Arkansas sheriff who was secretly recorded using racial slurs reluctantly resigned and insisted he’s not racist

The Political Agitator’s response: Now this is what friends do. Friends will show real love even in tough situations. I hate to see anyone lose their job but we must be held accountable for our actions. We have to accept the consequences and hopefully learn from the experience.

Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright resigned on Friday, months after he was recorded going on a racist rant about a Black grocery-store employee.

In a five-minute recording captured secretly by Desiree Middlebrooks, the mother of his child, and shared widely on social media, Wright can be heard using a racial slur nine times.

Wright was apparently upset that Middlebrooks talked to the employee. He called her a “n—– lover” and later said, “Why you got to holler at f—ing n—– when I’m around?”

In a Facebook post on May 28, The Pine Bluff Commercial reported, Wright acknowledged that it was his voice and said, “To all I have offended or hurt I send my sincere apologies and will pray for my enemies.”

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Open Letter To Tarboro City Council In Response To Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb Social Media Response To NBA Boycott Because Of Black Lives Matter

Image may contain: text that says 'BOYCOTT BOYCOTT'Earlier this week the following was brought to my attention, “THE BOYCOTT IS OFFICIAL!” by Jesse Webb Tarboro Police Chief.

After having a meeting with myself, I have decided to boycott my position and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer until certain demands are met.

First, considering the multi-million-dollar salaries of most “professional” athletes, the price of admission, and the time spent (or wasted) attending these events for entertainment purposes, I do not believe that the fans are receiving the services they deserve and pay for. So, I am putting the following organizations on notice with the expectation that they are able to meet my demands without further delay.

To the players of the NBA, the ability to place a basketball through a hoop with the aid of a backboard is simply too easy. And yet, you are still unable to sink every basket. You can’t even sink every basket when allowed to shoot a free-throw without the pressure of defense. I cannot understand why you are not able to accomplish this, especially considering your unimaginable salary and level of expertise and the fact that you have a referee making sure that your opponent doesn’t assault, I mean foul you thereby giving you time to make your perfect shot. So moving forward, I demand that the backboard be removed, that the players make every basket every time (100% shooting), and that referees be banned in order to make this a full contact sport at any given moment. Until this happens, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!

To the players of MLB, the ability to strike a baseball with a bat or throw a perfect strike every time should be relatively easy considering your salaries and constant training regiments. Yet, pitchers are still not able to always throw within the strike zone on every pitch and batters are not able to hit the ball every time even when it is in the strike zone. And this occurs despite the complete lack of pressure or defense from an opponent. And what about the outfield wall? I feel this should be moved further out because you are not reaching the full potential of your abilities. Whatever the longest home run on record is, let’s establish that as a standard distance for all games, teams, and players. So, until every pitch is a strike, until every pitched ball is hit, and until the outfield wall is positioned at an appropriate distance, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!

I know, this sounds rather ridiculous considering that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player. But these are my demands! I further demand that I not be fired from my position, be held responsible for the crime that happens as a result of my boycott, or be judged for expecting perfection and total agreement from professional athletes. After all, you are working within a completely controlled environment, you have the opportunity to train more than you play, and you are VERY well compensated for your efforts. I simply cannot understand why you have not reached perfection despite the fact that you are human.

On second thought, maybe I will simply ask God to forgive us for trying to remove the splinter from the eye of another while being blinded by the plank in our own eye. Maybe I should remember that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player and therefore have not walked a mile in their shoes or experienced the difficulties of their profession. Maybe I should recognize that I don’t understand the discipline and training it takes to be a professional athlete, or the sacrifice they may have to endure. Maybe I should remember that I don’t live that lavish lifestyle and can’t imagine the pressure they must be under to make a basket, throw a strike, or hit a baseball.

Upon further reflection, I think that the best thing for me to do is to stick with what I know best…….law enforcement. I will not judge them, I will not expect perfection from them, and I will not get angry and throw a tantrum because of my lack of understanding for what they must endure. Rather, I will do exactly what I am called to do, PROTECT and SERVE the citizens of this great nation. I will do so without malice, bias, or prejudices against any person, race, ethnicity, or creed, as I have always done. I will not judge all professional athletes based upon the actions of a few. And when they are in need, I will be there to help. I’ve committed to these principles because that is who I am, and because that is the difference between being essential and non-essential. It is my purpose, and I will follow it!

So, you can disregard my boycott. I’ll continue to serve, in my own lane, based upon the premise of a better tomorrow and the possibility of positively IMPACT the life of another! I hope and pray many others will do the same.

Response my response on my Facebook page was:

As Law Enforcement you are crossing the line.

This is a total 360 from the Unity Walk

I don’t watch the NBA but I follow and support Good Law Enforcement and to compare NBA and your title as a Chief of Police is just ludicrous.

This is a Racist Post!

This is about Black Professional Athletes and conversations about Black Folk getting shot by Police.

Why in the hell would a Law Enforcement Officer post some mess like this.

But when and if Tarboro Citizens should stage a boycott I am going to see how you respond to that.

And for anyone who like this post especially Black Folk you got some serious issues when it comes to Race Relations. But all of you got time to get it right!

But this is what we are dealing with that damn Trump Disease.

The citizens of Tarboro but not limited to ought to be outraged!

Deborah Dew-Jordan I can’t believe you commented on this post.

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!

I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

#BlackLivesMatter 

Issue 2

On today Sunday August 30, 2020 I received the following. Some folk are concerned the Chief is out of control. So the question is, can anyone park their personal vehicle on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse and take photos?

I got a problem with the behavior of the Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb that I have seen over the past couple of days.

I remember how the 1st Black Police Chief Damon Williams was treated during his stay in Tarboro.

If Williams had posted on his Facebook page about Boycotting Nascar, parked his personal vehicle in front of the courthouse and posted it as a profile on his page, I wonder how that would have turned out.

I see that on today that the Chief has changed the status of his Facebook page.

I am requesting that the Tarboro Town Council to review the actions of the Chief and respond accordingly.

Thanking you in advance.

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How Black Lives Matter Is Changing the Church – The New Yorker

One December evening, in 2014, Brenda Salter McNeil, a pastor and Black evangelical leader, descended into a church basement in Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with young activists from a broad-based group called Ferguson Action. In the four months since Michael Brown, a local eighteen-year-old, had been fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a police officer, Ferguson had become the national center of protest against police violence and the proving ground for the new Black Lives Matter movement; some of the activists running Ferguson Action went on to lead the B.L.M. movement nationwide. Salter McNeil, who is in her fifties and wears thick-rimmed glasses, had come with a handful of other evangelical leaders on a pilgrimage sponsored by Sojourners, a progressive evangelical organization, to ask the activists what role the church should take in addressing police brutality against people of color.

Several of the religious leaders who came that day were proponents of a church movement called racial reconciliation, which seeks to end racism by addressing it as a sin in individuals that can be eradicated through Biblical study, confession, and prayer. Salter McNeil—who became Christian at the age of nineteen and went on to receive a master-of-divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she began to identify as evangelical—was one of the most prominent figures in the racial-reconciliation movement. For the previous thirty years, she had touted reconciliation around the world, often addressing tens of thousands of listeners, mostly conservative white evangelicals, at conferences and megachurches. When she spoke, she explicitly avoided talking about aspects of structural racism, such as the racial wealth gap, or the high death rate of Black mothers during childbirth; she sought to insure that her sermons were rooted in the Bible and not, as she saw it, in politics. She also stayed away from topics such as sexuality and abortion, for fear that she’d be labelled a liberal with a hidden agenda. Her workshops focussed on inspiring personal stories but left listeners with few practical tools to root out racism in their communities. (Read more)

Tarboro NC – Confederate Statue Removed Unannounced From The Tarboro Town Common On Saturday August 29, 2020

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Tarboro Town Council Members voted 5-3 to remove statue on Monday August 10, 2020 and 19 days later count’er done!

Hell no this will not change hi story but that was not the purpose. The purpose is to change the environment and the scenery.

The Confederate Lovers are Big Mad! They are the same lovers who would say why we can’t all get along? You can’t change history. The Confederate Monument has nothing to do with intimidation when it came to Black Folk and White Folk who support Black Folk knowing how they have been mistreated over the years.

Folk you better look at who are saying what. These are the same folk who have been lying to you all of these years that act as if your Black Life Matter when in fact they talk to you and talk about you when you ain’t around. Imagine what they have been saying about Black Folk since August 10 not dating back over the years.

Some of these folk have shown just how mean and cold they are because although they are mad about the removal of the statue, how can these church folk say some of the things they have said? Unless . . .

Response To Chief Jesse Webb Tarboro Police Department

I have been trying to figure out what in the hell happened to the original conversation about the original post because I have a problem with the play of words that was used from start to finish. I am going to fast forward to the end which should be the damn end of discussion.

Now I would love to see another removal either voluntarily or removal by the Tarboro Council.

Now the following:

Upon further reflection, I think that the best thing for me to do is to stick with what I know best…….law enforcement.

But Chief you should have thought about that before you did the post. You crossed the damn line.

I will not judge them, I will not expect perfection from them, and I will not get angry and throw a tantrum because of my lack of understanding for what they must endure.

But Chief you not only judged athletes but you insulted the hell out of them.

Rather, I will do exactly what I am called to do, PROTECT and SERVE the citizens of this great nation.

But Chief they are doing what the hell they are called to do. They are professionals in what they do and that is why it is called the NBA.

I will do so without malice, bias, or prejudices against any person, race, ethnicity, or creed, as I have always done.

But Chief you did all of that in the post and you can fix it up however the hell you please but I have a problem with it. We all know the majority of the players are Black and that is and has been a problem when the trend went from a majority White to Black. That is and has been a problem because damn the rules were changed in college to try to change the trend but that failed.

I will not judge all professional athletes based upon the actions of a few.

But Chief what do you mean by this? The actions of a few that protested or what are you saying because the issue with what happened was to protest in response to the murder of the Black guy by the police in Wisconsin.

And when they are in need, I will be there to help.

But Chief really? Why in the hell should I accept you have my back when you have made such a statement during a time of brother being killed by a person in your field?

I’ve committed to these principles because that is who I am, and because that is the difference between being essential and non-essential. It is my purpose, and I will follow it!

But Chief I sure hope you are committed in your heart because I damn sure do not see it in your actions. You say who you are but what you posted is what I see and also with my knowledge of what has been and based on the reports I have heard about your department, it is functioning but it is not where it ought to be. I am talking about from policing to the Blacks in command.

So, you can disregard my boycott. I’ll continue to serve, in my own lane, based upon the premise of a better tomorrow and the possibility of positively IMPACT the life of another! I hope and pray many others will do the same.

But Chief I can not disregard your boycott because you crossed the line and should have stayed in your lane.

But Chief you said a lot of stuff in this post and for me it is unacceptable at a time when Law Enforcement is under scrutiny and you have done nothing but put fuel on the fire.

But Chief it is not okay to take the NBA moment to show that they are concerned about what is going on across America as it relates to police shooting Black folk.

But Chief as a Black man I support Law Enforcement because I know all of them are not bad but your post didn’t address the issue at hand police shootings but you made it about the damn NBA players who have not committed a crime. Damn they didn’t burn down or tear up anything but sent a message in a peaceful protest or as you stated Boycott.

But Chief if this had been the Sheriff of Edgecombe County the whole conversation would be different.

But Chief when the Sheriff and others were seeking more money for them do you speak up?

But Chief when your Department need back up who do you call?

But Chief when the Sympathy March was held did the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office get called to the table for the planning?

But Chief why did you have other Police Departments to come to Tarboro on that Sunday?

But Chief you need to take the weekend and think about what you did with this post and report back how you crossed the line and what you feel you should do to send a message to little Black Boys and Girls that it is okay to be good at what you do be it sports or law enforcement but not limited to.

But Chief what Sports and Law Enforcement have atleast one thing in common and that is discipline. Sports is about discipline and so is Law Enforcement.

Now for anyone who have a problem with me let me set the damn record straight. I have been a community and political activist since the late 80’s. I have been actively engaged in the Edgecombe County Democratic Party since the late 80’s. I have been actively engaged in the Edgecombe County NAACP since 1992 and I am a Life Fully Paid Member and 2nd Vice President. I am the Legal Redress Chair.

I hold folk accountable for their actions and tell folk to hold me accountable for my actions as well.

This is what I do.

And the following can help you understand just a little bit more about me as well not mentioning I have been blogging for many years now.

https://curmilus.wordpress.com/bio/ 

In re: Tarboro NC – Police Chief Jesse Webb Crossed The Line Comparing His Police Work With Entertainment of NBA Players Who Boycotted On Wednesday

Tarboro NC – Police Chief Jesse Webb Crossed The Line Comparing His Police Work With Entertainment of NBA Players Who Boycotted On Wednesday

Again more damn ignance!

As Law Enforcement you are crossing the line.

This is a total 360 from the Unity Walk

I don’t watch the NBA but I follow and support Good Law Enforcement and to compare NBA and your title as a Chief of Police is just ludicrous.

This is a Racist Post!

This is about Black Professional Athletes and conversations about Black Folk getting shot by Police.

Why in the hell would a Law Enforcement Officer post some mess like this.

But when and if Tarboro Citizens should stage a boycott I am going to see how you respond to that.

And for anyone who like this post especially Black Folk you got some serious issues when it comes to Race Relations. But all of you got time to get it right!

But this is what we are dealing with that damn Trump Disease.

The citizens of Tarboro but not limited to ought to be outraged!

Deborah Dew-Jordan

I can’t believe you commented on this post.

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!

I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

#BlackLivesMatter

Note: I would have posted this on his page but I can not comment.

Jesse Webb

8h ·

THE BOYCOTT IS OFFICIAL!

After having a meeting with myself, I have decided to boycott my position and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer until certain demands are met.

First, considering the multi-million-dollar salaries of most “professional” athletes, the price of admission, and the time spent (or wasted) attending these events for entertainment purposes, I do not believe that the fans are receiving the services they deserve and pay for. So, I am putting the following organizations on notice with the expectation that they are able to meet my demands without further delay.

To the players of the NBA, the ability to place a basketball through a hoop with the aid of a backboard is simply too easy. And yet, you are still unable to sink every basket. You can’t even sink every basket when allowed to shoot a free-throw without the pressure of defense. I cannot understand why you are not able to accomplish this, especially considering your unimaginable salary and level of expertise and the fact that you have a referee making sure that your opponent doesn’t assault, I mean foul you thereby giving you time to make your perfect shot. So moving forward, I demand that the backboard be removed, that the players make every basket every time (100% shooting), and that referees be banned in order to make this a full contact sport at any given moment. Until this happens, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!

To the players of MLB, the ability to strike a baseball with a bat or throw a perfect strike every time should be relatively easy considering your salaries and constant training regiments. Yet, pitchers are still not able to always throw within the strike zone on every pitch and batters are not able to hit the ball every time even when it is in the strike zone. And this occurs despite the complete lack of pressure or defense from an opponent. And what about the outfield wall? I feel this should be moved further out because you are not reaching the full potential of your abilities. Whatever the longest home run on record is, let’s establish that as a standard distance for all games, teams, and players. So, until every pitch is a strike, until every pitched ball is hit, and until the outfield wall is positioned at an appropriate distance, I will no longer serve and protect the citizens of this great nation!

I know, this sounds rather ridiculous considering that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player. But these are my demands! I further demand that I not be fired from my position, be held responsible for the crime that happens as a result of my boycott, or be judged for expecting perfection and total agreement from professional athletes. After all, you are working within a completely controlled environment, you have the opportunity to train more than you play, and you are VERY well compensated for your efforts. I simply cannot understand why you have not reached perfection despite the fact that you are human.

On second thought, maybe I will simply ask God to forgive us for trying to remove the splinter from the eye of another while being blinded by the plank in our own eye. Maybe I should remember that I am not a professional basketball or baseball player and therefore have not walked a mile in their shoes or experienced the difficulties of their profession. Maybe I should recognize that I don’t understand the discipline and training it takes to be a professional athlete, or the sacrifice they may have to endure. Maybe I should remember that I don’t live that lavish lifestyle and can’t imagine the pressure they must be under to make a basket, throw a strike, or hit a baseball.

Upon further reflection, I think that the best thing for me to do is to stick with what I know best…….law enforcement. I will not judge them, I will not expect perfection from them, and I will not get angry and throw a tantrum because of my lack of understanding for what they must endure. Rather, I will do exactly what I am called to do, PROTECT and SERVE the citizens of this great nation. I will do so without malice, bias, or prejudices against any person, race, ethnicity, or creed, as I have always done. I will not judge all professional athletes based upon the actions of a few. And when they are in need, I will be there to help. I’ve committed to these principles because that is who I am, and because that is the difference between being essential and non-essential. It is my purpose, and I will follow it!

So, you can disregard my boycott. I’ll continue to serve, in my own lane, based upon the premise of a better tomorrow and the possibility of positively IMPACT the life of another! I hope and pray many others will do the same.

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  • Amber Taylor

    Amber Taylor This is why I’m so inspired by you, Chief! ♥️

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  • Kevin Hornaday

    Kevin Hornaday Well said!

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  • Chris Outlaw

    Chris Outlaw

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    TENOR

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  • Jeffrey Speight

    Jeffrey Speight Nailed it!!!!!!

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  • Kenneth Womack

    Kenneth Womack Mannnnn..if we could just walk away from it all for about 2 hours, worlds would collide, total anarchy, chaos and mayhem would ensue..and that’s just in Communications..Stick to your guns, Cheif, let’s defund ourselves until shift change..lol !!

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    • Jesse Webb

      Jesse Webb We know too much brother, and that’s why we can’t. An occasional glimpse or reminder may be need though, lol!

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  • Alison Boyette

    Alison Boyette Thank you, Chief!

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  • Bernie Taylor

    Bernie Taylor AND How convenient they (NBA/WNBA) are boycotting when there are no “paying” fans in the stands….

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  • Linda Bottoms

    Linda Bottoms Well said Jesse I fell the way.Love you

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  • Tammy Hodges

    Tammy Hodges Absolutely spot on!!!

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  • Deborah Dew-Jordan

    Deborah Dew-Jordan Thank you for your service and not bowing under the pressure of the unjust system for which you are faced with as a law enforcement. Thank you for leading your fine officers to believe and respect the oath they were sworn by to up hold the law with fairness and integrity towards the citizens in this imperfect world.

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    • Jesse Webb

      Jesse Webb No doubt! Facing our current realities and recognizing the failures of our human condition will go a long way towards healing through the hope of understanding.

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  • Robert Baggett

    Robert Baggett Thanks Chief, all have flaws

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  • Michelle Webb Merritt

    Michelle Webb Merritt Boom!!

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  • Tim Jernigan

    Tim Jernigan Amen Mr. Webb, may God Bless all of you.

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  • Wayne Davis

    Wayne Davis Well said, Jesse Webb

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  • Tim Boyd

    Tim Boyd Chief Jesse,
    you are truly one of a kind. I consider it a privilege to have you as our Chief of Police. I appreciate everything you and your department does to keep this town safe.
    God bless you and your entire department.

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  • Robert Adams

    Robert Adams Good word Chief.

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  • Charlie Lewis

    Charlie Lewis When you have a chief that’s knows the Lord, that makes the difference, Pray you and your force stay safe ..!!

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  • Jay Burch

    Jay Burch Awesome!!!

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  • Linda Tharrington

    Linda Tharrington Thank you, Chief Jesse Webb, for being an awesome human being!
    Blessings abounding!
    And your English-Language Arts teachers (K-12) should be proud of you!