To everyone in Wayne county: What can we do to uplift ourselves from poverty, anger and fear?
We must abandon the mindset of us and them. As members of the human race we recognize that in some ways we are different, yet in many ways we are the same. We all want respect, love, and acceptance, equality and peace. We all want to feel safe and secure.
To make our communities, towns and cities better places we must first make ourselves better people. Let us not be found guilty of prejudice, or hate. Within each of us we hold the power to create or destroy; let us build each other up, not tear each other down.
No matter our legal status, our color, our religion/ non religion, or our sexual orientation, we are all flesh and blood, we are all related.
Sometimes, it only when we step down from our podiums that we see that none of us our above another. Let us look into each others eyes and see a reflection of ourselves, let us feel each others pain and promise each other . . . that we will no longer be the cause of each others suffering.
Out of curiosity ... have any of the "love and tolerance" types spilling vitriol at every opportunity in this comments section ever thought to meaningfully engage with people like Mr. Mozingo, to better understand how they came to feel the way they do? Or does the lofty education of these so-called progressives "trump" meaningful engagement?
Treating people like Mr. Mozingo as the enemy is only going to result in more of the bitter divide that currently plagues the country. Like it or not, people that we disagree with have a right to vote too, and "progressives" that make these people feel marginalized are just a culpable for Trump's rise.
There's a lot I don't share in common with Mr. Mozingo; I'm university educated, I live in a large city, I support gay right and a woman's right to choose an abortion, and I didn't vote for Trump. But there's also things I do share in common with him: I was raised in a rural community, I support limited government, I'm in favor of gun rights, etc.
Perhaps, instead of participating in the same mud-slinging that xenophobic right-wingers are often accused of, the "progressive" folks here could do a little soul-searching, and find it in themselves to build bridges with people like Mr. Mozingo, instead of just demonizing them? I, for one, would like for our next presidential election to show a bit more maturity than is being shown here.
It's all about racism, white privilege, anti-intellectualism, fear of change (as well as of outsiders who support change and hold different ideas), and resentment of others who are educated and choose to use and apply that education to better themselves.
One truly has to wonder if Mr. Mozingo's belief that making America great again by going back to "the beginning" means going back to America's origin sin of white-over-black as the natural order of things, including treating blacks as inanimate chattel and being less than human.
Thank you, heyhey. The correction has been made.
I grew up in the rural south (NC), and I can say that I've known MANY people just like this, or probably even worse. These are the kinds of people you don't want to run into if you are the slightest bit "different". They will attack your character in anyway they can formulate with their short-sighted perspectives, and attempt to discredit any confidence you show them. I moved out of the rural south because of people just like this. They are all brainwashed by the media, and the media knows it.. Time Warner, Fox, who own all of the syndicated media outlets are responsible for this brainwashing of the rural south. One of the worst "programs" is the 700 club with Pat Robertson. They have brainwashed thousands of people over the years, who willingly donate money (when they can't even afford it), and adhere to every word he speaks as "the gospel", including everything out of Trumps mouth.
Thank you for writing this and for continuing to fight for what is right. Reading this gives me hope that all is not yet lost.
Great article! But there is one correction needed: "Black Lives Matter movement" should be corrected to "The Movement For Black Lives"
So the man prays to an imaginary god that tells him to vote for Trump, yep, uneducated, doesn't know the issues, thinks that whites and blacks will go into the fields do back breaking work to pick tobacco and cucumbers for some of the lowest wages around!
"Give 'em to the blacks who sit at home on the porch all day," he said. "Make 'em earn that government check. Know what I'm sayin'?" What a racist POS this man is!
I guess he doesn't know that WHITES receive the majority of food stamps and welfare assistance programs in the United States and sit on their ass at home collecting these funds.
Typical voter for Trump, uneducated, ill informed, has no idea what the issues are, racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, don't have enough room list them all.
Welcome to the Trump world because he's about to shove the knife even further in your back while he laughs in your face you Republican fools!
This is why I left Wayne Co. the moment I was able to go to college and never looked back.
Mr Herring, it's very interesting that there exists no Lenny or Leonard Bolton registered as a voter in Wayne County according to the NC board of elections. Furthermore, the only Joseph Mozingo listed is listed as inactive, and hasn't voted since 2012. So for these people to be rabid Trump supporters, they didn't even bother to vote for him. Or, perhaps they don't exist at all? You sir, have some explaining to do here.
He produced his birth certificate in 2011 Batazoid. Read much eh?
Perhaps Mr Mozingo is ignoring the fact that "his" president has proposed doing away with minimum wage altogether... what does he think those crop-picking jobs will pay THEN? Americans WON'T TAKE THOSE JOBS, first of all!
Eventually, when they realize they were bigly deceived, when their grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends lose health care, lose financial support currently available for those with disabilities, lose Medicare, and lose Medicaid, and they have to move in with them or end up homeless and dying in the streets....
When the schools all go to hell in a hand-basket, home loan rates mushroom, food costs skyrocket because all the migrant workers were ousted and the crops rot in the fields as their kids go hungry, when there are no more public services like a fire dept and their home burns down, and when gas is back up to $5/gallon...
When the president they elected sits on his gold throne in his tower of gold because he refuses to occupy a house previously occupied by a black man, as well as every other president in this country's history - with the substantial additional security paid for on the taxpayers dime, when their taxes surge out of the roof, when the USA is involved in 5 more wars, and their family members are dying in these wars...
Maybe THEN they will admit, "We made a YUGE mistake!"
I know of a child at Glenn School in Durham County that has been singled out and now bullied for his ADHD status (now by the students especially in the cafeteria) and nothing is being done to protect or assist him. There is this one child that had been harassing him since 2nd grade (now 4th grader) and the principal knows this. This child takes his food off his tray (no one ever sees it), but when he tries defend himself (he gets in trouble). Now this child has other students harassing him in the cafeteria (it is very unruly in the cafeteria) . I have been there on several occasions to have lunch and the students are all over the place). This child was attacked by 3 students at Glenn School in Durham NC and he is now suspended for 5 days because the principal says (He attacked 3 students). They used the word "attacked" for him defending himself and fighting back because no one was concerned about his well being and safety. How is a child going to love school and learn when they aren't safe at school. ..... ....... ..... There was another occasion when I was at Glenn School during snack and recess (1st grade class) while outside there were 2 bigger boys beating up on another boy outside on the playground. The teacher and assistance teacher were sitting talking not watching the students in their class. The 1st grade teacher had to intervene and break up the fight or assault. This was reported to the principal. Someone should really supervise the supervisors in charge over there at Glenn School. The poor performance of this school reflects back on the leadership of this school. There need to be some changes. Thank you. (Volunteer)
Where is this Godforsaken place? Please chart it on a map so I will be clear not to ever go near there. I'd be afraid that the ignorance and racism would be contagious. These are the types of people that haunts the dreams of progressive and forward thinking Americans. Very disturbing and would be laughable if not so deplorable!!!
I just don't understand why all these people who make less than 100,000 a year voted for someone who clearly in his campaign showed that he don't care about your welfare.This really bothers me. What other reason could it be. Trump lied way more than Hillary but what canidate don't Trump and his wife is definitely not a role model i want for my kids and on top of that the first thing he do is put the kkk in the white house.....bannon...you go figure but he's not racist. Come on ppl but one thing for certain all those jobs he talked about bringing back it won't happen because he can't yall will see only thing i can say is God be with him so he won't kill all of us.
Last I checked.Mozingo is an African name,Congo to be precise, Mr Mozingo should verify his own roots before talking about President Obama,besides,If he or others dont want to do the back breaking jobs, who will do them if the people who are willing to do them have all been chased away?
though racism in this town can sometimes be grey and unseen.. this town wears its homophobia with pride. I came out in high school and saw a quite frankly, amazing reaction from my peers and neighbors. It was disgusting. I got to a point in my life of acceptance and was ostracized like a leppor in the streets. I have felt the hate from this county. Not as a white man, I must say.. but as a homosexual, this election in Wayne county has separated us even more. There's restaurants me and my family stay away from. There's church's that send us away. Places were I can't show simple affection like holding hands with my boyfriend. Racism is real here, but homophobia is honestly insane in Goldsboro/surrounding areas.
I am so bothered by this article. Even more bothered by some of the comments...this persuasive and biased writer has already fuled anger from people that has led to racial comments. I was born and raised in Dudley NC, just barely North of mt.olive. I attended the same predominately African American high school as the kids from Mt.Olive. Do y'all really think for one second that any racially fueled hate would be tolerated in my school? In my town? Of course there are extremist everywhere you go, I can guarantee you there are plenty racist in whatever town Mr.Herring is from. But painting my county in a bad light for likes speaks to the ametuer ability of the writer to think "liberally" and consider all viewpoints. Can y'all not see the cat doesn't write "news" but rather shares opinions that he (he, the news outlet, whoever pays him, don't mean to bash him for doing his job) thinks people "want to hear"? Wayne county is a POOR county, but we are a strong and proud county. When I needed a friend or a hand back in the day, there wasn't always a white person around to help. I can speak to the LOVE shared in this county. Love for your fellow man, respect for people regardless of their opinions. This article does NOTHING to represent my hometown. I have a white family member who retired from Mt.Olive Pickle after 30+ years. I have a Native American relative who has worked at butterball for years. I am most disgusted by the mocking of Christianity in this article. It bothers me to my core the lack of respect it takes to bring up one's religious practices in a negative light. Will you do the same when there is an opportunity to mock other religions? Doubtful. I grew up SO poor, as a lot of us in Wayne did. What being poor will do is humble you, make you appreciate small things that others might overlook. I am proud to be from Wayne county, I'm thankful for the multicultural influences that helped shaped me into the person I am today. This article went from Trump hating to race baiting real quick. I'm sorry for those who fell for it. Racisim is everywhere, it's up to us "readers" and "viwers" to let it consume us or choose to do better. WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER, YOU DO BETTER! (direct quote from a fellow Wayne county resident) Much love to everyone, I'll continue to REP MY CITTTYYY :-) or town, township, stoplight, whatever you call it
Mr. Herring, you sir, are a pompous ass. While Wayne County is not my favorite place on the planet, there are many positive qualities of Southern, rural Americans which have obviously been wasted on you. You seem to have found some degree of career success for yourself. So, if you find the rural South so offensive,why don't you get the hell out and god live amongst some hypocritical, liberal Yankees where you would obviously fit in much better. I guess you wouldn't be able to find anyone to judge and demean with your so-called journalism.
Is true Donald trump feed the white supremacy is not good they will kill the people
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