Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore – Yahoo News

The Political Agitator response: The writer did a great job. The others can attempt to twist the difference all they like. Lives were lost in Texas and none were lost in Baltimore riot. It is all about RACE and anyone who don’t see it is ignant to what is going on around them be it locally, statewide and nationally.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cell phones.

The firefight in Waco is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America, considering the vehement reaction that the earlier protests got from police, politicians and some members of the public.

Media critics, columnists and civil rights activists are complaining that there appears to be little societal concern about the gunplay at a restaurant in Texas, whereas politicians — including President Barack Obama — described violent looters in Baltimore as “thugs,” and the media devoted hours of television and radio airtime to dissecting social ills that affect the black community. (Source: Read more)

Nash-Rocky Mount recognizes excellence – Rocky Mount Telegram

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools honored its highest achieving seniors with an Evening of Academic Excellence on Tuesday night at the Gateway Convention Center.

The event, which was initiated by Superintendent Anthony Jackson after he first took charge of the school system, honors seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class based on grade point averages in the fifth six weeks grading period.

One hundred and twelve seniors were given a special award and a certificate honoring each of them as one of the Superintendent’s Distinguished Scholars. Seniors were honored from six Nash-Rocky Mount public high schools including Nash Central High, Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High, Northern Nash High, Rocky Mount High, Southern Nash High and Tar River Academy. (Source: Read more)