Skip to main content

Ignorance Begets Ignorance in North Carolina

I'm not sure why Republican North Carolina Congressman Robert Pettinger is apologizing.  He spoke the truth that was in his heart and because he was being interviewed by a white journalist, he felt comfortable saying what he did.  In case you haven't heard, Pettinger told the BBC the "protesters in Charlotte hate white people because white people are successful and they're not."  Yep, that's what he said and then he tried to back peddle with an apology.  He said his intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for us because of failed policies.

Well let's examine what he said his INTENT was.  He said he wanted to discuss the lack of economic mobility for blacks because of failed policies.  What specific failed policies was he referring to?  What he failed to mention was the institutionalized racism that exists in North Carolina and the rest of the country. What he failed to mention is his own state has instituted laws to specifically keep minorities and other poor people from advancing economically.  What he failed to mention is North Carolina has a very deep history of racism and racist politicians who disguise themselves as "patriotic" for the good of their constituents.

One way NC keeps minorities and poor people from advancing economically is because of it's minimum wage of $7.25/hr.  The state also has an "Employment-at-Will" policy which means that unless there is a specific law to protect employees or there is an employment contract providing otherwise, then an employer can treat its employees as it sees fit (including the assignment of demeaning tasks) and the employer can discharge an employee at the will of the employer for any reason or no reason at all. It is also up to each employer to decide if its employees may see their own personnel file or not

Although I am not from the Tarheel state. I am old enough to remember former Republican Senator Jesse Helms and his dogged stance against civil rights.  As an executive vice-president of Capitol Broadcasting Corporation and news director for its WRAL-TV and radio stations from 1960 to 1976, he used the media platform to spew his racist viewpoints.  He was a champion of white people in North Carolina---having been elected to the United States Senate five times.  Some thought when he left, he would be the last of the "good old boys" but in steps Republican politicians like Pettinger and Governor Pat McCrory to pick up where Helms left off. 

IGNORANCE BEGETS IGNORANCE and white baby boomers are to blame.

Thanks to Governor McCrory and the republican led state legislature, effective October 1, a new law goes into effect stating that recordings made by law enforcement agencies are not public records, to establish whether, to whom, and what portions of a recording may be disclosed or a copy released, to establish the procedure for contesting a refusal to disclose a recording or to obtain a copy of a recording, to direct state or local law enforcement agencies to provide, upon request, access to a method to view and analyze recordings to the State Bureau Of Investigation and the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory.

So law enforcement now has the right to kill unarmed black people without fear of a recording being used against them.  That just tells me to have my camera phone ready AT ALL TIMES.


Popular posts from this blog

Thank You Lebron James for Fulfilling My Bucket Wish List

You can't grow up in Northeastern Ohio and not be a sports fan.  As a cheerleader in middle and high schools, I came to appreciate and UNDERSTAND the game of football and basketball.  

I remember Marion Motley from the OLD Cleveland (Bulldogs) Browns coming over our house to socialize with my parents.  (He and my mother went to high school together).  I remember  Brian Sipe and the "Kardiac Kids" who always had me on the edge of my seat when they were playing.  I remember how proud I was when my high school classmate Phil Hubbard made his presence known on the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper and Mark Price (the Cavalier's three-point king).

But in all of those years, we never won a championship or even came close.  My saddest memory is the 1987 AFC Championship Game between the Browns and Broncos on January 17, 1988 at Mile High Stadium. With 1:12 left in the game, Browns running back Earnest Byner fumbled on the Broncos 1 yard line while try…

Donald Trump Has Brought Out the Worst in America

This isn't meant to be another one of those bash Donald Trump blog posts.  This is, instead, a commentary on the negativity his campaign has sparked.  

Racists have come out of the woodwork like roaches in the dark.  For the most part, these supporters would be classified as poor whites, angry because they can't advance with little or no education and the majority of them would also be identified as angry white males.  They have taken off their hoods, jumped on his bandwagon, taken off their hoods and are leading the "make America great" campaign.  They have gotten behind a candidate who spews some of the nastiest comments and behaved in such a manner that has to embarrass any decent, conscientious, law-abiding white person in America.  

People like 78-year-old man John Franklin McGraw of North Carolina have felt free to assault non Trump supporters at presidential candidate's rallies.  "The victim deserved it.  The next time we see him we might have to kill h…

Millennials Want Their Own Day

In case you haven't heard the news, there's a online petition encouraging the man they call the President of the U.S. to establish a National Millennials Day.

Self-proclaimed millennial leaders James Goodnow and Ryan Avery want to establish June 19 as a day for Generation Y to dispel the FAKE NEWS being spread about them.  They say they simply want to show those of us who have labeled them as "entitled" selfish" lazy" "narcissistic" (and other choice adjectives) that they can be important contributors to society.  Their "vision is to make National Millennials Day a day of service--a day when they reach out and help others in their communities.

 According to their website,, organizers say "With National Millennials Day, we want to turn the stereotypes inside--out.  To show that we're more GENERATION WE than Generation ME. To transform ideals into actions.  To inspire hope for the future.  To celebrate the most open…