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Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

Wow, I'm surprised by this cursory endorsement of this proposed amendment which I will vote, quite adamantly, AGAINST. There is distinction to be made between real choice and the appearance of choice; simply adding the word doesn't make it so. I would think the writers for this publication would be a little more careful about something as profound as amending a state constitution.

For anyone interested in a detailed explanation of this proposed amendment (NC SB399) and the arguments for & against, see "Understanding North Carolina's Proposed Constitutional Amendment Allowing Non-Jury Felony Trials" published by the UNC School of Government. It offers explanations and arguments that go beyond "because the other states do it."

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Posted by ariesdollface on 10/23/2014 at 9:42 PM

Re: “With a festival, concerts and marketing, The Art of Cool Project bonds the Triangle jazz scene

I have witnessed the birth and evolution of Art of Cool Project in Durham with pleasure. The variety of artists and venues, which consistently move from Raleigh to Durham and back again, has allowed me to enjoy a number of artists I had never seen (and some, never heard of) before. I am incredibly excited about the coming jazz festival.

I do agree however with Jennifer33’s comment. This article makes zero mention of the African American constituency I have witnessed as a consistent audience (at least in Durham) to AOC Project concerts. I think her challenge that AOC Project’s price point has been a MAJOR reason for their rapid success is completely valid. As a graduate student no matter how much I love music, if I could not afford to go see live performances, I WOULD NOT GO! I am a huge supporter of AOC Project precisely because they make room for me musically AND economically.

I was at the Bilal concert Jennifer33 wrote about and it was comprised mostly of Black concertgoers. But I have also been to several other venues in which the racial distribution of attendees, if we’re going to talk about that, was fairly equal; in other cases, I have seen white people slightly outnumber black people as audience members.

I think the issue Jennifer33 addresses is that truly aggravating, constant tendency to erase black people from the picture entirely. When I go to AOC Project events, I go with my black friends; not because I don’t have white friends but many of MY white friends would rather do something else…and that’s fine. But to write a piece about jazz in the Triangle and omit mention of its black audience altogether, as well as the economic contingencies that allows, or disallows, their participation feels…wrong.

Posted by ariesdollface on 08/14/2013 at 2:23 PM

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