Black Folks And The Senate District 3 Race Is Further Dividing The Black Community As It Relates To Politics

In response to: Challengers exchange barbs in N.C. Senate District 3 race.

Well I know I am about to piss some folks off but it is better to be pissed off than pissed on. I am going to give my spill about where I stand on the Senate District 3 race.

I will not allow anyone to mislead folks as it relates to politics and what should be and/or not should be. Let’s be real!! After all I have been trying to educate folks in Edgecombe County and surrounding counties about what is really going on around them since the early 90’s via video, talk shows tv/radio and via newsletters. I have invested much time and resources in doing such sacrificing much especially time away from my family. But I recognize and understand that it is not only about my children but other folks children and also the elderly.

I guess someone will ask the question who am I? Well I am an active Negro who have been actively engaged in the Senate District 3 race since it was created. 

It is a damn shame that this race is about race, 2 black candidates Bordeaux and Armstrong whom neither are the incumbent.

It is my opinion that both Bordeaux and Armstrong are going to help Jenkins get re-elected.

I supported Patricia Ferguson a black female out of Bertie County when the district was first created knowing that she was going to be written out at the end of the first term. My theory was if we were to get a black person elected that it would be easy to elect a black person after the district was re-drawn.

Where in the hell was these folks who are so geared up trying to unseat Jenkins when the seat was open for us but now all of a damn sudden folks have awaken. Well I was not sleep then and I damn sure is not sleep now.

So what did black folks do? They voted Jenkins in. Some of the same folks who are now saying they are trying to unseat him are responsible for him being in the seat all these years.

I am not mad with Jenkins because I can’t get mad with him because black folks have voted him in all these years. I voted for him during the last election.

The issue of who recruited who should not be an issue and one of them should have not filed to run because they are going to split the votes. But because neither refused to back down this is where we are fighting each other over the seat that the white man is holding and has held since the early 2000’s.

So since both filed and this is where we are, okay this is where I am.

I am so glad I know why both Bordeaux and Armstrong are in the race. I have talked to both candidates and I have talked to some folks who are close to both campaigns. I have met with some folks from both campaigns and I have refused to join either campaign because I have been involved in the Senate District 3 race on a personal note since the district was created.

I am glad Armstrong wanted to set the record straight that she was not recruited by Jenkins. I  know that to be true. However she and Bordeaux are spoilers in the race if the citizens of the district feel they want change because it is a fact that they will both split the votes. This will help Jenkins.

I am unclear about the term trickery that Armstrong accused Bordeaux of. What I see Bordeaux doing is using all angles to defeat both Armstrong and Jenkins. This is nothing new and this should not be an issue.

I strongly agree with Bordeaux that it takes an organization and campaign resources to defeat Jenkins. I call it a political machine.

I disagree with Armstrong that her experience as an Edgecombe County commissioner, member of the Edgecombe County Board of Education and former Edgecombe County Democratic Party chairwoman make her a more qualified candidate for the Senate than Jenkins and Bordeaux.

Jenkins I would say has the experience because he has served in the seat since the early 2000’s. However any candidate that meets the criteria of the board of elections is qualified. I strongly feel that Armstrong and Bordeaux can go in and become experienced and serve just as good as Jenkins and/or better.

I strongly agree with Armstrong that money should not dictate a race however we all know it takes money to run a political machine. It is up to a candidate how much they are willing to invest in their campaign. The campaign finance reports shows just how much candidates spend during an election year and Jenkins report is online just like all candidates.

We have got to stop misleading folks with trickery words because we know that it should not be about who can raise the most money and it should be about the person who has the best ideas. But that is not the real world.

If a person has not held a particular seat or a similar seat in the legislature then he or she is not experienced. An example of that would be having served on the House side of the legislature but now wants to serve on the Senate side.

The real deal is how can one can defeat the money thing?  Name recognition, how good a candidate can sell themselves and the most important thing is how good those on the campaign team can sell the candidate.

Running an effective campaign is about race because many times people vote for folks who look like them, money which equals advertisement and paying of campaign workers and any other expenses and who likes who which means if I just like someone because I know them or know someone that knows them.

I admire Bordeaux for not waiting to the last minute to start campaigning. There was much discussion last year about how can Bordeaux put up billboards so early?

I am glad to see Armstrong finally bringing out something about Jenkins when she took aim at him about the budget crisis however maybe she has been challenging him but I just didn’t read about it.

I like the way the article ended “District 3 was drawn as a minority-majority district to favor black candidates, but Jenkins, who is white, has held the seat for four terms. Both Bordeaux and Armstrong are black.” I have been educating folks about the creation of the Senate District 3 challenging white folks who have a problem when a black candidate says they should be given a chance to represent folks that looks like them.

Jenkins has it going on and that is he can and should use every time he speak that he received a 100% rating from the NAACP and that he is the only white person to serve on the NC Black Legislative Caucus Board.

So again my question is, “Is Senator Jenkins really fighting for black issues in Raleigh?” If he is not then go figure.

There is so much more I could say however this is enough on this subject for right now.

I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest. 

Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Study Settles It: Shocking Black & Latino Imprisonment Rates the Result of Racist, Punitive Impulse

Study Settles It: Shocking Black & Latino Imprisonment Rates the Result of Racist, Punitive Impulse

For decades, journalists, scholars and activists seeking to understand the soaring number of people locked up in U.S. prisons over the past 40 years have uncovered — or just looked clearly enough to see — overwhelming evidence of systemic racism at every level of the criminal justice system. Yet, there has been a wide reluctance to name racism as one of the primary factors fueling the prison boom; as sentences have gotten longer and parole granted less often, even the starkest racial statistics — like the fact that African Americans and Latinos make up 70 percent of the incarcerated population — have often been treated as an unfortunate byproduct of the war on drugs.

Now, two criminologists have concluded, in a new study investigating public attitudes behind harsh sentencing, that the warehousing of African Americans and other minorities is no accident. Rather, "racial resentments are inextricably entwined in public punitiveness." In other words, racism and the rise of "tough on crime" policies go hand in hand.

James Unnever of the University of South Florida-Sarasota and Francis Cullen of the University of Cincinnati acknowledge the "lengthy roster" of previous studies on race and the U.S. prison system; yet theirs manages to contribute something crucial to the current debate: ". [G]iven the large body of research that documents a substantive association between punitiveness and racial animus," they write, "it is somewhat disconcerting that theories of the mass-incarceration movement do not place race and racism at the center of their explanation for why the United States imprisons so many of its citizens."

This conclusion echoes the work of civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander, who, in the introduction to her new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, admits that even she was once skeptical of how central racism was to the rise of the modern American prison system. "Quite belatedly, I came to see that mass incarceration in the United States had, in fact, emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow."

Alexander argues that the U.S. prison system has so sweepingly and consistently targeted African American men that it has effectively created a new racial caste system. That most Americans would deny such a caste system exists speaks to how insidious it is. "Like an optical illusion," she writes, "one in which the embedded image is impossible to see until its outline is identified — the new caste system lurks invisibly within the maze of rationalizations we have developed for persistent racial inequality."

Unnever and Cullen’s study makes it that much easier to see what Alexander describes.

Racial Resentments

To conduct their study, Unnever and Cullen used the results of the 2000 National Election Survey, which featured interviews with 1,620 Americans who shared their views on a range of social issues. To assess the "punitive attitudes" of participants, the authors considered their answers to questions weighing the social roots of crime versus the need to punish those who commit crime. For example: "Do you think that the best way to reduce crime is to address the social problems that cause crime like bad schools, poverty, and joblessness or to make sure criminals are caught, convicted, and punished, or that we should do something in between, or haven’t you thought much about this?"

The authors also measured respondents’ support for the harshest sentence of all: capital punishment. When asked if they favored or opposed the death penalty for convicted murderers, 55 percent of respondents "strongly favored the death penalty." Eighteen percent "did not strongly support it." The rest did not know.

These were the authors’ "dependent variables" in assessing three popular theories on the "social sources of punitiveness": "Escalating Crime-Distrust" (the idea that crime is on the rise and the courts are doing nothing to stop it); "Moral Decline" (the belief that our society is being threatened and corroded by non-traditional notions of family and "newer lifestyles"); and the third: "Racial Animus" (otherwise known as racism).

Racial animus was measured using two scales: "Racial Resentment" and "Racial Stereotype." The former looked at the responses to such statements as:

Irish, Italians, Jewish, and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without any special favors.

Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.

It’s really a matter of some people not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites.

Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.

"Responses to these questions," the authors write, "included ‘agree strongly,’ ‘agree somewhat,’ ‘neither agree nor disagree,’ ‘disagree somewhat,’ or ‘disagree strongly.’"

"Racial Stereotype," meanwhile, asked people to "rate blacks on a scale of 1 to 7" on such characteristics as intelligence, trustworthiness and work ethic.

The conclusion: "The Racial Resentment scale significantly predicted greater support for a more punitive approach toward crime and for capital punishment."

"Our data also show that one of the most salient and consistent predictors of American punitiveness is racial animus," the authors conclude. "Importantly, this finding held even when controlling for two competing theoretical models . When added to the large body of evidence on the effects of racial animus . this finding suggests that a prominent reason for the American public’s punitiveness — including the embrace of mass imprisonment and the death penalty — is the belief that those disproportionately subject to these harsh sanctions are people they do not like: African American offenders."

‘Race and Racism Matter’

There is no shortage of Americans who believe that the courts routinely let hardened criminals go free and that the decline of the nuclear family is responsible for the worst societal ills; Unnever and Cullen acknowledge that such beliefs, which define the other two measures of "punitiveness," operate in tandem with racist attitudes in attracting public support for "tough on crime" policies.

Right-wing media figures, of course, have become experts at exploiting these ideas. As the authors write, "Conservative political pundits such as Ann Coulter can blame the 1980s crime wave and a ‘moral decline’ on permissive liberal judges who coddle ‘super predators’ while undermining family values. Our data suggest that this conservative argument is likely to be warmly embraced by those who express racial animus." Elsewhere, the authors note that figures like Coulter have helped develop the stereotype of those for whom "the picture in their head illuminates a young, angry, black, inner-city male who offends with little remorse."

Any new study probing racist attitudes and their effects is timely at a moment that has unleashed a virulent strain of right-wing hatred toward President Barack Obama and his administration — on the issue of healthcare, of all things — but it’s important to keep in mind that the data used by the authors could be considered quite dated when it comes to magnitude of social changes that have happened since it was first gathered. "Since 2000 when the data we analyzed were collected," Unnever and Cullen note, "the United States has experienced the 9/11 attack, two wars, the determination of a presidential election by the Supreme Court, the election of the first African American president, and the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression."

"It is not clear that these events have transformed the sources of punitiveness," Unnever and Cullen write, "but such a possibility exists and should be evaluated."


For those who study up close — or who have experienced from the inside — the excesses of U.S. prison system, the conclusions of this study will come as no surprise. But the authors’ conclusion that criminal justice experts ought to "place race and racism at the center of their explanation for why the United States imprisons so many of its citizens" is crucially important, particularly at a moment when the Obama administration itself is increasing federal funding for policies that embrace some of the same policies that led to the current prison crisis.

"[W]hen politicians justify their support for getting tough on criminals by citing public-opinion polls," Unnever and Cullen warn, "they are either explicitly or implicitly basing their policy decisions on racialized punitive attitudes. In short, the data show that when it comes to public opinion about crime and its control, race and racism matter."

Liliana Segura is an AlterNet staff writer and editor of Rights & Liberties and World Special Coverage. Follow her on Twitter.

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Live talk show Connections Monday – Friday 7 PM – 8 PM on The DCN TV broadcasting live at the WNCR TV Studio Channel 41 Digital TV and Channel 20 Cable TV. If you miss the show you can go to The DCN TV and watch the show at a later time.

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"Measuring the Movement" forum hosted by the National Action Network

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Hello to the Your Black World Family!

I just returned from New York for the "Measuring the Movement" forum hosted by the National Action Network.  It was outstanding.  I have interviews for AOL Black Voices that I conducted while waiting back stage with the other panelists (I figured I’d kill some time and get a good start on my new show that I’m hosting for AOL) – I’ll send them out to you once they are done.  The video from our panel discussion was on MSNBC and TV-One over the weekend – Rev. Sharpton and I will be doing a recap on his show this afternoon at 1:15 pm EST.  I found the event to be inspiring and informative, and the audience was amazing.  Everyone invested their time to come out:  Rev. Al Sharpton, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Urban League President Marc Morial, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. Charles Rangel, Democratic Whip James Clyburn, Harvard University Professor Charles Ogletree, Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, Roland Martin, Tom Joyner, Jeff Johnson, Judge Greg Mathis, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the list went on and on. Even RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped by with his own "unique" style of politics.

One of the commitments I made as a member of the panel was to challenge members of the YBW Coalition (there are roughly 70,000 of us to date, and our membership is growing by about 700 people per week) to commit to proactively engaging in financial literacy.  As a first step, I want to challenge you to expand your revenue stream by one.  Therefore, if you are getting your income from one source, I’d like to see you increase that number to two sources within six months.  For example, if you earn money from your job as a waitress, start selling Avon or some other secondary activity that will allow you to have another source of personal income.  Don’t think about it too much or become paralyzed by fear:  Just jump out there and do it.  Also, send me a short email to tell me about your experience.  

I ask you to engage in this exercise for one simple reason: You don’t have financial security if you’ve only got one source of income.  The weak economy has shown us that our jobs can disappear in a second, and even those who have high incomes are vulnerable.  You should diversify your sources of personal income to protect yourself and your family.  The second stream of income will probably be nothing  but a trickle at first.   But if you keep working at it, you’ll see the stream expanding through time.  I encourage you to find a second source of income that ties to your passion.  For example, there was a time when I earned all of my income from Syracuse University, which would have made me quite vulnerable when Bill O’Reilly actively campaigned to have me fired.  But I wasn’t concerned, mainly because my brother and I had already diversified our funds into a series of business ventures in order to protect us from that very thing.  I knew that being an unapologetic black public scholar wouldn’t mean that I MIGHT be attacked by Right Wing racists or conservative university colleagues.  It was simply a matter of WHEN it was going to happen (I am fighting every single day, but I refuse to allow the haters to have much of my psychological real estate.  I’ve got a job to do for my community).  Having other channels of income literally kept my voice alive and gave me the economic flexibility to remain socially brave – our financial liberation is the key to our emotional, spiritual and psychological liberation.  Never forget that. If another man knows he is the sole reason that your kids get to eat everyday, then that man effectively owns you. 

As an update, I’ll be headed to UNC Chapel Hill this week for the College Sport Research Institute Conference.  Also, I’ll be speaking at The University of Missouri on the 29th.  Finally, I’ll be shooting more of my new AOL video podcast in NYC on the 6th, and also shooting a financial series I am doing for ABC News.  Life has been busy and blessed, and I sincerely want to thank you for your support.

Be strong, stay educated and demand nothing short of excellence from your children.


Dr. Boyce Watkins

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Why Black People Don’t Snitch, and Why Our Children End Up Paying the Price

'Stop snitching' movement puts kids at risk
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When five-year old Syniah Herndon was hit by a stray bullet in Brooklyn this week, most of us thought about our own kids. The beautiful little girl survived the bullet in her leg, but there is still unfinished police business. Brooklyn, which has seen a 14 percent increase in the number of shootings this year, is stuck with the task of trying to make sure that the shooters didn’t hurt any other children in the neighborhood. But the job of the police was nearly derailed because none of the approximately 150 people who were in the area at the time of the shooting immediately came forth to speak with law enforcement.

Perhaps we can make the assumption that black people are primitive animals who don’t care about their preschool children. We can, alternatively, go a bit deeper and try to determine if there might be logical (though not always justifiable) reasons that people in the community are afraid to come forward.

We can start with a simple question: What kind of people might be out spraying bullets at 2:30 in the afternoon? They probably weren’t mailmen or firefighters, but were probably criminals or drug dealers. If you speak up and give the police everything they need to prosecute, are you and your family going to feel safe from retaliation? Probably not, especially when dealing with the NYPD, a department that is known throughout the nation for exploiting the public trust.

I am personally disappointed with the "stop snitching" campaign in urban America, one that is in-part supported and enforced by those who regularly engage in criminal activity. Such a campaign is destructive to the black community and has been heavily misinterpreted by our youth. At best, "stop snitching" should go as far as criticizing the behavior of a subset of police informants, many of whom are driven to "snitch" by selfish motivations and have historically been planted by police to undermine important social movements. Also, as a fundamental component of human nature, nobody likes a rat or a spy.

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Why Did The Edgecombe County Public Schools Have A Police At Their Meetings Only During The Comments On The Agenda About The Characteristics For Hiring Of A New Superintendent?

I was so tickled as I walked in the Edgecombe County Public Schools building on Monday because it was so obvious that Diane LeFiles Edgecombe County Public Schools Communications Spokesperson was waiting on me to come in. She and a Tarboro Police Officer were sitting in the hallway. As I walked in it was obvious they were talking about me because they could see me on the outside through the glass door before I walked in. I had put my video camera on my tripod standing behind my car and they could see me from inside the building. Yeap my weapon my video camera. One of 3 photo camera and pocket recorder are the other 2. LMBAO

As soon as I walked in the building Diane and the officer came towards me and she said, Curmilus we would like for you to set up in the back of the room because we don’t want you blocking the door way. I said let me make myself clear, I have never blocked the doorway. I repeated myself, I just want to make myself clear that I have never blocked the doorway. Where I have been setting up over the years have never been in the doorway even if I videoed out in the hallway.

It never seems to amaze me how the intimidation continues. It is just blatant racism and a scare tactic that sends a message to folks that we as citizens need to be treated as if we are less human than the board members. And then they wonder why parents do not come to their meetings and/or visit their schools. Because we are not welcome and the hell if they encourage parent/community involvement. Oh yes they do, but they hand pick the parents/community folks whom they want to deal with.

I had no problem with going to the back of the room to video however I was not going to allow this chick to make it appear as if I had been blocking the doorway. I set up at the front of the room no matter where I video because I like to get the face of people and not their backs.

Who clean up the schools? Coker Wimberly school custodians probably not the right word for them however you know who I am talking about, won the award for doing a great service. I see Diane LeFiles did take a picture of these 3 black workers however in the past she has not taken pictures of them during the awards ceremonies. I addressed that issue so I am glad to see their pictures were taken. However I noticed Diane used a little small camera and not the usual camera that she takes pictures of other awardees. And she had the audacity to make some kind of comment about the little camera during the award presentation.

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