Watch "Levy's First Lie"
By DON P.
Levy says he wasn't kicked out of school
By DEREK HARPER Staff Writer,
1. ATLANTIC CITY - In television ads, Atlantic
City mayoral candidate Bob Levy sits next to his wife, Hazel, who turns to the
camera and says, "Bob was actually kicked out of Atlantic City High School for
DPH: [Levy is seen in this TV
Ad nodding in agreement when this now proven falsehood of Bob Levy being
"kicked out of school" for dating an African-American woman is
2. That is not entirely true,
Levy said. He dropped out rather than risk expulsion.
[If this is not true, then why did Levy produce and appear in the TV
ad, agreeing with this false statement to begin
3. Levy, who is white, said, in spring 1964,
"I was called in to the principal's office, and I was told that I had to stop
seeing" his future wife, who is black.
DPH: [Is there
anyone else living, who can corroborate that this so-called meeting ever
took place? And, since Levy's first campaign statement has now been proven to be
a lie, why should anyone believe him now that a dead Principal, who can not
defend himself, ever pressured Levy in this way in the first place? And, it is
important to note that there is no history to support Principal
William Faunce ever having these racially motivated tendancies at
4. They had been dating, Levy said, and that
offended some in the school.
DPH: [Levy was
not the only person involved in a multi-racial relationship in this period in
history. Why is he the only making these outrageous charges now in a campaign
for Mayor of Atlantic City? Mayor James Usry, an educator and administrator and
contemporary of Faunce in the AC School system and (the 1st African
Mayor in AC history), did not hold Levy back in his career, as he promoted Levy
to Chief of the Beach Patrol in 1991 above many others ahead of him. Everyone
knows by now how Levy repaid Usry, (by stabbing him in the back on the 1st
5. The principal at the time was William A.
Faunce, who retired in 1988 and died in 1991.
DPH: [And, now for
selfish political purposes, Levy is smearing a professional educator
and administrators legacy? My question for Bob Levy at this point, Have
you no shame?
I would ask Levy,
again, is there anyone else alive who can support this outrageous
claim, or only the dead guy who can't refute your
now convenient campaign charge, intended to extricate
yourself from the mess that you created?]
was told it had to end or I would never graduate from high school," Levy
DPH: [Can anyone
recall Bob Levy ever mentioning that he was "kicked out of Atlantic City High
School" before this political campaign for Mayor of Atlantic City? (As I
7. Levy decided to drop out of school rather
than be forced out. He then enlisted in the Army. His future wife graduated in
DPH: [What were the
real factors relating to Bob Levy in ACHS, i.e. his grade performances,
behavior, etc at the time? Could he have been possibly failing out of High
School and merely quit on his own, before he would be expelled
for some legitimate reason? Did Bob Levy enroll in School anywhere else? What is
the extent of Bob Levy's education? Did he graduate High School at all? And if
he was truly kicked out of ACHS for biased and racial reasons, (which has now
been proven to be a lie), why didn't he state where he did graduate from in the
south. And lastly, does anyone truly believe that the south of the 1960's would
have been "more tolerant" of a multi-racial relationship than the north in
Atlantic City, NJ?]
8. "I was in love," Levy said
this week. "There was no way I was not going to continue to see my girlfriend. I
was forced into the corner over there. What do you do? ... But it turned out
very, very good."
DPH: [Since there
were other well-known bi-racial couples (that I know personally) who did
graduate from ACHS in this very same era, how can Levy explain
that he is the only one who was singled out for this treatment by the
9. The Levys have been
married for 41 years.
[Congratulations! And ,this marriage has produced two very beautiful children,
10. When he enlisted, he was sent to Fort Dix,
where he underwent basic training and advanced infantry training. They were
married, and Levy was then sent to jump school at Fort Benning, in
DPH: [I salute Bob
Levy's proud military service. He is a Green Beret, who served 2 tours in
Vietnam, which is no small feat! ]
[However, he is not the man
to serve Atlantic City as Mayor at this important time in our areas
history. I think his arrogant misuse of public resources, and
desperate injection of race into this campaign disqualify him from
DPH: I should note that
whomever at The Press created the headline for Harper-Peele's story, (it's never
the writer themeselves), got it right: Levy Was Not Ever Kicked Out
of ACHS. Harper-Peele's story attempts to confuse rather than inform, but the
headline got it just right.
[In closing I would say to
The Press Reporter Derek Harper-Peele, shame on you for not asking any
of these pertinent questions yourself. Your transparent effort to run cover for
Bob Levy's floundering campaign for Mayor of Atlantic City is insulting to the
readers of your newspaper.
[In spite of your questionable
journalistic integrity, the people of Atlantic City are seeing through this
charade and getting to the truth without a true print watchdog for the public.
Proving once again, "That when The Press abandons itself to falsehood, it
is truly impotent"]. (Thomas Jefferson).
I would add that campaigns,
such as Bob Levy's, that abandon themselves to falsehood, are also
RELATED ARTICLE CLICK HERE: THE PRESS WATCH BY DON P. HURLEY
(APRIL 15, 2005)
April 23, 2005 HarryHurley.com