@LindaPeace Thank you so much for all of your historical love and support! : )
Thank you for posting this memory. For the longest time I had been trying to remember who opened the concert. I had a "progressive country" radio show with my buddy Charlie at the time on the 5-watt WDAV. We were at the concert with some other guys from Davidson-I remember the dogs. I also remember Jerry Jeff came out and watched Tom Wait's set and my impression was that JJ was thinking this Waits guy is even more screwed up than I am.
I am very impressed with your site and as always love to hear/read your "stories." Congratulations Cuz!!! Linda P.S. How did you get a "dislike thumbs down" button when facebook is still only talking about it? LOL
@TMarshall Thank you for reading and always sharing your point of view!
As usual a great article Charles.
@Schan thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
Wow...What a great article and poignant perspective. Thank you for making me take a good hard look AGAIN about the state of our communities. ~ Schan
@Cole Butler Very well put. I agree the attendance does not reflect the commitment of those who believe in the cause. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
For sure! Im not surprised that the minister had to buy his own airtime either. Its a mess and even though attendence was less than ut has been the justice or else movement is still going. Im just glad that not everyone or just anyones hands are in it though. We dont need people down for the cause and then no one knows why they are there, what their stance is, and what they are doing with the money for said cause.
I'm so sick and tired of the freaking Republicans hiding behind lies to garner votes from ignorant Carolinians. They say the best way to prevent mass shootings is to provide better mental health care then they make it easier for a Carolinians to purchase firearms while they cut the budget for mental health care in our state. The only people Republicans truly represent are the 1% and everyone else in our society are left to fend for themselves. What a bunch of pricks!
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@Drew Kinney yes it is unfortunate that those that do not fit neatly within the mainstream get marginalized in some way. Here is to all the outsiders like ourselves that made it through the storm. Thank you for reading and sharing your story!
@Cole Butler I think we can safely assume he was targeted because of his name and cultural identity. I mean if they were really concerned about a bomb threat then they would have treated it like one with a full evacuation and such. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
@nenaelbey Yes you are so right. I hope this young man will rise above his small minded educators. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this subject!
As I read your latest article I too was taken back to my childhood. I was the outsider, the fat kid. I was routinely treated the way you were. "Not bad for you." aka: fat kid.
The outsider in our culture isn't celebrated by the main stream, rather the butt of jokes. As the outsider, I never let those idiots get me down and out. My mother was primarily responsible for this, as she always said, "You can do whatever you want. It is your choice and I can't choose for you".
Thanks for reminding me how I ended up who I am today.
The moral? Don't take crap from anybody!
Be yourself no matter what other try to do to put you down or "in your place."
It's unfortunate that he had to be victim of this pettiness...I really have to question whether or not it would be the same song and dance if it was someone other than Ahmed. These days one really cant tell. It should be a shame that a kid cant make home science projects like we have done since forever. And to embarress this young man like he is some criminal is doing the most. Schools should focus more on keeping their students from getting pregnant and high on campus...
As always sir Charles on point. I pray that his parents continue to encourage him and his light continues to shine because he is an amazing light that deserves to shine. Many of life's lessons can bring an awareness of the lower vibrational influences. It's in the moments we have to remember our connection to the source and push to move beyond what is not the truth..I pray this intelligent powerful young man can continue to be great beyond the ignorance of those he once admired. May it push him to be a greater teacher that those who fear his greatest.
@Shannies Jackson_Ndiaye Thank you for reading and commenting!
@Nykia Malveaux It is great that you are a sensitive educator and have that perspective. Your student's will greatly benefit. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
@Kimbogem85 Yes I know you know first hand raising two black boy twins how the system can try and profile young black boys. It is sad that such things are still in practice and without an effective advocate or support many young boys and girls will get caught up in the system.
Awesome piece Charles.
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