UNC women’s basketball coach resigns after review finds she made ‘racially insensitive’ remarks – CNN

The Political Agitator’s response: I am not surprised! Things happen and the victims are afraid to speak out.

(CNN)University of North Carolina’s longtime head women’s basketball coach, Sylvia Hatchell, has resigned after a university-commissioned review found she made “racially insensitive” comments, the school’s athletics director and other officials announced.

Hatchell also wielded “undue influence” regarding player’s medical issues and pressured them to play, frustrating — but not swaying — the team’s medical staff, according to a statement Thursday from the university that cited the review by Charlotte-based law firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein.

Hatchell this season allegedly suggested her players would be “hanged from trees with nooses” if they didn’t improve their play, The Washington Post has reported, citing interviews with seven people with knowledge of the investigation. (Read more)

John Boehner’s resignation sparks succession fight – CNN

The Political Agitator’s response: Evil can’t last always. There comes a time when change will occur because things have been so ignant for so long. The ignance may continue but it will be coming from someone else.

Washington (CNN)
John Boehner’s
sudden resignation is launching an unexpected leadership battle in Congress that may be a turning point for Republicans, likely pitting the establishment wing against tea party conservatives.

The Ohio Republican, who has served as the Speaker of the House since 2011, told colleagues in a closed-door gathering Friday morning that he would leave at the end of October, sending shockwaves through the chamber.

Even as Boehner’s fellow lawmakers were still digesting the news, the speculation over who would succeed him had already begun. One person who is naturally next in line is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but this could be a moment for the tea party to make a splash. (Source: Read more)

Wos resigns as DHHS secretary, former biotech exec taking over – WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — Saying it was “simply time to go home,” North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos resigned Wednesday, becoming the second member of Gov. Pat McCrory’s cabinet to step down in a little over a week.

McCrory named Rick Brajer, a former medical technology executive, as the new chief of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“It has been a long two years and seven months,” Wos told reporters after a news conference, adding that she wanted to spend time with her college-age children and her ailing mother. (Source: Read more)

Rachel Dolezal Sued Howard University for Racial Discrimination in 2002 – GAWKER

Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University in 2002 for allegedly discriminating against her because she’s white, according to court documents obtained by the Smoking Gun. Dolezal, who has claimed to be black for several years, said the school refused to hire her for teaching posts and denied her scholarships because of her race.

Dolezal, who went by Rachel Moore then, reportedly filed the suit against Howard and Professor Alfred Smith, the chairman of the university’s art department, in Washington DC’s Superior Court. From the Smoking Gun: (Source: Read more)

Cash Michaels Profound Statement On Rachel Dolezal Resignation As President Of The NAACP Controversy

The Political Agitator’s response: !

I am glad that the Rachel Dolezal controversy reared itself, because some important issues in our community we have to deal with. FIRST LESSON – we must select leadership that possesses not only the skill and experience, but the integrity and transparency to lead. Just because someone is “doing their job” doesn’t mean all is well. Do they have true commitment to the cause and community? Are they willing to put themselves on the line even before it’s demanded? Do they have a pattern of service, and a record of work with people that gives you confidence in their leadership abilities? What is their history IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Just as good works are dead without faith, good works are even deader without integrity, for that how people who put their trust in you know that not only the job will be done, but will be done correctly, and for the right reasons! This foolishness about, “Just as long as they’re doing the job, who cares” can’t fly, because good work built on a phony house of cards will fall.

Then this business of being “colorblind.” I’ve always felt this way contrived to relieve some people of the responsibility of learning how to respect differences. When I meet someone from another culture or country, the first thing on my mind is, “What can I learn from this person and their experience?” That means I have to first recognize that there is value in everyone’s experience – good or bad – and my coming in contact with them is no accident. we were meant to connect and learn from each other.

I can’t do that with a “colorblind” philosophy. That way of thinking tries to convince me to “move along here, there’s nothing to see or learn,” because who I am, where I come from, the history of my being and why it shapes and molds my life is considered too divisive to ever bring up. So I have to hide it in order to get along and make “harmony.” The same clowns who try to shove that nonsense down your throat will then take the first plane to vacation in Europe to “learn something” about a different culture.

I get it. Colorblindness normally refers to the social construct of race, and the fact that we have too many divisions based on the color of one’s skin. so in an effort to, the thinking goes, eradicate racism, let’s just not pay attention to skin color, love each other like nothing’s wrong, and soon we’ll have a world where, as Dr. King once famously said, “…little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls” as brothers and sisters.

Yes, of course, but King didn’t mean that folks would ignore their differences, but rather learn from and embrace what makes them different from one another. And that’s the problem. In this day and age of great technologies that have definitely made the world smaller, so much so that we can turn on any cable;e channel, and be transported across the globe in the blink of an eye, many of us are just too damn lazy and don’t see the need to truly work to UNDERSTAND each other. See, if we did that, that means we’d have to LISTEN to one another…and lord “knows” just how “dangerous” that would be, don’t we?

You see, colorblindness is the utopian way of saying, “Can we go back to the Garden of Eden, please?” In that world, there was no sin, no darkness. People were naked, and yet never saw anything wrong with it. It was not until GOD’s law was violated were things forever. That’s the world we’re in NOW and the foreseeable future – a world where we have to summon up the courage and wisdom to live with one another, and respect one another DESPITE our obvious differences.

One group of people came from where the climate was always cold, so their skins were light. Another group of people existed half a world way where the climate was always hot, and the sun burning, so the pigments in their skin naturally darkened and their hair grew in a thicker texture.

These groups, and those in between, built cultures base on their histories of survival, but despite their differences, they were still the SAME SPECIES – equal in every way, until ignorance determined that a part of one group would enslave parts of the other, and the impact of that violent act corrupted generations, negatively impacting their respective cultures, and setting in stone histories that can never be forgotten.

And yet, these respective groups have had to work with in the social structure of society, to make the concepts of freedom, justice and equality a reality. if all of the above is true, then it is clear that there is too much history that informs one’s culture and belief system to just brush to the side. The color of one’s skin should not be relevant in those areas of society where our common culture has pledged there be equality. But the history that that color represents should not be deemed irrelevant either.

And that’s why working harder to understand each other, and learning from one another, should be the goal, NOT ignoring the histories that different social constructs have produced.

So when a Rachel Dolezal incident occurs, and it involves people who have devoted themselves to further mending the historic scars that still impede the social haling that we all seek, it cannot be ignored. Questions must be asked, and understanding sought, so that it can be learned from, and that knowledge can be a stepping stone towards further social progress.

Look at what has been accomplished per this episode – black people from across the spectrum expressed little to no reservations about whites not only being involved, but even leading movements for positive social change. They only demanded true commitment and integrity to the cause.

They also stopped to recognize out loud that being black wasn’t just something you could take on and off like a sock, but something you had to BE from birth, for only then could you understand and FEEL the history that has defined your culture.

And THAT should be respected!

These are important lessons that we elders must pass on to our young people. As the issues of police brutality, poverty and racism continue to plague us, wisdom is needed. We can ill-afford to dismiss “small” issues when they speak to our conduct on larger ones. Rachel Dolezal made the mistake of believing that being a good doer is enough.

Wrong! The best doers are those who lead by example, and in order to do that, you must be transparent to the people you lead, or else you will fail!

Cash Michaels

Rachel Dolezal Gives NBC News First Interview Since Resignation From NAACP

The Political Agitator’s response: Well!

NBC News gets first crack at Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who is reported to have misrepresented her race. Dolezal, who resigned her post today in a letter but otherwise has been silent since a newspaper wrote about her racial identity last week, will break her silence in exclusive interviews with NBC News and MSNBC tomorrow.

NBC News landed the “get” despite/because of having today piled on interviews with her white parents, from whom she is estranged.
Following a live, in-studio interview with Matt Lauer on Today, Dolezal will sit down for separate interviews with Savannah Guthrie for NBC Nightly News, Melissa Harris-Perry for MSNBC, and NBCBLK, NBCNews.com’s African-American vertical. (Source: Read more)

Tarboro NC – Sources Say Calvin Adkins Has Resigned From The Edgecombe Tribune

I received a text from someone asking me did Calvin Adkins resign from The Edgecombe Tribune late last night. This makes the 2nd source I have heard this from.

Calvin Adkins worked with the Tarboro Daily Southerner for many years until it shut down after giving the employees a few hours notice.

Adkins joined with a couple of folks and they started The Edgecombe Tribune. I read some of it online but could not access the whole paper online. I don’t subscribe to newspapers that I have to pay for if I can’t access it online. I was so glad when the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Wilson paper went online.

The advantage of having a Calvin Adkins working with a local newspaper is that by growing up in the town of Tarboro and has worked here all of his life even before beginning with the Daily Southerner, he knows just about everyone in the town and nearly everyone across the county. It helps when doing articles because it is more personal when you are familiar with the people, places and things. When you know folks that is a good thing because the folks area great resource to make the job much easier.

I was in Kinston yesterday evening for a funeral and was late getting back so I will try to contact Adkins today. If the article is true, I can do believe it is, Calvin will me missed in the media covering Edgecombe County.

Update: Confirmation Calvin Adkins has resigned as editor of the Edgecombe Tribune. 2/13/15 9:05 AM