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

Wanda, ABSOLUTELY the Cherokee are offended by Andrew Jackson in any form. Take any statues of him down! Remove any reference to him from all public or God forbid any Government buildings. No streets named after him,,, etc. And the same for Civil war references or statues, or monuments. The history that surrounds them is painful for not just the victims but also for many of the perpetrators. America has avoided ever REALLY making the Native American genocide right, as well as the Slave trade and ownership right. If the Government is to 'busy' to actually make right these wrongs, then at least remove the reminders. That's a start, and then we go forward from there.

Posted by Mia Maddison on 04/25/2018 at 3:22 AM

Re: “As Marijuana Hits the Mainstream, Black People Aren't Being Invited to the Party

Erin is a local treasure. Thanks for speaking up

Posted by Step Tekola on 04/21/2018 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Art of Navigating Trump's America — as a Russian

Kudos to Kemp for bringing up Putin's "old tricks of spying, interfering in foreign affairs and wreaking chaos". After all, he's got the NSA conducting mass surveillance on all his country's citizens, he's interfered with the Israeli election and the Brexit vote and the bombing of seven Muslim-majority countries, and he certainly wreaked chaos by invading Libya and sparking multiple crises (migrants, human trafficking, slavery).

Oh wait, that was some other guy.

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Posted by Garth Vader on 03/29/2018 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Remembering a past springtime concert at UNCC

The opening act was a local rock band Sugar Creek.

Posted by Michael Murphy on 03/22/2018 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Whither Sex, Romance, Gender I.D. and Body Image?

Not sure what your problem with the word cis is, Garth. Its a very clear and specific term that describes those of us who are not trans.
https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2015/…
Normal, on the other hand, is wildly subjective.

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Posted by Mark Kemp 1 on 02/14/2018 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Whither Sex, Romance, Gender I.D. and Body Image?

Over the years several groups have asked to be known by different labels, and people not in those groups have generally obliged.

To wit: colored > negro > black > Afro-American > African-American > person of color

or:

homosexual > gay > queer > LGBT > LGBTQ

etc.

Nobody has ever asked to be called "cis". So stop. Or if you have to give us a label, since you're so focused on identity politics, I suggest the following:

Not Obsessed with Ridiculous Moronic Asinine Labels, abbreviated: NORMAL

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Posted by Garth Vader on 02/12/2018 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Former Mayor Anthony Foxx Offers Real Talk on Charlotte's Problems

I agree that Charlotte needs to recognize its diversity. Consider that we have:

Black Democrat Mayor
Black Democrat County Commission Chair
Black Democrat School Board Chair
Black Democrat Police Chief
Black Democrat Fire Chief
Black Democrat District Attorney
Black Democrat Economic Development Committee Chair

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Posted by Garth Vader on 01/08/2018 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Dropping the (Ben Wa) Ball

Not feeling shy.

Posted by FEELING SHY? on 12/05/2017 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Dropping the (Ben Wa) Ball

Creative Loafing, I say you're encouraging sexualism.

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Posted by FEELING SHY? on 12/05/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Rude or racist?

After just moving to charlotte about a month ago...i can say almost all both white and black are pretty socially awkward and rude in general. Was actually pretty shocked at the over all selfish attitude this city carries. So much for southern hospitality.

Posted by Matt Maynard on 11/17/2017 at 12:35 AM

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: “Rude or racist?

After moving down here to Charlotte i can say most everyone ive met have been pretty socially awkward and pretty rude, and very selfish both black and white....me and my gf will be moving soon :)

Posted by matt m on 11/15/2017 at 2:10 AM

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: “An open letter to a former hero who seems to have lost her way

Maybe Tara grew up.

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Posted by Mike on 07/31/2017 at 8:58 AM

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