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Comment Archives: stories: Columns

Re: “Ferguson Daze

@Joyce Layea you are correct that the system needs to be addressed but in the mean time we have to educate our own communities to even be more aware of their filters. It is not just enough to be respectful of authority and the like when it seems these incidents are escalating at an alarming rate. Thank you for reading and sharing your views on this subject!

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Posted by Charles Easley on 12/03/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Ferguson Daze

Awesome

Posted by Tharealog Huey Hoover on 12/03/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Ferguson Daze

@Donna Frazier Thank you so much. I have been meditating and asking for ancestral wisdom to bring clarity to my words….smile Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

Posted by Charles Easley on 12/03/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Ferguson Daze

These are profound words, Mr. Easley and you should get them out into ALL communities. Our children (from 5-25) must know their legal constitutional rights as well as displaying professional respect to not end in death. However, our criminal and judicial system needs restructuring or re-educating on handling our precious lives as being important issues to our African American families instead of some one less human or important thereby easy to dispose of.

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Posted by Joyce Laryea on 12/03/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Ferguson Daze

My BROTHER, my BROTHER! You lowered the boom on em right here! Up until now, I have never caught the Holy Ghost while reading!!

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Posted by Donna Frazier on 12/03/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Ferguson Daze

@Tina Thank you for reading and your support!

Posted by Charles Easley on 12/03/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Ferguson Daze

Brilliant!

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Posted by Tina on 12/03/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Oh, those moaning magistrates

You need only to look to the east to see the results of government and religious entanglement.

Religious zealots believe that they are the keepers of an absolute truth and feel perfectly comfortable trying to ram that truth down the throats of others.

If a minister, priest, Imam, Rabbi, etc. believes that their particular God is offended by gay marriage, they are perfectly free to refuse to perform one or to kick those people out of their church. They do NOT have the right to write their beliefs into the law of the land. A public servant does not have the right to refuse his/her duties because of their religious beliefs. Imagine a world where EMS, police and firefighters refused to work on the Sabbath. If your job conflicts with your religion then you need to choose a different job.

Posted by DLP on 12/01/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Maiden Voyage: To Take the Hubby's Name or Not

I know several professional women who use their maiden name professionally and their husband's name personally. I hear things like "it matches the diplomas on the wall".

My wife has a niece, and we have a daughter whose husbands took the bride's name. The niece's marriage endures, the daughter's lasted about a year. I assume he has changed his name back. She has three children and the youngest, age 7, is offended that his sisters have a different last name than he does. We have to watch him because he tells new people the wrong last name.

Posted by Ferris on 12/01/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Oh, those moaning magistrates

This is exactly why the forefathers installed a separation between church and state into our Constitution. Nice article Erin!

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Posted by Michael Easybreezy van Olden on 11/10/2014 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Don't let the Senate race turn you off from voting

Well yeah, but when he asked why more third party candidates didn't run & I got into NC's crazy ballot laws & campaign finance issues he just tuned out & watched Pokemon instead of listening. I think a lot of people do that.

Posted by Erin Tracy-Blackwood on 11/07/2014 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Don't let the Senate race turn you off from voting

Did you tell your second grader that there's a third candidate on the ballot, Libertarian Sean Haugh, who hasn't run any negative ads?

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Posted by John Travolta's White Suit on 11/02/2014 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Don't let the Senate race turn you off from voting

Turn the other cheek is political suicide. When slime balls like the Koch brothers set out to buy an election using the unlimited funds that the SCOTUS, in their partisan fog, have authorized, the other team HAS to fight back.

As long as we function under the delusion that unlimited political donations are freedom of speech, this type of campaigning will be the norm. So get used to it. It also guarantees that 3rd parties will never be able to raise enough money to compete.

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Posted by DLP on 10/31/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Don't let the Senate race turn you off from voting

Don't be afraid to exercise your RIGHT to vote - if you live in the 9th Congressional District remember to WRITE IN Shawn Eckles for Congress and give Pittenger the boot!

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Posted by Ann Twitty Caughran on 10/30/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Truth is in the footage

I don't imagine it would show him with his hands up, surrendering. One doesn't normally surrender when seeking help for a car accident.

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Posted by Erin Tracy-Blackwood on 10/15/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Truth is in the footage

The Ferrell supporters should be careful what they ask for.

This video is NOT going to show Ferrell with his hands up and surrendering.

Fair warning.

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Posted by A Fly on the Wall on 10/12/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “When did 'protect and serve' become 'comply or die'?

I believe people are going to be very surprised when the full truth of that night are known and the supporters of Ferrell are not going to be happy at all.

Not at all.

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Posted by The Fly on the Wall on 10/12/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Holier than them

"Jews don't exist here" because Creative Loafing had a party on a Friday night?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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Posted by John Q. Public on 10/09/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “VIDEO: Michael Brown: A pattern of violence

@History Decides facts have their place but you are right that good reasoning can uncover basic truths when we look at the historical patterns of violence as it relates to marginalized communities. Thank you for viewing and sharing your opinions on this issue. Also thank you for the high praise!

Posted by Charles Easley on 10/03/2014 at 7:57 AM

Re: “VIDEO: Michael Brown: A pattern of violence

It is critical to understand that what is right in a situation is not determinable solely by "facts;" purely descriptive accounts will never tell you what should be done. That 95% of securities frauds are perpetrated by white men may or may not be a fact. Let's say it is--now what? Should we send white men to boot camps to teach them self-respect and discipline? Should we blame their parents for modeling selfish values? Knowing what "is" will never tell you whether it should or should not exist--this is a well-known fallacy. Moreover, facts are not "reason." They do not arrange themselves neatly into persuasive arguments. That is what logic is for, and those who seek only facts will always assume, wrongly, that there is no difference between opinion and well-reasoned assertions. The complaint that we can't judge until all the "facts" are in is, rather, a common strategy to infinitely defer the ethical and rational assessment of events, especially in matters of race.

Did civil rights activists do what they did only because a mass of data analysis told them that second-class citizenship was wrong? Statistics will alway serve as a potential refuge for the weak and cowardly, for those who fear passion and reason.

Finally, do you think those people who opposed civil rights for African Americans fifty years ago knew that history would so quickly expose them as yet another generation of perpetrators and supporters of racial violence? What makes you think that fifty years from now you will not be included as a member of this long list of national shame? It is a list populated by people famous, wealthy, educated, and religious, all of whom arrogantly appealed to the "facts" of racial difference as well.

This video blog is the best thing I've seen come out of CL in many years. I look forward to many more in the future.

Posted by History Decides on 10/02/2014 at 11:39 PM

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