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Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

Distributing KKK flyers in the information age isn't just blatantly racist, it's stump stoopid. You have to be a butt chugging idiot to think there isn't a camera around to catch your license plate, these days.

Posted by Norf Cackalackie on 07/24/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

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Posted by kit on 07/23/2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?


I'll look over your link, but for now I believe that it looks like tax breaks, a community interest-earning co-op account that encourages and is boosted by increased black middle class home ownership, an engaged network of similar homeowners, increased NCCU and DPD policing, a partnership with NCCU, and agreement to not let crime invade the community, a commitment to improve the schools in the area, and a better relationship with the library (if it's still open). Otherwise you'll get the flippers and that would only perpetuate the decline.

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Posted by Eric Tullis on 07/22/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

@Eric Tullis - I think that's a great idea, I wonder what that incentive could look like. Right now the city has the second mortgage program for the Southside Development ( but I'm not sure how many people are taking advantage of that program.

What do you think that incentive would have to look like?

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Posted by Gladdek on 07/21/2016 at 11:18 PM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

This is appalling. That's really all I can say about it.

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Posted by MichaelEdits on 07/21/2016 at 8:35 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

bullcitygirl and Gladdek

more to your points, there should be an initiative or more of a city-wide effort to get more black middle class families to invest in this area by renovating and moving into these properties. Of course, these families would require sort of incentive, but the city could provide that too.

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Posted by Eric Tullis on 07/21/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

@bullcitygirl - Preservation Durham is working on a project called Preservation Equity that is trying to build ties in that neighborhood and help current homeowners take advantage of historic tax credits to fix up their own homes. If you still have ties to the neighborhood it would be great if you could reach out to the director, Ben Filippo

It's crucial for PD to have the trust of the neighborhood for this project to work.

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Posted by Gladdek on 07/21/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “A Former Prisoner Sues North Carolina for Violating His First Amendment Rights

Hi everyone, my name is Roy Askey, and I would like to talk about the lawsuit against the state of North Carolina featured in this publication, that focuses on the rights of a section of society that is often overlooked, yet is still entitled to our first amendment freedoms and protection.
If anyone is interested in donating their legal expertise or is able to make a donation towards helping retain a constitutional law attorney to help fight this case, it would be greatly appreciated. I was reluctant to an extent to do this story, but was reminded that the issues at hand are bigger than myself.. so here I am reaching out to you. Here is the link to the crowdsourcing webpage:
Over 50,000 persons reside behind bars in North Carolina's prison system, without access to law libraries and at times even with out the most rudimentary advice found in legal publications. Many pro-lawsuit/exoneration and anti-prison industrial complex publications do not make it into prison walls because of heavy censorship with highly questionable reasons for doing so. How does a newsletter, which exhorts the prison reader to 'not pick up a weapon, pick up a book' and build your life in a more socially-conscious manner, constitute a 'threat to the safety and security of the prison and its staff'? It does not.
I have compiled years worth of supporting documents which show that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, as the prison system in this state is formally known, has knowingly and willfully denied access to publications which could help inmates, if they utilized the information contained in these publications, on their path to rehabilitation through education about what their rights as human beings are, and to properly defend themselves through the legal system.
Because the legal and political publications, including but not limited to: Prison Legal News, 4strugglemag, Under Lock & Key and others -- contain information critical of prison abuse and sexual harassment, mass incarceration, the new Jim Crow, prison profiteering and the prison industrial complex, many individual issues of publications are banned, with some publications (Under Lock & Key) facing an outright total ban.
The issue has been brought to federal court. Just because you, the prison authorities, do not like the content of someone's speech or press, does not mean that you can censor it or restrict it based on the needs of 'security and order', if there is not a justified reason in doing so. You are willfully disregarding first amendment rights because you feel as if you can get away with it and no one is watching.
Censorship case law reads as follows:
"Government cannot regulate speech because it disagrees with the message conveyed." - Gentala v. City of Tucson, 213 F3d 1055 (9th Cir. 2000)

"Criticism of public officials lies at the very core of speech protected by the First Amendment." - Metro Display Advertising v. City of Victorville, 143 F3d 1191 (9th Cir. 1998)

"Prisoners retain First Amendment rights." - X-Men Sec., Inc. v. Pataki, 196 F3d 56 (2nd Cir. 1999)

"Government may not regulate speech based on its substantive content or the message it conveys." - Velazquez v. Legal Services Corp., 164 F3d 757 (2nd Cir. 1999)
Despite the fact that the federal courts have allowed the case to be judged, and there is past court rulings in favor of exactly what is going on between the prison population and North Carolina's Department of Public Safety, Justice in this country comes with a price tag attached to it. It doesn't make sense to me either, for what is right and correct, to be wrong, unless you have enough money to make it right again.. it is a corrupt system.

I am here asking for your assistance to right some wrongs enacted against a population that is in the shadows, out of sight, out of mind. With few exceptions, people who want to better themselves and to stay knowledgeable and informed because of past mistakes, should be allowed to do this without interference.

Let's keep North Carolina from slipping further backwards in this area as well.
If you may have any questions regarding the case and other related matters, feel free to let me know :)
Email Address:

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Posted by InstantKarma on 07/20/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

That's the way some may see it. Gentrify.
Some of this area is designated as historical. Years ago many prominent African Americans lived in these architecturally beautiful homes. This area should be restored with historical markers placed along Fayetteville St.and promoted as a tourism area to celebrate the lives and community of this area. These were homes of Durham's African American doctors,attorneys,bankers,politicians, busi ess owners, teachers, etc. Most people do not know the history of this area.
The community and city should require that all owners come together to discuss how to improve this area and not allow people to come in and purchase without some commitment to the enhancement of the community.
This area should be comparable to the Trinity area around Duke. It would benefit NCCU to be able to present a safer area around the campus with businesses that serve the community as well as the campus.
When I was a child this area was absolutely beautiful with manicured lawns, shaded porches and families who cared about this area. We can make this area come alive again. It takes the effort of city government and community to achieve this goal. We should start today with the slogan "Make Our Community Beautiful Again" and do it!

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Posted by bullcitygirl on 07/20/2016 at 6:32 PM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day Three: “National Security, Not National Benevolence”

The Colonel has a better understanding of national security than the president does. Best to honor his opinion, rather than try to belittle it.

Posted by Goaglen on 07/20/2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day Three: “National Security, Not National Benevolence”

Yoohoo, Barry, check the stats. I know it's work, and they would reveal the truth, but look at one month in this table anyway. Just for the lark of it. For no other reason than to debunk that claim.

Posted by Goaglen on 07/20/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

It's called urban blight. Durham may be maturing. "Gentrify it?" If the homicide rate were manageable, businesses respected and honored, taxes lower, maybe. But it's still Durham. The liberal's dream.

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Posted by Goaglen on 07/20/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

@pblest - Despite the AP story, I'm not convinced of a material resurgence of the KKK. Such groups remain on the fringe of society. "Klan members still gather by the dozens under starry Southern skies …". If they begin gathering by the hundreds, we ought to worry. I am a Jew and history teaches me not to offhandedly dismiss the presence of such people. For the same reason, while I am wholly in favor of reporting incidents of racist intimidation, I am loath to provide white supremicists with gratuitous publicity.

With respect to Trump, the only arrow in his quiver is demagoguery but he's proven to be adept nonetheless. He knows that "The Wall" cannot be built, that 11+ million people cannot be rounded up and deported and that "Make America Great Again" is a catchphrase reminiscent of "In your heart you know he's right" (Goldwater 1964). Instead of wringing your hands over the oversimplified notion of "Trump's brand of white nationalism", perhaps you ought to examine the true reasons for Trump finding his footing.

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Posted by Bernard Baruch on 07/20/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

Anyone who says Trump is not stoking the fire of hatred is in need of psychological help or a thesaurus. The GOPs nominee has renewed the 35 year old "Southern Strategy," promoted by Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and others. No need to worry about ISIS. The Republican Party has adopted a racist credo. The GOP is destroying America, the greatest country, through terrorist tactics and fear-mongering.
We are better than this. We must reject the fabrications, the lies, the animus.

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Posted by cityfox on 07/20/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Duke Energy Had a Very, Very Good Week

How did I know that a good week for Duke Energy, as the headline announced, would mean a bad week for the citizens of North Carolina? The same way I know the sun rises in the East and water is wet. It's funny how conservatives care little about conservation.

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Posted by canesfan on 07/20/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

@Bavian - Thanks for the tip. We checked into DPS records and according to those, Barker isn't an active probationer right now. We'll update if we find anything else out.

@Bernard - Don't take it from us - take it from KKK members themselves. David Duke (who I quoted in this article) and other white supremacists have championed Trump's campaign. And this, from an AP article on the Klan's 150 year anniversary:

"The current hot-button issue for Klan members — fighting immigration and closing U.S. borders — is one of the most talked-about topics in the presidential election. Klan leaders say Donald Trump's immigration position and his ascendancy in the GOP are signs things are going their way.

'You know, we began 40 years ago saying we need to build a wall,' Arkansas-based Klan leader Thomas Robb said." (…)

You're right that these groups have been around for years before Trump, but it's undeniable that Trump's brand of white nationalism has brought some people out of the woodwork who were on the political fringe not too long ago.

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Posted by pblest on 07/20/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

This is useful information that I have not seen reported elsewhere. However, I'd rather see the Indy engaging in journalism or legitimate editorial commentary rather than blatant propaganda. Trump's behavior is reprehensible in any number of ways but it's quite a stretch to blame him for the specific terrorist activities of avowed racists. White supremacist groups were doing these things and worse well before Trump showed up.

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Posted by Bernard Baruch on 07/20/2016 at 10:56 AM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

the phone number belongs to Barker's wife, Amanda Barker. according to a VICE profile last year, engaging in Klan activity is a violation of Chris Barker's parole. would be interesting to see if anyone caught enough of a flyer distributor on video to confirm it was Chris. would love to see him back in jail where he belongs.

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Posted by Bavian on 07/20/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “What Will It Take for Durham to Clean Up the Area around N.C. Central?

i can answer it in far fewer words. demolish the crap that is there now, gentrify the hell out of it.

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Posted by JeffG on 07/20/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “The Republican National Convention, Day Two: “Hillary Is a Foreign Agent of the Communist Chinese!”

The republican convention is nothing but an excercise in redundancy..... REPEAT REPEAT....REPEAT.....NO new ideas only the tried and failed ones.

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Posted by Tony D on 07/20/2016 at 8:31 AM

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