Letter To The Editor From The Editor In Response To Bert Spain Letter Talking About Outgoing Tarboro Councilman Melvin Muhammad

In response to Bert Spain’s letter to editor in the Daily Southerner newspaper: “Tarboro Town Council Muhammad’s ‘legacy’ draws half-muted chuckle”

I have not seen the article that Bert Spain is responding to that he says he couldn’t help but shake his head in disbelief with a half-muted chuckle in response to Councilman Melvin Muhammad.

Mr. Spain says Councilman Muhammad went in to create controversy and he ask the question is that an oxymoron? Spain says, “A councilman intends to create controversy, not work to dispel controversy and create harmony among fellow commissioners and the community.” He goes on to say to purposely create dissension.

Mr. Spain I have lived in Pinetops all of my life until the flood I moved 3 miles from Pinetops however since that time I have a Tarboro address. I have been knowing Councilman Muhammad for many years and we have had our agreements and disagreements.

Mr. Spain I want to know how you come to the conclusion that creating controversy going into this council from a young black male who ain’t afraid to speak out has to be negative controversy? Why couldn’t it be controversy to the effect that Muhammad wanted to serve on the council because he felt that black folks were not being truly represented? You see sir Muhammad being outspoken and beating out former councilman Roland Clark an older black male was a bitter pill for some white folks to swallow and some safe black folks also.

Mr. Spain most folks that I know runs for office to serve the public because they want to make a change to do more for their community. I strongly believe that was the sole purpose for Muhammad running for the seat and then he was elected by the people in his ward. Because of who Muhammad is outspoken and a name like that it automatically made him controversial to certain folks white and black so it does not matter what he says or does he will be labeled, loved and hated by some. 

Curmilus Dancy II
Pinetops, NC

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Butterfield Applauds Department of Health and Human Services for Math and Science Grant to Elizabeth City State University

 

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Date:  May 24, 2012

 

Contact: Saul Hernandez 
Phone:  (202) 225.3101

                                                 


Butterfield Applauds Department of Health and Human Services

for Math and Science Grant to Elizabeth City State University

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its recent grant of $309,232 to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). The grant, Elizabeth City State University Minority Access to Research Careers (E-MARC), will be used to increase minority access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

 

“For generations minority students have been underrepresented in the mathematics and science fields. Programs such as E-MARC address the need to balance the disproportionate rate and reflect the changing cultural fabric of our society,” said Butterfield. “I would like to commend the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for taking a vested interest in the students of ECSU as they work to bridge the gap of minorities pursuing doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.”

 

Program participants are undergraduate students with a 3.50 GPA or above working toward a math or science degree. The program provides support to minority students in STEM majors to prepare them as competitive applicants for entry into doctoral programs. Services include participation in academic enhancement activities and summer research internship opportunities.

 

E-MARC programming is a subsidiary of the MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Awards. Students are selected for the E-MARC program during their final two years of undergraduate education to begin preparation for graduate level curricula.

 

 

 

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NC NAACP Statement on Uptick in KKK Activity in North Carolina

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 25, 2012

 

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

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

  

NC NAACP Statement on Uptick in KKK Activity in North Carolina

 

The NC NAACP stands with many citizens of our state, White, Black, Latino, Native American and of different creeds and religions, to denounce the call for White-Only Ku Klux Klan rallies here in North Carolina.

 

We join citizens in rejecting the KKK’s White Supremacist philosophy and history of domestic terrorism. We applaud our local leadership, NAACP Branch President Skip McCall and the growing diversity of citizens in Iredell County that have already stepped forward and rejected this philosophy.  Loving and right-thinking citizens of this state know that on Memorial weekend we should be remembering all of the veterans, of all races, who fought for freedom and defended democracy in this Nation rather than tainting our present moment with these sentiments of White Supremacy.

 

We believe in free speech, but we don’t agree with or support hate speech and we condemn terrorist activity and racial intimidation. Let them have their speech within the framework of the law, but in anticipation of a rally of the Ku Klux Klan in Harmony, North Carolina, the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP strongly urges all law enforcement agencies to prepare to prevent and protect all citizens who have historically been targeted by this organization.

 

While they look backwards we will work to build One North Carolina where all families have good jobs, living wages, are lifted out of poverty, are provided health care and access to a high quality education. We join with all those who wish to go Forward Together, Not One Step Back. And we call on local and statewide leaders to also reject racial hatred and join in God’s redemptive work of love and justice. And we pray that one day all of us, even members of the KKK, will join in the work of building the Beloved Community.

 

North Carolina is no stranger to KKK violence. In recent North Carolina history, the Klan attacked a group of Black and White protestors in the 1979 massacre Greensboro, in a predominantly Black housing project, resulting in the deaths of five people. All North Carolinians must remember this history, and should know that concern about a rally and cross burning by the KKK cannot be overstated.

 

Free speech is a fundamental American right established in our foundational documents more than 200 years ago.  Free speech in the public sphere is not restricted to speech that we agree with. However, it is NAACP’s right to not support, uphold or embrace the hatred, racism, un-American beliefs, and domestic terrorist acts of this age-old terrorist secret society.  It is the Klan’s right to march, but not to intimidate, deface private property or to terrorize fellow Americans through such crimes. And we must keep in mind that there is a difference between free speech and hate speech.

  

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NAACP CALLS FOR FULL INVESTIGATION OF RACIALLY-MOTIVATED AND HATE-FILLED VANDALISM OF ELDERLY BLACK VETERAN BUSINESSMAN’S PROPERTY IN CASWELL COUNTY NC

 
NC NAACP Letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 25, 2012

 

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

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

 

NAACP CALLS FOR FULL INVESTIGATION OF RACIALLY-MOTIVATED AND HATE-FILLED VANDALISM OF ELDERLY BLACK VETERAN BUSINESSMAN’S PROPERTY IN CASWELL COUNTY NC

 

DURHAM – The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is calling for a full investigation by all local, state, and federal jurisdictional law enforcement, and local and state elected officials, of the racially-motivated and hate-filled vandalism of an elderly black veteran’s business that occurred this week in Caswell County. 

 

Ernest Pinnix, 66, a Purple Heart Vietnam veteran, has been a vocal opponent to the replacement of a Confederate soldier statue in downtown Reidsville, which was knocked down in a car accident in 2011. The Reidsville City Council agreed with Mr. Pinnix and voted to move the statue to a cemetery for Confederate soldiers. Mr. Pinnix runs an auto repair shop in which at one time, five generations worked together.  He has informed local NAACP leadership and the State Conference that his tow truck was vandalized this week with six commercial tires slashed, each door and the rollback keyed, and the front wall spray-painted with the words, "The statue is coming back." Additionally, big letters were painted across the two-pane window in the front of his business, "F… Obama."

 

Rev. Barber and a NC NAACP legal team will visit Mr. Pinnix’s shop on Tuesday, May 29. There will be a press conference following his visit where they will discuss the matter and further actions by the NC NAACP. The exact time will be released on Monday.

 

"We are going to see first hand and investigate a situation that is obviously quite disturbing just from the verbal and written reports," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. "Vicious and vulgar references of the President of the United States, trespassing on private property, hateful and racially charged messages in addition to property damage have terrorized this family. This should not only disturb us but represent the kind of domestic terrorism and intimidation that law enforcement and our communities cannot tolerate. Nor should they go unpunished."

 

Responding to this controversy, Rev. Clarence Johnson, President of the Reidsville Branch of the NAACP, and a State District Director said, "The Reidsville Branch of the NAACP is standing behind the decision made by the Reidsville City Council to not have the statue replaced in the middle of downtown.  It should be placed in the local cemetery.  It’s time all of our communities should say: Forward Ever, Backwards Never."

 

Mr. Pinnix has been active in his community supporting boy scouts, and 4-H groups in the Brown’s Chapel Cherry Grove Community of Caswell County.  During last year’s Christmas parade, he displayed a banner against putting the statue back in downtown Reidsville.  He represents progressive politics and remains a vocal opponent, which is his right as a citizen.  Married for 46 years, Mr. Pinnix is the father of two adult children.

 

The vandalism occurred late Tuesday night on Mr. Pinnix’s property where his business is located.  "The citizens of Caswell County are shocked and appalled that this incident has occurred," said Mr. Nate Hall, President of the Caswell County Branch of the NAACP. "And of course, we are concerned about the welfare of Mr. Ernest Pinnix and his family.  The Caswell County Branch of the NAACP fully supports Mr. Pinnix and his family and trusts that justice will be served." 

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.  

 

 

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