I have put too much time and resources into the NAACP, Democratic Party, Animal Services, Human Relations Commission and other for folk to think they are going to waste my time and to do their own thing that goes against the mission and what I stand for.

I am about the mission of all of the organizations I hold titles and if I was not I would not be a part.

I fight for other folk because I am good. I can fight for myself. If I should need someone to help me fight, I know who I can call.

As I have stated time and time again, I don’t like titles but I recognize and understand that sometimes I have to accept them until someone step up to the plate. However that person must be the one.

If you don’t think I can fight for myself and have some damn good resources that I can call try me!


I Walk A Thin Line At Home, Work And Elsewhere

I walk a fine line at home, work and elsewhere because all eyes are on me. Somebody just waiting for me to fall.

Well if you hear about I was cheating on my wife, drinking and other ignant mess please call my wife and the police.

When I leave home a Red Flag goes up and I be on my ps and qs because I refuse to give evil folk and fake folk what they want.

I have more women friends than men and my wife new that before we got married. I quit drinking 32 years ago. My know I am about business and she tell me I be too serious some times. I get on her last nerve some times.

Do I always get it right? Not! I strive for perfection daily but not to be perfect. The only time I will become perfect is when I am perfectly laid straight out in a casket.

But while I am on this side, I am going to try to treat my brothers and sisters right. Some folk don’t like me when I am nice so I have to show them some tough love. When I mistreat anyone I will try to get it right.

Now I refuse to be disrespected and when you cross the line. well you see the side that you may have never seen before because I come in all sizes, forms and fashion.

But at the end of the day, I will still love you.

Folk don’t want to hear them trues!

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

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

When you recognize and understand who I am and whose I am, the better off you will be.

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I Want To Set The Record Straight

I am free to go where I want to and to advocate on what I want to. Matter of a fact been doing that since the late 80’s so I didn’t just start yesterday. Oh you just coming out so you didn’t know. I am making you aware today.

The last time I checked Dr. Martin Luther King didn’t live in Rocky Mount but he came to Rocky Mount. Somebody didn’t get that!

Now Run & Tell That!

Me a racist? Ignant Maybe But Not A Racist!

I don’t care what folk say about me because I have no control over what other folk think so I don’t lose any sleep.

A couple of months ago while training on 3rd shift I was at home around 6 PM I seen Linda Tharrington Goines post she was at the hospital in Greenville with her husband. She said they had been in Farmville all day before they transferred him to Vidant in Greenville.

Linda posted she needed a ride to Tarboro to get her car so she could refresh and go back to Greenville to be with her husband.

I responded I will come and get you if no one else comes. She said come. I had to take a shower. I said if someone comes before I get there, just let me know and I will turn around.

It was raining and actually I was trying to limit my traveling because I was in the process of ordering some tires.

I picked up Linda and she wanted to stop by a hot dog place and I even let her eat in my car.

I took Linda home downtown Tarboro and she didn’t give me a dime for gas. But I do what I do out of the goodness of my heart.

I then went back home in Pinetops which is Tarboro 7 miles from Tarboro and 3 miles from Pinetops. I went to work in Rocky Mount at 11 PM.

Some folk would say you are too ignant to go to Greenville and pick up a white female, her husband in the hospital and take her anywhere. But I see her as a woman. Now don’t get it twisted because I am not colorblind and ab so damn lute ly know that white and black are 2 different colors.

So when the Special C’s try to discredit me and lie on me all I do is Stand!

Some Black Folk Can Be A Piece Of Work But Don’t Get It Twisted Some White And Other Folk Can Too!

Some Black folk can be a piece of work.

Over the years I have experienced some things because I have been actively engaged in community activism and political activism. I understand why some black folk do what they do but it does not make it right. One must look over some things and keep it positive.

I have always heard that some black folk are like crabs in a bucket. I came to that conclusion years ago that some black folk are scared to speak out, jealous, envy and can be just plain mean. Maybe they have a reason for that but I can’t think of any reason I have to be any of that. Some black folk especially church folk that read the bible or have heard scriptures have heard that we should be our brother’s keeper. But some folk especially church folk get amnesia when it comes to certain scriptures.

Somewhere around 1988 I joined Black Workers For Justice that was housed in Rocky Mount and then I joined the NAACP housed in Rocky Mount in 1992. I joined both to be a voice for the voiceless especially the youth and the elderly. I pledged to myself to advocate for school issues, work issues, political issues and other. I have been fighting all of these years for folk even some ungrateful folk who had and have a problem with me for being outspoken but they reaped the benefits. Too bad everyone reaps the work of those who advocate for change and for better. I was named militant by some black folk who wanted me to shut up because they were afraid how some white folk would look at them. I was named a racist by some white folk who were not used to a young black male being outspoken but some white folk have reaped the benefits of my advocacy as well.

I have experienced the behavior of some black folk and I understand why young and older blacks do what they do. It seems that when they are doing great things they are never recognized for their works so it leaves them without motivation. It is sad that folk don’t get recognized by local folk but outsiders see the work and recognize them.

I am going to use myself as an example because I can tell my story better than anyone and I am going to tell it now because some folk will try to tell it after I am no longer.

Over the years some black folk said we needed our own black media. Well I took it upon myself back in the early 90’s to start doing a newsletter and then several years later. I was introduced to blogging by a former Rocky Mount Telegram reporter that came here from Boston Massachusetts and a white female friend advocate out of Greensboro that I met on Facebook. When I post on my blog it is shared to my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. I video meetings and events and take photos that I share on my social media and YouTube pages.

I have been sacrificing my time and resources since the late 80’s out of my pocket spending resources that I needed to have been holding on to since my wife has not worked since we have been married in 1997. Had several setbacks taking some medical leave without pay and just missing time out of work when mom was terminally ill in 1997, during the flood of 1999, dad had 2 hip replacements during the 2000’s along with a truck accident and then 2 more floods within a years time. Even going through my personal struggles I still assisted others during that time.

I look at how folk recognize folk who receive a salary for what they do while you have some folk like myself out here struggling trying to provide a service out of pocket and folk don’t see the need to have an appreciation service and/or make donations to the work they provide. Although I have struggled over the years trying to provide a service I have also donated/or provided a service to others even those who have never donated to me.

Folk you need to look at who are doing some great things in Edgecombe County. Because of the works that some are doing, Edgecombe County has been and continue to be recognized.

Folk we got to do better. If we are going to say we are our brother’s keeper then we need to start showing folk some love and stop just providing lip service.

I have folk whom I network with and those are the folk I am going to make sure I take care of. You see when we network together that is a savings and money do not have to be a part of the equation. However if you don’t ever do anything for me but I am doing things for you that cost money and my time then that is a problem.

As I say, “I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!”