Wilson sees some anger over chicken plant lawsuit–Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

A civic organization from Wilson recently stepped forward to endorse the building of a poultry processing plant by Sanderson Farms in a rural sector of Nash County.

Members of the Wilson Voters League — a caucus formed during the 2008 presidential election — said they favor Sanderson Farms’ proposed plant locating in the southeastern quadrant of Nash County. The group’s leaders said they are furious at Wilson officials for using up to $1 million in taxpayer dollars as a legal fund to protect its water supply. (Read more)

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DID ROLAND BURRIS MAKE THE MOST OF HIS TIME IN THE US SENATE?–William Reed Columnist

‘How’s that hopey, changey stuff working out for ya?’ – Sarah Palin

Political empowerment continues to elude Black Americans.  Under current systems no matter how high Blacks go in it, it’s the individual that’s empowered.  The more Blacks are “working for the man” the better maintenance of his interest and neglect of ours.

In his farewell speech to colleagues in the U.S. Senate, Roland Wallace Burris reminded an empty chamber that with his departure “there will be no African Americans in the U.S. Senate”, a fact he called "unacceptable" and "troubling".  But, what is troubling and much more “unacceptable” is the fraud Burris’ perpetrated pretending to represent Blacks.   Speaking as if he has been the paragon of Black Causes Burris said: "Letters, emails, telephone calls have poured into my office from Black Americans from all across the country and … at times, as I have tried to bring their voices into this chamber; I have acutely felt the absence of any other Black person to represent them.  When the 112th Congress is sworn in there will not be a single Black American to take office in this chamber".  He said "This is simply unacceptable.  We can – and we will– and we must do better”.

The questions for Black Americans are: “How did Burris being there help me?” and “Could he have done better?”  African Americans seem go brain-dead when they get to Washington.  During Burris’ tenure, the issue of “an apology” and “reparations for slavery” came before the Senate.  But, like his “mainstream thinking” predecessor, Burris is reluctant to discuss reparations for Blacks in “polite society”.  Blacks’ unemployment and poverty numbers are twice national numbers, but both Burris and Obama have reject open discussions of the legacy of slavery, segregation, and racial violence against African-Americans.

So-called “Black political leaders” like Obama in the White House, Burris in the Senate and John Conyers and Company in the House have long abetted establishment practices that prevent Blacks from attaining an equal political or economic standing.  A change did not come with a Black Presidency.  Institutional racism is built into the structure of American society.  As institutional discrimination is built into the normal working relationships of institutions, its perpetuation requires only that people continue "business as usual."

It can occur regardless of the desires or intentions of the people perpetuating it.  Institutional discrimination is easily seen statistically. If a particular group is disproportionately absent in comparison to the pool of those possessing the relevant skills, discrimination is occurring.  Under the current system, Blacks elected to “high political offices” have proven to be as mediocre as their predecessors.

Too many Black politicians, like Artur Davis of Alabama, have bought into the argument that neither the victims nor the perpetrators of slavery are alive today, and it is unfair to hold the descendents of slave-owners responsible for the actions of their ancestors.  And further argue that Civil Rights measures passed in the 1960s—especially affirmative action programs meant explicitly to compensate for the injustices of the past by leveling the playing field for Blacks in the future – have effectively discharged the debt owed to African-Americans.

What should be a recurring theme within American Black culture is that the USA owes a debt to Blacks because of slavery.  Conservatives, both Black and White, try to short-circuit this claim by arguing that slavery was not profitable, but even if profitability was arguable, it still was a theft of service.  Now what is needed are processes that establish the point when it became theft, and worthy of damages. America needs legislation that does the following: (1) acknowledges the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery; (2) establishes a commission to study slavery and its subsequent racial and economic discrimination against freed slaves; (3) studies the impact of those forces on today’s living Black Americans; and (4) would allow the commission to make recommendations to Congress on appropriate remedies to redress the harm inflicted on living Black descendants.

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Thousands Of Wake Co. Students Could Be Reassigned–Source: NBC17

RALEIGH, N.C. — As many as 3,000 students not slated for reassignment could now face a school shuffle next year.

During Tuesday afternoon’s Student Assignment Committee meeting, three citizen advisory members laundry listed dozens of school node changes to get students in schools closer to home. (Read more)

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Butterfield Applauds Pigford Funding

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  November 30, 2010

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101

Butterfield Applauds Pigford Funding

Washington, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield applauded today’s vote to approve funding to settle African American farmers’ and Native Americans’ lawsuits against the federal government.

“Passing this legislation means finally living up to our obligation to farmers who deserved much better from their federal government,” Butterfield said. “It brings an end to an unfortunate chapter in our history.”

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 256-152 to approve funding $4.5 billion in settlement agreements that have long been winding their way through Congress. The funds will settle thousands of racial discrimination claims by African-American farmers and accusations of federal mismanagement of American Indian trust accounts.

Butterfield said the legislation authorizing the settlements now heads to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

The legislation would provide $1.15 billion to settle up to 74,000 outstanding claims by black farmers that they were discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture between 1983 and 1997 – the so-called Pigford II claimants. This settlement agreement was reached in February, and builds upon an initial $100 million authorized by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill.

It would also provide $3.4 billion to settle a class action suit by Native Americans against the Department of the Interior. The case was settled in December, 2009. Both cases required appropriated funds to begin compensation of eligible claimants.

On April 14, 1999, the court approved a settlement agreement – known as Pigford – for all claims raised in the class action suit. The suit claimed that black farmers were discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the basis of race. Review of the claims began almost immediately, and the initial disbursement of checks to qualifying farmers began on November 9, 1999. The case was named for lead plaintiff and Beaufort County native Timothy Pigford.

Butterfield explained that a number of problems emerged from claims process. Due to circumstances such as Hurricane Floyd, many filed too late to be considered or did not have their claims judged on the merits.

For the large number of farmers who did not have their cases heard on the merits because of late filings, a process for so-called Pigford II petitions was established by the 2008 Farm Bill. The new process provided up to $100 million for potential settlement costs. The Obama Administration had requested an additional $1.15 billion for these potential settlement costs in its FY2011 budget.

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