Edgecombe County -Black Lives Matter! Crime Didn’t Just Start! Be Distracted If You Want To! Don’t Blame Me!

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For you woke now folk that talk about what I and some others have not done when it comes to Edgecombe County politics ie: Black on Black Crime, School System Issues, Economic Development and other.

We been sacrificing our time and resources for Ungrateful Negro Black Folk who side with Ignant Racist White Folk.

Rocky Mount stay in the news because Ignant Racist White Folk have been mad every since the City became a Black Majority Council.

Tarboro has not been in the news like Rocky Mount however there are some issues there and Black Folk are allowing them to get a free pass at the moment but the issues exist. It didn’t start with the Confederate Monument either, been there.

It is a damn shame Black Folk can’t fight for what they deserve unless they have to be criminals. Hell yeah there are some Black Criminals but damnit I ain’t one so talk to those who are. These Ignant Racist White Folk try to discredit Black Folk and then the same ones that Big Mad because we say BLACK LIVES MATTER! Damn you would think it is a law against being Black.

Now until you can show me where Black Elected Officials have been charged with a crime then go somewhere and sit down and shut the hell up.

If a Black Elected Official is charged with a crime I am going to be the 1st to report it because I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interests. I don’t promote crime so I don’t want to hear your opinions not based on facts.

Hell we have had too many Black Folk to go to jail and to killed over the years because folk like Trump supporters just lie, lie, lie like their Un the hell sta ble President.

But the real problem is when you have Ignant Safe Negro Black Folk who say mess about Black Leadership that Ignant Racist White Folk want to hear, the IRWF take that as validating their mess.

Black Lives Matter!

From The Desk Of Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair Leshaun Jenkins

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FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIR

SEPTEMBER, 2020

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GREETINGS FELLOW PARTY MEMBERS!

Happy September!

I hope that this newsletter finds you in good spirit. Today Marks the 60 day mark before we elect hopefully a new President and Vice President in country. There are some key elections that are also happening locally and at the state level. Let us be vigilant, persistent, and consistent as we continue to ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE, and ENERGIZE our county and our party. I take the Get Out To Vote Initiative very seriously, and for that matter, I will be rolling out an initiative and some activities that I will be pushing from now until the election. Keep up the great work!

PRECINCT LETTERS

Letters where mailed out to every precinct chair requesting meeting and organization information. The reason for this request was precinct paperwork has been scattered into several different locations. In order for me and the party to 100% confirm precinct organization, is to have all of the paperwork and information in a centralized location. As stated in the letters, it may be an inconvenience to have to resubmit information that maybe you already have submitted, but for the sake of organization and stability in terms of our party, is the best thing. Thank you so much to ALL the precincts who have mailed or resubmitted their paperwork to me. I am grateful for each of you and look forward to receiving information from all the others.

NEW INITIATIVE

BARBERS, BEAUTICIANS, AND BALLOTS

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LAUNCHING SATURDAY SEPT. 12, 2020

One assumption that we make sometimes is that people have accessibility to voter registration opportunities, which is not always the case. Even in the age of technology, I believe that people are still marginalized sometimes by seen and subliminal factors. In my leadership, I believe that is it important that we all do what we can to close these opportunity gaps. I have reached out to local barbers and beauticians and I will make stops in and spend some time encouraging citizens of Edgecombe to get registered to vote.

EDGECOMBE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY RALLY

Join us on September 22, at 7:00 pm for our 2020 Democratic Party Rally! Spread the word to ALL community stakeholders! This will be an excellent opportunity for us to get ENERGIZED for the upcoming election!

Below you will find the zoom information:

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Dial-in: Contact Leshaun Jenkins or a member of the Executive Committee

Meeting ID: Contact Leshaun Jenkins or a member of the Executive Committee

Find your local number: Contact Leshaun Jenkins or a member of the Executive Committee

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 5TH, 10AM-2PM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 12TH, 10AM-2PM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

MORE INFORMATION

This is the same weekend that my Initiative Barbers, Beauticians, and Ballots will launch at area shops here in Edgecombe; therefore my time will be split at various locations. This is also part of the Get Out To Vote initiative.

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE (ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC)

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 19TH, 10AM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

MORE INFORMATION

I personally want be present for this particular drive, due to a speaking engagement in Fayetteville, NC.

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EDGECOMBE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY RALLY

WHEN

TUESDAY, SEP. 22ND, 7PM

WHERE

THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT.

MORE INFORMATION

Below you will find the zoom information:

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Dial-in: (929) 205 6099

Meeting ID: 843 4660 8705

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbdmEYqvvu

VOTER REGISRATION DRIVE (ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.)

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEP. 26TH, 10AM-2PM

WHERE

718 EAST CHURCH STREET
TARBORO, NC

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EDGECOMBE COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUM (MUST REGISTER)

WHEN

TUESDAY, SEP. 29TH, 5:30PM

WHERE

THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT.

MORE INFORMATION

The Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission presents the Edgecombe County Candidates Forum

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom Video Conference (virtual) Due to the forum’s virtual format, all participants are asked to register in advance. Once registered, participants will receive the virtual meeting information. You may submit questions for candidates in advance.

To register, please go to http://bit.ly/CandidatesForum2020 or contact Shoneca Kent at sekent@ncat.edu or 252-641-7821

Thank you Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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Thank you Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church

THANK YOU ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

THANK YOU EASTERN STAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH


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Early Voting & Absentee Voting 2020 What You Need To Know About Edgecombe County

The real issue is what if the Poll Workers decide not to show up to work on Election Day?

If you go to the polls and can’t vote on Election Day and you can’t vote there will be no other options.

I am a Precinct Chair and I know how the process works. I attend Board of Elections meetings.

I encourage folk to vote early during Early Voting or do Absentee Voting because of the Pandemic.

Get a Absentee Ballot and have it, you don’t have to use it if you go in and vote.

You have to take your Absentee Ballot to the Early Voting Sites you can not take them to the polls on Election Day. If you don’t take it to the Early Voting Sites then take them to the Board of Elections Office.

You Absentee Ballot will be counted. When the Board of Elections count the Ballots they are observed to make sure they have correct information signatures, witness and etc. When they observe them the public and go in and watch them. However there will be lawyers present to observe as well.

If can’t go in Board of Elections Office because of Pandemic then they must be and should be done online. However I don’t think it will be a problem for the lawyers to be present.

Absentee ballots may be requested from now until the deadline – 5 p.m. October 27, 2020. The request must be received in the county board of elections office by 5 p.m. October 27. If you are mailing your request, please include enough time for your request to be received by the deadline. For more info. about Absentee Voting: https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/Outreach/Absentee/FAQs_Absentee_Voting_2020_FINAL.pdf 

Edgecombe County Board of Elections

One Stop Voting Locations & Election Hours

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General Election will be on November 3, 2020

Contact Us

Jerry Spruell
Director

Staff:
Lisa Morris:
Election Clerk I
Emma Davis:
Temporary Office Assistant

Location
201 St. Andrew St.
Room 434
PO Box 10 Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 641-7852
Fax: (252) 641-1740
ecboe@edgecombeco.com


https://www.edgecombecountync.gov/departments/board_of_elections/ 

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M-F (8-5 pm)

Edgecombe County Board Of Elections August 2020 Monthly Meeting

Board Meetings

The Edgecombe County Board of Elections Meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. – unless otherwise noted.

Date of Notice:  August 12, 2020

Notice

The Edgecombe County Board of Elections meeting will be Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 434 of the Edgecombe County Administrative Building, 201 St. Andrew St, Tarboro, North Carolina.

To protect public health and safety, and to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, which limits the number of people that may gather, this meeting will be closed to the public.  However, the public is encouraged to listen in to the Meeting and can do so by using the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88514621763, or dialing 1 929 205 6099 and using meeting ID 885 1462 1763.
   

Board Members:

CHAIR PERSON
FLORENCE A. ARMSTRONG
SECRETARY
GLORIA LYNDAKER
MEMBERS
JOHN WOOTEN
MARGARET SOWERWINE
CAROL BLAND

Meetings are held in the Board of Elections Office, unless otherwise noted, located in the County Administration Building, Room 434 – 201 St. Andrew St. Tarboro, NC 27886.For more information, contact the BOE Office at (252) 641-7852

 

Edgecombe County Commissioners I Request Monthly Meetings Be Available To Public Via ZOOM Via Internet As Well As By Phone

Eric Evans Edgecombe County Manager,

I have requested that the meetings be held via ZOOM via internet also like you have with the Department Heads weekly and also like the Board of Elections does. I don’t understand what the problem is because the BOE meeting was so much better than the doing it just via call the volume was much, much better.

I hate I have to tie my phone up while on the Commissioners call when there should be and I know it can be other options. I have 4 laptops so like tonight I have 2 meetings going on at 7 and I could have my laptops set up.
I am requesting again asking that you make these meetings available via ZOOM via internet also.

Thanking you in advance and I look forward to seeing this take place in September.

Sincerely,

Curmilus Dancy II

Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)

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Dancy Communications Network

The DCN News Blog/Online TV

 

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“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

The Quigless Clinic: Its Impact on the Lives of African Americans Living in Tarboro, North Carolina, in the 1950s

Dr Milton Douglas Quigless, a graduate of Meharry Medical College, arrived in Tarboro, North Carolina, in 1936 to practice medicine. For 10 years, he tried to obtain hospital privileges at the Edgecombe General Hospital, but segregation laws prevented him from performing surgery and admitting ill patients to this local facility. After years of frustration, Dr Quig-less decided to establish his own hospital so that he could adequately care for his patients. In 1946, the doors of the Quigless Hospital-Clinic opened—the first hospital for blacks in Tarboro. As a noted family physician and distinguished community leader, Dr Quigless had an enormous impact on the lives of multiple generations of North Carolinians. (See Original)

    Did You Know? NC State Highway Patrol Has Only 1 Black Trooper In This Predominately Black Edgecombe County

    Edgecombe County only has 1 Black Highway Patrol in this predominately Black County and he will be retiring in 2020.

    At the present there is no Black Supervisors in this district.

    As we are in this season I just don’t understand what is the problem when it comes to diversity.

    Let that sink in.

    Tarboro NC – Fun Fact, The Fountain Is Racist Too! Fountain On The Town Commons

    Alyssa Ruffing

    Fun fact, the fountain is racist too. Words said at its unveiling:

    A local choir sang “The Old Confederate, He’s good enough for me,” after which George Fountain introduced the speaker of the day, Colonel John L. Bridges the captain of the Edgecombe Guards at the time of Wyatt’s death. He spoke of the meaning and importance of monuments to the Southerner saying, “War may change and settle a policy, but it can never change or destroy a principle, therefore the south was right in fighting for the principle of her people. It is very gratifying to see and know and see that the heroic deed… is being written in stone and bronze…”

    I also feel like, as white people, we can’t just excuse the racism with “oh its pretty so it can stay”. That doesn’t sit well with me. Just because it’s pretty doesn’t make it ok.
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    Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina | Henry Lawson Wyatt Memorial Fountain, Tarboro

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    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

    The DCN News Blog/Online TV

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    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: 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

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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?

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