A hard core advocate of Blacks ( and mean NO dishonor to ANY Black people), Dr. Alison has stamped down and made a path for many Blacks in the community. Passionate, focused, and determined... to the point of pushing her agendas through and past reason. - not hearing and making life difficult those who are not in favor of her plan.
She will remain in control - forcing her will upon any person who even tries to modestly suggestion another way. The words " not forgotten" is an understatement.
She has managed to control the politics of Durham for a long time.
I feel that some elected officials KNOW that without her approval, they will NOT get elected.
It is sad that I think of her like this. But I have seen and heard her in action.
gee - how am I not surprised by the outcome....I am concerned for those people who openly supported
Dr. Allison opponent. This is based on an event that once again happened with the Durham Dems...
An active advocate, politically involved, and a leader, "Deb" had the unfortunate happen....she managed to offend Dr. Allison. "Deb" could and was just as direct as Dr. Allison.
Dr.Allison managed to make "Deb's" life in the political arena from then on a battleground. I saw Dr. Allison belittle "Deb" in public, at meetings. Dr. Allison would interupt her when she was speaking, shooting down anything "Deb" had to contribute.
Eventually, "Deb" left the Durham Dems. Fortunately for us, she is still active - going to bat for what is fair and just.
The power and hold that Dr. Allison has in the local community should be feared. I want to see progress made in Durham for ALL people..I want to see people who will not bow to her will. What will it take??? Huh??? Just Tell ME!!! WHAT!!??
My experience with Dr. Allison is within the Durham Democrats. As a precinct chair, I have been at monthly Exec meetings. It is here that I first became aware of Dr. Allison.
From the first, I saw her as a person that was manipulative. A person whose only focus was to have her agenda heard and to annoy people enough that they would give into her just to shut her up.
The article described perfectly what I have seen...."pushes time limits on her comments, interupting or grumbling audibly from her seat."
I have sat near enough to her to have to ask her several times to please be quiet so I can hear the speaker. At a county convention last year during the proceedings, she constantly grumbled, stood up and spoke out of tern - disrupting the proceedings (Kevin Farmer has the patience of Jobe.)
At one particular Dem Exec meeting, she got into a loud argument with someone over a misunderstanding - which Dr. Allison took very personally. Someone behind me who was just attending the meeting asked if this happened a lot...to which I replied..."a lot." I also said that "she has a devisive attitude that causes a lot of frustration - esp. with the non-blacks."
Dr. Allison was so upset that she left in a mad huff.
I think my most profound experience with her was at another exec meeting. It was after Obama had come to NCCU. She had flyer pictures of Obama that were very nice and could have been framed...
I was sitting, waiting for the meeting. She was passing out the flyers. She handed them out to the black people around me, but did not offer one to me. I was speechless. I saw her do the same thing with some other people - giving them to black people and not to white people. I was even more speechless. How are we suppose to get past the race issue with this type of behavior?? a strong leader in the black community doing this???
We are all trying to get past the race issue..I am tired of feeling like I have to apologize for being white. Lots of people now understand what has happened in the past, but the younger adults are past this and do not need to hear the negativity that she releases.
I am glad that the the Committee is finally thinking about a change....it is time to progress, to make a new legacy for the Committee.
I applaude their efforts and I hope they are successful.
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