Stephon Clark

A newspaper columnist is out of a part-time job after she was let go for writing a column suggesting black men should stay home at night to avoid getting shot and killed by police.

Marcia Courson and The River Valley Times of Rancho Murieta, Calif., mutually agreed to part ways on Monday after the public backlash to her column.

The column referenced the shooting of petty criminal Stephon Clark who was killed by Sacramento police after they mistook his white cell phone for a gun.

Courson struggled to find an answer to the epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men.

She suggested black men might be better off staying home after dark to avoid getting killed.

"Hard to know what a young man wandering the streets at night might be up to and if he has a gun,” Courson wrote. “Police have to be careful not to overreact, and you black men might be better off at home after a certain hour.”

Some cities implemented curfew laws after civil unrest in the past. But curfews usually aren't implemented to save black men from the police.

Newspaper publisher Dave Herburger distanced himself from the controversy, saying he was out of town in the days before the column was published last week.

“Had I read the proofs prior to publication, I would have been able to avoid all this,” Herburger said.

“I would like to believe I would have at least edited out that one sentence, if not the whole thing,” Herburger said Monday.

Courson was a paid columnist for the last seven years, according to the AJC.com.

Herburger said he spoke to Courson immediately after the controversy erupted in the 5,000-person gated community 15 miles south of Folsom.

The newspaper has a circulation of about 5,600.

  • FukkFolks2018

    "Although nominally about Rancho Murieta, Courson’s columns, which started in 2012, offered opinions on issues from local to national, often with viewpoints that reflect Courson’s standing as an active Republican."

    This explains it all. Dont leave it out Sandra. She also looks about 85 years old.

    Sounds about white. Old, white, Republicant.

    Good fukkin riddance.

  • RaginB

    Bye bitch,ain’t nobody goin in the house early just cause hair trigger cops scared of every black man runnin AWAY from them.

  • AJ

    I see she's an advocate of the sunset cities or sundown towns. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I bet this Phyllis Schlafly looking heifer dreams about being bent over by some BBC.

  • SpillyNillie

    Racist fools always dishing out alternative ways for Black people to live. My Black ass gone move about and be free just like yo ass!

  • Ryan

    LOL

  • Ryan

    Living with hate ages you. I have no doubt that a few folks on this blog look like pickled pigs feet IRL.

  • Kanyade
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  • bella28498 .

    ni99a I am trying so hard not to laugh!!!!! Now I been said this!!! white ppl have a problem with black men just existing, they want you home after dark.

  • Latisaj

    If it came down to black people not getting shot by the cops we would have to stay in around the clock.. GTFOHWTBS

  • Ryan

    Did anybody else see that video of that old white bat slapping that black woman at a restaurant down in Macon? Ooohwweee these camera phones are not their friends. Back in the day they could get away with murder (literally)!! Shrivelled up old dog.

  • Kanyade

    they want you invisible

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yes, I saw it on Bossip yesterday.

    Both of the black females were uniformed military and one of them was pregnant.

    They called them black lesbians and chit too!!

  • SaltineCrackers

    And for those shot while the sun is up, what does she suggest they do?

  • klwbaby

    The inbred daughter said 10 big black men jumped on them.

  • Kemi

    She implied black men should be on curfew or risk getting killed by police. In short, black men are a danger to police at night. This is beyond laughable! These racist mofos continue to have a platform to spew their venom.

  • SpillyNillie

    And what the Black woman do?

  • Ryan

    For real?? They know there was video right? So apparently we got black folks coming outta the walls now. SMH

  • Ryan

    Recorded it.

  • klwbaby

    Right!! They magically appeared to jump on her then disappeared before the cops showed up.

  • Rayne

    Lawd ham mercy! She done got into some shitz! ????

  • klwbaby

    Next, she probably want black men to walk around naked just to be sure they don't have any weapons on them.

  • bella28498 .

    They already wear their pants down.

  • Quitedeliteful

    She said what she said and as a result she got what she deserved. I'm happy with the result...

  • Ladyshopper

    And so do white guys

  • bella28498 .

    I don't see it.

  • Jethro

    Cops don't take daytime off either.

  • SumthinSweeter

    then you are death, blind and slow. these whites kids are out here immolating everything black and urban.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Walter Scott was shot in broad daylight. So was
    Tamir Rice. I really don't think it's the time of day that's causing unarmed black men to be shot.

  • Reenaface

    Courson was a paid columnist for the last seven years, according to the AJC.com.

    *Well, now she's on the cheese line trying to eat*
    The comments that she wrote about black men needing to be home by a certain hour had connotations to when some towns had what was called sundown towns back in the day. Basically, it was safer if Black people weren't caught outside during night time.

  • We Can Do This

    I think that's what she was getting at.

    Politely saying, Go Back To Africa! Lol!

  • Latisaj

    We Can Do This I would HAPPILY go back and hope to be welcomed with open arms. #SincereandTione'#Americaaintforme!

  • http://playrnb.com PL?Y R&B

    she told the truth though! If you a black man you cant really do anything

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Honestly, the idea and practice of curfew is the BEST thing that could happen to black men/people. Back in the day, as a kid, we had to be in the house before the street lights came on. Today, kids stay out all over the city and the neighborhood all times of night. In Chicago, there are youngsters running around downtown and in the hood practically terrorizing people. NOT with their parents, all alone with their friends. And our parks close at 11 pm but you know -- there are people in the parks until wee hours of the night.
    I don't recall young black (men) being killed like they are now back in the day. Because they were on the block or in the house. There was curfew and you had to have your arse on the block at night.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    I would take it further than the police shooting black men. How about black men shooting black men?

  • dontgetblocked

    All I know is that if I see a group of black men day or night, I grab my purse and get away quickly. Many young black men are rude, aggressive, demeaning towards black women, thieves, drug dealers, dumb, shiftless, cheaters, bad baby daddies, unemployed, low morals, have a record, down-low, diseased, broke and will destroy your life.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Don't say "many". "Some" black men are loud and bring attention to themselves. The really decent respectful black men keep a low profile, not hanging on the corner, running or driving around the city being loud and obnoxious. For some reason "some" of us don't know how to be quiet. We gotta be loud all the time. The really decent respectful black man is in church; going to school; working, being responsible.
    It's the others that scare the shy^T out of me when I'm out.

  • We Can Do This

    I have given this much thought. Ghana has extended an offer to us most recently.

  • Kemi

    I know where you are coming from. Let’s look at serial killings, school shootings, mass murders, unjustified police shootings etc which are mostly done by whites including political and corporate crimes such as the watergate, contra-gate, Enron, the mob etc whose misdeeds have done so much to rattle our country. Black on black crimes are used as a camouflage to really investigate into some of these problems we are faced with. Does these crimes committed by whites not bother you?

  • dontgetblocked

    I'll downgrade it to a lot of black men. It's sad that the idiots ruin it for the good black men.

  • Hmmm~?

    That's... a very extreme interpretation. She obviously meant that it would be beneficial if black men stayed home late at night, to avoid any potential confusion/loss of life. Not sure how you got anything other than that.

  • DroneRivers

    No, Marcia. The BEST thing that could happen to Black men/people of color would be for law enforcement to stop killing them. And I don't know what's "back in the day" to YOU, but Blacks have always been killed/oppressed. Remember slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow era?

    This is victim blaming just like when Geraldo Rivera tried to blame Trayvon Martin for his own death and suggested Blacks should stop wearing hoodies. No, how about you stop operating on your fears, prejudices and hate? We don't need to change a damn thing.

  • DroneRivers

    And not a single one of those attributes warrants a shooting death in the street.

  • DroneRivers

    Thank you! So was John Crawford in Walmart, Alton Sterling, Mike Brown, Eric Garner choked out, all during the day. Time of day means nothing.

  • Kemi

    How’s that an extreme view? And instituting curfews will benefit whom overall? Crimes and murders are committed during broad daylight in any crime infested neighborhoods.
    It’s been 96 years since white mobs destroyed the black Wall Street, which in turn led to more violence and crimes in the black communities. Read up on it please.

  • Latisaj

    If I were you I would certainly look into it.. We never had a chance over here so why stay. I'd feel free in my natural inhabitant.

  • Malcom Flex

    Those sisters handled it like a CHAMP those whites acted like animals. Proud of them they didn't go HAM. That's what bigots want, BP to lose our shiz and they call the cops on us.

  • hottlanta

    But you ain't scared to get on an elevator with a white man by yourself. I will be looking for you on the ID Channel. All of those traits of a black man you described Trump to a tee.

  • hottlanta

    Well one good black man applied to 20 colleges and got accepted and folks still said bad things about him while they were trying to put a serial killer on a suit/tie and some deodorant for killing those kids and make him a decent, law abiding citizen. They called him smart and called the young black man who got accepted into all of those colleges obnoxious.

  • hottlanta

    Sick of black folks who don't fight back called heroes and folks proud they held back. You would be mad at me for knocking the hell outta that azz. That is that ole slave mentality. Massa can slap me and it is all good.

  • hottlanta

    She had no problem with Jeffrey Dahmer walking the streets and Son of Sam getting their victims at night but what black men in the house.

  • bella28498 .

    U single mothers have to do a better job raising your sons.

  • bella28498 .

    I just don’t see it

  • NeverSurprised

    We don't need to change a damn thing? REALLY?

    7,881 blacks were murdered in 2016. Although we are only 13% of the population, 1,305 MORE blacks were murdered than whites.

    Only 233 of those blacks were killed by cops. An additional 243 were killed by whites. That leaves a remaining 7,000 PLUS black lives taken by OTHER BLACKS. That number is 900 more than were killed in 2015.

    nypost.com/2017/09/26/all-that-kneeling-ignores-the-real-cause-of-soaring-black-homicides/amp/

    How can black people continue to lie to themselves, pretending that COPS represent the biggest threat, when police killings aren't even a drop in the bucket compared to the THOUSANDS of killings we perpetrate against EACH OTHER?

    By the way, the total number of blacks killed by cops in 2016 was 233, but the total number of whites killed by cops was twice that at 466.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2016/

  • NeverSurprised

    I don't have an opinion on the curfew issue, but I do know that 7,881 blacks were murdered in 2016 (900 more than in 2015) and over 7,000 of those deaths came at the hands of black males. We can pretend otherwise if we want, but I've never understood what is to be gained by closing our eyes to the harsh reality that results in the deaths of THOUSANDS of our own people each year. Shootings by cops is not the "epidemic". It is what blacks are doing to each other.

  • DroneRivers

    I was referring to THIS topic. We don't need to change a thing as in we don't need a curfew or to wear less "threatening" clothes or any other BS respectability crap White people wanna suggest.

  • Ryan

    I come from a military family and knew they would handle themselves with respect before even watching the video.. Unlike that foaming at the mouth fiend mad about us using our voice more.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Lady you are clearly a white troll. Get a life.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    People are going to die. Black people are going to die as well and just like every other race the majority of those murders will come from the hands of the same race as those they predominantly live around.

    The issue is not black men dying (that is not a cop out excuse) the issue is black men being murdered by police officers unjustly and those officers not being punished for it. I am pretty sure murder is still illegal across the board and the men who killed those 7000 black men were a majority arrested and or convicted.

    And black men being killed by other black men is not an epidemic, not with a mere 7000 across a country of 360 million people unless you think black men shouldn't be getting killed at all. Which is clearly a double standard as you have no issues with white, Asian, and Hispanic men dying or being killed by people of the same racial background.

    People need to stop making excuses for unfair and partial treatment by people who are supposed to UPHOLD the law, not break it by committing the most egregious acts against it.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    in the 60's and 70's murders were almost double what they are now yearly

  • Ladyshopper

    EXACTLY!!!!!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    "“Had I read the proofs prior to publication, I would have been able to avoid all this,” Herburger said. “I would like to believe I would have at least edited out that one sentence, if not the whole thing,” Herburger said Monday."
    ______________________________________

    That is a cop-out! With all the electronic communication going on. I'm sure he COULD have proofed it if he wanted to. He let it go and now wants to "distance himself" from the controversy. He should have a back up if he is completely unavailable.. SMH

    OWN IT, SIR!

  • Bossy704

    PoPo will bust in your house accuse you of robbing it and shoot you on sight. Staying inside has nothing to do with it and she should have lost her job. If Black Men can't exercise the same basic rights as every one else the THERE IS A PROBLEM!

  • TrollingStoned

    Black people get shot by police in broad daylight too and without guns ????? Murieta is a small city not too far from where I live in SoCal. I think they just thought it would slip under the radar which is why no one edited it out

  • Karen Brady

    I love it when you bring up the ID Channel.. lol

  • Karen Brady

    Philando

  • Karen Brady

    Nah, if they were invisble the white man couldn't keep an eye on them

  • parisjok

    i am black and some what agree with her at times

  • parisjok

    great great remark and very very true

  • Jefferey Franklin

    So does a white KKK member and racist white woman. The fact you are black doesn't make the her words any less offensive or ignorant.

    If any white celebrity said these same things you would likely be offended and want the persons head on a platter. But because its a black woman that makes it okay?

    The black man already has enough people against him in this world with pea brained black women who think they are gods gift to white men sticking knives in our back.......