The Great Black Divide In Rocky Mount And Edgecombe County

When I first got involved as a community activist in the early 90’s, I said it then and I am still saying it, that all of the black political leaders, community leaders, ministers, pastors and others need to have a coming to Jesus meeting. We need to get in a room and get all of the bull manure off of our chest as it relates to personal with one another, hash it out and then talk about how we can move forward. It is past time that we as a black people need to come together and work together on issues that affect our communities. issues

It is a damn shame that when I joined the Democratic Party during the black/white fight because the whites had the power and the blacks were fighting for our fair share. We fought for years and now we have taken over the party. We have had a black chair for the past 10 years almost. These chairs have not been as effective as they should have been. Actually they have held us back to a certain degree in my opinion. Some of the members that were in the fight quit coming once we took over.

Most folks join the NAACP when they get in trouble. I joined because I wanted to help somebody. I had to research to find who were leading and where the NAACP met in Edgecombe County. The Tarboro branch was not in compliance so I joined the Rocky Mount branch. I had to fight with the NAACP too.

I have been involved in Rocky Mount politics since the late 80’s. I know the political leaders, community leaders, ministers, pastors and others who have been in the struggle and/or acted as if they were in the struggle. I have spent much time in Rocky Mount attending NAACP meetings, organizational meetings, community meetings, political meetings and etc.

I receive a lot of information that folks don’t even have a clue that I know about. I know who are doing what in Rocky Mount. I receive phone calls, emails and etc. from folks sharing information with me and some of the folks I do not know. So therefore I have to investigate them and the information they pass on to me to verify it as truth. I don’t just take information as fact from folks, I don’t give a damn how black they are. They can be so damn black that they are almost blue, wearing a suit and/or dress, educated and other but I am still going to check them out. That is something I tell folks that don’t know me to do, to don’t just take my word on things but check me out.

What many folks do not know is that certain folks, some of the same folks that you and some others are trying to discredit are the ones who are making manure happen. But we do not get the credit for it and do not do it for the credit but because it is morally right. It is a lot of stuff going on over since last week and now a couple of days ago as it relates to a couple of shootings. Some folks want to act like they are all about the cause when actually they had been asked to do some things and their asses refused to. But now they want to act as if they have been in the struggle all along. Some of you say your pastors are doing this and doing that but you don’t even know what is actually going on.

Folks a lot of things are not as it seem in the black community because of there is a great divide. However we seem to come together on some causes but as I have stated over and over again that it has been by the grace of God that we are where we are today.

I know who are about what and it is about time for the truth told so we can move forward together. I know I am going to piss some folks off but just maybe they will do something. If they don’t, then they need to get the hell out of the way and quit fronting.

Rocky Mount, we really need prayer! by Ebaby Phillips

Powerful! Now this is On! I love the following: "Finally, I keep reading posts about what the police department needs to do. I guarantee that at every house we stopped at when people saw the convoy of law enforcement cars, they came out in groves in the bitter cold being nosy. If you want to end the violence and help our community, we, law enforcement, need your help. Talk with us. We know you saw something! Help us take back our streets or stop posting non-sense BS about law enforcement. Thank you and good day!" I get so sick and tired of having to defend law enforcement because they want to put the blame on them. Thank you and appreciate you!

Rocky Mount, we really need prayer! Myself (probation and parole) Ed D. Pittman, Rocky Mount Police Department ( Vicky Hussey), ATF, Nash County Sheriff Deputies, Edgecombe County Sheriff Deputies, Nash and Edgecombe ABC Officers, in response to the recent gang violence and shootings, knocked on the doors of the top 40 gang members to try to get them to stop with senseless shootings and stop the gang retaliations. First of all to have a 14 year old and a 17 year old classified in this category is a DAMN shame. But the insult of the day was when a 14 year old laughed in our face! The mother of a the 17 yr old literally tried to tell us that she has control of her son but he was just arrested last week for having gun in his possession.

Back in my day, if a team of law enforcement officers would have knocked on my mom’s door and even mouthed the my name from their lips they would have had to literally peel my mom off of me to keep her from killing me. Parents we have to do a better job. People pray because from the reactions I saw and heard from the other law enforcement teams, the killings, shootings, and violence is not over. The very sad part about is that the boys that were shot now wear a badge of honor (street creds) and it will be used as ammunition for retaliation.

Finally, I keep reading posts about what the police department needs to do. I guarantee that at every house we stopped at when people saw the convoy of law enforcement cars, they came out in groves in the bitter cold being nosy. If you want to end the violence and help our community, we, law enforcement, need your help. Talk with us. We know you saw something! Help us take back our streets or stop posting non-sense BS about law enforcement. Thank you and good day!

 

Harry Reid rejects President Obama’s trade push – Politico

President Barack Obama’s push for the two largest free trade deals in U.S. history has hit a major roadblock: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Nevada Democrat said he opposes a bill that would fast-track the Pacific Rim and European Union pacts through Congress with limited debate and no amendments – which the White House says is crucial to gaining concessions from other countries to finalize those deals. (Source: Read More)

Princeville motions, meeting deemed illegal – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Two motions made and approved by the former board of commissioners were unanimously deemed illegal Monday during the town’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The board also deemed the final December meeting conducted by the former board illegal as well. The motions were two of four made after a 45-minute closed session.

A letter sent to the state auditor’s office in July 2013 was at the forefront of the issue. The letter was written by former town attorney, Chuck Watts, to the state auditor concerning questionable credit card purchases and travel expenses made by former Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates. Former Commissioner Isabelle Purvis Andrews, former Town Manager Maggie Boyd and former town clerk Diana Draughn’s names were also mentioned in the allegations. Details of the letter were not released. – See more at: http://www.dailysoutherner.com/local/x1768006566/Princeville-motions-meeting-deemed-illegal#sthash.Fr5HOzdH.dpuf

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Two motions made and approved by the former board of commissioners were unanimously deemed illegal Monday during the town’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The board also deemed the final December meeting conducted by the former board illegal as well. The motions were two of four made after a 45-minute closed session.

A letter sent to the state auditor’s office in July 2013 was at the forefront of the issue. The letter was written by former town attorney, Chuck Watts, to the state auditor concerning questionable credit card purchases and travel expenses made by former Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates. Former Commissioner Isabelle Purvis Andrews, former Town Manager Maggie Boyd and former town clerk Diana Draughn’s names were also mentioned in the allegations. Details of the letter were not released. (Source: Read more)

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Rocky Mount NC – We Play Into The Local Media While They Use Us

Why do you allow the local media to use our community as if they are concerned, but look at the events and things they attend and publicize.

I am just going back to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday breakfast. It was some editorials written because some white folks especially the Nash County Republican Party chair who said they had a problem with the speaker an intelligent strong black female Dr. Julianne Malveaux because they didn’t like what she stand for. They want to pick and choose who speak to us and they want a Safe Negro. Not! WHIG-TV recorded it because it was controversial.

On this past Sunday Dr. William J. Barber II President NC NAACP/National Board of Directors spoke at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Ceremony and where was WHIG-TV? Oh they knew he was going to tell the truth and wake some folks up. WHIG-TV don’t want the truth to be made known because they know that Dr. Barber is going to tell it everytime he come to town. I bet you they have been on The DCN TV and looked at my video.

Oh they were at the Prayer Vigil held on yesterday for the shootings because that is about black folks in the negative but also I question would they had been there if it had been at another church? This is about black on black crime so they will publicize that.

I can’t leave out Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount that post about the crime in Rocky Mount and other that comes through on the scanner. Just like WHIG-TV they have many blacks following them on Facebook but they both are trying to discredit Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight simply because he is a strong intelligent black man. The sad part that they have a petition and want black folks to sign it.

Folks ya’ll better wake the hell up because they are on a mission and you don’t need to play into their hands. Matter of fact you need to post on their facebook pages that you don’t appreciate how they are using the black community as if they are concerned. Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount had the audacity to block me from posting on their page because they couldn’t handle the truth as I made comments on their page. I can still read their page but just can’t post. But that ain’t a problem for me because it don’t take away from my blog.

Real Republican Response to SOTU: President Obama is a ‘Socialist Dictator’ – PoliticusUsa

Response: His ignant response speaks for itself.

The real Republican response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was not the forgettable Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ substance free official rebuttal. Nor was it one of the twin Tea Party responses from ideological clones Mike Lee and Rand Paul. And it most certainly wasn’t Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s Spanish language rebuttal which was heard by dozens. No, the true GOP response was a preemptive salvo by Texas Representative Randy Weber who tweeted from the House floor moments before the speech the words:

On floor of house waitin on “Kommandant-In-Chef”… the Socialistic dictator who’s been feeding US a line or is it A-Ly (Source: Read more)

 

Lawmakers: What we talked about when we talked about voter ID – NC Policy Watch

The rubber’s about to meet the road in the voting rights lawsuits pending in federal court here as the parties start to ask the hard questions.

What were state GOP lawmakers’ intentions when they enacted House Bill 589, one of the most restrictive voting laws in the nation?

That’s the question the groups challenging the law want answered by the handful of legislators they served with subpoenas in December, asking those lawmakers to produce emails, letters, reports and other records used when pushing for voting law changes last session. (Source: Read more)

GOP rep to reporter: ‘I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.’ – MSNBC

Response: Damn this dude is bad! LMBAO!

A Republican representative from Staten Island “physically threatened” a local reporter after Tuesday’s State of the Union address, according to the news station.

The reporter, from New York City’s local NY-1, attempted to ask Rep. Michael Grimm about allegations of campaign finance misconduct.

“Since we have you here, we haven’t had a chance to talk about—” the reporter, Michael Scotto, began.

“I’m not talking about anything that’s off topic. This is only about the President’s speech,” Grimm said before walking away. (Source: MSNBC Read more)

How North Carolina (surprisingly) became a leader in ACA – NC Spin

Response: And some folks just don’t get it, don’t understand and/or in denial. I think they are more in denial than the other.

While North Carolina has refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and many politicians continue to complain about the federal health exchange, the roll-out of Obamacare in N.C. tells a far more positive story.

North Carolina is enrolling uninsured people at a rate at least twice that of any other state that has refused to set up its own health exchange and refused to expand Medicaid. In short, among states that are dragging their feet on the Affordable Care Act – no advertising campaigns, no speeches by the governor on how important it is for everyone to have access to health care, no Medicaid expansion that guarantees the lowest income workers coverage – North Carolina is by far leading the pack in private plan enrollment. (Source: NC Spin)

I loved the State of the Union address. It was the Barack Obama I know and love. The Barack Obama who is full of ideas. The Barack Obama who will go to the mat for each and every American, not just those who voted for him. by Lady Liberal

 Response: Well! I’ll eat and drink to that! Powerful message! Whew! Fired Up Ready To Go! I stand behind "Our" President 1000%!
"Mr. President, where are the jobs?" – Rand Paul

Mr. Republican/Libertarian/Tea Party, let me ask you the same damn question. Where are the jobs? Where are the ideas? Where is the engagement with reality?

I loved the State of the Union address. It was the Barack Obama I know and love. The Barack Obama who is full of ideas. The Barack Obama who will go to the mat for each and every American, not just those who voted for him.

It was "masterful" I heard more than one commentator say. I think it was masterful in that he managed to bitch-slap Congress in such a subtle way they didn’t even know what or who hit them. Make no mistake, he laid the blame directly at the feet of those who planned from day one to destroy his presidency. The same folks who laid plans to "just say no" hate what he stands for so much they are willing to sacrifice this country and all of its citizens right along with it and the President called them out on it:

"The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress. For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate — one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy — when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States — then we are not doing right by the American people."

He continued by saying:

"I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do."

You will hear a lot of different opinions on just what the President said in his 5th State of the Union address, you will have your own opinions as I have mine. You may be disappointed in this President because he hasn’t taken on some of your own issues but let me submit this theory to you:

Until this nation manages to lift nearly 50 million people out of the poverty that trickle-down Republican policies have forced them into, they will not have the energy to stand toe-to-toe with you to fight with you on your issue. Until those 50 million Americans can stop wondering how they will feed their children, how they will pay rent or heating costs, whether they will live in their car or on the streets of our cities, they will not have the opportunity to worry about anything else but survival. Start at the bottom and work your way up.

Our President is asking…no telling you: "Let’s make this a year of action," he said. If you doubt for a minute that he wasn’t talking to YOU, you are wrong. (Source: Lady Liberal on Facebook)

 

State of the Union: Obama calls for action, with or without Congress – CNN

Response: Damn ain’t that an ignant comparison, "A speech by Barack Obama is a lot like sex," said GOP strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos. "The worst there ever was is still excellent."

Washington (CNN) — He talked a good game of acting on his own if necessary, calling for 2014 to be a "year of action, but President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address showed he knows that true progress depends on cooperation with a divided and recalcitrant Congress.

"Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged," he said near the end of the more than hour-long speech, seeming to describe his bad 2013 that lowered his approval ratings. "But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress." (Source: Read more)

A thumbs up for Obama and the State of the Union – Washington Post

When it comes to the big speeches, President Obama doesn’t disappoint. His nearly 80-minute State of the Union address didn’t so much talk about income inequality as it did economic insecurity. The president talked about the middle-class writ large: those who aspire to it, those who are nestled in it, those who are struggling to hang on to it and those who are trying to get back in it. Obama was long on warmth and mercifully short on wonkery. And he did this by weaving his call for a “year of action” on behalf of the American people with the stories of the American people. (Source: Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – Rocky Mount Mayor Pro-tem/President Rocky Mount NAACP Rev. Andre Knight Makes Some Sick On Their Stomach

The problem Ignant Racist White Folks and Ignant Safe Negroes have in Rocky Mount is not about the city council being a 4-3 black majority but all about Andre Knight being a black man speaking truth to power and they can’t stomach it. You see even if he was not re-elected or was to not serve on the council, he would probably be replaced by another black since it is a black majority Ward. But the flip side to replacing him would be to get a Safe Negro to fill his seat. Well ya’ll going to be sick for quite sometime because that petition that Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount started is about as ignant as gets and will not accomplish anything but attempting to mislead folks.

Hell no Knight is not a Dr. Martin L. King Jr. but he is a product of what Dr. King stood for and Knight does a damn good job of keeping the dream alive.

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Butterfield’s Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

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For Release:  Immediate

Date:  January 28, 2014

Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

             Office:    (202) 225.3101               


Butterfield’s Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement regarding tonight’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Obama unveiled a bold agenda to create and expand opportunity for all Americans.  In his speech, he touched on the pervasiveness of income inequality caused by stagnant minimum wages, shrinking access to education, and limited opportunities for upward mobility.

“The top 1 percent of American households earn above $394,000 each year, while the top 50 percent only earn $35,000 each year.  And those living in extreme poverty earn even less.

“In my congressional district alone, one in four people live in poverty, including 73,000 children.  We have the highest unemployment rate of all congressional districts in North Carolina, yet last year Governor Pat McCrory and the General Assembly caused the state’s long term unemployed to go without federal emergency unemployment insurance.

“So I applaud the President for reiterating his desire to work with Congress to raise the federal minimum wage and immediately boost 4.6 million Americans out of poverty.  I am pleased the President will also, through Executive Order, raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for people working under new federal contracts.  But it cannot stop there.  Swift and decisive action needs to be taken on other poverty-reduction measures such as passing an extension to unemployment insurance, reforming the tax code, and investing in job creation and training programs.

“I am hopeful that the President’s speech marks the beginning of a long and sustained effort to address Americans everyday challenges.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to move the President’s agenda forward and create opportunity for all.”

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Rocky Mount NC – Council discusses building standards – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: It is just too damn funny how some folks want to make sure the Nash side of Rocky Mount is taken care of. Rogers live on the Nash side and it appears he is fighting for that side and that is not a problem. But when those on the Edgecombe side, Blackwell say he want to see it more evenly applied, damn it is a problem. Until things are applied evenly towards both sides of the city, I hope those on the Edgecombe side continue to fight for equalization. And on top of what goes on in the council chambers, there are some who make comments using code words to attempt to send misleading information and to scare folks that because the council is a 4-3 black majority, that the council is not concerned about the city as a whole. It is obvious that because of the 4-3 black majority along with a black city manager, that they are not capable of handling the business of the city. But these naysayers obviously don’t get it that there are staff members that do the research and bring it back to the city manager who then bring it back to the city council for approvable. The most important thing that folks need to understand is that the city council members are to make sure that what is brought before them is within the best interest of the city as a whole, so therefore this is where this council can vote things up or down and/or send it back for them to make changes. Folks learn how the city council operates and not how you think it should operate. But the main thing is don’t allow ignant folks to mislead you about the progress that is being made in Rocky Mount simply because they are mad as hell because certain folks are on this council. These naysayers need to get the hell over it, the 4-3 black majority and if they want to challenge them just tell the damn truth.

Rocky Mount City Council members had a lot to say about proposed community appearance standards Monday at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The standards, which would restrict building materials of new development along various corridors throughout the city, were pitched by council members and a committee was established to study the issue. Initially, the committee posed a 50 percent limit of metal showing on visible exterior walls, but builders got the committee to compromise to two-thirds of the wall in metal.

“I’d be willing to accept a little more relaxed standards if it was applied evenly to wherever in the city the new development happened,” Councilman Reuben Blackwell said. (Source: Read more)