown people should act..

Mort_Nordel
Mort_Nordel

*SIGH*

I took 2 minutes on Google to research "Bria Bradshaw" and her plight.  Here is the article I pulled this information from:

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/ne... 

The second paragraph reads:"Bria Bradshaw, a Hillcrest High junior, has not missed a day of school since starting kindergarten at Kramer Elementary. She’s never even been tardy." 

A Google Maps search confirms what I already knew to be true, that Hillcrest HS and Kramer Elementary are located further NORTH than Park Cities.  Nice neighborhoods as I remember them.  What this issue has to do with the relationship between the coalitions in South Dallas is lost on me, perhaps the title of the post might reflect a more accurate statement "In South Dallas, Blacks and Koreans are at it again; Grass is green, Sky is blue" 

The good news is that she sounds like a bright, principled young woman whose membership in the National Honor Society and commitment to finishing school with no absences and tardies will likely allow her to reach her dream of going to college to study pharmacology, either via this scholarship or likely combined with others available to her (and my kid, for that matter) just like the majority of young men and women trying to pay for college.

Paul
Paul

I am guessing that the South Dallas leaders did not get their equity ...

NewsDog
NewsDog

Why isn't anyone doing some deep research to see who made that promise to Bria Bradshaw all those years ago?

Rangers100
Rangers100

Dallas has a real problem with people owning critical pieces of neighborhoods in which they choose not to live.  This is a huge problem in downtown as well... where storefronts sit empty while owners far, far away sit on the properties.

This isn't to excuse bad behavior from local leaders.  But store owners are naturally to engage communities very differently when they actually live in the communities themselves.

I'd love to see what, say, Park Cities residents would do if Highland Park Village was completely owned by South Dallas residents.  How well would they handle the natural disputes that inevitably arise in the course of commercial activity in such places?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

And how much money did Wright's side come up with?

Craigley
Craigley

It's Dallas - that's how y'all roll.  

RTGolden
RTGolden

Right, because grown people would never say, use funding for access to health care for poor and rural women as a pawn in their political turf wars.....

Perhaps you meant 'adults' when you said grown people.

Paul
Paul

 So is your point that as an African American her accomplishment does not count because of where she lives?

Just because she attends HHS does not necessarily mean that she lives in the HHS attendance zone.  DISD has this thing called "bussing" in order to achieve racial quotas.

Is it reasonable for me to conclude that only poverty stricken blacks are the ones that suffer from racial discrimination?

If so then aren't we talking about the results of economic disparity due to lack of earning abilities rather than discrimination due to skin color?

I don't understand the geographical relationship with respect to the Park Cities and the location of HHS.

Guest
Guest

In a not-all-interesting coincidence, my cousin whose father used to own several convenience stores in South Dallas also went to Hillcrest.

Greg Howard
Greg Howard

Don't want to rain on the parade, but the picture's from January. MLK Day, I believe. Interestingly, one of the reasons Pak was picketed was because the gas prices were just too high. Funny what difference a few months make.

Lisa Merito
Lisa Merito

 Why didn't you read the article?  

" We called DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander yesterday, who said in so many words that no one knows what Bradshaw is talking about.

"We've gone back and talked to everyone," Dahlander said. "I spoke to the principal at her school. I talked with the principal that followed him. I talked to the current principal. I talked to teachers. So no one knows what happened. We've never even offered a scholarship like that."

Guest
Guest

Almost all significant commercial property is owned by someone outside of the neighborhood.  This is true in HP, Downtown, Lakewood, Plano, Southlake, etc.  It's also true in NYC, LA, and Chicago.    

Rangers100
Rangers100

Have you ever considered moving to South Dallas?  You're obviously an intelligent person with resources that could be of great benefit to the community there.  Ever considered investing yourself in the community there, helping with work on these issues?

Mort_Nordel
Mort_Nordel

OK.... wow..... let me try this again.

My point is that this article reports a dispute between two South Dallas organizations who are opportunistically pushing their agendas over a cause for a young woman who lives in North Dallas, not in their constituency.

Prior commenters were talking about gentrification and the Park Cities was brought up as an example of those absentee owners.  Hence my obtuse reference to Park Cities being south of Hillcrest.

The fact that she attended elementary school in the same neighborhood as HHS would likely indicate that she is not being bused to Hillcrest.  But, again, instead of conjecture, one could take the time to look things up.  Barefoot Sanders removed the desegregation order in 2003 and declared the DISD in compliance.  If you still choose to believe that there is forced busing in the DISD, I guess you could argue that No Child Left Behind schools are there to address "racial quotas".  So looking at the posted bus schedule for the DISD:http://www.dallasisd.org/Page/... 

I don't see Hillcrest in that list.

Is your point that because she's African American, she's poor and lives in South Dallas?

L97vette
L97vette

 What they so conveniently failed to report is that a teacher and a counselor were there and remember the promise.  I emailed the Fox 4 reporter that originally broke the story and offered to put up $100 of my own money toward the fund, but never heard back.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Lets think... DISD covering their ass.  No.  Never done that before.

Edgar
Edgar

"what, say, Park Cities residents would do if Highland Park Village was completely owned by South Dallas residents"?

I'm pretty sure they would simply buy it.

Anon
Anon

You are right for the most part, but HP Village is actually owned by the Parkie crowd. I don't know if they live in Park Cities proper but they are local. Of course the example of someone from S Dallas owning HP Village is ridiculous. Anyone who could afford commercial property like that would long ago have gotten the hell out of S Dallas.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Have you ever considered moving to South Dallas?  You're obviously a person with resources that could be of great benefit to the community there.  Ever considered investing yourself in the community there, helping with work on these issues?  Or is that too far away from your Park Cities roots?

Besides, then you'd have to drive to get to your coffee shops and boutique stores and walkable block of the city, and we wouldn't want that.

Jay
Jay

Seems like whenever anyone with intelligence and resources moves to South Dallas and tries to invest in the community, they are met with protests and dirty politics. Mr Kim's business and the Inland Port Project are two very good examples.

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

Did you ever consider moving back to Highland Park? It's time to, son, the family has been missing you.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I lived in South Dallas. I was improving the community. Bought a vandalized, stripped to the studs foreclosure, rehabbed it and lived in it while I marketed it for sale. My additional donation to the "community" was in the form of a bag of power tools, an LCD tv, a dvd player, a laptop, a radio, some cash, some coins, and a vintage brass key that was in the lock to an armoire that was obviously too big to carry, but they did take a couple suitcases to haul away my donation.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Scruffy lives everywhere. Upside of being a spirit.

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

What fevered dream is this that bids to tear this company in twain? - Scruffy

Paul
Paul

 OK ... so you got me on the forced busing.  Nevertheless, the article said:

"Well, yesterday was supposed to be the culmination, the solidification of racial ties in the form of a selfless act for South Dallas resident Bria Bradshaw. But it it didn't quite turn out that way."

It is possible that Bria was bussed to Kramer since her attendance may have predated Judge Sander's ruling.

If she lives in South Dallas, it is possible that she could elect to attend HHS.

Basically, if the article says that she lives in south Dallas, why would I then conclude that she lives in the Preston Hollow / North Dallas area?

It sounds as if she needs to be held up as a role model to the community as to what DISD students are supposed to accomplish.

Bhut1313
Bhut1313

If someone offered her a $25000 scholarship, she should have gotten it in writing.

Edgar
Edgar

Sorry.  Reply was meant for Rangers100.

king
king

I also believe it.

king
king

Suburban- two daughter and a son-in-law I belive.  Bought from Henry s Miller

Guest
Guest

I'm pretty sure that at least part of the HP Village ownership is somehow related to the lady Schutze's favorite bridge is named after.

I think we're talking about two separate problems, though. The empty storefronts in downtown Dallas are largely (though not exclusively) absentee owners. They buy the place but never set foot inside them, sitting on them until they can flip the property or otherwise make money.

The people who have a legitimate problem with Tommy Pak have issues stemming from the fact that he isn't an absentee owner. He's there working in the store and, apparently, rubbing people the wrong way (though some of the animosity is very clearly made up).

The convenience store closest to me is owned by the oil company's home office in San Antonio. The guy who was working there last time I went in said he lived in Murphy and didn't share my skin color. You know how many protests I've seen there in my seven years of living in this neighborhood? Zero.

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