Paris, Texas, race relations dialogue turns into dispute -- chicagotribune.com "I'm here to talk about racism. I don't see any sense in playing games, pretending it doesn't exist," said Brenda Cherry, the African-American leader of a local civil rights group. "When you go in the schools and see mostly black kids sitting in detention—it's racism. In court, we get high bonds, we get longer sentences. If that's not racism, what is it?" Uh... black people just being bad? Jason Rogers, the youth pastor of a local black church, reminded the audience of the monument honoring fallen Confederate soldiers that sits on the front lawn of the county courthouse. "When I take my 5-year-old son up to the courthouse, and he says, 'Daddy, what's that?' the history I'm going to tell him is that those people fought to keep me a slave," Rogers said, as black members of the audience nodded in agreement. "It bothers my family that there's a large Confederate soldier outside the courthouse. I don't see the difference between a Confederate soldier and a Nazi soldier." Uh... so there's a black president, but your big concern is the Confederacy and the Nazis?