Talley speaks about ECPS – Source: Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Dr. Wayne Talley served Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) as superintendent for 13 months. Monday finalized Talley’s resignation, while Tuesday marked the beginning of Dr. Dell Burns new career.

Even though Talley is excited to spend more quality time with his wife and children, he still stores wondrous memories as superintendent that he will never forget. (Read more)

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Rocky Mount NC: Utilities employees given history lesson on rates–Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount Public Utilities Director Rich Worsinger gave a presentation to a group of utility employees Thursday in an effort to better educate them about many of the questions customers commonly ask.

The presentation — which Worsinger designed for the public before realizing employees could benefit from it too — includes the history of why the city got into providing utilities, the city’s debt status, how the city’s rates compare and easy tips to conserve energy. (Read more)

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Homegoing for William Wade Lyons Pinetops NC

My condolence goes out to the Lyons family on the loss of your love one William Wade Lyons.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

Song: God Is Taking Us Away – Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Choir

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‘Rogue’ author speaks out on Sarah Palin: ‘She is a vindictive hypocrite’ and an ‘utter fraud’

Joe McGinniss, the author of the upcoming salacious new book about Sarah Palin–"The Rogue"–that has the sent the political and sports worlds in a frenzy, appeared in a segment on the Today show on Thursday. (Read more)

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AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGER WINS CASE AGAINST LOWER MERION SCHOOLS: She is to be compensated for the loss of years of meaningful education

After listening to testimony over eight days, an administrative hearing officer ruled that the Lower Merion School District denied its 17-year old African American high school student, C.H., a free and appropriate public education, June 2009. C.H. is a student with learning disabilities in mathematics, reading and writing. She aspires to attend college. Her compensation includes, but is not limited to, intensive instruction from Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes in Bryn Mawr. (Read more)

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Newsletter from the Office of Rep. Angela Bryant

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AROUND THE DISTRICT & MORE

· THE 10th Annual Educational Forum – Issues Affecting Our Community. Honorable Carol Allen White & Staff will be hosting an educational forum on September 17, 2011. For more information contact Kim Harrell, Zee Powell, Samantha Eason, England Dancy, Fay Smith at 252-824-3200. Free to the public.

· The North Carolina Justice Center and AARP North Carolina will host a FREE Luncheon for Older Adults and Caregivers On Health Care Issues, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at OIC Community Health Education Center, 1060 Pinehurst Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27801. *** Come early at 10:30 to get a quick medical screening in OIC’s Mobile Medical Unit. * To reserve your space, contact OIC at 252-212-3461 or Nicole Dozier at nicole@ncjustice.org or 919-856-2146.

· The NC State Conference of the NAACP Education, Expectations and Incarceration: A Look at How Resegregation, High-Stakes Testing and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Marginalize Our Children. The Fifth Annual Romallus O. Murphy CLE, Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 11:30am High Point, NC. Four (4.0) hours of CLE credit have been requested from the North Carolina State Bar For Details and Registration information call NC NAACP at 1-866-626-2227.

DISASTER INFORMATION

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Survivors in all of the 35 federally declared counties for the Individual Assistance program (see list in Summary section) who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Irene, may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits.

Workers or business owners meeting the following criteria may be eligible for benefits:

• Individuals who are unemployed due to the disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits

• Self-employed individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster

• Individuals who were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster

• Individuals who have become the major supplier of household income due to the disaster-related death or injury of the previous major supplier of household income

• Individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster

• Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster

There is no waiting week period to file for benefits. Affected workers can receive benefits dated back to the week ending Sept. 3. DUA is funded entirely by the federal government.

Individuals may contact the North Carolina Employment Security Commission by calling 866-795-8877 to apply for DUA benefits. Individuals are encouraged to file as soon as possible. The deadline for filing an initial claim for DUA is Oct. 6.

COUNTIES DESIGNATED FOR INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE

Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

VISITING DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

Disaster recovery centers are open in designated counties. Disaster survivors are encouraged to visit the centers to get information on state and federal programs that can help them recover. While survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA before they visit a center, people can get help registering at the recovery center or visit with FEMA or U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives. For more information on recovery centers near you, visit the DRC locator.

FEMA REGISTRATION AND SBA DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION ARE KEY TO HURRICANE RECOVERY

For many North Carolinians who need help recovering from Hurricane Irene, registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and completing a disaster loan application from the Small Business Administration are essential.

Even if they don’t want a loan or don’t expect to qualify for a loan, homeowners and renters should complete and return the SBA application. A completed SBA loan application is needed in order to qualify for state and FEMA grants that cover personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, moving and storage expenses and other help.

There are three ways to register with FEMA:

1. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.

2. Register online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

3. Register using your tablet or Smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.

For homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations in impacted counties who qualify, SBA loans can be used to pay for disaster-related damages. People with home-based businesses or rental property who have been affected by the storm may also be eligible for SBA loans.

Please follow these links for more information on SBA disaster loans, economic injury disaster loans or to view full story.

LEGISLATIVE RECAP

With three legislative sessions now completed for the year, I wanted this week to share with you a review of the legislative session thus far. There is another session scheduled to start Sept. 12 for the discussion of proposed constitutional amendments and now there are hints that there may be a fourth session to again discuss redistricting. I am troubled that very little of the legislature’s time and attention has been focused on jobs and the economy. My colleagues and I constantly fought to redirect attention to the economy and jobs, but for the most part we were ignored in favor of an extreme social agenda.

Education Budget

I voted against the proposed state budget for a number of reasons, but primarily because I felt it did substantial damage to public education. Let me share with you a few things that have already happened since this budget has gone into place.

_ North Carolina now ranks 49th in the nation in per pupil education spending.

_ We have lost 7,600 state government jobs with many more expected to be announced this month. Many of these newly unemployed people are teachers and teacher assistants, and our local school system will certainly suffer long-term harm as a result.

_ The budget cut college financial aid in North Carolina at a time when we should be trying to make college more attainable for more students. As a result, 6,000 college students who were eligible for financial aid from the state will now be cut off.

_ The budget eliminates all funding for Governor’s School, which was a nearly 50-year old summer enrichment program for the best and brightest high-school students in this state.

_ They have also shut down the Teaching Fellows program, which for more than 20 years awarded college scholarships in exchange for a commitment to teaching in North Carolina. The program is has ensured that many promising students became teachers in North Carolina schools. One study found that 60 percent of the students from the first graduating class of Teaching Fellows remain in our public schools.

This is not the time to go backwards on education in our state. Decades of making public education a priority has resulted in tremendous gains. We learned recently that North Carolina’s high-school graduation rate showed the second-most improvement in the nation from 1998-2008 and continues to climb. We are now above the national average for the first time and we have the nation’s third-highest graduation rate for African-Americans. Our SAT scores showed the most improvement among those states that primarily use the test and our ACT scores rank in the top quarter in the nation.

Protecting and improving public education must continue to be our goal in North Carolina. Education is the key to long-term improvement in our economy and will give our children and grandchildren the tools needed to compete in the global economy. For decades, North Carolina has been a model of excellence in public education that many states have envied and copied. I am committed to continuing to fight to ensure public education is a priority in our state.

Education Policy

In addition to the deep damage done by the budget, a number of troubling education policies were pushed through by the majority.

_ Local disputes in Wake and Burke counties resulted in legislation that prevents the state’s universities and community colleges from considering whether high schools are properly accredited. The possible loss of accreditation for our schools could make it more difficult for students to gain admission to some out-of-state universities or receive scholarships and financial aid.

_ At the same time, the majority passed a bill that prevents some community colleges from offering more low-interest student loans. This comes at time when community colleges are playing a key role in training and retraining our work force, providing citizens with an opportunity to adjust to a changing economy. These workers and students should have wider access to low-interest loans. Our community colleges have been successful because they have been affordable. Restricting access to low-interest loans while so many families are struggling to make ends meet simply makes no sense. The governor wisely vetoed this bill, but the majority evaded her veto by running local bills to exempt some community colleges and state law does not allow her to veto local bills.

_ The majority also attempted to divert money from public education by needlessly taking money from public schools and giving it to new charter schools. The bill would have allowed these charter schools to take money from public schools to pay for transportation and nutrition programs, even if those very same schools provided neither transportation nor school lunches to their students. It was clearly an overreach and the threat of a veto by the governor and the hard line I and others took to protect our schools resulted in a compromise to simply lift the 100-school cap on charter schools. The compromise bill allows for positive charter school growth in North Carolina while ensuring they have proper oversight from the State Board of Education and that funding for traditional public schools is not sacrificed.

Voting

_ The legislature considered several bills this session to suppress voting rights in North Carolina. We have seen bills to shorten the time for early voting, require partisan judicial races again and stop straight ticket voting. They want to end voter registration drives, stop people from driving others to the polls, and allowing same day voter registration. Most offensively, they have tried to require voters to present photo identification at the polls. There are at least a half-million registered voters in this state without photo identification. They are mostly older, minority and Democratic. Voter fraud is all ready a felony in North Carolina and there is no evidence it is a real problem. This bill was simply an attempt to suppress voting in North Carolina. The governor vetoed the bill and her veto was sustained.

_ A bright spot in our new elections laws is legislation that would create a nonpartisan redistricting commission following the 2020 census. I supported this bill and hope such a change will keep redistricting from being such a time-consuming, political process.

Guns

We also seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time this session talking about guns. Like most people in this state, I respect and support the Second Amendment. People have a right to bear arms. People also have a right to feel safe in their communities and some of the bills passed this past session are too extreme for North Carolina families. In particular, one bill passed by the House would allow people with permits to carry concealed weapons to bring those guns on school grounds. The bill also reduces the penalty for those who illegally carry guns onto school property from a felony to a misdemeanor. A separate bill would allow concealed weapons into bars and restaurants where alcohol is served. It’s simply wrong to mix guns and children. It’s wrong to mix guns and alcohol. I support responsible gun ownership but these bills do not fit in with the values of most people in the state of North Carolina.

Abortion

The majority passed a bill requiring doctors to read a state-approved script to patients who come to them to discuss abortions. I remain concerned about state government involving themselves in a decision that should be between a woman and her doctor. The bill also requires the patient to wait at least 24 hours for the procedure. Most alarmingly, there is no exception for victims of rape or incest or for women whose health may be endangered by carrying the child. This bill treats women as if they are incapable of making decisions about their own health and their own families. These decisions are difficult and should be left to a woman, her family and her doctor. This extreme social policy comes on the heels of the state cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood and other pregnancy prevention, counseling and health care screening programs. North Carolina should ensure our women have the tools to make safe and responsible health care decisions.

Environment

This is easily one of the worst sessions we have had for the environment in North Carolina in modern history. We all believe that North Carolina should audit and study regulations that are on the books and cut any that are simply burdening small businesses or slowing job growth. However, we must also be sure that we maintain vital oversight on issues and processes that impact our quality of life. Time and again we are reminded that businesses often locate here due to our exceptional quality of life and clean environment. They enjoy access to a clean coast and mostly undeveloped mountain ridges. They appreciate our efforts to keep our air and water clean. Some legislators are working to roll back nearly all of our state regulations to the minimum levels set by the federal government. The cleanup of Jordan Lake, a drinking water supply for some cities in the Piedmont, will be delayed, at best. State regulation of toxic chemicals such as ammonia and sulfuric acid that are released into the air by industry will be weakened. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will lose a third of its funding in the next two years. That means there will be fewer experts looking out for our water and air quality and it means there will be fewer people to help correct problems that will inevitably surface. This is unacceptable and we can and must do better.

DID YOU KNOW…

NC county may stop asking about convictions

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. A North Carolina county may stop asking job-seekers about criminal convictions on its application form. Cumberland County spokeswoman Sally Shutt said Friday a committee has recommended that the county not ask job applicants about a criminal record until they are interviewed. That approach would give applicants with checkered histories a chance to explain. Shutt says the full board of commissioners is expected to consider the idea Tuesday. The county is increasing background checks on the job seekers it chooses to interview. Deputy county manager James Lawson says officials want to send the message that everyone is having their qualifications considered. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says asking about criminal histories on applications can discriminate against black applicants, who the agency says are convicted of crimes in disproportionate numbers. Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

Teen Vote Pre – Registration

Youth Up!

September is the month local boards of elections in all 100 counties are required to conduct voter registration drives in high schools. Democracy NC is organizing volunteers in some counties to ask teenagers as young as 16 to pre-register or register. Many local elections boards could use the help! Ask your local board of elections how you can help – and, while you’re at it, ask about being a poll worker, too! For more info you can call our office: 919-286-6000.

Wedge Issue- Marriage Ban Amendment

The Republicans have voted to put Constitutional Amendment on ballot to ban marriage between couples of the same sex, which is already against state law. Even the ultra-conservative Shelby Star says this is just an effort by Republicans to increase turnout of their voters with a hot-button ballot proposal; the paper opposes the amendment as a stupid intrusion of government into a personal commitment between two people.

We believe the amendment is also a cynical abuse of the democratic process to distort election results in 2012, of the primary elections.

Redistricting

The Republican-drawn redistricting maps have been submitted to the DC federal court and US Justice Department for “pre-clearance” approval under the Voting Rights Act. A decision could come within 60 days. Opponents, including the NC NAACP and a coalition of progressive groups, will likely challenge the maps in state and/or federal court, even if the maps are pre-cleared. That could stretch out the process considerably. Click here to learn more. For more information on how to get involved, contact Southern Coalition for Social Justice, 115 Market Street, Ste. 470, Durham, N.C. 27701-3241, (919) 323-3380 or visit their website at www.southerncoalition.org. or Shaunee Morgan, with Democracy North, 1821 Green Street, Durham, NC, (919)-286-6000 ext. 14 27705

Grants Awarded

Housing Finance Awards Grant

The Board of Directors has awarded $150,000 to Choanoke Area Development Association of NC from the Housing Trust Fund’s Urgent Repair Program to make emergency repairs for 65 homes in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton Counties. These loans will enable elderly and disabled North Carolinians and others with special needs to continue living safely in their own homes. In 2010 the average income of Urgent Repair Program beneficiaries was $12,253 and 77 percent had incomes less than 30 percent of the area median income. The 2011 awards totaled $2.25 million, and will finance emergency home repairs to 568 homes in 37 counties.

NC Military Business Center has awarded Babington Technology in Rocky Mount $26,786.50 for a 29-Pump Fuel, Electrical.

NC The Rural Center

The Rural Center has awarded the Town of Middlesex a grant of $23,823.78, under the Clean Water Partner’s Infrastructure Fund, to cover the costs of their well renovation and meter project.

Ethics Tips – Non Profit Information

The State Government Ethics Act does not prevent the exchange of gifts among legislators. Please remember that no legislator can accept anything of value in return for being influenced in the discharge of that legislator’s official responsibilities. G.S. 138A-32(a).

Contact: Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives, NC House District 7

North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 919-733-5878-Phone • 919-754-3289-FAX • Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net

or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@ncleg.net

Education History – PA Courts Deny African American Students Class Action Certification

In a Memorandum dated August 19, 2009, Chief Justice Harvey Bartle, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, denied class certification to plaintiffs, including six African American students and their parents, the NAACP—Main Line Branch, and Concerned Black Parents. The case was filed on July 30, 2007 by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) as a class action against the Lower Merion School District and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The lawsuit alleges persistent, routine, and system-wide racial segregation of African American students into below grade level or modified classes where they receive a substandard education. (Read more)

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Press release regarding the release of the 2011 SAT results by the College Board. We were very pleased to see that while the nation and the state’s scores decreased, ECPS’ scores showed great improvement!

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Edgecombe County Public Schools

ACTION ALERT – Save Troy Davis – "Too Much Doubt" Campaign and NC Buses Going to Atlanta for March and Service

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ACTION ALERT

Join the "Too Much Doubt Campaign"

to save the life of Troy Davis

See the bottom of the email for a blurb on the case or http://www.naacp.org/pages/ troy-davis-a-case-for-clemency

1) Take one minute to sign a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles:

Go to http://action.naacp.org/page/speakout/help-save-troy-davis

2) Travel to Atlanta on Friday, September 16 for a March and Prayer

Buses are leaving out of Winston-Salem for Atlanta on Friday morning at 10 AM sharp (arrive between 9:00 am and 9:30 am) and returning the same day to head to Atlanta for a rally to save the life of Troy Davis that begins at 6:00 pm. Reply to this email (northcarolinanaacp@gmail.com) ASAP or call 919-682-4700 to reserve your seat.

There are stops at Davidson College and in Charlotte as well for pick up. There will be some car pools leaving out of the Triangle to meet the bus in Winston-Salem.

The bus trip is free of charge, but you must RSVP today to secure a seat.

Trip Details
Our partner Darryl Hunt has chartered buses, with the assistance of Amnesty International, leaving out of Winston-Salem for any individuals or supporters in the area interested in participating in the march in Atlanta and the abolition of the death penalty in Georgia.

The buses will depart from Emmanuel Baptist Church (1075 Shalimar Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27107) at 10:00 am. Anyone needing a seat on the bus is encouraged to arrive between 9:00am and 9:30am.

International Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis Join Darryl Hunt, Amnesty International, The NAACP, The GFADP, Larry Cox and Ben Jealous; Rev. Raphael Warnock (Ebenezer Baptist Church); Martina Correia (sister of Troy Davis); death row exonerees; and other guests for an evening of prayer, music and witness on Friday, September 16th 2011, in Atlanta, GA for the International Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis. The march begins at 6 pm at Woodruff Park (Peachtree St/Edgewood Ave.) and will end at Ebenezer Baptist Church (407 Auburn Ave.)

The Case – Troy Davis’s case has brought national and international attention the racially biased death penalty system in the United States. Prominent politicians and leaders, including President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Presidential candidate Bob Barr and former FBI Director and Judge William S. Sessions have all called for Davis to be given a new trial or evidentiary hearing.

An execution date has been set for September 21st and his last chance will take place on Monday, Sept. 19 before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. Since trial in 1991, seven of the nine state trial witnesses have contradicted their testimony or admitted their testimony was false. Additionally, several informants who testified at trial also recanted. All of the state trial witnesses who recanted that are still alive have testified to the Board or the federal district court: Of the two witnesses who have not contradicted their trial testimony, one (Steven Sanders) could only identify Troy Davis at trial, two years after he told police that he "wouldn’t know the shooter again if I saw him." The other is Sylvester Coles, who is the prime alternative suspect in the case

Troy Davis Flyer for 9.16.11 March in Atlanta

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Education, Expectations and Incarceration:

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Education, Expectations and Incarceration:
A look at how resegregation, high-stakes testing and the school-to-prison pipeline marginalize our children

The NC NAACP is holding the 5th Annual Romallus O. Murphy CLE on October 12, 2011 in High Point from 11:30am to 5:00pm. This pre-convention activity is geared towards attorneys and other legal professionals, however legal redress and education chairs from local NAACP branches may find the program interesting and informative as well. The program will focus on issues in education that are forces in derailing the public education system. The CLE will be made up of four panels discussing resegregation, high-stakes testing, the school-to-prison pipeline and strategies for being a part of the solution. Experts from around the state, including attorneys, professors, and school board members, will be gathering to discuss these important issues.

Attached is a flyer, registration form, attorney referral list sign-up form, and NAACP membership form. We ask you distribute this information to local attorneys, especially those who work in civil rights or education. If the attorney is unable to join us but would still like to assist the NAACP with our important civil rights and social justice work, please ask them to consider signing up to be on our attorney referral list or join the NAACP, if they are not already a member.

Click here to download materials

This event kicks off our 2011 NC NAACP State Convention being held in High Point from October 13th to 15th. Convention details and registration information can be found at http://www.naacpnc.org

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I hope to see you in High Point!

Jennifer Watson Marsh
Legal Redress Coordinator & Public Policy Analyst
NC NAACP
PO Box 335
Durham, NC 27702
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1-866-NC-NAACP
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Same Sex Marriages – State law already defines marriage as being between a man and a woman

North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast without such a prohibition in its constitution. State law already defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Still, amendment supporters argue that traditional marriage would be better protected against potential legal challenges by same-sex couples in six other states and the District of Columbia.

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Daily Southerner eliminating Tuesday Paper

TARBORO — Starting Oct. 4, The Daily Southerner will no longer print and distribute a newspaper on Tuesdays.

"We are cutting back that one day a week," said The Daily Southerner Publisher Chip Wigginton Jr. "A lot of people have asked me if we were going to cut back to a weekly paper and the answer is absolutely not. (Read more)

PURE UNADULTERATED RACISM – A MUST READ ARTICLE by THE BLACK LONG ISLAND ICED TEA PARTY

PURE UNADULTERATED RACISM

 

By Helen L. Burleson, Doctor of Public Administration

 

The President of the United States cannot say what I’m going to say. I am going to say it loud so that it resounds all over this land.  Racists, racists, racists! Racism is alive and SICK in America. Racial hatred is alive and SICK in America.

Can I prove it? Yes, I can.

 

I am 81 years old so I have lived through 13 administrations of presidencies: some weak and ineffective, some strong and yet neglectful; and yet a few, passionate, caring and humane.

These Republicans and Libertarians today are still fighting the Civil War! There is Texas where the governor is Republican Rick Perry. This Southern state wants to engrave the Confederate flag on the license plates of all the citizens in the state. There are Southern boards of education including, but not limited to Tennessee, Texas and Virginia who want to rewrite the text books either to omit slavery or to revise and rearrange history to fit their biased views. These three states all have Republican governors. The Tea Party, a group of extreme right-wing conservative theorists are among the proponents of this revisionist, altered version of American history. There are those semi-literate legislators, like Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, who say the Founding Fathers fought to eliminate slavery. There’s a Southern governor, Republican Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, who knows nothing about slavery and racial tensions in the South. Ignorant! Yes, that’s a part of it; but, the main thing is their psyche. Taught at an early age to look down upon and to hate people of African descent, this hatred is buried deep, deep, within the throes of every fabric and fiber of their beings. Just as a light weight object put into a glass of water will float to the top, no matter how long racism has been festering in their bodies, confronted with a president of African descent, the covert racism rises to the top. All of the subliminal messages weighing them down for years since infancy, now surface; and unabashedly, they would rather see this Nation, this Democratic Republic crumble as long as they can blame this Black man and cause his Waterloo! This is not my position. This is not my inference. This is exactly what some of these racists legislators have said. There is concrete evidence that they said it. I don’t have to make it up or falsify what they said, it is there on video preserved for the lifetime of this Nation for the whole world to see that a group of racists legislators, like Republican Congressman Mitch McConnell, are so determined to make the presidency of President Barack Obama, a one-term presidency that they frankly, as Rhett Butler said, …don’t give a damn,,,”

 

Collective bargaining came into existence in Wisconsin; but Republican Governor Scott Walker, a governor influenced by Libertarian billionaires, destroyed it with the stroke of a pen. Social Security signed into law by Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the more effective, caring and humane presidents, is about to undergo the chopping block despite the fact that workers have paid into the system all of their working years. Medicare and Medicaid, humane programs signed into law by Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson, designed to aid the elderly, the infirm and women, infants and children are about to come under the blade of the guillotine!

These programs benefit people most of whom have worked on minimum wage jobs all of their working years. Some of them are unmarried and/or divorced women, failed by the declining education system, find themselves unprepared to find work that will sustain themselves and their children.

 

Combined with racism is also classism; and, viewed and pursued by some, they are one and the same. Classism divides Americans by social strata with three defined levels: upper class (those with wealth accumulated either by top earning occupations or by inheritance), middle class (those who are either professional, have managerial positions or government workers with wages above the minimum income level, sometimes referred to as white collar workers), and lower class (those who work in production whose manufacturing jobs for the most part have been shipped overseas, often referred to as blue collar workers). Then there’s the undefined and often ignored underbelly of society who are invisible because they make no demands on society. They are the ones who roam the streets at night or sleep over the grate or under bridges, in bus stations or wherever they can lay their heads as they use what little belongings they have as a pillow under their heads. They are the unemployed, the homeless and hopeless, many are former military personnel who served their country all the while being neglected by their country. Many Americans of African descent have managed to escape the net and the web woven that would keep them out of the middle class, have benefited from these social programs after retirement years which has sustained them, along with their pensions,and have managed to remain middle class.

 

As one legislator decried, “This is class war!” Yes, it is! Though some semi-literate, misinformed legislators called President Obama an elitist, it is they, many formerly poor boys, who through their positions living off the dole of the citizenry, now look down on the very people from whom they rose. There are some ill reared and ill bred who call the President of the United States, a liar! Because my mind is alert and fertile, I challenge any American to refute any of the facts that I am stating. Never in the history of this country has an American President been openly disrespected as has President Barack Obama. One “pretender to the throne,” Republican part-time governor, Sarah Palin, while in India spoke derisively about the President while on foreign shores, all the while saying that this is inappropriate. One thug of a legislator, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, of South Carolina, called out, to President Barack Obama, “You lie!” during the State of the Union Address. Just the other day in July, 2011, another barnyard pig of a legislator, Republican Congressman Joe Lucas, of the 8th District of Illinois, called the President of the United States a liar.

Of course American ethics, morals and morality have gone to hell in a hand basket; but, when this same “pretender,” Sarah Palin, featured on the cover of a major magazine, Newsweek, dressed inappropriately in a tight sweater opened a bit too much, then the world can see for itself the depravity and degradation of American principles and the American people.

 

As Republican President Abraham Lincoln stated eloquently, “ A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” we have reached that fork in the road and America is on the path to destruction at the hands of a few, petty, pampered, pretty boys who in their efforts to appease their “masters” are driving this country off a cliff!

Until we get a Secretary of Psychiatry to free racists of the hatred they are harboring, America will not prosper. America is already close to being displaced by China as the world’s greatest power; and, this is only because of the pure unadulterated racism pervasive throughout this land.

Source: The Black Long Island Iced Tea