I have had some interesting conversations lately about Edgecombe County and this is my take on Edgecombe County Politics/People.
There has been much discussion about the murdered/missing women in Rocky Mount/Edgecombe County, utility rates in Tarboro and Rocky Mount and other issues to name a few.
Some have accused me of not speaking out on certain issues such as the murdered/missing women however there is a time and season for all things (Ecclesiastes). I am not going to get into the above topics but speak more on politics/people in general.
I have always said that in Edgecombe County, nothing is going to change until we come together as a black people and hash out the differences and to have a discussion of from whence we came, what worked, what didn’t, what is working now, who was involved then, who is involved now and how we can move forward. Until that happens I refuse to hold an office in any organization that suppose to be about moving us forward.
I have attended a many of meetings over the years and I felt many of them I was wasting my time, but it was a learning experience and I know all the players not only locally but many across the state and abroad. This is why I feel good about what I do, attend meetings, video and now make it available via internet so people can see what really happened at the meeting versus what the paper said or what others said. Hell that came up years ago about having a communications network (paid person) for our community and nothing happened but I took it upon myself and I have been doing it out of pocket since the 90’s. And everybody says they appreciate me but so many never offer a $1.00 for gas, give words of encouragement and/or dispel the negative that some say about me when they know where my heart is. This is not saying I am always right however I feel that I am majority of the time because I get credit for what others say behind closed doors but are afraid to say it publicly. So therefore I am the fall guy but I love it. I choose to be that. I was given the name The Political Watch Dog and then later called an agitator so therefore I am known now as The Political Agitator.
I am about the children and the elderly and I will continue to be a voice for those who are afraid and/or don’t have the ability to speak for themselves.
I feel strongly that I have earned the right to speak because I have been actively engaged in politics since the early 90’s. I started out in a few local organizations in Pinetops and served as a vice precinct chair.
I have served as vice president of the Rocky Mount NAACP after seeking them out and the Edgecombe County NAACP as I attended their meetings helping to restore their charter before joining them. I later moved my membership back to Rocky Mount since I worked there and spent a lot of time there but not limited to. The people in Rocky Mount were more into dealing with the issues than in Tarboro so I was were the most action was. I am now a Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP.
I have served as vice chair and interim chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. I have served as an officer in many community organizations. I tell people I have resigned from ore organizations than many have been a part of. I have traveled the state attending and participating in NAACP, Democratic Party affairs and other organizations.
Now on to the conversations that lead me to write this.
I am speaking on my opinion and my opinion alone and I am doing what I do best and that is give my opinion for whatever it is worth especially on an issue that I feel I am knowledgeable of and yes have earned the right to speak about because I have been actively engaged, done my homework and etc. I get so sick and tired of listening to folks who stay at home and don’t get involved in nothing but have all the answers, not opinions. Oh well.
I love this "One of the serious mistakes about democracy and often by some fighting for democracy and progressive change, is the notion that there are only a few expects that have all or most of the answers and the skills to be leaders. This has meant that the masses come to meetings as an audience and not as participants peoples decision making venues." You see for instance you are in my opinion an expert on workers rights because I have been a part of organizations and I respected their opinions as it relates to such because I were not as knowledgeable on that issue. I believe in trusting in people until they mislead me. I attend meetings to listen and if I feel comfortable about sharing my opinion, I will do so. One good thing about meeting with folks in Edgecombe County I know who the players are, how knowledgeable they are about issues and what they are capable of. I don’t profess to know it all however I do profess to know what I know and will continue to challenge anyone as I have done over the years especially moreso when one bring me into the equation.
You see my friend this is where I disagree with you, "I too feel that I have learned some important lessons from my involvement in many struggles, and local, national and international organizations and coalitions over the past more than 40 years of activism. However, this does not mean that I have earned the right to be heard or considered more than anyone else." I touched on the reason why because you should be an expert in something after 40 years and if you do not feel that you have earned the right due to your hard work and that others need to trust in you, then I have a problem with that. The problem is trust among black folks and that is because of the same thinking mentality that has been used over the years. I am in the business of trying to change the way people think and trying to get them to understand they must trust in folks until one misleads them however we must show them that we are an expert on what we are doing and not continuing to throw out misleading information and want people to get onboard and they walk away with nothing, a workable solution.
Again I feel I have earned the right to speak my opinion since I have been an activist over the years making a difference while countless others benefited when they were at the house. I have used my vacation at work to go to meetings and spending my money out of pocket to have the tools that I have to be able to share the meeting with others.
I have not stated that I have earned the right to be heard because I can not control what people want to hear. I can speak it because I have a network (Dancy Communications Network) whereby I can say it but keeping in mind I can’t make anyone read it. I know I am heard when I call in to the local and statewide radio shows and people tell me they heard me. However I will continue to voice my opinion because it does not matter if anyone says to me that they heard me because it ain’t about me. Hell I can speak for me and don’t need the masses to do so. However I do know that I have been giving the go ahead to speak for some folks and I will continue to do so.
I don’t ask people to change the way they do things, I just share my opinions with them.
Silence has destroyed a many things because folks kept their opinions to themselves when they may could have hoped (helped) somebody. You see “I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”- Elie Weisel
I refuse to be silent however that does not mean that I am right about anything but the spirit let’s me know when I am on to something. I truly feel I have found my calling while some folks have not figured out what theirs is.
I have really enjoyed the recent conversation because it is discussions like this that drives me. These types of discussions keep me motivated to go out and do more. I have not had a healthy conversation like this in a while now so I appreciate this more than ever.
I heard Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II say so many times that we must know our roles and stay in our lane. I have been in all kinds of lanes and trust me when I hear folks say things that applies to me, I try to do better. I do not get in lanes now a days unless it is about communication because that is what I do best, help get the word out to the masses however I will not help get out just anything because I am not going to help others mislead folks. This is why some things I do not post on my blog and if it is some things that I have a problem with.
To my fellow Edgecombe County friends, enemies be you black, brown, white and other I love you and it ain’t nothing you can do about it. I will continue to do what I do and that is hope (help) somebody until the Good Master has the last word.
I want to leave this quote with you until we meet again, “At the end of the day, it is not our enemies we remember, but the silence of our friends!” Dr. Martin L. King
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