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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:43 PM
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RWU chairman Papitto assailed over racial epithet
Source: The Providence Journal

Ralph R. Papitto, longtime chairman of the board of trustees at Roger Williams University and the man for whom its law school is named, stepped down Monday. The university said Papittos retirement was motivated by his age and his desire to spend more time with his family.

But a former trustee says Papitto, a board member for about 40 years and chairman for the last 18, was forced to resign after he uttered a racial slur at a May 2 trustees meeting. The trustee, along with two other trustees who demanded Papittos resignation, has since been removed from the board. She says they were terminated two without explanation as retaliation for pushing for Papittos removal.

Dr. Barbara H. Roberts, a trustee for two years and Papittos former cardiologist, said she decided to go public with Papittos conduct because of the gravity of the racist comment and her dismay at the way the trustees have handled the situation.

At the May 2 meeting, Roberts said, Papitto and the trustees were discussing a sternly worded report criticizing the boards lack of diversity of its 16 members, 14 are white men. Papitto became agitated, Roberts said, and used the word n----- while talking about diversifying the board.

Read more: http://www.projo.com/news/content/RWU_PAPITTO_07-14-07_...
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:58 PM
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1. The three trustees who asked him to resign were also fired!
The only two women on the board were removed, along with the only other trustee who asked the racist to resign.
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Mend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:11 PM
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2. has Papitto checked an atlas recently? Italy is about three feet away from
Africa. Just who does he think his family is descended from, the Swedes? BTW, Larva Bush was at the commencement with him this year...figures.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:31 PM
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3. According to the "out of Africa" theory
We are all descended from Africa.
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Mend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:40 PM
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4. exactly....and especially him.
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:17 PM
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5. Dennis Hopper has a great scene with Christopher Walken in "True Romance"
where Hopper elaborates upon what you're suggesting.

From http://www.godamongdirectors.com/scripts/trueromance.sh... :

"CLIFF: Could I have one of those Chesterfields now?
COCCOTTI: Sure. Coccotti leans over and hands him a smoke.
CLIFF: Got a match? Cliff reaches into his pocket and pulls out a lighter.
CLIFF: Oh, don't bother. I got one. (he lights the cigarette) So you're a Sicilian, huh?
COCCOTTI: (intensly) Uh-huh.

CLIFF: You know I read a lot. Especially things that have to do with history. I find that shit fascinating. In fact, I don't know if you know this or not, Sicilians were spawned by niggers.

All the men stop what they were doing and look at Cliff, except for Tooth-pic Vic who doesn't speak English and so isn't insulted. Coccotti can't believe what he's hearing.

COCCOTTI: Come again?

CLIFF: It's a fact. Sicilians have nigger blood pumpin' through their hearts. If you don't believe me, look it up. You see, hundreds and hundreds of years ago the Moors conquered Sicily. And Moors are niggers. Way back then, Sicilians were like the wops in northern Italy. Blond hair, blue eyes. But, once the Moors moved in there, they changed the whole country. They did so much fuckin' with the Sicilian women, they changed the blood-line for ever, from blond hair and blue eyes to black hair and dark skin. I find it absolutely amazing to think that to this day, hundreds of years later, Sicilians still carry that nigger gene. I'm just quotin' history. It's a fact. It's written. Your ancestors were niggers. Your great, great, great, great, great-grandmother was fucked by a nigger, and had a half-nigger kid. That is a fact. Now tell me, am I lyin'?

Coccotti looks at him for a moment then jumps up, whips out an automatic, grabs hold of Cliff's hair, puts the barrel to his temple, and pumps three bullets through Cliff's head.

He pushes the body violently aside. Coccotti pauses. Unable to express his feelings and frustrated by the blood in his hands, he simply drops his weapon, and turns to his men.

COCCOTTI: I haven't killed anybody since 1974. ..."
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Mend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:28 PM
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6. precisely....just a short canoe ride over....
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:20 AM
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7. See prior thread: Ralph R. Papitto resigned to spend more time using racist slurs against own family
Ralph R. Papitto has resigned to spend more time using racist slurs against his own family
Topic started by IanDB1 on Jul-15-07 06:45 AM (1 replies)
Last modified by rodeodance on Jul-15-07 07:11 AM
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