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The Watch Dog response: I agree I am not a Slave! But as a black man and an effective community activist I can multi-task and work on tearing down statues and calling out ignant ass safe black folk. I will continue to work on tearing down statues and issues in the black community but not limited to as I have done since the late 80’s. Folk tickle the hell out of me saying ignant mess as if we can’t work on more than one issue at a time.
Former Presidential Candidate and CEO Herman Cain addressed his fellow African-Americans and advised them to stop wasting time on statues and instead focus on solving today’s real problems.
Here’s what he wrote:
“[…] I AM AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN. I HATE THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY AS MUCH AS BISHOP DUKES DOES. BUT I HAVE NOTICED SOMETHING HE SEEMS TO HAVE MISSED. I AM NOT A SLAVE! AND NEITHER IS HE.
SLAVERY WAS AN AWFUL HISTORICAL INJUSTICE, AND IT HELPED SET IN MOTION MANY OF THE PROBLEMS THE BLACK COMMUNITY FACES TODAY. BUT IT IS NOT THE PROBLEM WE NEED TO SOLVE TODAY. THOSE PROBLEMS ARE POVERTY, ILLITERACY, DRUGS, CRIME AND VIOLENCE.
TEARING DOWN STATUES DOESN’T SOLVE ANY OF THOSE PROBLEMS, AND SOLVING THOSE PROBLEMS IS WHAT WE NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON. (Viralfeedus)
I have seen several folk post don’t be sidetracked from the real issues so my question is who are you referring to and what are the issues are you referring to?
Please help me understand who you are talking about, which I know you may be afraid to say but maybe you are not afraid to say what the issues are.
The Watch Dog response: Thank you DCOABP for supporting the bravery of the protesters. I too support their bravery.
The leader of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People said he supports the bravery of protesters who pulled down the Confederate statue in front of the old Durham County Courthouse last month.
Omar Beasley, chair of the Durham Committee, issued a statement that calls for trusting Durham African-American leaders such as District Attorney Roger Echols in the process for dealing with the remains of the statue. Beasley said he walks past the downed statue all the time.
“I used to wonder why on Earth do we have this monument here in the middle of downtown. To me it celebrated terrorists. People who rose up against the country,” he said. Beasley pointed out the statue was put up in 1924, “in the middle of Jim Crow. They put that there as a symbolism to the [African-American] community that we own you, we enslaved you, and this will be here as a symbol for the rest of your lives.” (The Herald Sun)
The Rocky Mount NAACP requests that the Confederate Statue that has been prominently displayed on the Falls Road corridor be removed and placed on private property where those who care to view it and meditate on its meaning can do so without impacting the larger population. Allowing these statues to remain on our main streets and highways, in public squares and in front of courthouses and town halls, tell everyone that Americans today publicly support the violent lynching, brutal rapes and intentional splitting up of black families so that rich, white landowners and other people who sought personal gain at any cost would profit at another human’s demise.
This entire line of reasoning is unjust, evil and delusional. For the above noted reasons, our organization, which was created by white and black women and men to fight and end the lynching of black men in 1909, opposed that thinking then and we actively oppose it now. We ask the Rocky Mount City Council to remove the statue now.
Presented by Curmilus Dancy, 2nd Vice-President
A group of students at Lee High School in Huntsville have started a petition to change the school’s name to honor the first black student who integrated Lee High.
Lee High School first opened in 1958, four years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawed school segregation in America. Its mascot is a five-star general and school colors are blue and gray.
According to the petition’s writers, “the naming of the school was a clear statement that Lee High School was for white students only and that Huntsville City Schools had no intention of complying with the Supreme Court’s ruling.”
But what began as an all-white school in the 1950s is nearly 70 percent black in 2017. The school hosts the high school arts magnet program for Huntsville City Schools. (AL.COM)
The Rocky Mount City Council is set Monday to revisit leasing Panther Island and discuss removal of a Confederate monument at Battle Park.
During its regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting, the council will consider leasing the seven-acre island to Rocky Mount Dam, a limited liability corporation that’s part of Capital Broadcasting Co., which is renovating Rocky Mount Mills. The island is located in the Tar River below the Mills.
The council will consider an offer for Panther Island — open to upset bids — for $1 per year for 25 years with one additional automatic renewal unless terminated. The council can refuse any bid before an agreement is forged. Discussion on the matter has been deferred from three previous council meetings.
At its Committee of the Whole meeting set for 5 p.m., the council will talk about possible removal of a controversial Confederate monument on Falls Road. Councilman Andre Knight, who’s also chairman of the local chapter of the NAACP, asked for the item to be added to the agenda after residents asked for removal of the monument during public comments at recent City Council meetings.
The council also ill hold a public hearing at . . . (Rocky Mount Telegram)