PINETOPS— Under a shady tree not far from rows of tobacco plants with leaves spoiled by Hurricane Irene’s wind and rain, Gov. Bev Perdue heard farmers frustrated about the federal government, crop insurance and of course, the weather that devastated their crops. (Read more)
TARBORO — The first Black Family Day in Tarboro on Saturday was in contrast to the controversy of the planning that swirled around the event for several months.
"I was very pleased with the outcome," said Organizer Remi Muhammad. "The attendance was low because we had to relocate and I was very disappointed about that. (Read more)
I am who I am so you can like me, love me and/or hate me it does not matter. This is a message to black, brown, white and other folks.
I am going to be me so I am going to do me on a daily basis. You have options when it comes to reading my blog so go figure. But remember I love all of you and it ain’t nothing you can do about it.
When I got involved in politics in the early 90’s it was a learning process. However I always kept a clear mind and didn’t go along just to get along be it in all black meetings and/or mixed meetings. I always tried to look at the whole picture be it issues in the black community or racial issues.
So today when people talk about racial issues I love it because I am not afraid to speak up publicly unlike most folks. I just love questions as it relates to race when it comes to the NAACP (National Association For The Advancement of Colored People), “Black Family Day” and other black related issues. I refuse to take a back seat to being black and I will not be apologetic for being born a black man. I am a proud black man and will be until the good master call me home. So anyone who has a problem with me expressing my blackness so be it.
I just love the questions what would black folks and I as an individual do if white people had a group similar to the NAACP, if white people had a “White Family Day” and other white etc.? I don’t care what white people do as long as it does not affect me in a negative way. I decided a long time ago that I will not spend time challenging emotions and will only spend my time challenging facts, policies and procedures and that which is measurable.
I don’t have to go into the many areas where black people are not welcomed such as certain golf courses, clubs and etc. however white people are always welcomed to the black clubs and hardly ever do you hear about any racial disputes.
So for all the white folks who asked me what I would have done if white people wanted to have a “White Family Day” on the Tarboro Town Commons, I am going to answer your question now. I would have done what I did when ya’ll had the Confederate Soldiers Re-enactment there among other things that I was not interested in. I did nothing because I had the option to attend or stay away. Well ya’ll said ya’ll had a problem with your tax dollars being used for the “Black Family Day” as if black folks don’t pay taxes. I tried to explain to ya’ll that the issue with the “Black Family Day” being held on The Commons should have been taken up with the Tarboro Town Council only and not attacking black folks with the negative comments.
I refuse to allow white people to pick and choose for me what kind of event black folks can host, what to call the event, and to act as if black people do not pay taxes just because we want to be afforded the same rights that they have. The Tarboro Town Commons is a public area so therefore I hope that people will be mindful that in the future if you disagree with what is requested to take place there that you go to the Tarboro Town Council and challenge them and not mislead and further divide the county.
As I view the pictures from the “Black Family Day” and read comments there were white people who attended and they spoke positive of the event.
So in my closing, I challenge white people and anyone who have a problem with the “Black Family Day” that was held on Saturday to tell me how the event, the event, I repeat the event divided the community? Tell me!! Oh had a Madea moment. I was not there because I was out of town, but I have not heard or read anything negative coming from anyone black or white that attended the event.