By Steve Large

RANCHO MURIETA (CBS13) — Inside the pages of the small, weekly Rancho Murieta newspaper the River Valley Times, the sentence generating big backlash is an opinion piece written in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark.

It reads, “police have to be careful not to overact and you black men might be better off at home after a certain hour.”

The line is drawing a swift reaction.

David Lee and his family live in the gated community where the paper is circulated.

“Just disgusting,” he said. “I mean, that’s how I feel about it.”

According to The Sacramento Bee, the latest census data shows 89 percent of residents who live in Rancho Murieta are white. One percent are black.

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Brandon Cager is part of that one percent with his family and says the column doesn’t reflect the community.

“We’ve lived out here what, a year and a half and been welcomed and never had any issues on that,” Cager said.

Marcia Courson wrote the controversial column. She did not respond to CBS13 calls seeking a comment.

Her boss, publisher Dave Herburger did.

“We don’t condone the notion of a minority curfew,” Herburger said in a phone interview.

“(The column) is the definition of tone deaf on this issue.”

“I called in the morning and let her know I was upset,” Herburger said.

Herburger took blame for allowing the piece to be published, citing a short staff, that left no editor to read the column before it went to print.

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Courson has been a freelance writer for the paper for 10 years.

A small town columnist choosing the high-profile Stephon Clark shooting for her subject is leaving readers seeking an explanation.

“Why would you say something like that,” Lee said.

Herburger said he expected an explanation for readers to be printed in next week’s edition. He had not determined if the Courson will face discipline.

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Comments (62)
  1. When whites live near blacks, tension is an understandable consequence. The way to resolve it is Just not to live near each other and express respect and courtesy when interacting with each other.. It’s not rocket science

  2. Why would anyone object to such a great idea,if they came home earlier they would live longer.

  3. Walk fast, fists made, jaw set, averting eye contact with black males. Work out often so physique presents willingness to fight back if attacked. Leaving a store, never walk straight line to car, be quick to load items, watching area for thugs.

    Even after circuitous subterfuge, a black gangster was sprinting toward my car as I exited the parking lot recently. He had been with a group of black males hanging out in a group between cars, cat calling me and other people.

    Finally, leave shirt untucked to imply a gun is carried, whether one is or not.

    1. keep hand on pistol in pocket with safety off…oh sorry, california, carry on

  4. De Leweye says:

    I was going to post a reasonably coherent comment, but got tired of reading and then writing around the mandatory video currently covering about 25% of the screen. With other ads, promos, photos and general BS also on the page, it’s hard enough just to find the “content” at all. On one page somewhere else a couple of days ago, I had to close three “slide-overs” before I could read a page already half filled with ads etc. Both web publishers and advertisers are cutting their throats with this bull.

  5. Jack Murphy says:

    There was no suggestion of a curfew in that article.

  6. Carl Fales says:

    Pro tips for how not to get shot by a police officer:

    # 1 – Do not get caught breaking into cars.

    # 2 – When you do get caught…do not run away from the police officer attempting to arrest you.

    # 3 – Obey the lawful commands of the police. Do not pull out your cell phone at night when the policy are attempting to arrest you…because they might mistake your cell phone for a gun.

    It really is that simple. You can avoid 99.99% of any potential negative interactions with the police by simply obeying the law.

  7. Respect property. Don’t break windows. Respect authority. It starts in the home, then school, and ends with police chasing a noncompliant thug at night and ends with him being noncompliant. ….and you black men might be better off respecting authority.

  8. Billy Woody says:

    Ummm, he did not say there should be a curfew, he only suggested that they might be better off staying inside after a certain time. A curfew is something enforced by the gov. This was just a suggestion for their own safety.

  9. Jeff Smith says:

    Remember, unless we pretend that we do not know who commits the crime and unless we pretend that we do not know where it is safe and where it is not, we are racist.

  10. In my opinion there should have been a curfew for all who didn’t have a valid reason for being in the area and not just limiting it to minorities who are probably not the minority in the area anyway. Curfews should be for all and not just singling out one group or another.

  11. Rob Lynn says:

    She must be punished and silenced for her honest opinions!

  12. Mark Mach says:

    Every black person in the news for being shot failed to do what an officer told them to do. I guess they thought they could decide whether to comply or not. THIS is the problem. Every race must do what an officer commands you to do. Black people are dying because their leaders don’t want to tell them this.

  13. Will Ford says:

    The FERALS that roam all hours of the night are going to make trouble. Curfew would be nice if you want to stop the damage.

  14. “We don’t condone the notion of a minority curfew,” Herburger said in a phone interview.

    Who is this “We” you speak of.

  15. This paper should’ve written an article in support of taxpayer-funded universities throwing parties in which whites aren’t allowed. In our New And Improved post-American utopia, only discrimination against non-elite white people is permissible.

  16. Truth and facts are always the first casualties when progressivism/communism take over.

  17. junglecogs says:

    Truth is not Politically Correct.

  18. Wow, I get the feeling neither publisher Dave Herburger nor CBS13 expected 100% of these comments to side with the provocative editorial, proving once again the disconnect between the hoi polloi and our Grey Poupon betters.

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