Sources Say Controversial Pen At Edgecombe County Health Department Came To Light During The COVID-19 Testing At The Edgecombe Sheriff Office

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I keep hearing that some folk want to keep things hush hush because they say look at Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount is just fine and they handling their business. But is Edgecombe County okay and handling their business?

Sources say the controversial pen was given out to be used during the COVID-19 testing of the inmates at the Edgecombe County Jail. Damn I am mad I am just hearing this. I am told that some folk were really upset about this pen being given out to be used.

Sources say they were pissed to see these pens come to the Detention Center to be used by whoever those where who were doing the testing. Sources say they were outside sources doing the testing but this is the pens that were given to them to use at the Detention Center. Really! So who in the hell are in the Detention Center? Majority Black.

But now I have to do some investigation to see if this is really true. I am going to reach out to the Sheriff Office on Monday to see if I can get a response from someone in the Detention Center. And then I will ask the County Manager since he is now the spokesperson for the Health Director.

But I will say that now I have learned a 3rd thing about these pens because the the Health Director said one thing, the County Manager said one thing and now this. Read the following link for yourself to see what has been said about the reason behind the pens.

Edgecombe County Manager Respond For Health Director In Response To Controversial Pens What Do You Think?

Edgecombe County Manager Respond For Health Director In Response To Controversial Pens What Do You Think?

The following is my response to County Manager Eric Evans he responds for Health Director Karen Lachapelle

From: The DCN Curmilus Dancy II <thedcn@embarqmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 19:06
To: ericevans@edgecombeco.com
Cc: ‘William Johnson’ <wjohnson@edgecombeco.com>; ‘karen Lachapelle’ <karenlachapelle@edgecombeco.com>
Subject: RE: Open Letter To Karen W. Lachapelle Health Director Questions Concerning A Pen With ECHD Letters & Telephone Number

Good evening,

I am well thank you, however I am very much concerned.

First of all let me set the record straight. These concerns are not mines only. If you remember I said someone sent the pen to me, actually several people and they asked me what did I think about it. I could have responded but I wanted to see what some others response would be.

I appreciate you beginning with an apology but I ain’t there yet.

Now to your response, I am still having a hard time receiving on behalf of myself and others. You know that some folk are scared to speak publicly in fear of retaliation. That brings me to another point. Some folk have called me about the racial climate within county departments and these folk were Black and White. So my question would be for you, do you speak up for all department heads during situations and also do you speak up for the employees during situations? I will wait!

You say the pens, the different colors are to be eye-catching and to draw attention to the Health Department’s contact information. So with ECHD and the phone number on the pen how would I know what ECHD stood for if I didn’t dial the number as I did?

You say, “From a broader view point, it is important to me that no person of any race feels they will be treated differently or unfairly at our Health Department or any other department. I want all of our citizens to feel that they can access services with the utmost respect and fairness. If anyone does experience less than that, the most effective way we can address it is if they contact the department head where they experienced it, or my office directly.”

I don’t think anyone feel comfortable contacting the department head nor you and your assistant whereby they have had some bad experiences in the county administration under the direction of the County Manager, Assistant County Manager and the County Commissioners responses. This is from my experience talking to some concerned folk over the past several months as it relates to the racial climate within Edgecombe County Administration Building. I had even heard it rumored that you were retiring but changed your mind.

I respect your response however what I am having a problem with is you didn’t mention the Project 8th and 9th graders in Mrs. Lachapelle resphis is what I really have a problem with and I wish I could talk to some of them to see what their response would be. I know what my response would have been if it was presented to me and/or my 8th or 9th grader. Maybe you should have responded then because what we have here is atleast two different explanations.

I know this is a tough situation but it is tough for everyone that I have received responses from.

Sir your response just don’t sit well with me and those whom have some deep concerns with the climate that exist in Edgecombe County.

I asked the following questions and I wish they would have been answered specifically the questions came from the response from the director’s response. I will list them again but I already know that I will not receive a response.

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?

Thank you for your timely response however I am puzzled to why you are attempting to respond on behalf of the director unless you speak on behalf of all directors and employees when issues are brought to the forefront. But I do know that you as the County Manager has that right and that I respect.

Oh and thank you for including your assistant but that leads to one last question, will you share this will the County Commissioners since they were named as well.
Sincerely,

Curmilus Dancy II

Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)

Videographer/Photographer/Blogger

Dancy Communications Network

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NAACP Life Fully Paid Member 2nd Vice President Rocky Mount NC

From: ericevans@edgecombeco.com <ericevans@edgecombeco.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 16:39
To: ‘The DCN Curmilus Dancy II’ <
thedcn@embarqmail.com>
Cc: William Johnson <
wjohnson@edgecombeco.com>; karen Lachapelle <karenlachapelle@edgecombeco.com>
Subject: RE: Open Letter To Karen W. Lachapelle Health Director Questions Concerning A Pen With ECHD Letters & Telephone Number

Good afternoon Mr. Dancy,

I hope this email finds you doing well.

I appreciate your concern about this very important matter. I know that your email was directed to Mrs. Lachapelle, but being that this is of such importance to me and our Board of Commissioners, and that the concerns reflect upon our entire organization, I wanted to have the opportunity to respond myself.

First regarding the pens, I want to personally share my deepest apology to you and others who have been hurt or offended by the image of that ink pen. We sometimes purchase pens and other small items we hand out that are used to create awareness of services available at the Health Department, or to simply get the contact information for the Health Department out there to encourage citizens to contact us. That particular pen was purchased in a set that had many colors, as you know and have seen. They were not purchased to depict any race of people, but were in different colors to be eye-catching, again to draw attention to the Health Department’s contact information.  I do admit that we could have done a better job in recognizing the offense these pens could cause, and for that I am truly sorry.  I don’t know how many of the pens in any of the colors have been distributed, but I assure you no more of them will be handed out. The ones we had immediate access to have been discarded, and any others we come across will be as well.

From a broader view point, it is important to me that no person of any race feels they will be treated differently or unfairly at our Health Department or any other department. I want all of our citizens to feel that they can access services with the utmost respect and fairness. If anyone does experience less than that, the most effective way we can address it is if they contact the department head where they experienced it, or my office directly.   If these pens have damaged our image in the eyes of any of our citizens, we are committed to doing the work it takes to build that trust back.

Again, thank you for contacting us. I assure you the issues you raised and voiced on behalf of those who have responded to your post will enable us to make improvements and better serve our citizens.

Thank you,

Eric

Eric Evans, County Manager

Edgecombe County

(252) 641-7834

(252) 641-0456 Fax

#edgecombestrong

From: The DCN Curmilus Dancy II <thedcn@embarqmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:07 AM
To: ‘Karen Lachapelle’ <
karenlachapelle@edgecombeco.com>
Cc: ‘Eric Evans County Manager Edgecombe County’ <
ericevans@edgecombeco.com>
Subject: RE: Open Letter To Karen W. Lachapelle Health Director Questions Concerning A Pen With ECHD Letters & Telephone Number

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 <karenlachapelle@edgecombeco.com>
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2020 11:56
To: The DCN Curmilus Dancy II <
thedcn@embarqmail.com>
Cc: Eric Evans County Manager Edgecombe County <
ericevans@edgecombeco.com>
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 (
karenlachapelle@edgecombeco.com)
Cc: Eric Evans County Manager Edgecombe County (
ericevans@edgecombeco.com)
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?

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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

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

clip_image014

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

Edgecombe County Health Department Director Karen W. Lachapelle Respond To A Pen Concerns

Folk what are your thoughts?

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

Hello,

Thank you for your timely response. I am just responding because I am just receiving your email after checking my emails on my laptop. Sometimes my emails do not come through on my phone while at work and/or in certain areas and come in later.

I have to let your response sink in before I respond to it and to see what some others think about it as well. But I will say I was wondering who had received the pens and I was thinking it was given to your staff and your staff only.

Again thank you for your timely response.

Curmilus Dancy II


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_image002Somebody 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_image004

6. Wtf?? That’s what I’m thinking

7. We Rising To The Top. clip_image006

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.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 

What Comes To Mind When You See This Pen I Am Asking For Me

imageSomebody 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.

#Theydonotwanttohearthemtrues
#USAbuiltonbacksofblacks
#Fearoftheshiftabsodamnlutely
#Somethingswrong
#Timeforwaitingisover
#Sickandtiredofbeingsickandtired
#Blacklivesmatter #Iwatchedvideo
#Whereisthethreat
#Icantbreathe8minutes46seconds
#Policebrutalitymurdertheytired
#1898WilmingtonRaceRiot
#1921TulsaBlackWallStreet
#Confederatemonumentstograveyard
#Undercoverracist
#Tiredofsafenegroblackfolk
#Blackcrimeprotestforwhat
#Unstablepresident
#Iamnotok #Ibeenengagedbeforenow
#Coronavirusstayfocused #Stayhome

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

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?

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6. Wtf?? That’s what I’m thinking

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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?

COVID transparency varies by county

The Political Agitator’s response: Yes Angela Bryant requested the information in May however I requested the information in April Open letter to Edgecombe County officials. Edgecombe County Health Department and the County sucks when it comes to sharing such valuable information. Ain’t nobody asking Karen Lachapelle and Eric Evans to give out information that does not meet the HIPPA requirements. Makes no sense Nash County is sharing all the information they can but Edgecombe Co. will not respond to what the taxpayers are requesting. I wonderer why!

Health departments in the Twin Counties continue to track COVID-19 test results, but the ways in which the results are reported vary, causing frustration for some people who feel that Edgecombe County should be providing more information about cases to the public.

Former state Sen. Angela Bryant is one of the people who are concerned. In an email sent to the Telegram on May 3, Bryant said she feels more demographic information concerning Edgecombe County cases is needed.

“Can you start publishing the race demographics on the deaths in each county (separately) and see if you can push Edgecombe to give race demographics on positives? I believe the demographic information can help the most affected groups take this matter as seriously as it needs to be because in the end, everyone is affected,” Bryant said in the email.

The Telegram has been asking for this information for weeks. So far, the Edgecombe County Health Department has refused to provide such information to the press. In response to a request concerning this information, Edgecombe County Attorney Michael Peters sent a letter on April 10 citing HIPAA regulations and the need to protect the privacy of individuals. (Read more)

Edgecombe County Why In The Hell You Could Not Report The COVID-19 Via Zip Code I Had To Go To NC DHH Website?

Pinetops 27864
Cases 19
Deaths 1

Tarboro 27886
Cases 48
Deaths 2

Macclesfield 27852
Cases 7
Deaths 0

Rocky Mount  27801
Cases 14
Deaths 1

Website: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count#zip-code-map

Edgecombe County – Open Letter To County Manager Eric Evans & County Health Department Karen W. Lachapelle

I understand the Hipaa Law pertains to the privacy of a patient by not sharing a persons name and medical records.

I am requesting that you provide the numbers by zip code as it relates to the coronavirus per the following:

1. number tested positive

2. number of deaths

3. number of recovered

4. number of those tested awaiting on results

5. number of those in isolation

Because the Coronavirus can be a deadly virus I strongly feel that I along with others should be informed as to what is going on around us. I strongly feel that we as citizens and tax payers that this information should be provided.

I am requesting this information to be made known ASAP because I want to know as a community activist and local blogger. I have been contacted by my followers asking me do I have the requested information. It is evident that folk are concerned and want to know.

Thanking you in advance.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 

Pinetops, NC

Edgecombe & Nash County Health Department Report Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Click On Link To Get The Latest Update

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Edgecombe County Health Department Website 

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Nash County Health Department Website
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Note: It would be good if Edgecombe County would give the same information that Nash County does. However I would love to see the information presented per Zip Code so we can know where those who have tested positive, been tested awaiting results, in isolation, in the hospital. Some folk are not taking this virus serious so therefore those of us who are taking it serious would love to know the areas that we could possibly come in contact with these folk. We understand the Hipaa Law however the only thing the law requires is that they can not give out the persons name nor medical records. We as citizens and tax payers deserve the right to know what we are up against that could be possibly life threatening to us if we should come into contact with these folk.