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Re: “Monumental Debates

Julian Baddy's comment about or "fear" of an "idea" from the south is ridiculous.
Bigotry is not an "idea". Hate is not on the shelf of any marketplace of "ideas". White supremacy is not an "idea". Were we "afraid" of it in 1865?

It is rather more obvious that white supremacists are afraid of the idea of equality.

Posted by George Greene on 08/26/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Monumental Debates

Why exactly does anyone think Edwin Yoder is credible when he says that listeners would be appalled by Julian Carr's vulgar comments? Even if they were, a lot of people who were appalled by Trump's"grab'em by the pussy" VOTED FOR HIM ANYWAY! If white listeners of that era were appalled then they were appalled only by the brazenness and impropriety of the remarks, NOT by the content or sentiment, and that is obvious from the policies that the majority of them were voting for. There was plenty of neo-Confederate sentiment co-existing with the Fusion governments of the 1890s here; the Kirk-Holden war and the impeachment of Gov.Holden -- "Redemption" -- were around the election of 1870!

Posted by George Greene on 08/26/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Durham City Council Member: White Supremacists Rallying in Durham at Noon

@SLAKFAC there is nothing fringe about the death of Heather Heyer. She's not fringily dead. She's smack dab in the middle of the MAINSTREAM of DEATH.

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Posted by George Greene on 08/18/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Has the Democratic Party’s Endorsement But Is Raking in GOP Bucks

19 people does not constitute "raking in the bucks".
TG's chaarcterization of our endorsement as "blind" is ignorant. The people who voted on the endorsement are by definition the people who have been looking at Democratic politics in Raleigh longer and harder than Tom Goldsmith. For TG to take a number as small as 19, and some campaign help from as far ("why you bringin' up old S#?") as >b>25 years ago, to paint Francis as being somehow to McFrarlane's political right, is the opposite of journalism. TG may not be the only one who has trouble finding examples of Charles Francis acting&giviing directlyi to needier communities in Raleigh (a former Secretary of my Democratic precinct said she wasn't aware of any either, since Francis left the city council), but he was at least getting paid to look, and not just to cherry-pick the most right-leaning factoids he could find.

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Posted by George Greene on 08/16/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

"where's the beef's" comment on "banning things" is inane. I doubt that's even what the NYT article he is quoting SAYS. If there were a group of students in NY who started wearing SWASTIKAS in school because they really believed that Nazis were RIGHT, does he SERIOUSLY think THAT would be condoned?? That has basically ALREADY BEEN banned (regardless of whether there is explicit specific language about it), yet you don't hear him whining. "Cementing positions" DOES NOT perpetuate injustice. Cementing positions HEIGHTENS conflict and leads to the eventual RESOLUTION of said conflict. By which I mean simply that WE BEAT YOUR ASS in 1865, and it looks like you are ready FOR SOME MORE. BRING IT ON.

Posted by George Greene on 07/07/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

As a member of both communities (even though I don't live in Orange county, I am gay and black), I can assert with confidence that it is fully within Stacey Sewall's power to prevent Coffey's move from creating any kind of rift between the communities. All Sewall has to do is endorse adding the protections that Coffey is asking for, and make it clear that her community supports safe schools for everybody.

Posted by George Greene on 07/07/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Do the Legislature’s Republicans Really Have a Stronger Mandate Than Roy Cooper?

Senate district 16 is shaded wrong on the map. It is shaded medium red; it should be shaded medium blue.
And the fact that races are uncontested really does make it almost impossible for a map like this (or a count of overall votes in a chamber) to be helpful. What gerrymandering ACTUALLY looks like is drawing districts of 1 party with really huge majorities and districts of the other with smaller majorities that are still insurmountable. Because the map is by area, it give the misleading impression that there is more extreme red than extreme blue. The opposite is the case; that is the foundation of the disproportionality.

Posted by George Greene on 12/29/2016 at 8:52 AM

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