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Re: “Checking in after Charlotte unrest, and not on Facebook

Perfect in many ways, Charles. I, too, become silent, not knowing whether my words are even wanted or accepted. I have been remiss with my friends but I am still here, listening, watching, and learning. I strive to have an open mind and heart, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are all God's creation. Ms. Miller is, as always, timely and wise.

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Posted by Marty Kindall Chester on 09/28/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Checking in after Charlotte unrest, and not on Facebook

High praise for this article from a former student of yours Charles. In any circumstance such as this I, like many others, can become distant due to the actions not happening directly to me or people like me, a white male in America. But what you said about how Martha was praying specifically for someone she knew(You) that could be affected or even is affected by the current circumstances of the country, I am brought to a familiar place. Now I don't love all black people, nor do I love all white people or any other people because I simply don't know them all. But knowing I have several brown and black friends whom I love like brothers, I am hit with a realization that I need to pray and put out a helping hand for not only them, but people alike.

Racism, institutionalized or personal, tends to become a reflection of how we see a certain group people. And that often times becomes null when we grow close to individuals. That's been the case with me. I know some great black and brown individuals and that to me is enough to know that no group is all this or that: black or white. Cheers!

-Will Brooks

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Posted by William Andrew Brooks on 09/28/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Recent legislation restricting access to body camera footage renders them moot

Banning the public from access to police footage "promotes transparency"? Really, Pat??--and how exactly are you prepared to prove that? Once again, our so-called governor demonstrates that he is working from a completely different dictionary than the ones we learned to use in school. In PatLand, apparently, war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance (of citizens) is strength (of NC GOP and its tools, including the NCGA majority and the elements purportedly sworn to "protect and serve" those both in and out of power).

Posted by JC Honeycutt on 09/26/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Rude or racist?

As kid in DC, with my Mom, we would go to McDonald's and someone would always sit in the other part of the 4 top. I remember asking my Mom why people did that. IN suburban Virgina people would use social graces to ask if it was OK to sit with someone else. In the city, 10 short miles away, it was the opposite.

Posted by Drew Kinney on 09/12/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “New church continues status quo of exclusion

Elevation church is an evil cult.

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Posted by Scott on 09/09/2016 at 5:33 PM

Re: “A black girl on Gentrification Street

"rates I worked hard to escape during my time in New York City"

LOL. The only kind of apartment you'd score for $1,200 in NYC would've come with 2 or 3 roommates. Plus in NYC the renter pays a broker a month's rent just to help them find a place.

And if you balk at paying a $149 app fee for an apartment, wait'll you see the fees associated with buying a house and taking out a mortgage. Oh, plus when the toilet clogs or the lawn need cutting, that's all on YOU.

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Posted by The Dork Knight on 09/02/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “We're all just subjects of the almighty DMV

@BrandonIamhiphop Man the struggle is indeed real....lol Thank you for sharing your journey.

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/02/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “We're all just subjects of the almighty DMV

The irony is that I literally just got my license reinstated after a brief 2 week suspension and my tags had been expired since the end of July. I just paid for that as well and it's only by the grace of God that no riff raft occurred so now I'm eagerly awaiting both new documents so I can get back to riding clean.

Posted by Brandon Iamhiphop King on 09/02/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “A black girl on Gentrification Street

If it makes you feel any better, I do believe the Plaza Midwood growth can best be attributed to sprawl and the growth of residential units in what was formerly a commercial area.

Posted by Scott Snider on 08/30/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “McCrory refuses to admit voting policies are racist in face of overwhelming evidence

I wonder how long it will take for our soon to be ex-governor to get tired of being wrong on so many counts. When they rammed through HB2 they threatened to charge Charlotte for the cost of the special session. I wonder if these same people will pick up the cost of all these trials and appeals, oh yeah their politicians they spend other people's money, not their own.

Posted by Zzzippity on 08/19/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “McCrory refuses to admit voting policies are racist in face of overwhelming evidence

All his idiotic laws are so full of common sense. I think he wants people to think that he believes his own "well golly" rhetoric, and therefore won't see right through his bigoted racist transparency. Who actually buys into his nonsense?

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Posted by David Fairfield on 08/10/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

@Julie Torrence I think that when folks actually articulate what they are feeling and observing is a huge step. I think the next step is for folks to realize that those discussions should also happen when there are not other people of color around. When everyone realizes that this impacts us all then we can began to start the healing process. Thank you for reading and sharing your feelings and thoughts on this matter.

Posted by Charles Easley on 08/03/2016 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Sick and tired

This article and topic weighs heavy on my heart and mind. Good for you to share your frustration as there appears no end in sight and PEOPLE ARE DYING! I am a transplant from New York, white, been here 14 years. I due realize that my life is privileged because of my skin color. Yes there is bigotry in New York, however, I've never witnessed the level of bigotry towards black society as I do in North Carolina. When I moved here it was 2002 but felt like 1942 and I was scared. I was oblivious to the white domination that still exists here. Shame on me. To my fellow Americans who are black; you have my complete empathy and support. This is a country of freedom, but not if you're black. It makes me sick.

Posted by April Thiel Wallace on 08/02/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

I'm sick & tired too! Tears and worry and rage and frustration and horror again and again and over again. What are we to do? I don't know what to do.

Posted by Julie Torrence on 08/01/2016 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

@Jasmine It is very disturbing. I have always stated that unfortunately in this country brown children,especially brown boys do not get the luxury of being children. In the eyes of many in the mainstream they go from being cute to being threatening in a short window. It must be very challenging as a Mom. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Posted by Charles Easley on 08/01/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

@Joseph You are correct the influence of the historical impact of institutionalized and internalized oppression is numbing. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

Posted by Charles Easley on 08/01/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

@BJ it is interesting you share that thought because many forget that the initial push during the civil rights movement was not so much for integration but equality. Some would argue that the black community was much stronger and independent when it had to rely on its own citizens as resources. Thank you for reading and sharing your perspective on this topic!

Posted by Charles Easley on 08/01/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

@Schan Thank you for the encouraging words and thank you for reading and joining the discussion!

Posted by Charles Easley on 08/01/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

@Brandon It is amazing the somewhat mundane issues folks take for granted but for others something as benign as a broken tail light can quickly put marginalized folks in harms way due to the propaganda of pronounced aggression against minority groups. Thank you for reading.

Posted by Charles Easley on 08/01/2016 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Sick and tired

@Donna Frazier You are so right Sis that when you live under such high alert and stressful times you have to find ways to find peace and center yourself or like you say you can be driven mad with worry. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

Posted by Charles Easley on 08/01/2016 at 4:51 PM

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