How did a teen with a vulgar name poll so high in NC? ABC 11

The poll made headlines around the world for finding that 9 percent of North Carolina voters were putting their support behind a candidate named “Deez Nuts.” The result left many of us thinking, “is this for real?”
If you believe the political scientists the answer is “yes” and is indicative of a bigger problem about how we do elections in the United States.

“I think this guy getting 9 percent despite having a funny name and apparently being 15 years old really shows how many voters are looking for a third alternative this year,” says Tom Jensen, director of liberal Public Policy Polling, the company behind the now infamous poll. (Source: Read more)

Open Letter To Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Pinetops NC

I have always supported young folk especially young folk on a mission. But even those who are not on a mission I try to talk to them also.

When I became a community activist in the late 80’s my main focus was to be a voice for young folk and the elderly. I felt the folk in between could and/or should be able to handle their own to a certain degree.

Anyone that knows me know I say what I mean and mean what I say. I talk about local issues and people challenging them.

Now to my point. I am so happy to see a young man by the name of Rev. now Pastor William Keys being given the opportunity to lead the congregation at Pines Chapel. I know he was 23 years old when he was voted in as the pastor however he turned 24 years old on December 21. Pastor Keys is younger than the majority of the congregation but that is okay. This should be no problem if the Lord has called him to lead his people and I trust and believe he has and will.

So I am first asking Pastor Keys to stay in the word. Be all that the Lord has in store for you.

I am asking the congregation to pray for your pastor that he stays in the word and that he lead ya’ll to higher heights. Support your pastor. Together ya’ll can take Pinetops to a whole new level. I will be watching to see what ya’ll will do because there is much work to do in the community especially reaching out to the children which should be one of the top priorities. Our children are our future.

I look forward to fellowshipping with ya’ll often during the new year.

Happy Holidays!

 

First Congressional District Voter Rights Forum Protecting and Expanding Voter Rights

Efforts to protect and expand voting rights in North Carolina continue to gain strength.  The plan by Black elected officials and a coalition of Black publishers to convene a series of voting rights forums has taken shape and is gaining more momentum.  Our forums were originally designed to help address the need to protect and expand Black voters access to the ballot.  A demand by Black elected officials and grassroots activist has led us to add an economic opportunity focus to our forums. 

The First Congressional District’s Voter Rights Forum has been confirmed for Greenville, NC on Saturday January 9th 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  It will be held at The Greenville Terrace, BET Community Building, located at 120 Park Access Rd., Greeneville, NC 27834. We are happy to announce that our Greenville forum is being hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Civic Group (ENCCG) under the dynamic leadership of the Honorable Fred Yates.    Our forums are free and open to the public.    

The NC Black Elected Municipal Officials (NC BEMO) and the NC Association of Black County Officials (NCABCO) have joined The NC Caucus of Black School Board Members (NCCBSBM) and a coalition of Black publishers as co-sponsors of our forums.  Participating Black publishers will continue to update our readers with agenda specifics and vision ideas as our planning continues to evolve.  

We are analyzing the political landscape and identifying areas that need attention and shoring up.  The combined memberships of NCCBSBM, NCABCO, and NC BEMO represents a coalition of more than 600 Black elected officials and an unprecedented opportunity for new and creative ways to address politics and economic opportunity.   

As previously noted, while holding our forums, publishers will engage in messaging and outreach in order to ensure that all who wish to get involved with the task of protecting and expanding our voting rights will know how to get involved.  Educating, organizing and mobilizing Black voters are inherent in our efforts to succeed in protecting our voting rights.  Because we’re planning multiple forums leading up to the November 2016 General Elections, our leaders and communities will be able to engage in ongoing dialogues to plan and evaluate creative community engagement strategies.   

We believe that the way we address the issue of protecting the voting rights of Blacks will go a long ways with efforts to bring economic equity to Black communities.  The challenges to protect voting rights are the same as those we face in creating economic equity.  Both challenges require ongoing interaction between all segments of our communities and the leadership of Black elected officials.  We’ve found that fundamental to solving problems is our ability to accurately define them and to educate constituents to address them.  Because Black elected officials represent the reservoir of political and economic empowerment potential of our communities, it is essential that they describe our strategic goals and objectives in these arenas and lead our efforts to achieve them.  

NCABO members from Wake, Durham and Orange Counties are planning our Triangle Voter Rights Forum to help provide grassroots activist and elected officials with a another convenient location and opportunity to engage in our efforts of voter rights protection and the expansion of economic opportunity.  We will update you with details as they become available.

It is important that our elected officials and their strategic allies and constituents be present at our forums.  It is essential that they be a part of the strategy discussions that will be the basis of decisions that are made on community mobilization for the 2016 General Elections.  According to Rep. Rodney Moore, D-Mecklenburg County “one of the most important responsibilities of Black elected officials, if not the most important responsibility, is to protect and expand Black voting rights.” 

The Black publications that are presently supporting our efforts are The Fayetteville Press, County News, The Carolina Times, The Winston-Salem Chronicle, and Greater Diversity News.  Please subscribe to and look to these publications for ongoing coverage as this project continues to evolve.  Please share your ideas on what we can do to improve the project and our coverage. 

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To the White Parents of my Black Son’s Friends

I’ve been wrestling with talking to you about some things I think you need to know. I’ve wrestled with it because I feel my own sense of shame– shame that I didn’t know or understand these issues before they touched my family. I’ve felt fear that you’ll respond in subtle ways that make it clear you aren’t safe for my child. I’ve been concerned that you won’t believe me and then I’ll feel more angry than if I hadn’t said anything. But my son is getting older and as he transitions from an adorable black boy to a strong black man, I know the assumptions about him will change. And I need your help in keeping him safe. (Source: Read more)

Researchers establish link between racism and stupidity – UCA News

Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice.

We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups.

In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. (Source: Read more)

Folk Need To Recognize That I Ain’t Your Typical Negro And Some Things I Will Not Change

You see I don’t understand why folk who have been in meetings with me since the late 80’s are in denial, don’t care or just simply ignant when it comes to who I am.

Who am I? I am just a nobody but I don’t play when it comes to family, job, politics and church. I turned 53 years old on Christmas Day and the older I get the less I can tolerate and will not tolerate.

I just don’t get it, grown educated folk get in meetings and question procedures and policies as if they don’t know what they are. If they don’t know what they are then they need to find out before they get to the meeting. I have no problems with folk asking legitimate questions but when I see questions that are irrelevant for that point and time, I will state my opinion. I believe in meetings starting on time and ending on time and staying with the purpose of the meeting.

I have no problem with folk asking legitimate questions but when I see questions that are irrelevant for that point and time especially when the questions are leading to trying to discredit folk in a sly fashion, I will state my opinion.

I challenge folk at home, on the job, in the community, in the church and wherever so no one is exempt. When I have a problem with folk and it is someone that I will continuously be in their presence, I say what I mean and mean what I say in their face and not behind their backs.

The meetings that I attend the folk in these meetings know me and and has known me for years. They know I am very attentive in meetings and have no problem with voicing my opinion making it clear that it is just my opinion. But this pisses some folk off because I am not agreeing with them or saying what they think I ought to be saying. When I was in meetings with my mother, I didn’t agree with my mother if I disagreed with her, it was about the organization and not us.

As it relate to me when folk stop being in denial, stop acting like they don’t know or don’t care, the better off they will be. I am going to continue to be me but recognizing and understanding it ain’t all about me. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I speak for other folks so although I say I am speaking for me Curmilus Dancy II, I also know I am speaking for some others.

Now Run & Tell That!

Homegoing Celebration For Sharon Graham Battle Princeville NC

My condolences goes out to all of the brothers and the entire family of Sharon Graham Battle Princeville NC.

I didn’t know Sharon I don’t think but I know all of her brothers and I also knew her daddy.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Viewing: One hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016; 2 o’clock PM, at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Body Entrusted to Willoughby Funeral Home Inc. Tarboro NC

Song: Praying For You – William Murphy

Homegoing Celebration For Ernest Lee Pitt Tarboro NC

My condolences goes out to Deacon Jesse Eason and the entire family of Ernest Lee Pitt Tarboro NC.

I remember Bro. Pitt from years ago as he was all about recreation in Tarboro as he worked for the Town Of Tarboro. He loved it. He was a very kind man and loved to see the children have fun. Yes he worked for the city but it was in his heart to work with and on behalf of the children.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Viewing: Saturday, January 2, 2015 from 2:00-6:00pm at Hemby-Willoughby Mortuary Chapel and a wake from 7:00-8:00pm Johnson Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

Funeral: 2:00pm Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Association Center Bynum Farm Road, Pinetops, NC

Body Entrusted to Willoughby Funeral Home Inc. Tarboro NC

Song: It’s All In His Hands & Great Is Thou Faithfulness – Bishop Bruce Parham

2015 Twin Counties Year in Review: Gryphons, Gurley and Harrell lead memorable times – Rocky Mount Telegram

What will you remember most from 2015?

This past year brought with it plenty of special sports moments for the residents of the Twin Counties. There were the Gryphons winning the football title, the success of area natives Todd Gurley and Montrezl Harrell at the professional level and inspirational people like Quontellas Norwood, who returned from gunshot wounds to help lead SouthWest Edgecombe on a long playoffs run.

With so many special memories, we at the Telegram elected to highlight the 10 best stories in our eyes from the past year. (Source: Read more)

Homegoing Celebration For Bishop R.T. McCarter Pastor New Morningstar Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out to the entire family of Bishop R.T. McCarter Rocky Mount, NC.

Bishop was a very kind man and was the same everytime I was in his presence. He has been a great Icon in the Rocky Mount area.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Viewing and Gathering: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016, at Morning Star Church of Christ, 225 S. Glendale Drive, in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Celebration of Life: 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Morning Star Church of Christ, 225 S. Glendale in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Body Entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home Inc. Rocky Mount NC

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin

Rocky Mount NC – Man Has Diabetic Attack In Front Of Save A Lot, See Discussion

The Political Agitator’s response: This was forwarded to me to share, please read and please comment. I understand the young man is doing fine. All I am going to say for now is it should not have made a difference why folk thought he was lying there someone should have called 911. Sad!

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Sandra Bryant-Richardson added 4 new photos — at Save-A-Lot food stores.
December 14 at 4:08pm · Earth City, MO ·
Please share and Save A Lot Corporate office need to do something about how he Rocky Mount NC Store handles their customers when in medically need….. Family have been in contact with me and heading to Hospital to be with Albert Pippens thank each and everyone of you for passing the message and helping find his family!!! I want all of you to no that Save A Lot in Rocky Mount Store Manager, Floor Clerk and Cashiers left Albert lying passed out in front of their Store Entrance!!! Yes he was just lying there passed out case of water keys and piece of candy he had just purchased to help him cause he must knew his sugar was dropping and he couldn’t get the candy open in time before he went into diabetic comma…. When I passed and saw Albert lying there I watched him for about 2-3 mins myself to just make sure he wasn’t just lying there for no reason. Then I pulled over and checked his pulse and breathing his eyes was to back of head and non responsive having combustions… When I went into the Save A lot to address this young man in need for help the cashiers was laughing and said OH he just DRUNK I said no I’m medical team and he is sick or mentally disable but not DRUNK!! I then asked to speak ASAP to manager and I was told by same cashier they already no . I then said I want a manger now and when I addressed him told him this person in front of your store front non responsive and WHY no one is with him till medical attention come. Manager said these words it’s not my responsibility and then I said well long as you have anyone helpless on your property and store front it is your responsibility. Then I told him exactly who I was and how I’m going to blast you on FACEBOOK and your picture and store…. Then he said oh… No we called someone he just drunk I said no he’s not if he was he still deserves medical attention while your cashiers front and center looking at him lying out here laughing at this and you telling me it’s not your responsibility. So therefore I want this day to be learning lesson for you and SAVE A LOT the Family need to file a Law Suit against the store Albert was non attended for over 30mins and one of the sales clerk was standing at the corner on break smoking a cigarette and on his phone. Once I informed them who I was and I’m FB them we wanted to explain himself then TO LATE several people said they told them to call for help and another lady Tiffany crying said he was lying there when she went in for 30 min grocery shopping and I was out there with him when she came out and no one had been out to help him … I told them if he was NON BLACK lying out there they would have had every manager out there to assist them?? FACTS!!! Why my Black Young Man lying out here to die is what I addressed. I’m praying that God allow them to feel the same pain his family is feeling at this time and Albert at Nash General KARMA

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City sees changes, developments – Rocky Mount Telegram

The past twelve months have held a number of changes and developments for Rocky Mount, many of which were greeted warmly but others fueled controversy. One such project was the progress of the proposed downtown community facility, formerly known as the event center.

The City Council chambers were filled to capacity in February when Sports Facilities Advisory Chief Executive Officer Dev Pathik presented his company’s market analysis and pro forma of the project, which revealed the estimated $32 million facility would start producing revenue in the fourth year and have a total economic impact of $264 million by year 10.

“The goal for the proposed event center is to create a new economy for our region and city, create a destination location for our center city, incent private investment in our center city, to grow the tax base and, as much as possible, minimize the burden on our tax payers,” City Manager Charles Penny. (Source: Read more)

Found Myself Repeating Myself Quite A Bit In The Past But In The Future It Will Be A 1st & Final Warning

I have found myself repeating myself quite a bit in the past to grown folk but no more. In the future there will be a 1st and final warning.

Now when it comes to children who should know better I will give more than just a 1st and final warning up until I feel they should have gotten the message from previous situations.

I will not tolerate ignorance from either grown folk or children who should know better any longer because life is too short and I have enough of a load to carry.

In a previous post a couple years ago, I stated the older the get the less I will tolerate.

The good master has blessed me today to see my 53rd birthday and I will pick and choose what is of interest to me. I am in control of me so if you don’t like it, then so be it.

Chamber set to host its annual gathering – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Congratulations to Rev. Richard Joyner and Calvin Ballance plant manager at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant (formerly Consolidated Diesel) who is retiring and will take over as chairman of the Chamber in 2016.

A finalist for the CNN Hometown Heroes awards, the announcement of the new Distinguished Citizen Award recipient and the transfer to the new chairman are some of the highlights for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s 112th annual meeting.

Chamber President Theresa Pinto said the annual meeting is the official meeting of the Chamber’s membership where the organization formally brings in new leadership, recognize outstanding volunteers, conduct a review and talk about strategic priorities for 2016.

The Rev. Richard Joyner, director of pastoral care at Nash UNC Health Care and pastor of Conetoe Missionary Baptist Church, is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the event. (Source: Read more)