‘This demand ultimately gives dollars to those who don’t deserve it’ – Source: The Daily Southerner

Mules & jackasses

TARBORO — The community college has been talking about giving their students an “edge.” I’ve been trying to remember some things I learned at State College that might have given an “edge” to me. (Read more @ The Daily Southerner)

Note: I found this letter to the editor to be quite interesting. It amazes me that my letters to the editor are not published but this letter was published. Oh well. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Princeville terminates officer – Source: The Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — The Princeville police officer accused of sexually harassing two women has been fired.

Princeville Commissioner Gwendolyn Knight confirmed that Officer Melton “Cookie” Graham has been fired and that Police Chief Gary Foxx is being demoted to lieutenant as of Aug. 1. (Read more @ The Daily Southerner)

Note: Obviously there is a problem within the police department. It appears it has been long going and something needed to had been done about it. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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WHAT ARE WE TO DO ABOUT RACISM? by William Reed Columnist

Earlier this year, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People passed leadership to what they are calling “the next generation of civil and human rights activists”.    Forty-four year old Roslyn M. Brock is now Chairman of the venerable organization and 39 year-old Benjamin Todd Jealous is CEO.  So, many are wondering what was in their minds when they allowed a resolution during their conference in Kansas City, Mo. calling on Tea Party activists to "repudiate the racist element and activities" within the political movement.  Their reports alleged that the Tea Party has used racial epithets against President Barack Obama and verbally and physically abused African-American members of Congress.  The resolution’s actual language will remain secret until it is approved later this year by the national board.

Reactions to the resolution proposals are flying fast and furious.  For an organization with the legacy of the NAACP to say that the Tea Party Movement has some racist elements is like saying “institutionalized racism exits in America”.  The NAACP leaders sat themselves up for ridicule across a spectrum of mediums that allow the institutions of America’s institutionalized system to say that such an aberration “does not exist”.  Racism is alive and living across America, that there racism is present within some quarters of the Tea Party movement shouldn’t really surprise anyone.  The surprise is the NAACP attacking a popular movement instead of aligning with them. The Tea Party is a national political success.  It is a protest movement against government, and its practices, that now has millions of members whose philosophy is much more libertarian than racist.

The Tea Party has fundraising apparatus that could benefit the NAACP.  Roslyn Brock and Ben Jealous are at its helm because the NAACP is losing its membership base and needs more attention among younger and upwardly-mobile African-Americans, for whom the civil rights movement is more a chapter in a history text than a searing memory.  Brock’s goal is “to ensure that the policies, programs and politics of the NAACP are relevant to get young people involved".  Surely, pursuits they “get involved” should be positive as opposed to negative.

Political parties help define potential voters’ beliefs and positions on important issues and use their strength in numbers to get candidates who share those views elected into office.  The momentum that is fueling the Tea Party is based on similar frustrations with ineffective government that Blacks have.  Black or White, Obama, or a Democratic-led Congress, positive changes are needed.  It’s not just racism that cause millions of Americans to hold the President’s and Members of Congress’ job performances in low esteem.

Ms. Brock and Mr. Jealous may want to join with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in what he could be “a relevant moment” in American politics.  Instead of going against the tide, the NAACP may want to go with it.  An early Tea Party leader, Gingrich wants to help “draw both organizations toward finding solutions to America’s most pressing problems”.  Gingrich wants local level leaders of the Tea Party to approach the local chapters of the NAACP with an open invitation to co-host town hall meetings on the subject of “America’s future”.  Why not?  Such an idea could be to the betterment of all.  For an organization that has had hard times, such combined agenda, activities and events can help generate membership for each at the grassroots level and it could be the beginning real and meaningful dialogues on taxes, job creation, education and other issues that are important in the real life space that both communities occupy.

The NAACP’s ire with the Tea Partyers may stem from the rally Glenn Beck’s Tea Party plans on the same day and same site Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech nearly 50 years ago.   After being bum rushed by Beck with his "Restoring Honor" event Aug. 28th at the Lincoln Memorial, the NAACP and civil rights groups have to hold their events at the unfinished MLK monument.

(William Reed is available for speaking engagements via BaileyGroup.org)

NC NAACP OPEN LETTER: REV. BARBER’S RESPONSE TO THE BANNING LETTER

Immediate Release

20 July 2010

Contact:  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Exec Dir, 919-682-4700

20 July 2010

Mr. Ron Margiotta , Chairperson, Wake County Board of Education

Hand Delivery

Dear Chairperson Margiotta:

On behalf of the four NAACP members you had arrested on June 15th, the hundreds of thousands of NAACP members in North Carolina and across the country, the hundreds of thousands of members of the 93 North Carolina organizations that share our commitment to the HKonJ 14-Point People’s Agenda, the thousands of people of faith, young people, Black people, Latino people and White people, and the signatories attached to this letter who have come together to stop your efforts to resegregate our schools, we hand you a letter with four petitions:

1. We petition you to hold Board meetings in a larger building at a time when working people can get there. If your right wing caucus is truly interested in discerning what people think about your zip-code zones, then the NAACP would be glad to work with you in finding a larger auditorium so people who have children in Wake Schools can come to try to reason with you.

2. We watched on TV as you appealed to the virtually all-white audiences in Republican Party meetings. You urged them to come to ‘our’ meetings to support ‘us’–referring to your Republican caucus. You said you needed good conservatives to fill all the seats. Although you did not call us “animals” there, as you did to our face, your aim was clear—fill all the seats with people who don’t want “us” and “our” children in “your” schools. This is not a game, Mr. Margiotta. You have in your hands the futures of 140,000 young people—the future of Wake County and North Carolina. You know that educationally, legally, and morally your policy changes are wrong. They shall, if implemented, take our community, state, and nation in the wrong direction. But still, you insist on playing the political game. We petition you to come to meetings we organize, and explain your secret plan to diverse audiences who have a different view of God’s human family.

3. We have petitioned you three times to permit the NAACP to make a substantive presentation to the Board based on the latest data about the deadly effect high poverty schools have on students of all colors who are consigned to them because their families were red-lined and forced to live in segregated Raleigh neighborhoods during de jure Jim Crow. Your zip-code zones fly in the face of fundamental pedagogical principles of quality schools, such as retaining high quality teachers and creating peer pressure and support for college-aspirational behavior. You rejected our offer three times, and forced us to organize our own public meetings, to give hope and voice to the thousands of Wake students and parents who oppose your games. Here, for the fourth time, we petition you to let us make this presentation in a venue and at a time that will accommodate everyone.

4. Four NAACP leaders, including two mothers of Wake County students, tried to give voice to their deeply held views to your caucus a month ago. You ordered us arrested. We were treated with great respect by the Raleigh police and the Wake County Magistrate. The Magistrate could have placed conditions on our release, but chose to release us unconditionally on our own recognizance. We were therefore free to exercise our constitutional right to petition the government for redress of our grievance that your secret plan will cause great damage to our children, our community, and our state. We will testify about this when we are tried in Wake County District Court. Until then, we are to be presumed innocent, and have the same rights as any other member of the Wake County neighborhood.

You, however, apparently presume us guilty. You, apparently, harbor a view that we are sub-humans, bent on disrupting your meetings. You permitted a letter from Mr. Russ Smith be sent to us that said: “Due to your actions and pursuant to Board Policies1326, 1330 and 2212 you are not permitted on any Wake County Public School System property where Board of Education meetings are scheduled unless you provide the Board Chair, Mr. Ron Margiotta, with written assurance that you will comply with the Board’s rules of order and desist from attempting to disrupt and or obstruct Board meetings. Failure to adhere to this directive will result in immediate legal action being brought against you.”

Our attorneys researched the legal basis for your letter. You are not a king! You cannot sit in judgment and decide who you like and who you dislike, and have those of us who you dislike banned from your meetings. Your threat to arrest two mothers who have children in Wake schools has had a chilling effect on them. Your threat has also had a freezing effect on thousands of other parents and students who disagree with the direction you are taking their schools, but may not have the resources to risk arrest by petitioning for redress of their grievances.  There is no legal basis for you to target four people and put conditions on our exercising our rights. If such an arbitrary exercise of power is permitted, then anyone who your caucus is afraid of, anyone who your caucus decides disagrees with their views, can be arrested before they speak or made any disruptive actions.

By the way, we had no intention of even coming to your meeting this afternoon. We had decided to exercise our right to petition the government in places where there were people who respected the Constitutions of our state and nation. Many of the people who are getting involved in the Movement to Stop Resegregation, however, expressed a keen interest in coming to the public meeting of the School Board this afternoon. We felt obliged to accompany them. So, our fourth petition is for you to publicly withdraw your letter that pre-judged us, and instead show some southern hospitality and invite us into the public meeting to watch and to speak if the spirit moves us. If, after we speak, you believe we are disrupting the public meeting, then, and only then, do you have the right to ask us to desist, and then and only then can you exercise the powers of the state to arrest us.

For Our Children. We Will Never Go Back to Segregated Schools. We demand constitutional, diverse, excellent schools.

Sincerely,

                                                                                                                /s/

                                                Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

                                                                                                                President

c: All members of the Wake School Board

Public


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President

Mrs. Amina Josey Turner, Exec Dir
NC NAACP
P O Box 335
Durham, NC  27702
919-682-4700 V  919-682-4711 F
1-866-NC-NAACP

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Arrests follow NAACP protest of Wake schools – Source: WTVD

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Several protesters, including the leader of the North Carolina NAACP was arrested Tuesday at Wake County school headquarters.

Outside of the school board meeting, Reverend William Barber was escorted to a waiting vehicle with his hands restrained. Reverend Nancy Petty – senior pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church – was also arrested. Both were charged with second-degree trespassing. A third person – Gregory Moss- was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer. All three were taken to the Wake County Jail and later released. (Read more @ WTVD 11)

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Hundreds rally against Wake schools plan – Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — Hundreds of marchers from the state NAACP, local churches, student groups and civil rights organizations took to downtown Raleigh streets this morning, rallying at the State Capitol to protest the dismantling of a Wake school diversity policy they believe will lead to de facto resegregation. (Read more @ News & Observer)

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The Damn Tea Party Strikes Again, Lies On A Black Woman USDA Employee That Got Her Fired But Look At This Touching Video

The video of Shirley Sherrod released by Andrew Brietbart’s Big Government Blog on July 19 didn’t tell the full story. It was selectively edited to cast her in a negative light. Here is the video, shot by the local NAACP unit that hosted Ms. Sherrod. Watch the video, and judge for yourself. Read the NAACP Statement. (Watch The Video In Full)

Note: This is one of the most touching and powerful speeches that I have ever heard. For a woman who lost her dad to racism and she herself fought in the struggle, she is very compassionate for all people. She said it not I. Damn many folks would be so angry today after all that she has gone through. It is a damn shame that these ignant folks are allowed to lie on black folks and get away with it. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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