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Re: “A schism forms within the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People

Dr. Lavonia Allison understands Durham politics and in her own way knows how to get things done, and if nothing else she has mastered the political art of agitation and is more than willing to make the status quo uncomfortable for our open enemies. Thus, in which to make the political playing field amenable for the disenfranchised and effective enough to push the African American electoral agenda (her strategies and tactics are to be reckoned as being highly politically savvy and no doubt successful). Allison knows how to maneuver on the local, state and federal political levels when it comes to forcing candidates to take the African American vote serious; thus, no one (in particular black candidates) who has ever run for an electoral position in a Durham political election has taken the endorsement from the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People for granted or lightly because they have a proven political track record of getting candidates elected to public office. Allison, perhaps unorthodox style of leadership may leave room for some justifiable criticism and this writer agrees that some revisions are needed in some areas, but her effectiveness must be measured in the number of local candidates that she has endorsed as Chair of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People that has been elected to public office. We do not need a passive reverend looking to get along and appear non-confrontational when we are in a crisis situation, but his primary objective is being desirable of appeasing the status quo. This is how this writer views Melvin Whitleythis is a political action group not churchwe are not looking for a watered down church leader who is interested in quoting scripture and not willing to lead as Yeshua Ben Yosef (Jesus the son of Joseph) who was a revolutionary and not some passive agent provocateur. He just didnt desire to get along with the system, but Jesus mission was to alter the system. This writer does not think Reverend Whitely has embraced a liberation theology and is willing to politically fight the enemy without tempered fear. There is nothing wrong with being confrontational and disagreeable in which to politically agitate the enemy (this at times keeps him off balance and make your actions unpredictable) and not just looking to play ball as usual. Some of these fly by night Negroes are just modern day Uncle Toms and sellouts looking to make a name for themselves and the only interest they have is their own. Whitley is an inexperienced newcomer and a novice to the Durham political scene who has no understanding of the political landscape of Durham; how can he have, when he has only lived in Durham for eight years. Yes, give me another term with Allison as Chairwomen of the Durham Committee, a proven warrior and fighter who has been on the frontline for decades. Since 1935 the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People has been led by prominent black families and I do not necessarily agree with its history of being a bourgeoisie inspired organization, in particular their history of cutting backroom deals, but much of what they have done benefitted the black grassroots. Allisons experience in Civil Rights and political activism should never be overlooked because Whitleys promise of being a kinder and gentler leader is typical words of an Uncle Tom. Moreover, even the notion of this type of leader, heading the Durham Committee signifies a betrayal of the long fought struggles against some vicious enemies who still exist but are well disguisedracism and discrimination havent gone anywhere and is well and alive. This writer is glad that this Negro did not get elected to head, perhaps the most powerful political action group in the southeast. Fahim Knight welcomes your comments and can be reached at fahimknight@yahoo.com. Stay Awake Until We Meet Again, Fahim A. Knight-EL, Chief Researcher Keeping It Real Think Tank Durham, NC

Posted by Fahim Knight-EL on 12/11/2009 at 12:59 PM

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