Please, young one reporting this story: do your homework and stop reporting the lie that Lavonia Allison is respected for anything having to do with civil rights. She's not. While other people in Durham were struggling to win civil rights for black people, she was busy being the daughter of a slum landlord and carrying out her father's legacy and trying to evict black people for illegal reasons so she could charge higher rents. A search of this newspaper's own archives could have told you that. Since then, she has actively worked against the civil rights of younger generations of black people, blocking their way to power and costing this town dearly in terms of lost leadership.
Allison is many things, but to call her a civil rights activist is an insult to those are actually were. She's an economic opportunist, period, and a petty power broker who will do anything to keep others from coming to power.
I have only two comments about the Tea Party movement:
1) why in the world is this movement even worthy of media attention? Civil protest has been used for decades by the left and no one reported on it to this degree.
2) More than anything, i really, truly feel sorry for tea baggers -- they seem to live in a world filled with fear and hate and little else. Everything frightens them and they mask it with anger, like cornered dogs. What must it be like to carry those emotions around with you all the time? It's got to be a miserable existence and age you quickly. I pray they find the courage to live their lives a different way and shame on the politicians who used fear to make them this way, all for personal power.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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