January 2, 2015
Contact: Rev. Andre’ D. Knight, President, (252) 544-2949
Rocky Mount NAACP Follows Up on Complaints Filed about KKK Social Media Posting
Rocky Mount, NC – The Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP announced today that it is researching information filed in complaints against the Nash/Rocky Mount School System regarding actions related to the recent postings of KKK inspired gestures by students at Nash Central High School. Rocky Mount Branch President Andre’ Knight stated, “The NAACP has received several written complaints by parents and students who have been impacted by the postings. We are now trying to determine what the facts are behind the many allegations of unfair treatment of black and white students related to this incident.’”
Knight continued, “I have also called Mr. Archie Jones, Director of the City of Rocky Mount’s Human Relations Department, to ask him to bring this issue to the Human Relations Commission for their review as well.” Rev. Dr. William Barber, the NC NAACP President, led a discussion with hundreds of community members on Monday, December 22nd, to understand what actually took place and to review the violent, intimidating and illegal history of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina and in America.
President Knight added, “We do not and will not take this matter lightly. We want the Nash/Rocky Mount Schools’ leadership to take these matters seriously as well. There are many other related concerns that this incident has brought to light. We look forward to positively engaging the Superintendent and the School Board in order to help the system and our community move forward. This is all part of the Superintendent’s call for our community to engage in hard discussions involving race and to use this as an opportunity to have a teachable moment for adults and children alike.”
The Political Agitator response: Just when I thought I had heard it all. Well I am black because I have been black for 52 years.
Calling someone black instead of African American could cast the person in a more negative light, according to a new study.
The research, to be published this month in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found white people characterize a “black” person as belonging to a lower socioeconomic status, being less competent, and having a less inviting personality than an “African-American” person. And this difference in perception could have an impact on African Americans in various settings, from the labor market to the criminal justice system. (Source: Read more)
The Eastern North Carolina Civic Group will meet on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Edgecombe County Administration Building 201 St. Andrews Street in Tarboro NC 27886. Special guest will be Peter Grear Attorney and Editor of Greater Diversity News Wilmington NC. Betty Selby, Secretary Eastern North Carolina Civic Group
First of all, you’re not alone. That sinking feeling you get on Sunday nights when you know you’re only 8 hours away from staff-meeting hell is shared by many. But, you can’t just keep whining forever without making a real change. Here are a few tips on what to do next.
Elene Cafasso of Enerpace, Inc. Executive Coaching, says that though it may be tempting to throw in the towel and tell off those who have made your life miserable while you’re at it, only consider leaving without another job lined up if you’re in one of the following situations.
1. Think before you quit. (Source: Read more)
No matter how good the crystal ball, it is impossible to predict what will happen in 2015. Perhaps it will be easier to identify the people likely to either make or respond to North Carolina news events.
Governor Pat McCrory took a more active legislative role in 2014, frequently butting heads with Senate leadership. This year he needs to pass Medicaid reform, a transportation and infrastructure package and lead from the center, without alienating either his conservative base or independents, in preparing for his 2016 re-election campaign.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, arguably the most powerful politician in North Carolina, is likely to flex his muscles in 2015. Berger doesn’t mind taking firm positions and negotiates grudgingly. Will he be the roadblock or dealmaker? House Speaker Tim Moore is not widely known, so it will be interesting to see if he sides with the governor, the Senate or becomes an independent voice. (Source: Read more)
Despite major concerns and numerous unanswered questions, a special committee appointed by the State Board of Education recently recommended approval of both applicants seeking to create virtual charter schools in North Carolina. While the concept of introducing more technology into classrooms is almost universally lauded, virtual charter schools are a relatively new concept in which children take courses online on a computer at home and spend no time in a brick-and-mortar classroom.
The committee’s members may have been unsure if they were authorized to block either applicant even if they felt the school would fail students. A provision slipped into the General Assembly’s budget this past summer directed the State Board of Education to open two virtual charter school pilot programs and at present there are only two applicants. (Source: Read more)