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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Editor's Notes

Re: “Hannah Barnhardt is Charlotte's Real Observer

Her wit combined with her powerful observation skills blows me away. When I viewed her work at the show, I was hooked. They way that she communicates her observations through sketching and words is a powerful combination. I am so pleased to see this article!!

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Posted by Elizabeth Palmisano on 11/15/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Vi Lyles Is The Only Choice For Mayor

Vi Lyles stuck the people of North Mecklenburg and anyone who travels north of Charlotte with tolls for the next 50 years, when she cast the 46% deciding vote in January, 2016 to support tolls at a city council meeting. I was there with over 40 other people who spoke out against the tolls, and were ignored by her. She condescendingly stated that the people in Lake Norman needed to find "alternate routes". I can't wait until you morons that voted for her down in Charlotte get stuck with toll lanes.

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Posted by Corgi Mom on 11/08/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Vi Lyles Is The Only Choice For Mayor

I wonder if she will last out her first term without getting carted away in handcuffs?

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Posted by Pogo on 11/08/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Vi Lyles Is The Only Choice For Mayor

Lyles voted against allocating $18.5 million to affordable housing, instead using that money for improvements to Ovens & Bojangles and reserving tourism tax money for the billionaires and their failed sucker - er - soccer bid. She also supported giving over a half-billion dollars to a corrupt foreign company to build $20-per-trip toll lanes on I-77, a project that the NCDOT admitted will do nothing to relieve congestion. Kenny Smith has been on the right side of both these crucial issues.

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Posted by Garth Vader on 11/06/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Vi Lyles Is The Only Choice For Mayor

She should be in jail for giving city contracts to her son's company.

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Posted by Emily Dinwiddie-Cole on 11/02/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “It's Time for Charlotte to Wipe Away Confederate Stains

I agree with the gentleman who said where does it stop. What if the statue of Andrew Jackson offended a Cherokee person because he signed the order for The removal of the Cherokee. If you keep removing statues you are doing it in Fear. Don't give in to fear.

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Posted by Wanda on 08/19/2017 at 1:23 AM

Re: “It's Time for Charlotte to Wipe Away Confederate Stains

I hear you, Brian. But most of the more offensive monuments paying tribute to and honoring civil war "heroes" were erected decades after -- and, in the case of one Charlotte monument, more than a century after -- the end of the civil war. These were erected by those who wanted to skew the reality that this war was about slavery and exploitation of blacks in this country. They were erected as slaps in the face of citizens of the United States whose ancestors were ripped from their native Africa. Period.

Also, I think you may be confusing hatred with anger when you refer to "hatred that exist on all sides." The hatred comes from the historic racist oppressors; anger is a result of that hatred. I believe equating white supremacist hatred with black anger (and that of non-black allies) is simplistic, at best.

My clarion call in this column is not about erasing history. There are many ways to remember this great country's shameful past (and my juxtaposition of "great" with "shameful" here is not a contradiction; nations and individuals alike can harbor both "greatness" and "shame"). Bestowing honor on those who have consistently and purposefully made life miserable for black citizens of the United States is not the way to remember that past. It is deliberately hurtful.

Garrett Epps wrote a terrific piece on this in the Atlantic in June, an excerpt of which is in italics below:

Would reducing the bronzed omnipresence of the Confederate General Staff really eliminate 'history'?

Lets look at real history. Americans tend to assume that Southern segregation was a 'natural' legacy of antebellum slavery. The truth is far more complicated. After the Civil War, the South went through a period of transition -- not simply during 'Reconstruction' (which ended in about 1877) but for the two decades that followed. There was no overall system of separation; gross racism and discrimination existed alongside tentative inter-racial cooperation and political coalition-building. Until the first decade of the twentieth century, black Southerners continued to vote, to serve on juries, and to hold state and local office. The last first-generation black member of the U.S. House left office in 1901.

Only with the rise of the U.S. as an imperial power -- forcibly dominating people of color from San Juan to Manila -- did the idea of legal white supremacy become acceptable to a majority of whites in North or South. Thus began the era of segregation -- a system that subordinated black Southerners economically, disfranchised them politically, and isolated them in public and private space. Whats called the 'nadir' of race relations was the early 20th Century, not the 1870s and 80s.

The year 1890 saw the first segregation-era Southern state constitution, in South Carolina, strip blacks of the right to vote. That same year, the giant Lee statue went up in Richmond. Virginia itself disfranchised black voters in 1902. The monuments to Jefferson Davis and Jeb Stuart went up in 1907; the horseback statue of Jackson was unveiled in 1919. All across the South during these years, these statues went up to mark the triumph of the once-outlandish idea of segregation.

Segregation had an official myth: "The white South would have freed its slaves voluntarily if not for Northern meddling. The North destroyed the South because it coveted its natural resources and its cheap labor. After the War, corrupt 'carpetbaggers' and vile Southern white 'scalawags' seized power with Northern bayonets, upheld by ignorant, illiterate blacks. Heroic white conservatives finally did away with the 'corrupt Negro vote,' restored to power the Souths natural leaders, and returned black Southerners to their proper subordinate place."

Blacks played no part in any of Southern history. They had no past, and no future, in white America.

As New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in his recent speech, 'These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.'


To Brian (and anyone else who's gotten this far): If you're interested in these issues, I highly recommend reading Epps' entire piece at the Atlantic, as his argument is eloquent and well-thought-out.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Kemp
Editor
Creative Loafing

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Posted by Mark Kemp on 08/17/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “It's Time for Charlotte to Wipe Away Confederate Stains

When are we going to tear down the holocaust museums, monuments for WW1, WW2, Vietnam War?? Where does it stop? Should we eradicate all references,written words, photos relating to the Civil War like it never happened or just the parts that the few aren't happy with. Unfortunately for all the war did happen and it is part of our history no matter how ugly it is, to remind us that these things should never be allowed to happen again. We need to get on with our collective lives and end the teaching and practice of hatred that exist on all sides of our races.

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Posted by Brian M Lachance Sr. on 08/16/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “'CL' Music Issue 2017

We're super happy to have you back, Mindy. And check out our archives from January, when we began our local-only coverage of music, arts and more. We've covered a lot of ground already but have much more ground to cover. And we're looking forward to every minute of it.

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Posted by Mark Kemp (CL editor) on 07/25/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “'CL' Music Issue 2017

Today I randomly picked up a Creative Loafing and read Mark Kemp's Editor's Note in this week's issue. I just want to say a big THANK YOU for your musical coverage turn around. I stopped reading Creative Loafing several years ago specifically because the local coverage had dropped off dramatically. The music scene is truly vibrant here in Charlotte and I am ridiculously excited to hear about the plans you and the Creative Loafing staff have for your future music scene coverage. I used to be a dedicated Creative Loafing reader and I'm looking forward to becoming one again.

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Posted by Mindy Barker on 07/21/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Cultural Continuity is Essential

You've got your multi-million-dollar transit boondoggles mixed up. South End had the trolley, not the streetcar.

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Posted by Garth Vader on 07/13/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Taking Control of A Reputation

Without craft beer, food trucks, bacon, and whining about student loans, what life is there for you millennials?

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Posted by Owen Butler on 06/26/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “A Charlotte Fashion Maven Turns to Music

Thank you for writing, Wow Bow!!! This is the editor's note to the issue from that particular April 5 issue of Creative Loafing. There is an embed of Kevin's EP in the actual story (see "related stores" at the bottom of the column). There's also a link to Kevin's video in the "related stories" section at the bottom. But I hear your concern and I've added links to his video and music in the text now.

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Posted by Mark Kemp (CL editor) on 06/04/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “A Charlotte Fashion Maven Turns to Music

Why is there no l8nk to his music....unless Im the dumb one and just dont see it...

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Posted by Wow Bow!!!! on 04/10/2017 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Finding religion's open arms

Christianity is about accepting Christ (and His teachings). If you study the four Gospels carefully, you will see that Jesus preached repentance and the kingdom of God. Jesus Himself stated, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish". (Luke 13:3)

Yes, God is a God of love but also a God of judgement. If we reject Him and His words, there is nothing left but judgement. The good news is that through accepting Christ we can escape the judgement that is coming upon the world.

Posted by LiketoFish on 04/02/2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “See ya later, Charlotte

So Kim, where are you headed next, or is that classified ?

Posted by Calvin Pennywell on 05/27/2015 at 12:24 PM

Re: “See ya later, Charlotte

You and your talent will be missed.

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Posted by Charles Easley on 05/27/2015 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Four art lovers who inspire me

Ahh, thanks Simpsons Fan. Certainly seemed very Hornets-inspired to me.

Posted by Kimberly Lawson on 05/15/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Four art lovers who inspire me

Stickler here, just wanted to mention that Bart Simpson wearing a purple cape is NOT an homage to the Hornets, its his classic Bartman outfit from the early '90's. http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Bartman

Posted by Simpsons Fan on 05/14/2015 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Religious freedom bills lock us in dark rooms

Almost one month and crickets from Ms. Lawson.

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Posted by Garth Vader on 05/08/2015 at 11:01 AM

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