11-year-old arrested after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance – New York Post

An 11-year-old student was arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and allegedly telling a teacher that “the flag is racist and the national anthem is offensive to black people,” according to reports.

The boy, a student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla., was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence for the Feb. 4 outburst, according to Bay News 9.

He was also issued a three-day suspension.

His mother, Dhakira Talbot, said officials took things too far by arresting her son, who she said is in gifted classes and has been bullied in the past.

“My son has never been through anything like this. I feel like this should’ve been handled differently,” she said. “If any disciplinary action should’ve been taken, it should’ve been with the school. He shouldn’t have been arrested.”

The classroom kerfuffle happened when a substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez, ordered the boy to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. (Read more)

Open Letter To Lindell Kay Rocky Mount Telegram In Response To “Ex-fire Chief Fights City Hall”

Again Lindell Kay has done a story about me and not contacted me. He did that 2 other times 1 with a story about Taro Knight when he died and then again with Rev. Roosevelt Higgs. I questioned him about that and he came to me during a meeting held at OIC that J. Kelly hosted and apologized. He said Higgs had called him around 12 times to do a story about the appointment of the Edgecombe County Sheriff so he just did the story. I said but you went on my blog but never called me. Sad he listens to a criminal but will not take the time to call someone of my status. To me that is because Higgs is no threat as a voice but because I am vocal, it appears he wants to attempt silence me. Not!

Lindell must be ignant to the fact that I have been dealing with folk, former reporters and others like him who have come after me since the early 90’s. So since he wants some attention, I will give him some.

It is a damn shame that Lindell continues to write all of these misleading articles intentionally leaving out facts while catering to some white folk and some black folk who goes after certain black folk because we are vocal and must be a threat to some. I call it just speaking truth to power.

I found the article today, “Ex-fire chief fights City Hall” to be half-truths and misleading as it pertains to the mentioning of my name. Yes, I posted the following on my blog, Rocky Mount NC – Sources Told The DCN Some History About Keith Harris Former Fire Chief Who Is Waging A Negative Campaign Against The City Of Rocky Mount. I didn’t say anything negative about Harris. Harris mentioned on his page, “Apparently, there is a small, insignificant man with horrendous grammar who lives in Pinetops, and, he is concerned about my credentials and service with the City.” I responded to him on his page, “Never said you claimed to have a 4 year degree. I just showed the folk you only had a 2 year degree and also that you never lived in the city. I never questioned what you have done because I don’t know you and you don’t know me. However I have been hearing a lot about you from folk in the know. But it ain’t about you so to speak but about these ignants that are talking about black folk not being competent and not having the qualifications. Now Run & Tell That! That the guy from Pinetops said that.

I find it interesting that Lindell act as if I only talk to Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight and that he knows what we talk about. I was in a meeting that Andre Knight was not present and someone shared the information with the group about Keith Harris. I said I had heard that before from some other folk. I do my homework before I write about things so after hearing several people with none of them being in the same place at the same time mentioning about Harris’ degree and not living in the city while being the fire chief, I said now I am ready to write about it.

On Monday night during the Rocky Mount City Council meeting Lindell came over and talked to me for about 10 minutes. He never mentioned anything about Keith Harris and I conversations so I was shocked to see my name mentioned in today’s article but not surprised. For me this is confirmation that this is Wilmington 1898 repeating itself when the newspaper used it’s means to get rid of black folk in power.

It is sad that the Rocky Mount Telegram continues to allow Lindell to write half-trues and intentionally leave out all of the facts. It is clear he reaches out to black folk who help him support the white’s agenda against the City of Rocky Mount, the NAACP and other black folk who speak truth to power.

Lastly, what tickles the hell out of me the most is these ignants act as if Rocky Mount Councilman/NAACP President Andre Knight led me to Rocky Mount Politics. Not! I began following Rocky Mount politics in the late 80’s early 90’s as I attended the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission meetings faithfully and some city council meetings. I joined Black Workers For Justice in the late 80’s. I have been actively engaged in the Edgecombe County Democratic Party since the late 80’s on the county level.I served as the Vice Chair of N.E.E.D. Inc. in the early 90’s and joined the Rocky Mount NAACP in 1992. I have lots of family and friends who live in Rocky Mount. I have worked in Rocky Mount for the past 32 years. I learned Andre Knight during the late 90’s somewhere around 1998.

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against. I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest.

Residency of officials questioned – Rocky Mount Telegram

Two former elected officials say they’d like to see more community investment by local leaders including the hospital CEO and school superintendent who may have their attention focused elsewhere.

“I do believe it’s important for top local government administrators to live in the communities they serve for a number of reasons,” said Wendy Wilson, a local law professor and former member of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education. “They must truly become a part of the community in order to understand its strengths and challenges — and perhaps most importantly, to understand and to improve the way the members of the community view their local government. Members of that community expect that, and they have a right to expect it.”

Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care, maintains an apartment in the area but hasn’t moved his family here. Though Isley was hired more than a year ago, he still hasn’t established a permanent residence in Rocky Mount or the surrounding area.

Isley told the Telegram in an earlier interview that he and his wife are looking for a permanent home here and plan to move as soon as their son graduates in May from high school in Granville County.

Other members of the senior leadership at the hospital also live out of the area, some as far away as Durham. (Read more)

A national emergency declaration to build a wall would set precedent – NC SPIN

by Brad Crone, Communications consultant and NC SPIN panelist,  February 11, 2019.

Gun control advocates are hoping and praying the President will declare a national emergency to get funding for the Mexican wall.  The folks who are pushing for tighter restrictions on hand-guns and gun access believe that a national emergency declaration by the President will set a precedent that will enable a future Democrat President to use the national emergency declaration as a means to bypass Congress on gun control measures.

While the President wants to build his wall – using a national emergency declaration could truly open Pandora’s box for the NRA and gun rights supporters.

Just imagine this scenario not so distant in the country’s future…a Democrat is elected to the White House, there is a school-yard massacre again and the President declares a national emergency implementing an aggressive gun-control policy regarding private sales, background checks and specific equipment that is currently legal and available in today’s market.

Could you imagine the uproar coming from gun owners and advocates? (Read more)