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Re: “Cultivating Black Brew Culture Through Hip-Hop

Yeah, I guess if you frame everything in terms of your own racial identity, it must be very hard to be around people who are of a different race. What is that we call white people who feel like that? Oh, yeah, we call them racists.

I have spent a lot of time as a minority in Asia. At some times, yes, I did have to suppress my Caucasian authenticity in order to not be offensive to the majority. There were no signs saying "No Polo", nobody threatened me, etc., but I did get some curious looks now and then depending on where exactly I was -- you know, kind of like the situation you're describing in Charlotte. Once I realized that my discomfort was internally generated and was my problem to deal with, I found it easier to keep my whiteness in check and to accept their genuine but sometimes awkward attempts to try to make me more comfortable, and -- GASP! -- actually become friends with me.

Sometimes, when I was just homesick for my own culture, I would hang out in bars that I knew were frequented by white expatriates, where we could wear cargo shorts with sneakers, drink too much, talk too loud, and air guitar to Thin Lizzy.

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Posted by Too White in CLT on 05/24/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Varian Shrum Helps Transform a Little-Known Site Called CAMP North End

As a native of Charlotte, I figured out where this was. Funny how nowhere in the article do you all indicate the location of the project.

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Posted by Owen Butler on 05/18/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Signs of Life in Gastonia

I live on the South side and there is a endless stream of riff-raff 24/7 coming in & out of the MH park to buy what is sold there. I see the same vehicles come & go...157 of them in a 4hr time period on a Saturday Easter weekend. There arent 30 mobile homes back in there, so what else do I surmise is going on...drugs until proven otherwise. On a rare night, they stop from 3am to 6am, but I have to sleep with a sound conditioner on because they mostly have no mufflers on their vehicles and play the music loudly even at 3am. Now that I hear who the Captain is I will be calling him.

Posted by cantsleep on 05/16/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Local Organizers Join Nationwide Effort to Post Bail for Black Mothers on Mother's Day

Hey Emiene, I just added a sentence to the 24th graf -- beginning "Black Mamas Bail Out organizers will offer help connecting..." -- to help clarify that. Long story short, the canvassing efforts in Section 8 housing will be an attempt to find families who are missing mothers due to incarceration.

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Posted by RyanPitkin3 on 05/05/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Local Organizers Join Nationwide Effort to Post Bail for Black Mothers on Mother's Day

How are the women chosen who will be bailed out?

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Posted by Emiene Wright on 05/03/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “American Indian Party Chair Fights for Indigenous Rights

It's great to see Creative Loafing help raise awareness about the issues impacting Charlotte's Indigenous community. They are so often overlooked and forgotten about by most of the general public. Keep it up!

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Posted by William Flowers on 05/03/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “American Indian Party Chair Fights for Indigenous Rights

Wonderful interview. Thank you so much to Ryan for covering these issues and thank you to Robert for making your voice heard.

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Posted by Toni Henderson-Coluccio on 05/01/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Danica Patrick hasn't received the same patience afforded to other NASCAR drivers entering the sport

Danica,se Wendell Scott (only African American NASCAR driver) next time you complain.He raced when blacks were still being lynched,was threatened with bodily harm by his racist competitors,couldn't eat at the racetracks,having to go to the black parts of towns in which he raced,was NEVER sponsored by racist companies,not even being given tires,leading to his perpetual underfunding,and when he won the Turkey Day 200 at Jacksonville Dec.1,1963,Buck Baker,the runnerup,was announced the winner so Scott would not kiss the buxom blonde queen;
Scott was declared the winner next day,but was not given the trophy-or at least his family wasn't awarded the trophy;Scott died in 1990-until 2010FORTY-SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE VICTORY.A bit of perspective for you other posters.

Posted by handsomeblackcowboybrady1953 on 04/27/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Danica Patrick hasn't received the same patience afforded to other NASCAR drivers entering the sport

Scott,is Derrike Cope an attractive woman?(He's an ugly old dude.) Still,Patrick,whom I picked to win a race in 2017,will have to improve immeasurably or her ride may disappear by 2018.

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Posted by handsomeblackcowboybrady1953 on 04/27/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Danica Patrick hasn't received the same patience afforded to other NASCAR drivers entering the sport

Why is Patrick getting such flack when nobody cares that Derrike Cope,who hasn't won a race since the NINETEEN-NINETY (the week my father died,incidentally) Daytona 500 is allowed to take a valuable ride from another prospective driver?(Darrell Wallace,for example.)
Speaking of bigotry,JUST WAIT until an African American NASCAR driver (the second in its nearly 70-year history) comes.I'll bet,if (s)he wins a race,they'll have to leave the racetrack under police protection after the necks threaten him or her with lynching,and some of those Bubba drivers will do their utmost to wreck him or her,even costing themselves a victory.
NASCAR fans have changed VERY LITTLE in terms of acceptance of "the other" since its 1949 inception.

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Posted by handsomeblackcowboybrady1953 on 04/27/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Two Former 'CL' Editors Discuss the Hurdles of Increasing Diversity

Awesome story! Carlton gave me a shot to write for CL in Charlotte...and I ended up with the cover story! So he means it When he speaks of givng writers of color a chance.

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Posted by rayanderson on 04/26/2017 at 11:22 AM

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Re: “New State Rep Dishes on Battling Cancer, Partisanship and Addiction

Keep up the good work & the great battle!

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Posted by Heyseed on 04/20/2017 at 3:16 AM

Re: “New State Rep Dishes on Battling Cancer, Partisanship and Addiction

Thank you Mary for the great job you are doing for all of us!! So proud of you!!!

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Posted by Sheri Gordon Mcauliffe on 04/19/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

I'm so proud of your parents for choosing LOVE and LIFE for each and everyone of you! I would love to sit down with you and talk if you have the time. Take care and God bless.

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Posted by Andrew Paul on 04/14/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

I love how Charlotteans blame outsiders for conservatism. Charlotte ain't LIBERAL!

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Posted by D C on 04/09/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “The Story of Haylo, Time Capsule Tattoos and My Big Mouth

What a fantastically written account of your experience Ryan!

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Posted by Hayley Moran on 03/29/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Can New C3 Lab Expansion Save the Scene in South End?

If you think its been hard for the cool kids in Southend, you should check out whats happened to area residents in the past few years.

I have very mixed feelings about the new C3 Lab project. If a giant event space/art gallery is your idea of a great re-use of industrial buildings, no matter what the effect, this is a wonderful thing. If your concerns lean more toward treating area residents with respect and not quickening the process of driving them out via higher prices, you're out of luck.

This is the devil's bargain too many "creative types" have been willing to make since abandoned industrial buildings were first converted into art spaces in NY. The irony, and it's a pretty dark one, is that the C3 Labs folks, who are from all reports well-meaning people, say they want to keep gentrification away so artists and "creative types" won't be forced to move; never mind people who've lived in the area for decades.

No one wants to see artists priced out of good studio space, and hopefully this new project will help that. It is darkly ironic, though, that developers who want to lower prices for the arts community and stop "gentrification" are re-fitting a building in an area already devastated by gentrification. Once again, no one cares what happens to the people of the Brookhill neighborhood, which has already been degraded by owners letting the venerable Brookhill Village area deteriorate from valued properties to junk heaps all the better to get those higher Southend prices when the poor have finally left and the place can be resold, dontcha know.

At this point, though, these arguments are moot. Wilmore is being eaten up by yuppies, and any liberal guilt about displacing the poor in Southend was "settled" years ago - settled, as in 'Hey, this is probably destructive to the surrounding black community," followed by a wink, a nod and a figurative shrug of the shoulders.

So, yes, hurrah and howdy-do for artists and barflies and boo-hoo for those invisible "other people" who will be soon forgotten in any case. The whole cool scenario is, well, cool. But also a bit stomach-turning. As someone who has supported an increase in the arts and creativity and artists' livelihoods in Charlotte for decades I'm waiting to see if anyone else is queasy about the situation, although I think I already know the answer to that.

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/23/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

This is one of the most ridiculous and one sided articles that I have read!

I have been going to this abortion mill since 2004 to encourage women not to make a decision that will forever change their lives. A decision that will end the life of their own child! Thousands of women have chosen life over the years and not one of them has complained! Many have thanked us for being there, for helping, for encouraging them to do the right thing....even if it was not the easy choice.

The pro-baby murdering protesters are not really for choice at all. They tell women "keep driving", "don't talk to them" etc. They are "useful idiots" for the business that rakes in millions and millions of dollars for killing little innocent baby boys and girls! They say they are for women's rights....but what about the baby women being killed at the hands of the abortionists? All three of which have had significant malpractice violations and have lost privileges at hospitals! What about the women who have had their bowels and uteruses perforated by these so called doctors? What about the women that were sexually violated by the two male abortionists? What about the people of color that were insulted by abortionist Virmani when he said, "you take care of these ugly black babies"? (Look that up on Youtube) Yes...this is the caliber of "doctor" that this place hires!

Your paper actually did an expose' on this place a few years back. Not much has changed since then. There is a link to that article above, in the remark by Daniel Parks.

As for the accusations against the police...they were rarely needed until these pro-baby murdering anti-life protesters showed up. They are often quite rude to the officers trying to do their jobs. Often bossing them around, berating them and being disrespectful. These officers put their lives on the lines every day for our city.

These protesters have a right to be there...but they do not have the right to physically assault people like they have on a number of occasions. Nor do they have the right to graphically describe anal sex to small children, as was done several times.

This place is not a "Health Care Facility". Babies are murdered there and women are maimed!!! Our city should not be sanctioning and defending this place!

If you are reading this and consider yourself a Christian....come and take a stand for the lives of these precious babies! What will you say when you stand before God on the day of judgment and He asks you, "what did you do to save the lives of my babies?"

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Posted by Katherine P on 03/22/2017 at 2:17 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

I cannot accept CPD's excuses for not upholding the laws on decibel limits. "We're trying to locate a testing device"...really? No one had figured out the need for it already? I'm sure officers are conflicted depending on which side of the issue they're on, but again, really?

Enforcing the laws is now an option depending on one's personal perspectives? Sorry. That's not how it works. CPD, get a noise monitoring device on site. Instruct officers to enforce the law, period. These excuses would not be tolerated in other environments, don't accept them here.

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Posted by 1948irish on 03/20/2017 at 1:03 PM

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