My family has been in Wayne County for generations. We are white. I was not brought up to hate people because of the color of their skin. My opinion of someone is based on the content of their character and actions not race. I have been witness to racism on both sides. Your article paints with a broad brush.
Check your facts, because the majority of people on food stamps work at least one job, many work 3 or 4, but since corporations like Walmart don't pay a living wage they have no choice but to get food stamps to survive on an income that wouldn't feed, clothe, or shelter a single person, much less a family. We are sometimes getting 80+ hours of "sweat equity" , and often from both parents, but until we give people a fighting chance to live on what they are paid, this type of corporate welfare will continue at our expense while Walmart et.al. continue to profit from not paying people enough to even fill their gas tank to get to work. Some people do give up since it doesn't seem to make even a slight differences whether they work their fingers to the bone or not.
This article was as disheartening as it was enlightening. I know racism exists and Imari is right. The clan is entwined in the fiber of so many who desire our funds because they're not opposed to accepting green money from brown/black hands but they still despise us and wish to eradicate us, only they don't have the guts to show their faces. They hide behind all sorts of facades. That terrrifies me. Teachers, pastors, Walmart greeters...you nameeeeee it. Truth is, we spend daily with many who would take our hard earned money to buy the very rope to hang us with.
Batazoid, even Trump has let that foolishness go, but one must be willing to learn the truth, and people like you are determined to wallow in ignorance and bigotry. You wear it as your badge of honor, but the rest of us see a dunce cap. Speaking of people needing to release records, was Trump right when he said his voters didn't care about taxes and that kind of stuff i.e. "They are too stupid to understand the hoax I'm pulling". He mocks the "poorly educated people" he claims to live to their faces and they just cheer louder. I would almost feel sorry for you all if you weren't so darn hateful and disgusting to everyone else who has to cross paths with your fat, white, ignorant, poorly educated a$$!
Fact: the counties with the most white Republicans also have the HIGHEST percentage of citizens on welfare. More white people are on welfare than blacks. White people think they should be able to drop out of HS, get no training or additional education, and not have to "lower themselves" to do the kind of work many people from Mexico are proud to do and do well instead of halfway.
As a former teacher in a high poverty area where everybody was poor (black, white, and Hispanic), if I had a problem student I would prefer to deal with Hispanic parents every time. They are respectful, grateful, and appreciate the value of their child's education. They understand thT you are on their side and they cooperate to help their child be successful. I've never had to call an Hispanic parent twice to get their child in line.
Dealing with many of the white parents and/or black parents however was often challenging. Many had an entitled attitude and believe that everybody is just picking on their sweet, innocent child rather than understanding that a teacher can't teach 28 students when 1 decides he/she doesn't have to obey the rules or respect others. Perhaps some of us need to be knocked down a few pegs to appreciate being able to work (instead of refusing "menial" tasks) and understand that the opportunity available to their children to receive a good, free, and public education is a privilege not everyone has and understand that educators shouldn't be treated like servants to them and their out of control children.
I visited Mount Olive for the first and last time in September of this year with my Daughter, Granddaughter, and Grandson to visit my Daughter's family on her Father's side. I am White, and my Daughter is Black and White, as are my Grandchildren. We were less than one mile in to town, when the police who we passed (doing the speed limit), raced up behind us, and were on our bumper all the way to our hotel. I am a Disabled Veteran, with Florida license plates that CLEARLY say Disabled Veteran on them. When I explained what happened to the White woman who worked the front desk at the hotel she said "oh, yeah these police are really racist here." However, what really made me mad/sad was my Daughter's family when they said "Oh yeah, they do that all the time." Really? All. The. Time. People that I know and love are subjected to this all the time, and its been normalized for them. I saved my receipts from my trip there, and I spent around $700.00 in Mount Olive. I will never spend another dime in that town, and I make sure to let anyone I know hear about what my family experienced there. That's not the way you treat visitors because they don't look like you. Just because you're poor and ignorant, or in a position of power (police) it doesn't give you an excuse to be racist.
Here's a broader perspective on this problem. Those of us who have grown up and had to live in it don't have to have it explained to us.
As the old saying goes, "The golden age of science fiction is 12." Any bright, engaged 12-year-old who is smart enough to love sci-fi, cares about the future. And any one that intelligent *should* worry about the twit America just put in the White House.
I say anyone on food stamps should do some type of work for the state or county. That way there is some sweat equity is the food stamps and they have more value to the people receiving them. And all receiving should HAVE TO take drug test in order to receive the benefits. Now if they have a disability then other avenues of work should be looked into.
This is beautiful, if one thinks the editorial smug, this is the problem with not being a critical thinker. Simple, broad unrealistic and often prejudice "solutions" are all this type can understand. And can't be expected to understand why this article is so spot on. Depressing!
It's time for Obama to allow access to his natal hospital record to set this matter to rest, at least as far as where and when he was born. As a matter of record, Trump has already published his natal hospital birth certificate and well as his state birth certificate. The fact that Obama hasn't, is the biggest reason this accusation has legs on it for the last eight years.
I was born/raised/ and currently live in Wayne County, after a 7 year stint living in NYC. I cannot adequately express my disgust at what I see almost daily since the election. Just today I was driving home and saw a fresh swastika spray painted on a SCHOOL ZONE SIGN near Spring Creek Elementary. I will never and can never come around to this way of thinking. I am proud to be one of the few that opposed this president and everything he stands for in Wayne County. To anyone reading this that lives in this area and feels marginalized, even though it is sadly nothing new, I'm with you, you are not alone.
Every comment I read is true, but that hatred goes both ways. I grew up in and served in the military myself where we didn't see race, just brothers and sisters. I saw racism from both whites and blacks while in NC.
So there is a silver lining to this. Those people will be dead soon (thanks to that cigarette) and their children are voting differently (did you see what the map looked like with YOUNG voters)? They can stall this but they cannot stop it. Hallalujah!!
I work at Walmart and I have seen more whites than blacks spend food stamps.Old white ladies with all that Damn jewelry on.I wish folks would stop thinking blacks just get government assistance.
In re-reading the article - something stuck out at me...
"Many of Trump's supporters, especially poor white men, are indeed virulent bigots, and those who are not still endorsed one. That is truly shocking and irredeemable on moral grounds. We can never normalize, compromise with, or assimilate bigoted views in our civil society; we must actively confront them at every incidental and structural turn."
I supplant this with the evidence that those who are protesting and rioting Trump, are not the Supporters of Trump, but the supporters of Clinton. As I go down the definitions and the history as I look in the mirror - I see that the fanatics were NOT Trump Supporters, but supporters of Clinton.
Bigoted views are part of the civil society. Pomp and Circumstance - Pride and Prejudice - It has been in play ever since we came out of the primordial goo. It is a given that you will not override that which is inherent in every persons DNA.
That being said - we can confront them - but we wary that the Constitution does not give you free speech rights in front of others - only from censorship from the government.
This is the ideological platform that lost the election. It is believed that the penis is a malignancy - that is fine - it is as malignant as breasts are to women. It does not matter if you are white or not - the idea of inclusiveness in the United States was shot out the window when diversity became a new word for discrimination.
Diversity has been pushed so hard to the point where it simply broke, and it started putting people in a position of being discriminated against because of being white (racism) or ideological basis. The only way to have the country come together is to shit-can the idea that diversity is going to get us there. It won't.
Sure - celebrate our differences - but work like we have none. The character of a person counts more than their color - according to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - so why have we allowed it to become a weapon? This is the ideological platform that lost the election.
Wait...Did he just say in this article... ""I mean, there ain't no jobs around here because the aliens are working for next to nothing," he said. "Does that sound American to you? We're giving our prosperity to them."
When asked if he'd be willing to pick cucumbers or tobacco, Bolton got defensive. "Just because I don't want that kind of work doesn't mean some Mexican should get it. A part of me says we should let them stick it out on them fields, but it ain't right."
So who, then, should companies like Mount Olive Pickle and Butterball hire to take on jobs men like Bolton want no part of?
"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'?"
Umm I know what you are saying... You are saying... You want the good ol days of slavery back! (It's hard to type with both middle fingers up)
You stopped the arts coverage to cover the election..... You were probably better off just covering the arts, rather than the elections. Your readership would have went up.
Imari Oliver you hit the nail on the head with what you said. I also grew up in Mt. Olive right across from the Pickle Plant and this type of ignorance and racism has ALWAYS been there. Those people in this article who spew that kind of racial be will be the first to say this and that about people, but if you try to challenge their views or tell them what they are saying is wrong, it's as if they are all of a sudden deaf and dumb!!! I told myself if I ever got out of Wayne County, Lord willing I would never be back. Thankfully, that has been the case, except to visit family who still lives in that "black hole!!"
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