In Response To Karen Lachapelle Response To Open Letter To Karen W. Lachapelle Health Director Questions Concerning A Pen With ECHD Letters & Telephone Number


Sunday July 26, 2020

 

Mrs. Lachapelle,

 

I am going to only share a few responses that I received because I think you should already know why this is a concern.

  1. I truly can’t find anything derogatory on this marker because they come in all colors and it’s a mop head marker. The question is at a time like this why this pen and if so why only blacks one if that’s the only color they gave out. I am not the sensitive kind who tries to find about small shit you truly can’t directly prove anything but you guys know the sentiment and attitude of the people over there so i can’t truly say it has a racist undertone
  2. Her response to me seems like every other response from racist white people who know that what they said or did was offensive but because someone called them out on it now they act as if it’s a surprise that someone is offended or they didn’t know it would be…
  3. Now They Are Erasing Us As Black People.
  4. Lots of unanswered questions about this! 
  5. Hummmmm!!!! Sooo which 8th or 9th grader got the BLACK pen???clip_image002clip_image004clip_image006
  6. See the BS

Now I chose not to give my response when I first received the original request asking me what did I think about the pen and where it originated simply because if I had I would have created the narrative.

Now that I have received responses from others and more importantly from you, now I want to let you know my response to the pen.

First of all I am puzzled as to why this pen was chosen when we know that Black Folk in Edgecombe County are the main folk with more health issues be it Breast Cancer, HIV, now the Coronavirus and other as you are so well aware of it.

I find the pen to be very offensive because I could see it being laughable among some folk who are not Black that are employed at the Health Department and the County since again Black Folk are faced with more health issues than others.

Now after reading your response that the pens were purchased for Project REACH to provide Family Life Education to 8th and 9th graders I am having even a harder time understanding why this type of pen was purchased.

The following questions comes to mind so please can you help me to understand?

  1. I understand it comes in all colors so how was the pens used?
  2. Were they used to identify different races?
  3. If that be the case what colors were used to identity all the races included?
  4. Were the pens given to the students and/or the staff working with the families?

I want to close with I am aware of some issues and concerns as it relates to Edgecombe County Departments when it comes to racial issues. I received calls several months ago from Black and White employees and I have been just observing the atmosphere from a far. When it comes to folk dealing with issues in the workplace that can be very intimidating and a sense of fear due to possible retaliation for speaking out.

Thank you for your timely response to my previous email and I look forward to the response to the above.

Thanking you in advance.

Sincerely,

Curmilus Dancy II


Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)

Videographer/Photographer/Blogger

Dancy Communications Network

The DCN News Blog/Online TV

 

(252) 314-5484 

Blog: https://curmilus.wordpress.com 

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

 

Member: Unless Specified I Am Not Speaking On Behalf Of The Following

Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee
NAACP Life Fully Paid Member 2nd Vice President Rocky Mount NC

 

 

From: Karen Lachapelle
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2020 11:56
To: The DCN Curmilus Dancy II <
thedcn@embarqmail.com>
Cc: Eric Evans County Manager Edgecombe County

Subject: Re: Open Letter To Karen W. Lachapelle Health Director Questions Concerning A Pen With ECHD Letters & Telephone Number

 

Mr. Dancy

I offer my most sincere apology to anyone who may have been offended by the ink pen identified in your email.   It was not our intent to cause any one harm.  The pen identified along with others were purchased in various colors as an incentive for Project REACH.  Project REACH provided family life education to 8th and 9th graders in Edgecombe County Public Schools and North East Preparatory School.

It was our oversight and we did not recognize the potential to send a negative message or offend anyone.   The remaining pens have been discarded.  

In our agency, we respect and value people of all races and ethnicities.  Again, it was never the intention of the Edgecombe County Health Department staff to offend anyone.

Karen Lachapelle, MAEd

Edgecombe Co. Health Director

 

 

 

—– Original Message —–


From: The DCN Curmilus Dancy II (thedcn@embarqmail.com)
Date: 07/19/20 16:34
To: Karen Lachapelle Director Health Department Edgecombe County
Cc: Eric Evans County Manager Edgecombe County

Subject:
Open Letter To Karen W. Lachapelle Health Director Questions Concerning A Pen With ECHD Letters & Telephone Number

 

Hello,

I would love to know what was the logic behind ordering these pins.

I would love to know when they were purchased.

I would love to know with the climate today do you feel this is appropriate to be floating around Edgecombe County?

And lastly who have the Health Department given the pens to?

Thanking you in advance.

A copy of days ago I received the following. I called the number and by it being after hours it went straight to voicemail.

I was asked the following question and I asked others what they thought. I have not stated what I thought yet but I have found the following responses to be quite interesting especially those who thought the pen was directed towards me.


clip_image008Somebody sent me this and asked me what do I think about this. I had to call the number to see where this was and got a voicemail. I have an opinion but I want to hear what your opinion is. Folk send things anonymously to my Blog and I have to approve it before others can see it. I am doing a post about it because I was speechless. I also researched to see what colors and what is the name of this type of pen. If I receive more comments I will share them as they come in.

See Responses: Some folk used their names and some were anonymously. I will not share the names of any of the comments.

1. It’s not a pen I would use.

2. The depiction of the BLACK SAMBO

3. I can’t wait to read your write up on this one

4. Blackface, Is that Edgecome County Health Department?

5. clip_image010

6. Wtf?? That’s what I’m thinking

7. We Rising To The Top. clip_image012

8. Whoahhhhh

9. The n word bobble head, a disgrace to the human race

10. That’s the health dept number, like what year was this shit done, what the frekkin heck

11. This is someone’s idea of a joke. But it is not funny.

12. Racist

13. Black Sambo

14. Wow. Is it in reference to the “darkie” comment.

15. Hey Bro. Not only would I NOT sport that pen, but I would think that any white person sporting it was a racist. Whoever sent it to you either ain’t woke or they were deliberately trying to rankle you. They know who you are. In fact, I wouldn’t even give them the satisfaction of acknowledging that I got it. Force them to follow up, and keep ignoring them. That’s how you win that game! They’re seeking exposure, so they can have a good private laugh. That’s how racist bullies operate.

16. Good morning! What’s up with the ECHD pens? smh

17. Looks like a Tar Baby

18. This is a black folks pen

19. Wow!

20. Wow. Is it in reference to the “darkie” comment.

21. I am not offended – albeit lacks taste with pigment color. It would be offensive If they also used big Red lips. The hair is how many are wearing it these days. The coal black color is a bit ignorant and likely a nice marketing person missing the point

22. Hey sir, there is a website called 4imprint.com that have a similar pin with a white face. To me it looks like some racial narrative of the 50s and 60s and now it’s here in 2020. Looks they are trying to use this emoji as a symbol of blacks being inferior. Just my thoughts sir. https://www.4imprint.com/product/154847-24HR/Thumbs-Up-MopTopper-Stylus-Pen-24-hr

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23. Yes there is some ish behind this, If I was at work I would look it up but I won’t be back in until Monday

24. What comes to mind is there are some who continue to advocate for the death of those Living While Black.

25. Dang! Reminds me of a Little Black Sambo doll (head, hair and face) from the 50s when I was a kid. Also reminds me of the “Buckwheat” character from the Little Rascals. I see the phone number is for the Edgecombe County Health Department. I saw all the other colors … are they supposed to represent different races? That’s some story come crap to have your name on in 2020! Did we spend taxpayer money on that?

Thanking you in advance.

 

Sincerely,

Curmilus Dancy II

Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)

Videographer/Photographer/Blogger

Dancy Communications Network

The DCN News Blog/Online TV

 

(252) 314-5484 

Blog: https://curmilus.wordpress.com 

 

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

 

Member: Unless Specified I Am Not Speaking On Behalf Of The Following

Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee
NAACP Life Fully Paid Member 2nd Vice President Rocky Mount NC

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