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Re: ““Durham’s a Bright Light for Our Movement”: After Their Cases Were Continued Until November, Defend Durham Activists Took a Victory Lap

These empty-brained kids worship a political ideology responsible for the MURDER of ONE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE in the 20th Century.

Confederates and slave-owners were MORAL GIANTS compared to murderous communists and their vacuous worshipers like these...

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Posted by Connie Chastain Ward on 09/16/2017 at 3:39 AM

Re: ““Durham’s a Bright Light for Our Movement”: After Their Cases Were Continued Until November, Defend Durham Activists Took a Victory Lap

I totally agree. They say they are not local people but from New York. An older NY lady who worked in NY transit now heads Charlotte's NAACP. She makes such inflammatory statements that I witnessed local blacks tell her she is unnecessarily causing trouble....but many youth feed into her rhetoric. Why do 20 year olds believe they should take over our country? How could they run it? What total audacity is this? Reacting to story: slaves fid NOT build this country--maybe my grandfather who slaved as a free man walking 14 miles a day as a postman pre-Union and died a painful death with leg tumors. Which statue should I topple in his memory. Also, our family in North Carolina owned NO SLAVES but guess what? They would have been shot for draft dodging in 1861. Does this mean they want statues illegally removed by NY blacks? No. And their 16 year old killed at Ft. Fisher at war's end should be commemmorated by Silent Sam. THEY SHOULD EXPERIENCE BEING DRAFTED TO FIGHT IN A WAR REGARDLESD OF WHETHER THEY AGREE AND WATCH YOUNG MEN DIE, THEN TOP THAT OFF BY BEING SPIT ON FOR 150 YEARS. STOMP ON PEOPLE, YANKEE, FOREVER INTO COMING CENTURIES FOR THE GOOD THEY EVER HELPED DO FOR YOU, YOUR RACE AND YOUR FAMILY WILL NEVER BE REMEMBERED BY A TWISTED SOUL.

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Posted by Lisa Carol Rudisill on 09/16/2017 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Anti-Racism Activists Accuse Durham Bar of Being Racist

Most of the yelp reviews now are obviously made by people from out of state who read the Fox News article and want to fool yelp by claiming they came through town "on a business trip" lol. It's like yeah I'm sure all y'all just happened to be over there on Thursday, nothing to do with the article posted that afternoon.

To me the most damning part of the article is that they recognized Takiyah Thompson and said so, that bit of context definitely makes it seem like they were looking for an excuse to hassle the group and when they saw the NY state ID they had a way to do it with some plausible deniability.

That's the way these things always work, it's like how black guys will get a ticket and get searched where a white guy gets a warning on some minor traffic violation. A big part of white privilege is you'll often be extended the courtesy of letting some technicality slide.

Which is I guess all to say that the bar being legally in the right as far as denying this 40 something man service because his govt issued ID was the wrong kind doesn't really seem like much of a defense against the accusations of racism.

If the bar had tossed out that guy who heckled them on their way out the door that'd be a much more compelling defense, but they didn't, they let him walk back in and keep drinking after he said "we're racists," i mean who just lets that guy keep drinking after being that out of pocket? Deny him service for belligerence.

If I'm being charitable, I'd say that I bet the bartender saw it as about politics not about race, but she refused that man service on purpose, not because her hands were tied legally. It's a polarized country and politics is petty and personal these days, after all, on the flip side at a liberal bar some guy comes in with a MAGA hat his IDs gonna get super scrutinized too. I'm not convinced the political vs racial motivation is that meaningful of a difference when the politics in question revolve around confederate monuments erected to intimidate black folks in the Jim Crow era... but I think it's at least worth mentioning.

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Posted by Wally Harvish on 09/15/2017 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Housing Inequality Exhibit Opens Friday

Looking forward to checking out this exhibit!
The neighborhood labels on your current map of Durham are incomplete and out of place, BTW.

Posted by ruby on 09/15/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Anti-Racism Activists Accuse Durham Bar of Being Racist

It's unfortunate that the perceived experience of a small group of people can overshadow the reality of the situation at Central Park Tavern. I'm a white guy who lives across the street in the oft-maligned Liberty Warehouse Apts., so I'm sure that many of you won't care, or believe, what I have to say.

The reality is yes, the owner is an old white guy. But this old white guy employs SEVERAL loyal people of color. Their livelihood, as much as his, is affected by this fabricated controversy. Furthermore, the clientele that is here on a daily basis is MUCH more diverse than any of the other establishments on Rigsbee.

That's what I love about Central Park Tavern- it's a neighborhood bar that, to me, seems like more of a reflection of what Durham was like ten to twenty years ago. REAL people, without a thought about differences in skin color, drinking and dancing and enjoying life.

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Posted by Ryan Plankenhorn on 09/15/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “As the Durham Bulls Enter the Playoffs, We Wonder: What Exactly Is the Value of a Minor-League Championship?

Nice write up. Love the twists and turns and I hardily agree with the ultimate statement (and Camus since I played soccer for years).

Gotta say that after my dive into the Ken Burns' Vietnam documentary last night, which of course is an incredibly intense and important subject, that experiencing a totally pointless yet pure event would be cathartic: "when everything is asked of us and our efforts become their purest".

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Posted by Perry on 09/15/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: ““Durham’s a Bright Light for Our Movement”: After Their Cases Were Continued Until November, Defend Durham Activists Took a Victory Lap

It seems to me that the object of these people is not the removal of statues but the destruction of our country. Their statement that our system of capitalism must be destroyed leaves one to wonder what successful system they plan to use to replace capitalism? Perhaps the world wide successful communist or socialist systems? We have seen how great those systems have been. The poor have never been used as greatly as by the socialist and communist systems. These young over educated under learned children need the spanking their parents failed to give them years ago. When you have idle minds and they have no cause to rebel against they manufacture one.

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Posted by Bob Vela on 09/14/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Full Frame: An Avetts Agnostic Finds Some Faith in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

Just saw this last night. Did Rubin say that being around the Avetts would make life "matter" or just that they would make life "better"? I heard better.

Posted by Drew Rhys on 09/14/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Silent Sam Protesters Call For 24-Hour Sit-In

"RACIST TRASH" is what this article quoted some IDIOT stating!? Then what is all the MARTIN LUTHER KING statues, streets, buildings? MLK has been videoed as well as documented inciting marches, riots, and violence....AS A MEANS FOR GETTING "BLACKS" ALL THE "RIGHTS" that ONLY "BLACK" people are entitled to!!! And they say that ONLY WHITE PEOPLE ARE "RACIST"!! People should NOT BE SURPRISED, when these RACIST people continue to push for these statues to be removed, that the CLASHES WITH NORMAL, GAMEFULLY "EMPLOYED" CONTRIBUTERS to SOCIETY....WILL BECOME MORE INTENSE, because that's the ONLY method to deal with IGNORANT, DESTRUCTIVE, ATTENTION SEEKING LEACHES!!!

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Posted by Chuck Maynard on 09/14/2017 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

I have played music a few times in an informal group that includes Ron McFarlane, along with two of my cousins, and about 10 other people, in a few rehearsals and at a couple of benefits. I have twice been to the McFarlanes' home to hear musical performances.
That's it. No Christmas cards, personal emails, lunches, calls re anything except those to the mayor on matters of journalistic concerns (none to Mr. McFarlane), no gifts, nothing, nada.
Mr FONcitizen, if you are willing to use your real name, shoot me an email at or call me at 919-812-5308 for any other questions. I can fill you in on the journalistic and ethical practices I have faithfully followed during 33 years in this business.

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Posted by ThomasG on 09/11/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

Ms. Eichenberger, most of Thomas Goldsmith's articles on the municipal election would benefit from less bias. This should start with him informing his readers that he is a close family friend of the the McFarlane's.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 09/11/2017 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

Hi, Thomas. My name is Jennifer Eichenberger, and I work with Fellow Citizens--Wake. There are a couple of misstatements in your article that I would like to clear up for your readers. Fellow Citizens is not related to Stronger NC, nor are we under the umbrella of the Democratic Party. We are an independent group promoting left-leaning candidates and educating ourselves about elections. And we did contact Nancy McFarlane to see if she would speak at our meeting today along with Charles Francis, but her campaign manager told us that she had a family conflict today. I believe your article would benefit from more fact-checking and less bias. Thanks!

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Posted by Jennifer Eichenberger on 09/10/2017 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

How about any event the candidates appear, there is a half hour debate followed by Q&A with the audience? I.e., "How many stories and/or opinion pieces have you planted with local media this year, including pieces about your opponent and/or Raleigh citizens?" But in all seriousness, I would have no issue with the candidate not on the agenda attending Sunday's event, if she agreed to a substantive debate with her opponent. In turn, Mr. Francis is welcome to attend any event scheduled with Ms. McFarlane, provided he agrees to a debate also.

What do you say, Perry?

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Posted by George Farthing on 09/08/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

The question for the author of this piece..... Is McFarlane demanding admittance into Republican Party events? Did Mr Goldsmith even bother to ask?

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Posted by FONCitizen on 09/08/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Bonner Gaylord Campaign to Hold City Council Fundraiser at Home of Julia and Frank Daniels Jr.

What's the point? Fundraisers like this happen all the time.

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Posted by ct on 09/08/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Bonner Gaylord Campaign to Hold City Council Fundraiser at Home of Julia and Frank Daniels Jr.

This is city election coverage? You don't even follow the money or touch on potential conflicts of interest. Please do better. Thanks.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/08/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “ADF Review: Queering Objects and Decoding the Body in Cherdonna's Clock that Mug or Dusted

She made me a peanut butter and banana sandwichwithout bread. Now that's art.

Posted by Geoff Dunkak on 09/07/2017 at 6:44 PM

Re: ““With DACA, I Feel Like I Have a Superpower”: After Trump Ends DACA, Triangle Recipients Tell Their Stories

Up until the equal rights amendment, which hasn't been ratified, people coming to America wanted to be Americans and friends of mine have said that their descendants even changed their names to sound more American. Now not only immigrants, but other Americans don't want to be Americans they want to live in America for the opportunities. They want to maintain their culture and protest because they feel like they have been treated unfairly. The best example I can give is: I'm a combat decorated Vietnam Veteran and I fought for the right of those who protested against the war to protest which is why we've lost every war since Korea. People will say that the Vietnam War was an unjust war. If that's the case the only just war was the Revolutionary War. We didn't have to go to Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.

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Posted by Dick Foy on 09/06/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “UNC Chancellor Turns Down Speaking Request from Richard Spencer

Nope, UNC does not have to allow a self described white supremacist who literally wants genocide against many UNC students, staff and faculty members to come to campus. Smart choice. Why hand a microphone to a bigot? He can walk down the street and await the first of justice instead.

Posted by ammi on 09/05/2017 at 1:00 PM

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