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Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

This is the first time I have listened to the mayor's speech in it's entirety and I agree with him. I say this as a direct descendant of North Carolina slave owners; great grandfathers and great uncles that participated in the Confederacy both as citizens, military officers and regular soldiers. The time has come for North Carolina to move on from its shameful past by removing the statues across our state.

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Posted by David L Munden on 05/24/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

In front of the Pitt County, Greenville, NC courthouse is a monument that honored/celebrated the county's dead soldiers by segregating their names with the word ""colored."". That word was removed along with a Confederate flag that flew over the town commons in the early 80s. Some call these actions a sanitizing of history. We should never forget our government's relationship with violence, hypocrisy and ignorance towards its own citizens.

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Posted by Glenn Maughan on 05/23/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Is Richard Burr Tanking the Trump-Russia Investigation?

Please sign my petition to have an independent commission investigate Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/trumprussia-investigation?source=c.em&r_by=18274863

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Posted by Elizabeth Miller on 04/25/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Why did Craig Hicks kill three Muslim students? Because he lost his humanity.

ProudlyUnaffiliated.....Well You sure wrote a fkn mouthful about shit unrelated to this story and added your political twist and felt the desire to mention my name...First no one gives a twiddle fuck what you think or you political fantasies....Unlike your name..I think you are proudly affiliated...(with GOP assbags)..So here ya go close your eyes...Im going to say,,it,,,GFY you might just like it and by all means try to have a nice day.

Posted by Tony D on 11/11/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Durham is a city of things unnoticed: Such an odd find at the Jack Tar Motel

Chris, I used a zoom lens!

Posted by Lisa Sorg on 08/12/2015 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Durham is a city of things unnoticed: Such an odd find at the Jack Tar Motel

Q: "8 feet off the ground, is an odd spot for a light switch.
      How did one reach the switch?"
A: Same way you took the picture: standing on something,
     or being tall, or using a switch-flipper (patent pending).

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 08/11/2015 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Durham is a city of things unnoticed: Such an odd find at the Jack Tar Motel

Very neat, as a 38 year old skateboarder, one of the things I've always talked about, since I was a teen, to often disinterested ears, is the way skateboarding has you looking at the objects and buildings and stairs and sidewalks around you very differently, often causing you to notice completely odd, or lost or misplaced things. There are phenomenon of switches and handles to nothing, stairs to nowhere, doors into oblivion etc, which gets your mind going off the cliches of everyday experience. Very cool find indeed.

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Posted by Noah Goyette on 08/11/2015 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Love Durham? Then you need to come to
Mindy Fullilove's talk about cities

At her lecture yesterday, Dr. Fullilove mentioned that the redlining mortgage maps were unavailable except by visit to the National Archives in College Park, MD.

Later, Katie Spencer of the Museum of Durham History said they would soon have an exhibit about the map. Spirit House is also working with local cartographer Tim Stahlmann to create a large-format version of the map. Great news on both fronts.

There are plenty of places online to view and examine the Durham redlining map, however. WUNC posted a scan of the original printed map here: http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wun…

UNC's Richard Marciano has an interactive version of the map (and of Asheville's) here: http://salt.umd.edu/SRC/demo/demo.html

From this web map you can click on each color-coded area and discover non-sugar-coated racism in a Federal document: the South Mangum (nee McMannen) Street area near the current Bulls ballpark is described as "formerly a good white residential street, but negroes are gradually taking up the area."

Marciano's team had an earlier website that doesn't appear to be fully functional at the moment, but does offer additional background and insight: http://mainstreet.lib.unc.edu/projects/hay…

Finally, map nerds who don't already know about Digital Durham, a site put together by Duke's Trudi Abel, need to visit it now. Lots of original material there, including an oft-referenced 1937 Durham Public Works map that shows the racial composition of town, street-by-street, and that works in tandem with this redlining map. It is also, perhaps unwittingly, an early map of environmental (in)justice: http://digitaldurham.duke.edu/hueism.php?x…

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Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 07/20/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “At Durham Farmers Market, a beautiful tone

Wow! I know John as a guitar student of Jon Shain's and have seen him play at student recitals the Shains hold every couple of months. I had no idea that he was such an accomplished accordion player. Thanks, Lisa.

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Posted by David Kroll on 06/28/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “39 parking spaces = 31 affordable homes

Glad you asked, Erik… For Blacknall church specifically, the long-term problem is the threat of losing Sunday access to off-street parking – a need currently met by Duke’s 705 Broad St. parking lot. (In 2008, this threat was all but realized with the planned re-development of 705 Broad as a new Whole Foods Superstore site.) If the Duke lot privilege goes away, Blacknall congregants are left a weekly "hunting expedition" for scarce on-street, or remote off-street, parking.

Would the church seek creative solutions? Certainly. Remember, Blacknall has flourished for nearly 100 years without owning a single parking space! But a quick glance at the neighborhood's rapidly expanding skyline gives pause... Where is the tipping point?

Permanent solution, Erik? Structured parking. A parking garage situated between Ninth St. and Iredell St. would serve the needs of multiple stakeholders and fuel imagination for future re-development. Blacknall would gladly join a coalition of joint venture partners to bring this to fruition. Heck, sounds like a lot of fun!

In the mean time, a few $41,000 parking spaces will have to do...

Tp (Member of Blacknall's Land Acquisition Committee)

Posted by Tpenn on 06/26/2015 at 8:23 PM

Re: “On a street corner, Mount Zion schoolkids preach fire and brimstone

Every time I come across this I'm struck by what a great photo this is. Just wanted to say so.

Posted by VirgilCane on 06/25/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “39 parking spaces = 31 affordable homes

Ok. What's the permanent solution to the long-term problem, Tp?

Posted by Erik Landfried on 06/25/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “39 parking spaces = 31 affordable homes

We'll clarify that the 39 parking spaces are a temporary solution to an immediate problem – loss of weekday parking. Blacknall Church believes that surface parking is clearly NOT the highest use for this property. Tp

Posted by Tpenn on 06/24/2015 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Orange Street in Durham: A zone of fun and purloined plants

Actually, just FYI, the Fun Zone has been out of business for over a year. Granted, those chairs WERE from the Fun Zone, but the stolen plants were next to the door of what is now the Crafting and Quilting Room of Sew Crafty, a sewing studio located on the second floor of said building where kids come to learn how to sew on a sewing machine.

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Posted by Toni Mason on 06/18/2015 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Durham Police: protests, body cameras and troubling crime reports

In this intellectually bereft time, I expect the mob to be screaming racism and demanding that we close the gun death achievement gap.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 05/05/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Durham Police: protests, body cameras and troubling crime reports

Sorgie,

If the boy doesn't pull a Trayvon Martin and physically assault an armed man with a gun who is put in fear for his life, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.

If the boy doesn't pull a Mike Brown and assault an officer and try to take his gun, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.

If the boy doesn't pull a Eric Garner and choose to put his body under severe stress while resisting arrest while being obese, having a heart condition, diabetes, and asthma, (note to the ignorant, the cops didn't suffocate Garner, break any of his bones, or crush his windpipe . . . the man's body gave out from the stress he created for himself by fighting with the cops), then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.

If the boy doesn't pull a Derek Walker and point a gun at a police officer, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.

if the boy doesn't pull a Jose Ocampo and take a out a knife and disobey a lawful order to drop it and then behaves in a threatening manner towards the cop with a gun on him, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.

If the boy doesn't pull a Freddie Gray try to create an injury, (likely to claim police brutality . . . he's seen the race hustling scams with Trayvon, Garner, Brown, etc.), by throwing himself around the back of a metal police van, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.

If the boy doesn't pull a Jesus Huerta and shoot himself with a gun he kept hidden from cops, then his chances of a premature death will decrease dramatically.

To summarize: if the boy doesn't engage in criminal behavior and if he doesn't display threatening behavior towards the police or assault them (or other civilians), and if when given lawful orders by the police he obeys them (simple ones too, like put your hands behind your back or drop the weapon), then his chances of getting killed either by a civilian or police officer will decrease dramatically.

Sorgie, I'm surprised you don't know this stuff. It's pretty basic.

If you're so worried about him dying, it shouldn't be in a police article. He's most likely to be killed by another black person. Your concerns would be more relevant in a different article, one that examines a culture and specific set of behaviors that lead to death by cop.

Or in other words, the sort of article your politics would prevent you from ever writing.

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Posted by Dude on 05/04/2015 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Why did Craig Hicks kill three Muslim students? Because he lost his humanity.

Thank you, Bruce. I appreciate your kind words.

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Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 02/26/2015 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Why did Craig Hicks kill three Muslim students? Because he lost his humanity.

Thank you Lisa Sorg! I thought your article on Hicks (the one I read in print just yesterday) was an incredibly penetrating piece. It went miles beyond the current commentary, so well-grounded in its logic and incisive in its analysis. I hope it gets picked up internationally.

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Posted by Bruce Orenstein on 02/25/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “The fall of Durham's Green Wall

I've been enjoying how that dish has gradually lost panels over the years.

Posted by AgentDani on 02/25/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Why did Craig Hicks kill three Muslim students? Because he lost his humanity.

Dude, I salute you and feel less alone here now.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 02/17/2015 at 9:52 PM

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