Indy Week | Comment Archives | Stories | Last 30 Days

Narrow Search

Comment Archives: Stories: Last 30 Days

Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

This was an interesting and fair exploration of the issue. Thanks for writing it. I'm sorry the swamp-dwellers above rose out of the muck to bleat their tiresome refrain.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Donald Ball on 10/26/2017 at 2:37 PM
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

I acknowledged gentrification in SE Raleigh several times throughout this exchange and I'm fully aware of systematic racism in local and national politics. Look at the monster we have in the White House. No need to hide behind labels, whatever they may be. Keep up the work and I wish we could end this exchange with a handshake and acknowledgement of what each of us represent - we are all in this together no matter what color we are or where we come from. Take care

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

put words in your own mouth Jerry! I have enough of my own. If I thought ALL white people were racist, I would say it! I have plenty of friends that are way more diverse than yours, I'm pretty sure of it! What some of you don't like to look at is systemic racism and how it even effects our local government. But its 2017! No need to hide behind labels anyway. :) Everyone is free to be who they want to be.

I'm more concerned with polices!

Well, the point of my little blog is to just show my community the value of their vote, history and appreciate our culture. Our culture which is disappearing in the City of Raleigh over the last 10 years. My blog purpose may be contrary to what you represent and again, it may not be for you!

And screwed viewpoints lol you really made me laugh out loud when we look at the press you guys are giving Francis as well as your friends over at n&o. Or how you constantly ignore the gentrification happening in Southeast Raleigh. Indy use to have really good writers. I hope they take note that their current editors are horrible with limited ability to be unbiased in their publishing. Indy use to be my favorite place to get information. Not so much these days. Hopefully they will get back to their first love about equal reporting. I remember the good old days like when Meeker called for the run off. It was all good then. No divisions reported, lol. But yeah. all the best to you!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - I'm not a democrat actually, I'm a registered independent. The game of politics is pretty flawed and disgusting. Keep on preaching this racist BS if you want. All white people aren't racist and it is a shame you can't wrap your mind around that. I personally will never need Mr Francis. From your point of view, it doesn't look like he would help me anyway even though I live in SE Raleigh.

Maybe I will check out your blog, but I don't need your skewed, uniformed point of view regarding this election. I prefer facts and you have provided none during this exchange. You are obviously angry and that is fine. I am not your problem though, people like Mr Francis are. So blame me if you want and keep turning a blind to people in your community who have their hand on your back saying its ok, but their other hand is in your back pocket taking your money.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

I don't normally argue with people on another's social media/blog platform, but after this post, please fell free to follow my facebook page "Black Raleigh News" for more information on my opinions regarding this election if you're not blocked and can find it.

I'm so not a democrat and I never will be one again, especially since your party has never openly rebuked the White Government Union yall started right here in Raleigh that is still very much alive today.

You Dixiecrats and Dixcrats may not be supporting Francis right now, but wait until 2018 when you need him.

And maybe you can explain to me Nancys comment about Dix Park.

What did she mean by we dont need to know what she did to close that deal on Dix and that we dont need to know?

Nancy McFarlane is counting on voters not participating in this runoff from the community I come from and she may be right! Well, for her benefit, there are people running around telling people from our community they cant vote twice. Voter suppression.

But It will take more than the black community to get Francis elected. It will take people who see things outside of politics web you all are weaving full of fallacies.

Nancy McFarlane has pretty much divided your party, lol.

So I guess at the end of the day, thats one good thing that came out of all of this.

You all are throwing away a candidate that could have brought a lot of revitalization to your party!

Good luck in 2018!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - Why do you assume that anyone who doesn't support Charles is a "dixiecrat" or a racist? Do you assume all white people are racist? You mentioned concealing intentions for the right price. Isn't this what Charles is doing and he got called out on? People aren't supporting Charles because he is from SE Raleigh, some people don't support him because he isn't the right candidate. There is a lot about Charles I guess he never mentioned in his speeches he gave in SE Raleigh blaming everything on the current mayor and nothing on community leaders in that area. What exactly do you want for SE Raleigh?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Thomas G, if that was their initial reason for revoking their endorsement, your band buddies over at the N&O got it wrong. They made no mention of the Smith's family contribution to the campaign when the story broke. That info came out after the fact. But again, we understand alliances and how money talks, but we also know BS walks. You dixiecrats can conceal your intentions behind anyone who will allow you to for the right price. But at the end of the day, I say on to 2018. You all won't support a candidate for mayor that is from the community that is hurting the most in Raleigh. The community that has been most forgotten and ignored. It's cool! But my memory is strong!

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “As the North Carolina Boxing Scene Grows, a Boxing Writer Finds It's Still Not Easy to Be a Female Fan

Kudos to Caitlin Penna. your images were reminiscent of some of modern boxings glory in the 1960s and 70s - I really love the feel, grit of this body of work. Well done

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by stunami on 10/26/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “According to a New Poll, 61 Percent of North Carolina Voters Are Fine with Confederate Monuments

Please publish the parameters and data from polls like this so we can decide for ourselves how valid the results might be. Without knowing sample sizes or how the samples were drawn or the research questions, it's impossible to know if this poll is relevant in any way to reality.

Posted by syd on 10/26/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “The Durham City Council Approves Property Tax Breaks for Residents of Revitalized Neighborhoods

Isn't the point of city-funded revitalization efforts to make areas more attractive, livable, and valuable? Why are people shocked when it works?

Taxes are a burden for everyone. The average property in Durham County increased in value by 14% in the 2016 re-evaluation.

If your property value went up by that 14% average, your taxes did not change.
If your property value went up by less than 14%, your taxes went down.
If your property value went up by more than 14%, your taxes went up.

That's called fairness. People with fast-rising property values should pay more because they will make more if they sell their property.

If your taxes went up by $349, that would indicate a 40%+ increase in the value of a $100,000 home. You don't need a subsidy.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Durham451 on 10/25/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

BlackRaleigh, FYI, the $20k plus the Smith family gave Mr. Francis all came in 2017. He didn't run for office in 2008. Trg

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ThomasG on 10/25/2017 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Census: The Triangle's top slave owners

Hellen Elsie Hinton I just found out that Im related to the Mials family also from my fathers side of the family. Im currently looking for other family members like the Watsons , Wrights Whiteheads, and Burtons . If you have or may think we maybe related please feel free to contact me at berniceb15@hotmail.com My name is Mo Wright
Thank you have a bless Day

Posted by Mo Wright on 10/25/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - I'm not really sure what your argument is there. I realize you are digging deep because I probably just informed of the other side Mr Francis.

His problem isn't that he is black, it is that he is dishonest. I support anyone who wants to make change for the good. If that was him, I would gladly shake is hand and call him mayor, but the truth is, he isn't that guy.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

oh before we get tucked in Jerry, didn't Equity NC have a major bank sponsor a fund raiser or something like that recently? Was it Wells Fargo or Bank of America? Both have had CRA violations and settled laws suits for discriminatory lending practices in historically black neighborhoods/communities? I don't think North State has violated and CRA requirements. Correct me if I'm wrong? Should they give that money back?

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - My tone never changed, you just realized I'm not asshole and I have a valid argument. You do realize that SE Raleigh has a black guy as their council member, Corey Branch to be exact. Before that it was Eugene Weeks, also black. What did they do for their community? I guess it is easy to blame the mayor instead of holding others accountable.

I'm glad you brought up who he represents in court cases. He defended Alcoa in their pollution case which harmed thousands of poor people. It is public information and easy to find. Yeah, he really cares about those who are less fortunate. Goodnight "BlackRaleigh"

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Wow, your tone changed
It's like you're a different person, lol
Good night 'Jerry"

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - I actually live across the street from low income housing that accepts Section 8 vouchers. So yes, you can count on me.

I never meant he should "give away his property". My argument is that he owns a lot of property and is he living by what he preaches? Does he offer lower rent to those who can't afford it? Or does he charge what the market will get? There is nothing wrong with being successful and I applaud him for that. But he needs to practice what he preaches.

I'm glad his bank offers to low income people the chance to buy a home. Millions of people need this. That doesn't change the fact that his bank finances projects that are a part of the gentrification going on Raleigh. My point is that he is extremely hypocritical. Lets not talk about how he is the legal counsel for the Raleigh Housing Authority. He has long known about the issues with affordable housing and could do more with that position than being mayor.

Racism can be traced back to the beginning of society as we know it and it is horrible and disgusting. It just hard to rationalize him turning a blind eye to discrimination for money, especially since he is running on such "moral" campaign.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Oh please! Black Raleigh wrote the book on being marginalized in Raleigh and even though this isn't the 'Marginalized Olympics' we understand that the quality of life many poor and working class folks who Francis will represent as he has done as an attorney for years will continue to go ignored if he isn't elected. Nancy is about business, not people. And when you get gentrified in the next wave of new comers, come join us. BTW, he released more statements to show his support of the the LBGTQ community. what else do they want from the man? Blood? My question is whether they support the other half of the City Nancy forgot about over the last ten years. that's my question.

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - This is another way to spin what he did. Francis is running his campaign on helping marginalized people in Raleigh. The LGBT community is very marginalized and that isn't fair (this community contains people of all ethnic backgrounds). Racism and the dislike of homosexuals isn't too far apart in the minds of people who adhere to either of these thought processes. If he took money from a Republican white supremacist, would you still feel he is generating support from both sides? I don't think bigotry should be supported, it should be shunned. He is turning a blind eye to discrimination for money.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 5:05 PM

Our Guides

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation