Open Season On Black Folk

It is open season on Black folk and the sad part is Black folk are silent.

Rocky Mount is proof of open season on Black folk just look at the Rocky Mount Telegram Newspaper, WHIG-TV via TV and Facebook page, Community Council Facebook page, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page, Keith Harris Rocky Mount Retired Fire Chief and some other individuals pages.

Some folk don’t want to admit they benefit from white privilege which may be by default. White folk can be vocal speaking out on issues without fear of retaliation. Black are scared to speak out due to retaliation on the job, retaliation against their children in the school system and in the community.

I have never been afraid to speak out and refuse to be silent. I joined Black Workers For Justice in the late 80’s where I worked with black, white and other folk. I joined the Democratic Party in the early 80’s. I joined the NAACP in 1992 so I could be a voice for the people. Of course the NAACP is a makeup of black, white and others as well.

It is sad that it is open season on Black folk and Black folk are just allowing it to happen and not saying anything. I look at the Black church, Black Fraternities, Black Sororities and Black folk who are retired and they are silent to what is going on. They say they are about the youth but the youth don’t see them standing for anything so what kind of hope are they giving them.

It is a damn shame that a few Black folk speak out so they feel that they can do and say anything to and about Black folk and it is okay. It is like the silent Black folk is validating what they are saying because they keep saying and doing mess since the majority of Black folk isn’t saying anything.

I am trying to figure out how in the hell is speaking out against racists makes me a racist and the one creating the divide? Well if that be the case, count me as guilty because I am going to speak up and speak out and ignore the ignant Black folk who team up with the racists and talk about Black folk who are fighting them daily.

Well may be open season on some Black folk today but could be you tomorrow.

Voter ID Vs ID’s For Prescriptions, Cigarettes, To Drive & Other

Okay why did they go to checking ID’s when getting prescriptions?

Why do you have to be a certain age to buy cigarettes?

Why do you have to be a certain age to drive?

Do you have to be a certain age to vote? How is voting hazardous to your health?

Oh the answer to the last question is hazardous only if you are black because they say we don’t want to work, we steal and we just ain’t human. But if we all of that and more then why do you try to stop black folk from voting? One don’t need a job to vote it is free. All black folk don’t steal. All black folk are humans although some will never accept it.

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!”

 

Black Folk Talking About What Black Folk Need To Do When It Comes To Police Shootings, Really!

Damn black folk that talk about we need to police our own. And we try to do that but I be damn if I can police all black folk nor can the damn police. Just because we try to raise our family right that is a good thing but I be damn if I can be held responsible for how others raise their family. I can encourage folk to do what is right but I be damn if I can make them do anything.

The black folk who has all the answers putting black folk in categories go on to give examples such as guys walking around with their hairstyles, pants saggin and cursing. Well damn don’t put me and the folk I know who do not meet those qualifications in the same damn boat with others. But although some meet the qualifications it do not give the damn police the right to just shoot them down like they are deer hunting. These black folk who put black folk in that category make those polices who are shooting black folk down for no reason to think they are justified based on the qualifications above. Oh hell no.

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When Black Folk Come Together

Problem is and always has been is when black folk come together then and only then will things change. But black folk have created division amongst ourselves because since the early 90’s I have seen black folk not support folk who have stood up in our communities trying to make change and they were not supported but also they allowed other folk to attempt to discredit them. When these very black folk stand up and say that they have been a part of the problem and apologize publicly, then the cycle will continue.

However I am so glad that some of these hard fighting black folk who have stood up were able to make some changes over time but having to fight in-house along with the enemy.

Duke professor: Blacks riot because they’re lazier than Asians and have ‘strange’ un-American names – RawStory

The Political Agitator response: “Ignorance will never end. Even those with money can’t buy SENSE!!” Author: Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator

A North Carolina professor said over the weekend that he was suspended after he was caught writing in the New York Times comment section that there was a link between the Baltimore riots and “strange” names that black people had instead of having traditional white names.

According to WTVD, Duke University Professor Jerry Hough responded to a New York Times editorial titled “How Racism Doomed Baltimore” by suggesting that the author’s attitude was what was “wrong” with the black community. (Source: Read more)

Let Me Clear My Throat! Black Folks, Black Church, NAACP . . .

Let me clear my throat!

I recognize and understand that all black folks ain’t bad, all black churches ain’t bad and all NAACP members ain’t bad.

I have much respect for all black folks but I have more respect for black folks whom care about other folks more than they care about themselves because we are suppose to be our brothers keeper. You see if that was the gospel truth then we all would be covered because you would care about me and I would care about you. But you see I know there are some folks who don’t give a damn about me but guess what, it does not matter because I know it ain’t about me and them but all about him.

I have much respect for the black church, however there are some that I feel are just downright flat out religious pimp grounds. Now that is just my ignant opinion but you see if you like it, I love it! I ain’t mad with you but I refuse to be pimped. I feel my church is moving forward especially after voting in a new pastor last year in March. But when I say the church I don’t just mean the pastor because he does not make up the church alone. Yes the pastor may have some issues but the officers and members of the church who allow mess to go on in the church are all responsible as well for how the church move forward.

I have much respect for the NAACP however some folks whom are in the NAACP just like anything, they don’t have the mission at heart. I am a life fully paid member and I am pleased with what I know about the NAACP because I have been an active member since 1993. So you can have your opinion but you can’t sway me because I know that black folks but not limited to have benefitted from and continue to benefit from the workings of the NAACP.

If it was not for some good black folks, not Safe Negroes that are fighting for equality and justice for others, the good black church and the NAACP, oh where would we be?

So with that being said I can speak for me because I am have been an active NEGRO since the early 90’s so I am rooted in doing what I strongly believe I was put here to do. But again that is just my ignant opinion and you can have yours. But guess what? Your opinion about me mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to me.

Now Run & Tell That!

Edited: January 19, 2015 6:08 am.

The Black Church Should Teach Us About Our History Among Other Things That We As A Black Folks Need To Know!

Until the black churches begin to teach what our history means among other things that we as a black folks need to know, then it will continue to be a long time coming.

Makes me wonder if the black churches want black folks to stay right where they are because the pastor and many close to him got theirs, living the good life and the hell with those whom are struggling daily due to the lack of knowledge. Curmilus Dancy II January 18, 2015

Did You Know That Government Documents Exists That Advocate Putting All Black Americans in Concentration Camps? – Melanoid Nation

For years, there have been certain government documents floating around that suggested the mass interment of Black people in America. Documents such as the King Alfred Plan have  long been dismissed by government officials as works of fiction because it cannot be traced back to a specific author or origin.

But recently a new document was discovered.

A thesis written by President Ronald Reagan’s FEMA director Louis Giuffrada at the US Army War College in 1970, entitled “National Survival-Racial Imperative” goes into elaborate details about the logistics of rounding up Black Americans to be placed in concentration camps. (Source: Read more)

Black Folks Are Not Animals

Every time black folks do something bad or good they have got to associate them with something negative to attempt to justify why the black person is somewhat not human but must be an animal like. Why is it that we as black folks past actions are held against us forever no matter how much we may have changed but other folks past actions, they have been forgiven. Why is it that when a black person does something negative that all black folks are held accountable for that person or group actions? I don’t support criminal activity be it done by black, brown, white and other. I have a problem with black on black crime and anything negative in the black community but if you let other folks tell it, they act as if I don’t care and other black leaders don’t care. Not so! We talk about it all and I have been doing so since the late 80’s along with others. So for those of you who have a problem with individuals and/ or groups in the black community who are being called out such as Rev. Andre Knight, Reuben Blackwell, myself and the NAACP to name a few, obviously you don’t know us on a personal note nor do you know the mission of the NAACP. We do not condone the actions of Ismaaiyl Brinsley that murdered his girlfriend and 2 NYPD Police officers and others whom have made some bad choices.

Black Folks Who Want To Talk About Black On Black Crime, Got So Damn Much To Say, Look At This And Try To Twist This Damnit!

Hell yeah I am an angry damn black man but not angry enough to become criminally angry. Although I am angry I am not only angry with white folks who are in denial, I am angry with ignant damn black folks who act as if black folks started this mess. White folks were able to kill black folks in open season, set black folks on fire literally, bomb houses, automobiles and etc. but folks act as if black folks started this mess. Hell I haven’t seen anywhere black folks have set white folks on fire or their businesses, homes, automobiles and etc. on fire with them inside. So this lets me know they ain’t as crazy as some folks make them out to be.

All you black folks who want to talk about black folks ain’t marching and screaming about black on black crime, but we march and scream when white folks kill black folks, well I have been there done that on both sides. Hell yeah I have marched and screamed about it all. Where in the hell were you? I am especially asking those of you who know me and I know you.

For black folks and all folks who ask the question why black folks don’t march and scream when black folks kill black folks, well I can pick and choose what the hell I want to march and scream about because I am a grown damn man. I have been there and done that. Show me what you have marched and screamed about since you have so much to say.

I just love those professional athletes and other professionals who have so much to say but what have they said before the Ferguson case? What have they done to make a difference in the black community?

Because most black folks locally only march and scream during Dr. Martin L. King Holiday, I quit marching several years ago and I posted on my blog my reasons why.

Black folks tickles the hell out of me because they take a little of something and run with it and don’t even do any research on what they hear.

I am past the murder on the day of the Ferguson murder. Let the damn discussion be about how the Prosecutor handled the case and what Wilson had to say. I dare you to talk about what they had to say to see if what they said makes sense per the law and not per our emotions. Getting emotional not based on the facts means absolutely nothing.

I long for the day that I can retire so I can spend my last days on a daily basis going out to attempt to make a difference in the black community in which all folks will benefit.

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

Shocking mistake in Darren Wilson grand jury

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I Was Asked What Did I Think Of The Following As It Relates To Black Folks

Some truth. I have stated over and over since the early 90’s that until black folks come together in communities and put their ignance aside we will continue to be right where we are.

We are so divided that it does not make sense. Election time we could put more black folks in office but some blacks choose to take a few crumbs from other races to help them get elected but these are the same folks who sit at the table with you and say they are all about what is good for black folks.

When some black folks get in high places they forget where the hell they came from and treat other black folks like shit. They will sell their damn souls because they have "arrived!"

And some everyday blacks on the job are so divided by the work place conditions that they don’t realize how much power they have and end up singled out.

If black folks would pull together we could do some damn things. If black folks ever wake up they will see that they got the POWER!

Asian Interviewer: "Can you address their concerns Mr.Chang?" 

MR. CHANG: "The concerns of Black people? Yes I can. The fact is, that we all live under a system of White Supremacy. We Asian people look back at our long history of conflict with the European. We observe their strategies and develop our own, in response and in kind. There is no need for loud mass movements on our part, because we intend to overtake them in time, through action and personal sacrifice".

Asian INTERVIEWER: "And the Black man?" 

MR. CHANG: "He does not count into our situation. He is simply here. We do not hate the Black man. We just love the Asian man most. Real love--not cliche. We want to see Asian man happy, so we employ him. We eat together. We spend time with each other. We want his kids to be educated, so we invest in our own schools that offer our children the technical abilities to change the world's power structure in our favor. We want to see the Asian man safe, so we purchase and organize our own communities. We want him to remain Asian, so we reduce the outside influence of others ideologies and cultures. While he fought to sniff behind the White man, the Black man has had the opportunity and every right in the world to do the same, but he chooses to indict people like me for not hiring him over my own brothers. For me to do this would be foolish and that would not be Asian love. In contrast, the Black man will fight for the right to be up under everyone else other than other Black people who he should feel the most love for. If our indifference to their situation make us racist, then what would you call the Black man's indifference to his own situation?" www.FarrahGray.com

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Asian Interviewer: "Can you address their concerns Mr.Chang?"

MR. CHANG: "The concerns of Black people? Yes I can. The fact is, that we all live under a system of White Supremacy. We Asian people look back at our long history of conflict with the European. We observe their strategies and develop our own, in response and in kind. There is no need for loud mass movements on our part, because we intend to overtake them in time, through action and personal sacrifice".

Asian INTERVIEWER: "And the Black man?"

MR. CHANG: "He does not count into our situation. He is simply here. We do not hate the Black man. We just love the Asian man most. Real love–not cliche. We want to see Asian man happy, so we employ him. We eat together. We spend time with each other. We want his kids to be educated, so we invest in our own schools that offer our children the technical abilities to change the world’s power structure in our favor. We want to see the Asian man safe, so we purchase and organize our own communities. We want him to remain Asian, so we reduce the outside influence of others ideologies and cultures. While he fought to sniff behind the White man, the Black man has had the opportunity and every right in the world to do the same, but he chooses to indict people like me for not hiring him over my own brothers. For me to do this would be foolish and that would not be Asian love. In contrast, the Black man will fight for the right to be up under everyone else other than other Black people who he should feel the most love for. If our indifference to their situation make us racist, then what would you call the Black man’s indifference to his own situation?" www.FarrahGray.com

Black Folks You Say You Are Concerned About The Children? If So How Do You Allow Folks To Attack Your Leaders Who Are Adults?

If you say you are concerned about the children then how do you allow folks to attack your leaders who are adults?

I don’t like using apples and oranges to get my point across. I eat those things in which was the intent of their being.

Last week WHIG-TV and Fighting Crime and Cleaning in Rocky Mount in which began a campaign to once again attack Rocky Mount City Councilman Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight and also the President of the local Rocky Mount NAACP. Lige Daugthdridge President of a group recently formed call The Community Council. First of all what a damn co-incidence that they named the group close to the name of the Rocky Mount City Council. Lige a white male addressed the Rocky Mount City Council and voiced his opinion during the public comments. When the white man finished his 3 minutes and others were given the opportunity speak on whatever their concerns were, Knight addressed Lige. Knight said he felt that Lige was not supported of the Event Center because the Rocky Mount City Council is a 4-3 black majority and the city has a black city manager. This was Knight’s opinion and he was not speaking for the other members on the council but speaking from himself as a councilman but keep in mind he is a citizen and President of the NAACP. This was Knight’s opinion.

WHIG-TV put up the video of the meeting in less than an hour after the meeting was over and began their ignant campaign trying to discredit a black leader. Let me say I don’t agree with everything Knight says but I be damn if I will allow folks to discredit my brother of an opinion. WHIG-TV said that Knight called Lige a racist which is a lie. If Knight had wanted to call him a racist he has the balls to say it. After I watched the video I said damn dude handled himself well. But you see if I was to listen to these 2 groups and some others, I would write my brother off also. But oh hell no, I can think for myself. And most of all, I know the man.

If you don’t know Knight, you need to do some homework to find out who he is. You don’t need to allow WHIG-TV and Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount to pick and choose your leaders. Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount had the damn audacity to start a Petition which is baseless and filled with lies. I feel strong that Knight out to persue seeking Defamation of Character because it is stated on the Petition that Knight do not live in Ward 1. WHIG-TV played a role in the movement to remove Knight from serving in Ward 1 some years ago. Knight ended up winning the case after having to appeal to the State of NC and they ruled in his favor. Edgecombe County had to pay Knight’s attorney fees.

My point, if we allow folks to discredit our black adult males, what in the hell do you think they are going to do to our children? Do you know that the children see how some folks that call themselves adults will stand by allow leaders like Knight to be assassinate, lynched in hanged in front of them? Knight and some others are on the battlefield daily fighting for our youths and some folks sit back and don’t say a damn thing. But guess what, when these very folks get in trouble, who do they call? You guessed it Rocky Mount City Councilman Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight and President of the NAACP because they know he is popular and will stand up.

So know that I take names and keep up with who is silent.

I have to following posted on my blog at About:

~This is not a bakery.

I don’t sugar coat

anything.

If you ask for my opinion . . .

then that’s what you’ll get.

Don’t be mad when it’s not

what you want to hear.~

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“Knowledge is Power, Sharing it is Empowerment”

“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth … For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth: to know the worst; and provide for it.” Patrick Henry

“Speaking Truth to Power”

“I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”- Elie Weisel

Be blessed!

 

Pooling Our Resources is Key to Blacks’ Wealth by William Reed Columnist

A. Peter Bailey is a man of note and distinction. The Black writer contends that: “Despite strong evidence to the contrary, many Blacks believe with all our hearts and souls that the path to equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity lies in electing people to political offices.” If you don’t see the truth in Bailey’s statement, it’s for sure you won’t be inviting him to speak to your church or organization.  Others who wanting to engage in stories that empowered and enlightened the Black masses, are booking the self-described Garveyite to tell African-American audiences that they have “been bamboozled” into believing that voting and politics will change their lot in life.

As a speaker, Bailey coaches Blacks to be clear and uncompromising in their lives and goals. He provides a needed dose of reality with an abundance of history and direction. Bailey encourages Blacks’ wealth and community-building. “Black people have a powerful weapon we don’t effectively use. That weapon is our individual and group economic resources. We spend too much time focusing on electoral politics and not nearly enough on wisely using the trillion dollars that we turnover annually.”

Bailey brings stories and insights on Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. to his presentations. Marcus Garvey represents Black self-reliance in America. Garvey is quite a story. He was a staunch proponent of Black nationalism, to which end, he founded and forged the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Through public speeches and his newspaper The Negro World, Garvey became one of the most significant Black leaders of the 20th century. He advanced a philosophy known as Garveyism to inspire economic empowerment among African Americans. Garveyism would eventually inspire others, ranging from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement that proclaims Garvey “a prophet.”

Bailey’s presentations are inspired by the vision and accomplishments of Garvey, one of the greatest Black leaders in history. Garvey was a role model to Father Divine, Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X.   His legend is based on his leadership toward Blacks’ pride and self-determination. Garvey evolved Booker T. Washington’s approach toward business and self-reliance, through the UNIA and he directed the largest mass movement among African Americans in history. Garvey’s UNIA movement and vision became procedural and conceptual models toward African Americans capitalism ventures.

In his presentations, Bailey makes positive Black history unfold. In the 1920s, it was eye-opening for Blacks across America when Garvey purchased an auditorium in Harlem and proclaimed it “Liberty Hall.” From that platform Garvey and the UNIA established 700 branches in 38 states. Garvey’s economic impact in America included hundreds of profit-generating UNIA businesses across the country; and his never again duplicated campaign that persuaded Black investors to purchase stock in an international shipping line to carry passengers and freight between America, Africa and the West Indies. The Black Star (BSL), incorporated in 1919, was capitalized exclusively by African Americans. The BSL acquired three steam ships, but by 1922, they were lost and the corporation collapsed.

Keynote speakers are integral to any gathering looking to further themselves with knowledge and networking. Black schools, forums and conventions need Bailey and his important motivations toward Black growth. More public attention needs to be directed toward the how and why of Blacks building, owning and controlling our own income producing assets. Bailey can inspire and unify an audience with a common purpose. Brother Bailey’s focus on Black community building is something Blacks need to hear nowadays. Bailey says the election of Barack Obama has “proved nothing.” A former Ebony magazine editor, Bailey points audiences to the fact that, “We spend $600 billion a year and should be serious about knowing and understanding that with economic power, political power is automatic.”

He brings a sense of history to his tales. Bailey served as a pallbearer for Malcolm in 1965. Nowadays, he says “blind devotion” to Obama and local politics prevents African Americans from participating in activity toward the collectivity we need to flex our financial and political muscle effectively.- Email Bailey at apeterb@verizon.net.  

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org

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Ignant Column – In Response to “It’s time for the black community to start helping one another” by Robert Cordell

I am a black male. I am probably one of the most diehard Democrats ever to walk the grounds of Edgecombe and Nash counties.

(Response: From one black male to another black male, I will challenge you when it comes to being a diehard Democrat as I have stated over the years about challenging Democrats in Edgecombe and some in Nash Counties but not limited to. I have been challenging Democrats since the late 80’s when I became actively engaged in the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. However I was also engaged in the Nash County Democratic Party because I was closely connected to former Chairs Mary Wells, William Hobbs and Marvin Arrington along with some other Nash County Democrats.

Born and reared in Rocky Mount, I could even teach the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Andre Knight how to be radical.

(Response: Sir I met Rev. Andre Knight in the late 80’s and we have been close since that time. I know his struggles and how he was drawn into politics. He became active in the NAACP and then on the Rocky Mount City Council. I was there with him through his struggles. I have known Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II since the early 2000’s when he was the NC State Human Relations Director but I have been close to him since I played a major role in helping him getting elected President of the NC NAACP State Conferences of Branches in 2005. I have much respect for both of these men. I am a couple of years older than Rev. Knight and I am from December to January older than Dr. Barber. I said all of that to say this, what in the heck can you teach them because I have been with them, where were you? I know where you were when you came to Rev. Knight and myself for help with some issues that you had.

My question is, did we, the black community, need a second March on Washington?

(Response: Sir are you saying that Rev. Knight and Dr. Barber is the reason why there was a 2nd March on Washington? Actually I believe it is the 3rd but anyway just because they attended do you have a problem with that? I didn’t attend because I had other obligations.)

My answer is – absolutely not. In my opinion, the march was a total waste of time, resources, energy and comes just short of a slap in the face to the man we were honoring.

(Response: Sir can you explain why you feel there was no need for the march? Why do you feel it was a waste of time, resources, energy and surely want you to explain in detail how it comes short of a slap in the face to the man we were honoring? I think anytime black folks come together for a moment of celebration and education without violence that damn sure ain’t a waste of time. Do you actually think that all of the folks that attended who didn’t make it to the previous marches found it to be a waste of time? I believe they probably learned some things.)

It changed absolutely nothing as far our economic and social conditions are concerned. If you remember, back in 1963, the first March on Washington, we achieved everything we asked for.

(Response: Sir damn maybe I am a little slow but your opinion of how you feel is ignant as hell about the march that just took place around a month ago. I was born in 1962 so as I stated above there were many like myself who were not at the march in 1963. So how do you equate what happened in 1963 with today? I don’t think anyone in their right mind would think that the march in 1963 and the march in 2013 would be the exact same with the exact outcome. I would think that the recent march was more of a celebration for some, a reminder and an educational moment for some.)

We gained civil rights, we no longer had to sit at the back of the bus, and two years later, we were granted the constitutional right to vote. We integrated schools, lunch counters, we could purchase any house in any neighborhood, and we could grace “our rumps” on any toilet behind our white brethren at any time.

(Response: Sir are you saying that what was done in 1963 was enough and there is no more work to be done? What damn state are you living in if you don’t think “they” want to take us back? Damn they have said it. So you have not heard civil rights and the constitution in the news atleast for the past 6 years or however long we have had a black president? So as an educator you are not familiar with the state of the schools with the uprising of Charter Schools and the Schools to Prison Pipeline? Do you think all places want to serve black folks today? Hell no! Some are doing it just because of the laws. You don’t think it is any neighborhoods today that they don’t want us in? Damn come on now. I don’t even care to discuss sitting on any toilet behind our white brethren.)

And as an added extra, we could now marry any white woman without reprisals from individuals or groups – which we did not even ask for. We now have a black president who appointed a black attorney general after the appointments of two black U.S. Supreme Court justices.

(Response: Sir you think that a black man marrying a white woman has been totally accepted? Again what damn state are you living in? I know damn well you are ignant when it comes to having a black president that that has been totally accepted because I don’t think a day has gone by since he was first elected that his name has not been in the news because some still haven’t gotten over a black man being 1st in command. I ain’t even going there with you about how this black president has been disrespected when even you and I as black men have been able to feel the affect of his treatment.)

Now, when are we going to be responsible ourselves to all of these gains and many more accomplishment over the past 50 years that our government has given to us?

(Response: Sir I am a 50 year old black man and I have been working since I was 5 years old. My dad and mom worked a public job plus they rented out a farm. I went the work on a public job the next week after graduation and still farmed up until 2 years ago. In 1987 the Good Master blessed me with one of the highest paid jobs in this area and I worked part-time and farmed. I didn’t have to but I did it because I love to work. I can’t relate to when are we going to be responsible so you need to talk to those who meet the criteria you speak of.)

As Bill Cosby has said, our women need to put down the cellphone and start raising the kids.

(Response: Sir okay I get Bill’s point however damn obviously he don’t know what is going on around him or he just don’t care and want to make some feel good comments. Well over the years as I continue to hear about our women should raise their kids, well in the world I am living in kids are having kids so that is a major issue. So what can be done about that? It is bigger than a damn cell phone! Do you remember when grandparents took care of their children and their grandchildren? Well damn today the grandmother, mother and the children ages are so close together so how can kids raise kids? I strongly agree there is an issue with parents, woman and man when it comes to raising kids but putting down the cell phone and then do what? Did Bill give some more instructions? I don’t know if you have any children or not but if you do did the hospital or anyone teach you about how to raise a kid before the mother and the baby were released. I have 3 one born in Nash County, one born in Craven County and one born in Edgecombe County and I don’t remember my babies mother and myself getting educated before my baby mothers were released. I was there with both my oldest child mother and I was there with the mother of my other 2 and we are still together today. I get sensitive as hell when folks throw out bullmanure but don’t go further into the discussion.)

Women also need to stop having babies out of wedlock at an alarming 70 percent rate.

(Response: Sir I don’t even know how to respond to this one because I assume you are talking about black women as if white women do not have children out of wedlock.)

Men need to start financially supporting the child they produce and start making an imprint in their child’s life.

(Response: Sir I was not married when my 1st and 2nd child were born but I took damn good care of my babies. But sir it ain’t all the man’s fault because some women know that they and the man are too young to have a child, know that the man don’t have a job or don’t want to work, know that the man have a couple of babies and he don’t take care of them so why do they think he is going to take care of theirs, oh because they are the one. And then in my case with my oldest baby moma I had to take her to court to get visitation rights and she moved to Maryland to try to keep me from seeing her, but I went to Maryland regularly to pick up my baby and bring her back to NC to spend time with her.)

We all need to stop the “black on black” crimes and completely stop the criminal activities that get us arrested daily.

(Response: Sir I don’t commit black on black crime nor black on white crime nor do I do criminal activities. I have no control over what others do but I do encourage others to not commit crimes. But to help curve the crime the people in the areas where the crime takes place have a role to play. When they get involved and report the crimes with relevant information law enforcement can make some arrest. I have no control of what goes on in other communities only my community can I play a role. So have you gone in the areas to speak to those who fits the criteria you speak of?

Our people need to marry, stay together, and build up our communities.

(Response: Sir they need to marry if that is what they want but if they feel they can live a unmarried and take care of their children then so be it. I am only in control of my marriage. Are you married?)

Every able body needs to get out and find work. There are plenty of jobs out here and we should keep on applying until we land one of these multiple job opportunities available to us.

(Response: Sir I agree every able body needs to get out and find work. I don’t know how plentiful jobs are but I do agree they should keep applying until they land one. However some folks are better off not going to work if the job they get do not equal up to the assistance they may be receiving.)

We need to stop hating each other and start uplifting each other.

(Response: Sir I ain’t hating on no one but I will call folks out whom I feel is ignant to what is going on around them. I try to uplift folks but they may not think so when I shoot from the hip because I say what I mean and mean what I say. But back to hating on others what were point of singling out Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Andre Knight and some other black folks because I have read you letter and I don’t understand where you are coming from and where you were going with this letter? Was it a message to discredit them or what? What in the hell is the point you were trying to make or should I say who in the hell are you trying to convince? Actually you have pissed me off as a black man because I don’t get it. Maybe you can help me better understand your purpose of this letter.)

The bogus Negroes and Negresses who think that they have made it, why not take the time to help, guide, and recommend hiring your brothers and sisters? In other words, pull them by the bootstraps.

(Response: Sir are you trying to say that Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Andre Knight have made it? But if you are not then okay but you mean to tell me you have not seen them in action speaking truth to power? Damn they both have gotten arrested in Raleigh at the NC General Assembly as they are fighting for the least of these and even folks like you an educator you know (teachers). That bootstrap bullmanure ain’t real  so I ain’t even going there.)

Let us get out of the syndrome of pulling each other back in the pot just as they’re trying to make it out. Let us get off of food stamps and Medicaid and start working. Governmental programs are for the truly needy, not the truly greedy.

(Response: Sir damn you really got ignant when it comes to food stamps, Medicaid and start working. What state are you living in whereby abuse does run rapid? Damn I have said it time and time again they don’t want to get the folks off welfare because all they have to do is hire enough folks to monitor those who welfare and then deal with those who are abusing the system. But nope never! Why? Because if they cut out the program where are these folks that administer the government programs going to work? How many folks have you turned in that don’t truly needed that are just greedy. Again another bullmanure comment but what role have you played in turning in folks when it comes to this abuse, crime, and drugs as it relates to people you know?)

If we would do these things suggested, then we would be proud black people. As of now, some of us are in worse shape now than when we were slaves.

(Response: Sir I am a proud 50 year old black man because I try to live a productive life by not getting involved in criminal activities and working a real job which allows me to take care of my children. I have never been a slave and if I had if I had the mindset I have today I would not have made it because I am not a scared Negro who talk a bunch of bullmanure and not being actively engaged in community and political activism. I got involved back in the late 80’s to be a voice for the least of these, those who are afraid to speak for themselves for whatever reason. Some are afraid due to the fear of retaliation against them or their family and I understand that. So sir for you to single out Dr. Barber and Rev. Knight I am having a hard time accepting this letter. I know what these guys stand for. Do we always agree on everything? Oh hell no but overall these are some damn bad brothers who don’t need you nor anyone to teach them a damn thing. However I bet if you talk to them about me they will tell you they have learned some things from me. I find this letter to be a damn insult to black folks when the points you raised are nothing new that we hear all the time and you are just like those who continue to raise the points bring nothing to the table to bring about a change.)

See original article in The Rocky Mount Telegram.