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.

Sheriff James Knight (left)

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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 – http://www.BlackPressInternational.com)

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.

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