Hell Yeah I Said It, Now What? – Rocky Mount NC – Racism At Crossing at 64 Is Alive And Well

Crossing at 64 waits on businesses – Source: Rocky Mount Telegram 

Response from a comment posted on my blog.

I also think that the site would be a prime location given its proximity to Highway 64.  I asked a black friend of mine, who is a real estate agent, about this today.  She stated that potential tenants are scared off due to the fear of the "nearby criminal element." (her words)  She said that other businesses have to constantly call the RMPD due to loitering, shoplifting, drug activity, and unattended teenagers who cause trouble. Signed Binky

My response: Hell yeah this is a prime location and the problem is RACISM. If Mayor David Combs Realtor, Chambliss and Rabil and other white businessmen in Rocky Mount had gotten this Prime Piece of Property before Joyce Dickens it would have long been developed.

There has been a crime report done and the crime is no more than in other parts of the city. Obviously this ignant black real estate agent is ignant to the facts about the crime in Rocky Mount. So just because you spoke to this black friend of yours do not make it truth.

I dare you to look at the crime report and/or contact Joyce Dickens and others mentioned in the article in the Rocky Mount Telegram to get the real facts. It sounds as if your black friend has some issues with these folks because they are promoting false bill of goods. I damn sure hope they do better as a realtor but to tell you something like this they must be sorry as hell.

Ok Binky do your homework and report back.

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NC NAACP Releases Open Letter to Senators Burr and Hagan Demanding Equitable African American Representation in North Carolina’s Judicial Appointments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 25, 2011

For More Information: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

Atty. Irv Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-530-6293

Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, lawyers@mcsurely.com

NAACP Decries the Fact that North Carolina is Last Among Southern States in African-American Representation in Judicial Appointments and Implores North Carolina’s Senators to Support African-American Appointments

Press Conference to be Scheduled in Eastern North Carolina Early Next Week

DURHAM – The North Carolina NAACP is releasing an open letter to North Carolina’s US Senators, calling on them to address the embarrassing and pernicious history of African-American appointments to North Carolina’s Federal District Courts. As of this week, the North Carolina NAACP is mobilizing our 125+ adult, youth and college NAACP units and our 110+ HKonJ Coalition partners to make calls to the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to demand they nominate an African American to serve as a federal District Court Judge in the Eastern District, where roughly half of the state’s African American population resides and where every county with a majority African American population is located, as well as ensure equity in future appointments across the state.

OPEN LETTER

October 25, 2011

The Honorable Richard Burr

The Honorable Kay Hagan

United States Senate

Re: Appointment of an African American Judge to North Carolina’s Federal District Court

Dear Senators Burr and Hagan:

The North Carolina State Conference of NAACP Branches strongly urges you to recommend the nomination and appointment of an African American to the vacancy on the United States District Court in North Carolina. It is important that the judiciary reflects the racial diversity of North Carolina. Our examination of the presence of African Americans who serve as Judges on the three District Courts in this State shows an abysmal failure by our political leadership to recognize and appoint qualified African Americans to serve as District Court Judges. Therefore we urge you to immediately identify and recommend the appointment of qualified African Americans, to rectify this shameful history of exclusion.

With only one African American federal District Court Judge presently seated, North Carolina has the least diverse bench of all states in the South. President Bill Clinton appointed James Beatty, who is eligible to retire in 2014. If he does, North Carolina would have no African American representation. Furthermore, 17 years have passed since the last time an African American was appointed.

We are the nation’s 10th largest State with a 22% African American population, but in our history we have had only two African Americans to serve as federal District Court Judges. The two, Richard Erwin and James Beatty, were appointed to serve in the Middle District of North Carolina. Not one African American has ever served as a Judge in either the Eastern or Western Districts. In particular, it is an obscenity that there has never been an African American Federal Judge in the Eastern District where roughly half of North Carolina’s African American population resides, North Carolinians who have never been represented on their federal District Court. This exclusion is unacceptable and an embarrassment to this State and its African American community.

As you know, President George Bush nominated nine individuals to North Carolina District Courts and each one of those nominees was white and only one was a woman. Thus far, based upon your recommendations, President Barack Obama has appointed two Whites to seats on North Carolina’s federal bench. As North Carolina’s elected Senators who are responsible for making nominations to the President, we demand you represent all your constituents and change the racial disparities which presently exist within our federal court system. We implore you to support an African American for the third appointment and ensure equity in future appointments.

Yours in the Spirit of Truth and Justice,

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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

President, North Carolina NAACP

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