Boston Mass. – Officer who sent ‘jungle-monkey’ e-mail: ‘I am not a racist’

This is another case where one should just go ahead and resign.

When one holds such positions and/or serve in an elected office and makes ignant comments, they should just quit. There is no excuse and I have no sympathy for their consequences. You see this is very unprofessional and things like this should not happen on or off the record. When one holds such positions and/or serve in an elected office and makes ignant comments, they are always on record. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

‘jungle-monkey’ email

The Boston police officer who sent a mass e-mail in which he compared Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to a "banana-eating jungle monkey" has apologized, saying he’s not a racist.

Officer Justin Barrett, 36, told a Boston television station Wednesday night that he was sorry about the e-mail, a copy of which he also sent to The Boston Globe. He repeated his apology Thursday night on CNN’s "Larry King Live." (CNN)

Tarboro NC – Edgecombe residents wait on fast Internet

Edgecombe County officials continue to lend rural county residents a hand with high speed internet access issues.

But for Elm City resident Carolyn Crisp, help can’t come soon enough. Since last November, Crisp has had no success receiving broadband service from Embarq. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

Rocky Mount NC – Two businesses slated to locate in Crossing at 64

A new food mart with gas pumps and a Bojangles restaurant are expected to be coming out of the ground in the next few months at the Crossing at 64 project.

The retail projects, which would create more than 60 jobs, would be the first businesses in the mixed-use project, which has been in the planning stages for a decade. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

Edgecombe County Happenings on The DCN TV


Voices of Many Special Guest Principals Marc Whichard Martin Middle and Sylvia Cobb Pattillo A+ at Best Western Hotel Meeting Room July 16, 2009

Candlelight Vigil for Slain/Missing Women in Rocky Mount NC held at Dr. MLK Park Rocky Mount July 19, 2009

Edgecombe County Board of Elections Monthly Meeting July 21, 2009

M.O.M.S. Charity Ride for Murdered or Missing Sisters Dr. MLK Park Rocky Mount NC July 26, 2009

Princeville NC Town Commissioners Meeting July 27, 2009

Sheriff James L. Knight Edgecombe County Installed As The First Black President of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association 87th Annual Training Conference Raleigh NC July 28, 2009

Raleigh NC – Watch Video Sheriff James Knight Installed As President NC Sheriff’s Association

Sheriff James L. Knight


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Mexico – New drug war coming to your city soon

New drug war coming to your city soon.

Newshawk: Howard Wooldridge
Pubdate: Tue, 28 Jul 2009
Source: Washington Post (DC)
Page: A01, Front Page
Copyright: 2009 The Washington Post Company
Authors: William Booth and Steve Fainaru, Washington Post Foreign Service
Calderon’s U.S.-Backed War Against Drug Cartels Losing Political Support
MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon is under growing pressure to
overhaul a U.S.-backed anti-narcotics strategy that many political
leaders and analysts said is failing amid spectacular drug cartel
assaults against the government.
There are now sustained calls in Mexico for a change in tactics, even
from allies within Calderon’s political party, who say the deployment
of 45,000 soldiers to fight the cartels is a flawed plan that relies
too heavily on the blunt force of the military to stem soaring
violence and lawlessness.
"The people of Mexico are losing hope, and it is urgent that
Congress, the political parties and the president reconsider this
strategy," said Ramon Galindo, a senator and Calderon supporter who
is a former mayor of Ciudad Juarez, a border city where more than
1,100 people have been killed this year.
U.S. officials said they now believe Mexico faces a longer and
bloodier campaign than anticipated and is likely to require more
American aid. U.S. and Mexican officials increasingly draw
comparisons to Colombia, where from 2000 to 2006 the United States
spent $6 billion to help neutralize the cartels that once dominated
the drug trade. While violence is sharply down in Colombia, cocaine
production is up.
Mexico, nearly twice Colombia’s size, faces a more daunting
challenge, many officials and analysts said, in part because it sits
adjacent to the United States, the largest illegal drug market in the
world. In addition, at least seven major cartels are able to recruit
from Mexico’s swelling ranks of impoverished youth and thousands of
disenfranchised soldiers and police officers.
"The question is whether the country can withstand another three
years of this, with violence that undermines the credibility of the
government," said Carlos Flores, who has studied the drug war
extensively for Mexico City’s Center for Investigations and Advanced
Studies in Social Anthropology. "I’d like to be more optimistic, but
what I see is more of the same polarizing and failed strategy."
U.S. and Mexican government officials say the military strategy,
while difficult, is working. Since Calderon took office in December
2006, authorities have arrested 76,765 suspected drug traffickers at
all levels and have extradited 187 cartel members to the United
States. Calderon’s security advisers said they have few options
besides the army — as they just begin to vet and retrain the police
forces they say will ultimately take over the fight.
"No one has told us what alternative we have," said Interior Minister
Fernando Gomez Mont, gently slapping his palm on a table during an
interview. "We are committed to enduring this wave of violence. We
are strengthening our ability to protect the innocent victims of this
process, which is the most important thing. We will not look the other way."
Drug-related deaths during the 2 1/2 years of Calderon’s
administration passed 12,000 this month. Rather than shrinking or
growing weaker, the Mexican cartels are using their wealth and
increasing power to expand into Central America, cocaine-producing
regions of the Andes and maritime trafficking routes in the eastern
Pacific, according to law enforcement authorities.
In Mexico, neither high-profile arrests nor mass troop deployments
have stopped the cartels from unleashing spectacular acts of
violence. This month, the cartel called La Familia launched three
days of coordinated attacks in eight cities in the western state of
Michoacan. Responding to the arrest of one its leaders, La Familia
abducted, tortured and killed a dozen federal agents; their corpses
were found piled up beside a highway.
In Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Calderon
flooded the city with 10,000 troops and federal police officers in
February in an effort to stem runaway violence. After a two-month
lull, drug-related homicides surged 307 percent, to nearly eight
killings a day in June. On Wednesday, a man eating lunch at a Denny’s
restaurant across the street from the U.S. Consulate was shot six
times in the head by a trio of gunmen.
Lawmakers in Chihuahua state, where Juarez is located, debated this
month whether Calderon’s surge was "a total failure." Antonio Andreu,
president of the state legislature’s commission on security, said it
appears that drug gangs have infiltrated the military’s intelligence
networks and figured out how to circumvent the gauntlet of security
forces in Juarez.
Hector Hawley Morelos, the state forensics chief for Juarez, said he
expects this year to be bloodier than the last. He said the soldiers
don’t help solve crime cases and often get in the way of investigations.
But Calderon has no intention of changing course, according to senior
Mexican officials. In some respects, the government has become more
combative. After a La Familia leader called a television station and
said the cartel was "open to dialogue," Gomez Mont vowed that the
government would never strike a deal with the traffickers.
"We’re waiting for you," he warned La Familia.
In the interview, Gomez Mont said that to ease up now would be to
sanction criminal behavior and its corrupting influence on Mexican society.
"We have to do this while we are strong enough to do it," he said.
"We know we are right. Do I have to accept corruption as a way of
stabilizing our society? No. I have to act."
"This battle is a full frontal assault," Monte Alejandro Rubido,
Calderon’s senior adviser on drug policy on Mexico’s National
Security Council, said in an interview. "There are no alternatives."
Calderon is highly regarded in U.S. law enforcement circles for
declaring war on the traffickers and increasing cooperation between
the two governments. Asked whether he would make any changes to the
Mexican president’s strategy, Anthony Placido, chief of intelligence
for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, replied: "None."
But Placido said he was concerned that Calderon was fighting not only
well-entrenched criminal organizations. "He’s also fighting the
clock," Placido said. "Public support for this can’t remain high
forever. He’s really got to deliver a death blow, or significant body
blow, in the short term to keep the public engaged."
Calderon appears to be increasingly isolated in Mexico, weakened by
his party’s defeat in recent mid-term elections and by the relentless
carnage. The cover of the influential news magazine Proceso this week
featured a photo of the 12 federal agents, their bound and mutilated
corpses in a pile, beneath the headline: "Calderon’s War."
"The president feels alone, and he told me that personally," said
Galindo, the senator, who belongs to Calderon’s conservative National
Action Party.
Galindo said he urged Calderon to change course. Instead of relying
on the army to destroy the cartels, he said, the federal government
should work to strengthen local communities that are most vulnerable
to the traffickers.
"Every day that we delay making these communities more
self-sufficient, it is going to become more difficult to find good
people prepared to serve as mayor in any city — no matter how large
or small — because it’s like a death sentence," he said.
Dan Lund, president of the MUND Group polling organization, said
public support for Calderon’s strategy appears to be weakest in the
places where the federal government needs it most. "In a series of
national surveys, polls consistently have found a reasonable but
cautious level of support for using the military in the front lines
against the cartels," he said. "But in all the states where the
military is actually deployed, the support goes down, sometimes dramatically."
The situation has been exacerbated by the global economic crisis,
which has cast millions of Mexicans into poverty. Jose Luis Pineyro,
a Mexican military analyst who maintains close ties with the armed
forces, said rising unemployment and poverty "is creating what I call
an ‘army in reserve,’ " for the traffickers.
In Michoacan, La Familia has used the media to try to align itself
with the disenfranchised. After the recent attacks, one of its
leaders, Servando Gomez, called a local television station and told
viewers: "I want to say to all Michoacanans, we love them and respect them."
"Everyone here has known us since we were kids," said Gomez, who is
known as "La Tuta." "We are with the people of Michoacan."
Carlos Heredia, a former Michoacan official who now works as an
analyst at a Mexico City think tank, said the government’s
iron-fisted approach is a recipe for failure in regions where
mistrust of the government is high.
"You don’t have the hearts and minds of the local population,"
Heredia said. "And if the local drug lords play Robin Hood, then you
are lost. Because the people are ultimately going to say, ‘What do
those officials in Mexico City care about us? They despise us. And
these drug guys, at least they give us something.’"

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Rocky Mount NC – Phil Ford Golf Classic returns this weekend

The annual Phil Ford Golf Classic returns to the Twin Counties this weekend to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties.

Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a Black Tie Gala in the Gateway Convention Center with an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. The Golf Classic will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Birchwood Country Club in Nashville. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

Rocky Mount NC – Group hopes billboards raise awareness of missing women

A group of residents upset with the scale of public outcry over a string of missing and murdered women is attempting to raise awareness through billboards posted Tuesday throughout the city.

“It’s taken too long for people to take notice,” said Zenira Wiggins, who earlier this month helped form the Rocky Mount campaign for Murdered or Missing Women after police connected a string of five similar murders dating back to 2005. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

Raleigh NC – Obama pushes for reform President touts health care overhaul

President Barack Obama took the national health care debate to North Carolina on Wednesday, working during a town hall meeting to ease sweeping concerns over the cost of reform and seeking to calm fears of a massive government takeover. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

San Jose, Cal. – What if Henry Louis Gates Were Not an Acclaimed Professor?

Professor Henry Louis Gates, recently arrested, gets to share a beer with the man who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, at the White House with the President of the United States. It is a highly uncommon ending to an unfortunately very common occurrence – a man of color citing racial profiling after an arrest. (New America Media)

Raleigh NC – Last Night I Witnessed Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight Installed as the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association First Black President

I attended the 87th North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Banquet. Sheriff James Knight was installed as the 1st black president.

The Sheriff held a reception from 6:00 PM until 6:50 PM and the banquet began at 7:00 PM. The event was well represented by people from Edgecombe County.

Sheriff Knight was appointed to the Sheriff post after former Sheriff Phil Ellis retired at the end of 1995. He has been the Sheriff since officially taking the post in 1996 and has been re-elected until the present. He has done a fine job.

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Speaking Truth to Power – WHAT BLACK LEADER? by William Reed Columnist

Instead of irate demands to correct disparities of America’s discriminatory past, Blacks who have been designated by the mainstream as our “leaders” are caught up in the drama of whether such disparities even exist.

To that point, Rev. Jesse Jackson has said that President Barack Obama has not spent any time with traditional Black leaders and should be more engaged with Blacks and their needs around issues of poverty and unemployment.  Jackson says there is “unfinished business” regarding equity for Blacks in America’s society.  But, long-ago sullied by Blacks set on assimilating, Rev. Jackson’s assertion of “structural inequity still plaguing Blacks in America” is dismissed as race hustling and pandering.

Blacks need advocates for racial justice in America.  So if not Jesse Jackson, or Al Sharpton, who?  Black Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but on average die younger than whites, earn less money, are more likely to be imprisoned and get less education.  Who has the “street-cred” to speak, and be heard, on Black issues and aspirations?

Who do you say is “da man”?  Name five leading and living Blacks and undoubtedly, Nation of Islam head Minister Louis Farrakhan will be on the list.  Bean Pies, fish and newspapers are the protocols Farrakhan uses across Black America.  The Farrakhan Factor is activism among Blacks and avocation of a racial definition (or redefinition) of Black national identity, as opposed to multiculturalism.

Farrakhan has been a major voice on Black issues and interests for 30 years.  The nationally-circulated Final Call newspaper has been a staple in African Americans’ homes since he founded it in 1979.  The Final Call is in the tradition of Black Nationalist philosophies and principles of 1) Black pride, and 2) economic, political, social and/or cultural independence from white society.  The original version of The Final Call was published by Nation of Islam Founder Elijah Muhammad in the 1930s as the Final Call to Islam.  It evolved into the Muhammad Speaks Newspaper in the 1960s with a monthly circulation of 2.5 million. Today’s weekly Final Call follows in the tradition of hard-hitting national and international news and coverage of political issues affecting Blacks.  The Final Call serves a readership in North America, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

What “designated” Black Leader holds the gravitas of Farrakhan?  He and the Final Call follow in a distinguished line of Black Leaders and movements that have developed Black economic power and community and ethnic pride.  In the early 20th century, Marcus Garvey preached the ideal of Black Nationalism as an alternative to assimilation into the predominately white culture, as did Elijah Muhammad in the 1960s and ’70s.  As opposed to Blacks who want to assume the values and issues of their oppressors, Marcus Garvey encouraged Blacks to be proud and see beauty in their own kind.  The principles of Garveyism were race first, self-reliance and nationhood.  Race first is the idea that Blacks should support other Blacks first and foremost and be politically and economically self-reliant.  To disseminate the UNIA’s program, Garvey founded the Negro World newspaper in 1918.  Garvey founded the Black Star Line in 1919 as well as the Negro Factories Corporation.  Farrakhan’s predecessor, Elijah Muhammad, promoted programs emphasizing racial separation and selfreliance for Blacks. By the 1970s, the NOI owned bakeries, barber shops, coffee shops, grocery stores, cleaners, a printing plant, retail stores, real estate, a fleet of tractor trailers and farmland in Michigan, Alabama and Georgia.

Sadly, most people naming five Black Leaders would include President Obama on the list.  But, Obama has revealed himself to be ambivalent on the need to confront racial disparities.  His practice has been to rely on Blacks in mainstream media to talk to African Americans.  If Obama wants to reach Black America he should engage with Blacks who actually have the ear and interests of Black Americans.  Black publishers, Farrakhan, et al., are the established messengers to Blacks in America.  They serve as essential sources of information for those who thirst for truth from the American media; a corporate driven arena muddied with falsehood and deceit”.

(William Reed –

Princeville NC – Former Mayor and Commissioner Everette-Oates and Andrews Don’t Have A Clue

It is so sad that the former mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates and former commissioner Isabelle Andrews do not have a clue that they are the town’s problem.

Everette-Oates and Andrews have been fighting the current council every since they lost their seats. The current drama is about the high water bills. The current council has explained why the water bills are so high and obviously Everette-Oates and Andrews either don’t get it or they just don’t give a damn. However they say they are speaking for people in Princeville. They could not speak for me because I have witnessed their ignance over the past nearly 8 years combined since they have been on and off the board.

The white man Vance Holland from the State Local Government Commissioner attended the meeting and addressed the commissioners and the citizens. The Red Flag Committee which consist of Everette-Oates, Andrews and some others met recently with Holland and I truly believe Everette-Oates and Andrews felt he was going to support their cause. Holland talked about how he had to come to town to take over and make some unfavorable decisions when the local control was taken away from Princeville commissioners several years ago.

Holland said the current commissioners had done the right thing by increasing the water fees because they had not been increased during the previous administration. He said the fees had to be increased in order to pay Tarboro because they supply Princeville with water.

Since Everette-Oates and Andrews couldn’t make the water fees the main thing, they went on to something else that was so ignant. Everette-Oates talked about going to the next level Washington DC. It was so funny that Terry Smith Editor of The Daily Southerner bust out laughing however he turned his laugh into a cough. Hell about this time I found myself and some others laughing as well.

Town Manager Sam Knight and Mayor Delia Perkins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2009-07-29_20-36-34-578

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Rocky Mount NC – Watch Video Charity Ride for M.O.M.S. Murdered or Missing Women in Rocky Mount NC

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Zenira Wiggins (M.O.M.S.) Murdered or Missing Sisters has collected $602.00. Our goals for the billboards is $1300(they will give us 3). M.O.M.S. will be have a charity ride on Sunday, July 26 from 2-4pm from the MLK park to 7 Bridges Rd & Back w/ Sheriff escort!! The registration fee will be $5.00. Calling all MOTORCYCLES & CARS!!!! We also have an acct set up at Wachovia Bank(anywhere) if you would like to just donate! Please pass the word around!!Thanks!!!

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